28+ quotes from Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

Quotes from Turn Coat

Jim Butcher ·  420 pages

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“The human mind is not a terribly logical or consistent place.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“You're in America now," I said. "Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“There are bad things in the world. There's no getting away from that. But that doesn't mean nothing can be done about them. You can't abandon life just because it's scary, and just because sometimes you get hurt. ”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“If you can't stop the bad thoughts from coming to visit, at least you can make fun of them while they're hanging around.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“No one is an unjust villain in his own mind. Even - perhaps even especially - those who are the worst of us. Some of the cruelest tyrants in history were motivated by noble ideals, or made choices that they would call 'hard but necessary steps' for the good of their nation. We're all the hero of our own story.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“There's a fine line between audacity and idiocy.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“The human mind isn't a terribly logical or consistent place. Most people, given the choice to face a hideous or terrifying truth or to conveniently avoid it, choose the convenience and peace of normality. That doesn't make them strong or weak people, or good or bad people. It just makes them people.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“Like “love,” “hope” is one of those ridiculously disproportional words that by all rights should be a lot longer.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“I love being a wizard. Every day is like Disneyland.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“There is the world that should be and the world that is. We live in one and must create the other.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“You," Madeline said, her voice hollow and wheezing, "are like a bad case of herpes, wizard. You're inconvenient, embarassing, no real threat, and you simply will not go away.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“Night wasn't so much falling as sharpening its claws.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“There's power in the night. There's terror in the darkness. Despite all our accumulated history, learning, and experience, we remember. We remember times when we were too small to reach the light switch on the wall, and when darkness itself was enough to make us cry out in fear....”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“Maybe the Merlin was right. Maybe its better to look stupid but strong, than it is to look smart but weak, I don't know. I'm not sure I want to believe that the world stage bears that strong a resemblance to high school.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“It isn't a club," I said calmly. "It's a walking stick."
"Six feet long."
"It's traditional Ozark folk art."
"With dents and nicks all over it."
I thought about it for a second. "I'm insecure?"
"Get a blanket." He held out his hand. I signed and passed my staff over to him. "Do I get a receipt?"
He took a notepad from his pocket and wrote on it. Then he passed it over to me. It read: Received, one six foot tall traditional Ozark walking club from Mr. Smart-Ass.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“As far as the Council is concerned, the U.S. Wardens are a bunch of mushrooms."
"Eh?"
"Kept in the dark and fed on bullshit.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“I can't believe I'm about to say this," I said. "So think real careful about where this is coming from. Have you people ever considered *talking* when you've got a problem?”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“I like to stay cozy with my paranoia, not pass her around to my friends and family.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“He gave me an inscrutable look that said maybe he would and maybe he wouldn't. Mister was a cat, and cats generally considered it the obligation of the universe to provide shelter, sustenance, and amusement as required. I think Mister considered it beneath his dignity to plan for the future.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“I guess maybe you don’t get to be the Merlin of the White Council by saving up frequent-flier miles”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“She looked up at me with a polite smile, her dark hair long and appealing...I liked the smile.
Maybe I didn't look like a beaten-up bum. Maybe on me it just looked ruggedly determined.
"I'm sorry, sir," she said, "but the addiction counseling center is on twenty-six."
Sigh.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“He had hard, steady eyes, and all the comforting, reassuring charm of a dental drill. - Harry Dresden describing Morgan”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“Molly, you are a good person. Don't let anyone take that away from you. Not even yourself.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“This is Waldo Butters, and his geek penis is longer and harder than any of ours put together.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“Murphy nodded, frowning at the road ahead of her. "The reason treachery is so reveiled," she said in a careful tone of voice, "is because it usually comes from someone you didn't think could possibly do such a thing.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“After a few minutes, Molly came partway up the short ladder to the bridge and stopped. "Do I need to ask permission to come up there or something?"

"Why would you?" I asked.

She considered. "It's what they do on Star Trek?”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“I checked my gear, my pockets, my shoelaces, and realized that I had crossed the line between making sure I was ready and trying to postpone the inevitable.”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


“Everyone dies, honey," I said, very quietly. "Everyone. There's no 'if.' There's only 'when.'" I let that sink in for a moment. "When you die, do you want to feel ashamed of what you've done with your life? Feel ashamed of what your life meant?”
― Jim Butcher, quote from Turn Coat


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Jim Butcher
Born place: in Independence, Missouri, The United States
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