“Nothing paralyses a man so well as choice.”
“Courtesy costs nothing, which makes it the ideal gift when you’re as cheap as I am.”
“Fuck that!" My turn to drop the scroll-case as though it were hot. "...your stewardness."
"'Highness' is the correct form of address when the steward is of noble birth... if we're being formal, Jalan."
"Fuck that, your highness.”
“A practised liar gets good at noticing the failings of those with less practice.”
“I’m a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, rarely let a friend down.”
“Your dreams are what will tear you apart. Every man is the victim of his own imagination: we all carry the seeds of our own destruction.” He tapped a long finger to his forehead. “It feeds on your fears.”
“Being on a galloping camel bears several resemblances to energetic sex with an enormously strong and very ugly woman.”
“Give him what he wants,” Jorg had said. “Then take what you want. Nobody is more vulnerable than in their moment of victory, and you know that whatever you do this man will never let you go while he lives.” I”
“Steward, it's our place to protect you."
"If I die in your absence Prince Jalan is to be demoted to peasant. There, I should be safe enough now?”
“I’m an amiable drunk. Given enough time I always reach the point where every man is my brother.”
“Interesting,” I said, by which I meant “shut the fuck up.”
“I warn you, Captain, God crafted these creatures for three things only. Passing wind from the rear end, passing wind from the front end, and spitting. They spit stomach acid so tell your men, and don't let anyone venture into the hold with a naked flame or you may find yourself the master of a marvelous collection of floating splinters. Also, we'll all drown.”
“But truly? In my secret heart, Jalan? What drives me is that I will not let that bitch win. She has raised her hand against me and mine. She will die by my own hands. There’s no life everlasting for that one. No new world. This is a war, boy. My war. I am the Red Queen—and I do not lose.” She”
“It’s an odd thing to be sad about someone in death that you never really cared for in life and a thing that chooses its own moment to sneak up on you—usually”
“Pride lets a man be skewered on the point of other people’s expectations.”
“The things that time wants to keep, it buries.”
“Whilst running away is a great strategy, a good coward always takes the unfair advantage.”
“perhaps we hurt for the lost opportunities, for the conversation that would have released all the unspoken words, for the way it should have been. “Where”
“A man’s first taste of the poppy gives him something glorious and wonderful, something that he strives to recapture with each return to the resin, but in the end he needs to smoke it just to feel human. Life is the same for many of us—a few scant years of golden youth when everything tastes sweet, every experience new and sharp with meaning. Then a long slow grind to the grave, trying and failing to recapture that feeling you had when you were seventeen and the world rolled out before you.”
“Never drink small if it’s at someone else’s expense.”
“I had dug myself into Hell by not having the bravery to admit my cowardice. I resolved not to get into a similar situation again.”
“Your dreams are what will tear you apart. Every man is the victim of his own imagination: we all carry the seeds of our own destruction.’ He tapped a long finger to his forehead. ‘It feeds on your fears.”
“The key if one wishes to avoid dwelling on unpleasant memories or inconvenient truths is to keep yourself occupied.”
“A life lived well is one you’re not prepared to compromise just in order to draw it out for another day.” “Well”
“It strikes me that in this Hell a man of sufficient will, a man willing to sacrifice anything, might bend the world itself around his desire and create of himself whatsoever he wished. It also strikes me that I am not such a man. Snorri’s”
“It doesn’t take long in Hell before your definition of “good company” reduces to “not dead.” For”
“Interesting,” I said, by which I meant “shut the fuck up.” Why”
“A coward can forgive himself anything given the right excuse,”
“At long last I came to the breakthrough point, the surrender. I realized that her life, and my fury, were truly over. She was gone, and if I really loved her, I owed it to her to ensure that her passing would bear spiritual fruit in my life. For that to happen, I would have to let go. The relief was profound. There was nothing left to do.”
“... il n'y a ni bonheur ne malheur en ce monde, il y a la comparaison d'un etat a un autre, voila tout.”
“That’s life. You take the bad with the good. Rise up through it. Live in the midst of it. It’s the bad that lets you know how good the good really is. Don’t let the bad leave you thinking like there ain’t no good. There is, and lots of it, too.” “You”
“Great actions have shaped our society.’ Sindermann said. The greatest of these, physically, has been the Emperor's formal and complete unification of Terra, the outward sequel to which, this Great Crusade, we are now engaged upon. But the greatest, intellectually, has been our casting off of that heavy mantle called religion. Religion damned our species for thousands of years, from the lowest superstition to the highest conclaves of spiritual faith. It drove us to madness, to war,
to murder, it hung upon us like a disease, like a shackle ball. I'll tell you what religion was... No, you tell me. You, there?'
Thank you, Khanna. Ignorance. Since the earliest times, our species has striven to understand the workings of the cosmos, and where that understanding has failed, or fallen short, we have filled in the gaps, plastered over the discrepancies, with blind faith. Why does the sun go round the sky? I don't know, so I will attribute it to the efforts of a sun god with a golden chariot. Why do people die? I can't say, but I will choose to believe it is the murky business of a reaper who carries souls to some afterworld.”
“ფული ღარიბ ქვეყანაში და ფული მდიდარ ქევყანაში – ორი სხვადასხვა ცნებაა. ფული მდიდარ ქვეყანაში არის ფასიანი ქაღალდი, რომლითაც თქვენ ბაზარში საქონელს ყიდულობთ; იქ თქვენ უბრალოდ მყიდველი ხართ, იქ მილიონერიც კი მყიდველია. მას შეუძლია შეიძინოს ბევრი ან ცოტა საქონელი, მაგრამ ის მაინც ერთ-ერთ რიგით მუშტრად რჩება და მეტი არაფერი. მაგრამ ღარიბ ქვეყანაში? ასეთ ქვეყანაში ფული არის მშვენიერი, თავბრუდამხვევი, მათრობელა, მარადიულ ყვავილებგამოსხმული ღობე, რომლითაც თქვენ ყველასგან იზოლირებული ხართ. ამ ცოცხალი ღობის იქით ვერ ხედავთ საშინელ სიღატაკეს, სიბინძურეს, ვერ გრძნობთ მის სიმყრალეს, არ გესმით ხალხის გულებიდან ამომავალი ხმები.
თუმცა, იმავდროულად თქვენ იცით, რომ ეს ყველაფერი არსებობს და გრძნობთ სიხარულსა და სიამაყეს: თქვენ ხომ ასე საიმედოდ ხართ დაცული. თქვენ გაქვთ ფული, მაშასადამე, თქვენ გაქვთ ფრთები. თქვენ ხართ სამოთხის ჩიტი, რომელიც აღტაცებას იწვევს. შეგიძლიათ, წარმოიდგინოთ, რომ ჰოლანდიაში ხალხი მდიდარი თანამემამულის დასათვალიერებლად შეიკრიბოს იმის გამო, რომ მას ახლოდან შეხედოს?! შვედეთში ან ავსტრალიაში? ჩვენთან კი ასე ხდება: თუ თავადი ან მილი”
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