“Don't let anyone tell you the future is already written. The best any prophet can do is to give you the most likely version of future events. It is up to us to accept the future for what it is, or change it. It is easy to go with the flow; it takes a person of singular courage to go against it.”
“Cats aren't really friendly, they're just cozying up to the dominant life-form as a hedge against extinction.”
“That's the thing about destiny: It can't be predicted, and it's usually pretty odd.”
“Sometimes choice is a luxury that fate does not afford us.”
“The Kingdom of Hereford was unique in the Ununited Kingdoms for having driving tests based on maturity, not age, much to the chagrin of a lot of males, some of whom were still failing to make the grade at thirty-two.”
“Money is a form of alchemy, [...] it turns kind, normal people into greed-mongers, intent only on acquisitiveness.”
“Quarkbeasts, for all their fearsome looks, are obedient to a fault. They are nine-tenths velociraptor and kitchen blender and one-tenth Labrador. It was the Labrador tenth that I valued most.”
“You have many fine qualities that I admire. But you are out of time. You should have been born a century ago, when values such as yours meant something.”
“Love and magic are like oil and water--they just don't mix.”
“Don't get in a blue car on a Thursday.'
'What kind of car?'
'A blue one. On a Thursday.'
“Sometimes your destiny takes you to dark places where you'd rather not be, but destiny, as they say, is destiny.”
“Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to for the greater good.”
“Just walk through him," I said, still deep in thought. "and if you ever wanted to know how a moose works, just stop halfway and take a good look around.”
“It was written in the ancient RUNIX spell-language, and is read-only and can't be modified.”
“-Les presento al nuevo expósito, Tiger Prawns. Tiger te presento a las hermanas Karamázov. Deirdre y Deirdre.
-¿Por qué se llaman igual?
-Tenían un padre con muy poca imaginación.”
“...Mind you, if we we're talking about regeneration, we could go a step further and take a leaf out of the sponge book. There are sponges you can chop to pieces, whiz up in the blender, and then press through a sieve, but they'll still regenerate."
"Useful, maybe," I replied, "but I think there is a limit to the amount of fun you could have as a sponge.”
“Soothsayers are like that. They see many futures but never their own.”
“Governments might come and go, wars will reshape the Ununited Kingdoms many times. But companies will stay, and flourish. Show me any major even on this planet and I will show you the economic reason behind it. Commerce is all powerful, Miss Strange. Commerce rules our lives.”
“Said by Maltcassion the Dragon:
"Humans," he scoffed. "Always so inquiring about stuff. Never satisfied with the status quo. It will be your downfall, but oddly enough, it´s also one of your more endearing features."
"Do we have any otheres?"
"Oy yes, plenty.”
“Eso es lo malo de las premoniciines, que tienen la molesta costumbre de hacerse realidad.”
“Bienvenido a Kazam (...), donde los horrores más inimaginables comparten el día a día con la perplejidad absoluta y el azar más rabioso. Definirlo como manicomio sería un insulto hasta para el más desquiciado de los manicomios.”
“Las premoniciones se cumplen porque la gente quiere que se cumplan. Un observador siempre cambia el resultadi de un acontecimiento; millines de observadores, como en este caso, lo garantizan.”
“No te creas a quien te diga que el futuro ya está escrito. Lo mas que puede hacer un profeta es ofrecerte la versión más probable de los futuros acontecimientos, pero depende de nosotros aceptar el futuro tal y como es, o cambiarlo. Es fácil dejarse llevar por la corriente, pues para nadar en contra hay que ser muy valiente.”
“I see you've met Patrick of Ludlow," I replied, trying to stifle a giggle, for Tiger was thirty feet up in the shabby atrium , perched high upon a chandelier. "How long have you been up there?"
"Half an hour," he answered crossly, "with only a lot of dust and the Transient Moose for company.”
“The convent of the sacred order of the Blessed Ladies of the Lobster had once been a dank and dark medieval castle but was now, after a lick of paint and a few throw pillows, a dank and dark convent.”
“Dragons, like four o’clock tea, crumpets, marmalade, and zip-up cardigans, are a peculiarity to the Ununited Kingdoms. They are fierce, fire-breathing creatures of great intelligence, dignity, and sensitivity who could and did converse on matters of great importance. But for all their intelligence, wit, and social graces, dragons still had one habit that made them impossible to ignore.” “And that is?” “They liked to eat people.”
“Working with those versed in the Mystical Arts was sometimes like trying to knit with wet spaghetti: just when you thought you’d gotten somewhere, it all came to pieces in your hands.”
“Everyone can do a bit,” I said, wondering where Kevin Zipp was. “If you’re thinking of somebody and the phone rings and it’s them, that’s magic. If you get a curious feeling that you’ve been or done something before, then that’s magic, too. It’s everywhere. It seeps into the fabric of the world and oozes out as coincidence, fate, chance, luck, or what have you. The big problem is having enough magic to make it work for you in some useful manner.”
“P.P.S. Just because I like you, it doesn't mean I still don't think you're an evil creature of the night. You are.”
“I'd like to take a walk far back in the flinty hills and search for a souvenir, an old double-bitted ax stuck deep in the side of a white oak tree. I know the handle has long since rotted away with time. Perhaps the rusty frame of a coal-oil lantern still hangs there on the blade.”
“Now, five years is nothing in a man's life except when he is very young and very old...
- Wang Lung”
“She was not an existence, an experience, a passion, a structure of sensations, to anybody but herself. To all humankind besides Tess was only a passing thought. Even to friends she was no more than a frequently passing thought.”
“ما أنبل القلب الحزين الذي لايمنعه حزنه على ان ينشد أغنية مع القلوب الفرحة”
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