“You think you've been in deep shit before, and then you realise you have absolutely no conception of how deep shit can really be.”
“Do you see anything Wrong with my teeth?"
"Plenty, I'm surprised you can eat. Maybe that's why your're so little”
“Special Forces guys were usually small. They were usually lean, fast, and whippy. Built for endurance and stamina and full of smarts and cunning. Like foxes, not like bears.”
“I’m not much to talk about. What you see is what you get.”
“He believed that anything could be reverse-engineered. If one human or group of humans put something together, then another human or group of humans could take it apart again. It was a basic principle. All that was required was empathy and thought and imagination. And he liked pressure. He liked deadlines. He liked a short and finite time to crack a problem. He liked a quiet space to work in. And he liked a similar mind to work with.”
“It helped a lonely man feel connected and isolated both at the same time.”
“Jack Reacher ordered espresso, double, no peel, no cube, foam cup, no china, and before it arrived at his table he saw a man’s life change forever.”
“A soldier knows that a satisfactory observation point provides an unobstructed view to the front and adequate security to the flanks and the rear. He knows it provides protection from the elements and concealment of the observers. He knows it offers a reasonable likelihood of undisturbed occupation for the full duration of the operation.”
“Reacher liked New York more than most places. He liked the casual indifference of it all and the frantic hustle and the total anonymity.”
“His shoes were bench-made by a company called Cheaney, from Northampton in England. Smarter buys than Church’s, which were basically the same shoes but with a premium tag for the name. The style Reacher had chosen was called Tenterden, which was a brown semi-brogue made of heavy pebbled leather.”
“He liked the electric darkness and the hot dirty air and the blasts of noise and traffic and the manic barking sirens and the crush of people. It helped a lonely man feel connected and isolated both at the same time.”
“the only way to keep fear and panic at bay was to concentrate ruthlessly on the job at hand.”
“You try that shit and i'll bend you over and i'll use Addison's head to hammer Perez up your ass like a nail”
“Text messaging,” Pauling said. “What’s that?” “You can send written words by cell phone.” “When did that start?” “Years ago.” “OK,” Reacher said. “Live and learn.”
“Audibility decays according to the inverse square law. Twice the distance, the sound gets four times as quiet. Four times the distance, sixteen times as quiet.”
“No reason to look for complications. You hear hoof beats, you look for horses, not zebras.”
“No,” Burke said. “Thank God.” So”
“Reacher always arranged the smallest details in his life so he could move on at a split second’s notice. It was an obsessive habit. He owned nothing and carried nothing. Physically he was a big man, but he cast a small shadow and left very little in his wake.”
“Drivers hit their horns in anticipation of potential fractional delays.”
“I tried to quash my anger and fear. If I was being set up to fail, then I would fail spectacularly.”
“A surface, she reflected, exists for so many reasons, concealment only one. For it may also serve to protect, from others and from oneself. And perhaps, in an unexpected twist, to protect others from oneself.”
“Pitry regrets not defining the phrase “other side of the hill” more precisely. As he marches along the wandering paths, it increasingly feels like this hill keeps producing other sides out of nowhere for him, none of which bear any sign of civilization. At”
“Thoughtfulness and kindness and love, I contend, are so much the way we expect the world to be that they become invisible as air. We only see war and violence and hatred as something happening, I suggest, because they stand out as aberrations. In my experience, even in the midst of war, many lives are untouched by battle. And even in a life of conflict, violence is outweighed by its absence.”
“But Marcus had refused to be persuaded. His naïveté can be sweet, when it’s not so annoying.”
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