Brotherhood Quotes

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Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy, he thought. For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistable urge to commit murder, and an inferiority complex. Yippee.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.
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Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
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I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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You've won the evolutionary lottery: You're a vampire. Let's go to Disneyland!
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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I challenge anyone to understand Islam, its spirit, and not to love it. It is a beautiful religion of brotherhood and devotion.
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Yann Martel (Life of Pi)
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Some things are destined to be -- it just takes us a couple of tries to get there.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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You are a manipulator. I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.
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John Steinbeck
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I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.
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Dr. Seuss (Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz ( Collins Colour Cubs Mini Format ))
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We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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You so need to lighten up about that potato-launcher incident," Butch said. Phury rolled his eyes and eased back in the banquette. "You broke my window." "Of course we did. V and I were aiming for it." "Twice." "Thus proving that he and I are outstanding marksmen.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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There is no Them. There are only facets of Us.
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John Green
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I miss you. I miss you so fucking bad it hurts, but I don't know how to find you even though you're right in front of me.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
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Thomas Paine (Rights of Man)
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When I want you to beg, I'll tell you.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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You know,” he said, β€œthis is why I love you so much.” Her tone was heartbreakingly warm. β€œWhat do you mean?” You don’t ask me to go inside because it’s cold. You just want to make it easier for me to be where I want to stand.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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Terrific. A bisexual dominant vampire with kidnapping expertise.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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Z: "You know, this was a hell of a lot easier when you were out cold in the back of that truck." Phury: "That was you?" Z:"You think it was Santa Claus or some shit?
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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I liked you, cop. From the moment I met you. No… not the first moment. I wanted to kill you when I first met you. But then I liked you. A lot.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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You never knew the last time you were seeing someone. You didn't know when the last argument happened, or the last time you had sex, or the last time you looked into their eyes and thanked God they were in your life. After they were gone? That was all you thought about. Day and night.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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What is your name?" she murmured. He cocked an eyebrow at her and then went back to staring at his brother. "I'm the evil one, in case you haven't figured it out." "I wanted your name, not your calling." "Being a bastard's more of a compulsion, really. And it's Zsadist. I am Zsadist.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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Some bridges you crossed on your own, no matter who drove you to the edge
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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Take off your coat." "Excuse me?" "Take it off." "No." "I want it off." "Then I suggest you hold your breath. Won't affect me in the slightest, but at least the suffocation will help pass the time for you. [Vishous to Jane]
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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I will not fall in love with you," she said. "I can't let myself. I won't." "That's all right. I'll love you enough for the both of us.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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Whether or not you believe in God, you must believe this: when we as a species abandon our trust in a power greater than us, we abandon our sense of accountability. Faiths… all faiths… are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable. With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. The church consists of a brotherhood of imperfect, simple souls wanting only to be a voice of compassion in a world spinning out of control.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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That's you," Wrath said. You shall be called the Black Dagger warrior Dhestroyer, descended of Wrath son of Wrath." "But you'll always be Butch to us," Rhage cut in. "As well as hard-ass. Smart-ass. Royal pain in the ass. You know, whatever the situation calls for. I think as long as there's an ASS in there, it'll be accurate." "How about bASStard?" Z suggested. "Nice. I feel that.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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I love you. And I'm going to keep loving you even after you don't know I exist.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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You're such a pain in the ass. (Butch) Said the SIG to the Glock. (V)
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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We men and women are all in the same boat, upon a stormy sea. We owe to each other a terrible and tragic loyalty.
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G.K. Chesterton (The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton Volume 28: The Illustrated London News, 1908-1910)
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I'm going to talk to her." "And how's that going to go? You're just going to walk up to her and say, 'Hey, I know you've never seen me before, but I'm your dad. Oh, and guess what? You've won the evolutionary lottery: You're a vampire. Let's go to Disneyland!
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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All of us are taking the night off," Wrath said abruptly. "We need some regroup time." Rhage snorted from across the table. "You're not going to make us play Monopoly again, are you?" Yup." A collective groan rose up from the Brotherhood, one that Wrath ignored. "Right after dinner.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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Bella: "Then why are you wearing that bandage like a sash?" Phury: "It makes my ass look smaller.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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One more thing." "What." "I think we're dating now." As V barked out a laugh, the cop shrugged. "Come on....I got you naked. You wore a damn corset. And don't get me started about the sponge bath afterward." "Fucker." "To the end.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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The truth was...he was in love with her. Totally over-the-line, no-going-back, not-even-dead-would-he-part kind of shit.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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Vengeance was one hell of a roommate.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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Say the word. Say the word and I won't go. Say the word, Qhuinn. Do it and I'll spend the night with you. Better yet, why don't you just kiss me-
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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He wanted to give her another word to say, something like luscious or whisper or strawberry. Hell, antidisestablishmentarianism would do it.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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He knew he was being overbearing as hell, but he couldn't help it. He was a bonded male. With his pregnant female. There were few things on the planet more aggressive or dangerous. And those bastards were called hurricanes and tornadoes.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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Man" Rhage muttered, "someone hit this place with the Hallmark stick." Until it broke.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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Life is such a glorious trauma, is it not?
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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No, you've got it all wrong, John." Reading his emotions, she shook her head. "You're not half the male you could be because of what was done to you. You're twice what anyone else is because you survived.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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Butch tightened his grip on his cell and wished there were an app that let you reach through a phone and bitch slap someone.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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Besides, you think I'm not used to hurting? For me, it's home sweet home, my brother.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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I have no words. Sixteen languages, but no words. -Vishous
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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As Qhuinn looked at his best friend's handsome face, he felt as if he'd never not known that red hair, those blue eyes, those lips, that jaw. And it was because of their long history that he searched for something to say, something that would get them back to where they had been. All that came to him was . . . I miss you. I miss you so fucking bad it hurts, but I don't know how to find you even though you're right in front of me.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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...Bringing the very heavens close enough to touch. It was Zsadist. His eyes closed, his head back, his mouth wide open, he sang. The scarred one, the souless one, had the voice of an angel.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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Whoa. Fangs. She had fangs. She leaned in, prodded them a little. Eating with those puppies was going to take some getting used to, she thought. On impulse, she brought up her hands, turned her fingers into claws. Hissed. Cool.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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What brings you onto my property?" Rhev said, cradling his mug with both hands trying to absorb its warmth. Got a problem" I can't fix your personality, sorry
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J.R. Ward (Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6))
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I would hold you up. I will ever hold you up and hold you dear, lover mine.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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You don't know this yet. But you are Mine - Wrath
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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For fuck's sake, get off the cross. Someone else needs the wood.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6))
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Qhuinn: "What is wrong with you, that you care so much about me?" Blay: "What is wrong with you, that you can't see why I would?
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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Love was worth sacrificing for, he thought as he left his room. Even if it wasn't yours. -Phury's thoughts
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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It is our suffering that brings us together. It is not love. Love does not obey the mind, and turns to hate when forced. The bond that binds us is beyond choice. We are brothers. We are brothers in what we share. In pain, which each of us must suffer alone, in hunger, in poverty, in hope, we know our brotherhood. We know it, because we have had to learn it. We know that there is no help for us but from one another, that no hand will save us if we do not reach out our hand. And the hand that you reach out is empty, as mine is. You have nothing. You possess nothing. You own nothing. You are free. All you have is what you are, and what you give.
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Ursula K. Le Guin (The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #6))
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Fine. If I can't have you, then you do the taking. Have all of me, part of me, a small piece, whatever you want. Just please, have something.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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Sometimes, I look outside, and I think that a lot of other people have seen this snow before. Just like I think that a lot of other people have read those books before. And listened to those songs. I wonder how they feel tonight.
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Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
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After a moment, Wrath turned to John. "This is Lassiter, the fallen angel. One of the last times he was here on earth, there was a plague in central Europe-" "Okay, that was so not my fault-" "-which wiped out two-thirds of the human population." "I'd like to remind you that you don't like humans." "They smell bad when they're dead." "All you mortal types do.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6))
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All I know is, she's a pounding in my chest that I can't ignore. . . hell, that I don't WANT to ignore. [Rhage]
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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There aren't any syringes." Red Sox came over and held a sterile pack out. When she tried to take it from him, he kept a grip on the thing. "I know you'll use this wisely." "Wisely?" She snapped the syringe out of his hand. "No, I'm going to poke him in the eye with it. Because that's what they trained me to do in medical school.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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A book unopened alters not the ink on its pages. What is there is there.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment
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Malcolm X
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The place is also big enough. We could all live there without killing each other." -Rhage "That depends more on your mouth than any floorplan." -Phury
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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Gimme an S! A T! An O! A C! Followed by a K-H-O-L-M! What's it spell? HEAD FUCK. - Jane
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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Pull up your big girl panties and just do it.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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You've always had me ... and my heart. My soul. Everything. I wish it hadn't taken this long for me to man up.
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J.R. Ward (Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11))
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Thanks for putting me up for it ... trahyner." As V's eyes flared, Butch said, "Yeah, I looked up what the word meant. 'Beloved Friend' fits you perfect as far as I'm concerned." V Flushed. Cleared his throat. "Good Deal, cop. Good... deal.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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Man, he wasn't going to need a stress test anytime soon. If his heart could get through a kiss from her, he could probably run a marathon. While dragging a car behind him. Sideways to the road.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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Tell you what, you let me go, and I’ll ask you plenty of questions about your race. Until then, I’m slightly distracted with how this little vacation on the good ship Holy Sh*t is going to pan out for me.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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If you two yentas are finished discussing Claire’s rabid who-ha, me and the boys would like to eat sometime this century." "You and 'the boys?' You just met them today. Does the Ya Ya Brotherhood already have a secret handshake and a password?" Liz joked.
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Tara Sivec (Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1))
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Perfect date material, she thought. A vampire with the social equivalent of road rage. ---Beth about Wrath
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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She is more beautiful than I have words for. And last night, I was blessed beyond measure to serve her.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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Being a Silent Brother is life, Clary Fray. But if you mean I remember my life before the Brotherhood, I do. Clary took a deep breath. β€œWere you ever in love? Before the Brotherhood? Was there ever anyone you would have died for?” There was a long silence. Then: Two people, said Brother Zachariah. There are memories that time does not erase, Clarissa. Ask your friend Magnus Bane, if you do not believe me. Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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God, he even knew their names. Rhage. Phury. And that scary-ass Zsadist guy. Yeah, no Tom, Dick, and Harry names for the vampire types. But come on, could you actually imagine some lethal bloodsucker named Howard? Eugene?
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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After all, tragedy didn't discriminate, so everyone was subject to the same whims of fate.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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Your hands on a gun butt right now, isn't it? Afraid of me?” β€œJust want to make sure I can take care of you.” β€œOh, really?” β€œYeah, in case you need Glock-to-mouth-resuscitation.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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The warrior (Zsadist) rolled his black eyes. "Come on, man. What does it matter to me? You, Tohr. Britney Spears.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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I came to you, Jane. Every night this week, I came to you. I didn't want you to be alone. And I didn't want to sleep without you." -Vishous
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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V shook his head. β€œRemember what you saw in that clearing, cop? How’d you like that anywhere near a female you loved?” Butch put down the Bud without drinking from it. His eyes traveled over Rhage’s body. β€œWe’re going to need a shitload of steel,” the human muttered.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
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William J.H. Boetcker
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He who is different from me does not impoverish me - he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves - in Man... For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.
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Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry
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You're getting into some kind of shape, cop." Aw, come on, now." Butch grinned. "Don't let that shower we took go to your head." Rhage fired a towel at the male. "Just pointing out your beer gut's gone." It was a Scotch pot. And I don't miss it.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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Love can conquer everything but reality. Which will win every stinking time.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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Look, you didn't fail me. Because you can't fail at the impossible." -Zsadist to Phury
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J.R. Ward (Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6))
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Falling into ruin was a bit like falling in love: Both descents stripped you bare and left you as you were at your core. And both endings are equally painful.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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Never hold resentments for the person who tells you what you need to hear; count them among your truest, most caring, and valuable friends.
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Mike Norton (Just Another War Story)
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The staircase that was revealed was lit with a soft red glow. I feel like I'm walking down into a porn movie," V muttered as they took the steps with care. Wouldn't that require more black candles for you," Zsadist cracked. At the bottom of the landing, they looked left and right down a corridor carved out of stone, seeing row after row of...black candles with ruby color flames. I take that back," Z said, eyeing the display. We start hearing chick-a-wow-wow shit," V cut in, "can I start calling you Z-packed?" Not if you want to keep breathing.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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Wrath dragged Beth into his arms and hugged her hard, talking in that other language again. When he pulled back, he ended the monologue with something like leelan. Beth: "Is that vampire talk for bitch?
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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The front door flew open, and Mary shot out of the house, jumping off the porch, not even bothering with the steps to the ground. She ran over the frost-laden grass in her bare feet and threw herself at him, grabbing on to his neck with both arms. She held him so tightly his spine cracked. She was sobbing. Bawling. Crying so hard her whole body was shaking. He didn't ask any questions, just wrapped himself around her. I'm not okay," she said hoarsely between breaths. "Rhage...I'm not okay.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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You've got some of me in you, cop.' Wrath's smile stuck around as he slid his glasses back on. 'Course, I always knew you were a royal. Just didn't think it went past the pain-in-the-ass-part is all.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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I love you forever" didn't always need to be spoken to be understood.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6))
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I don’t think my sister is old enough to have sex.” β€œV, she’s the same age you are.” He frowned for a moment. Was she? Or had he been born first?
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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Okay. Right. Horror meets romance meets erotica meets fantasy meets hip hop. Throw in some leather and some Miami Ink shit, stir with a baseball bat and a tire iron, sprinkle on some baby powder, and serve over a hot bed of Holy-Mary-mother-of-God-this-has-to-work-or-I'm-going-to-be-a-lawyer-for-the-rest-of-my-natural-life. No problem." (J.R. Ward on the elements of writing the Black Dagger Brotherhood)
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J.R. Ward (The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6.5))
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We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct & individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don't share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. I will not blind myself and say that my black brother is not different from me. I will not blind myself and say that my brown sister is not different from me. But my black brother is he as much as I am me. But my brown sister is she as much as I am me.
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C. JoyBell C.
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V was half way down the hall when he heard a yelp. He hightailed it back, barging through the door. β€œWhat? What’s …” β€œI’m going bald!” V whipped back the shower curtain and frowned. β€œWhat are you talking about? You’ve still got your hair…” β€œNot my head! My body, you idiot! I’m going bald!” Vishous glanced down. Butch’s torso and legs were shedding, a rush of dark brown fuzz pooling around the drain. V started laughing. β€œThink of it this way. At least you won’t have to worry about shaving your back as you get old, true? No manscaping for you.” He was not surprised when a bar of soap came firing at him.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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You're the reason I get out of bed every night. And you're the reason I can't wait to come home every dawn. Not the war. Not the Brothers. Not even Butch. It's...you.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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Tell me something,boys. Do you wear that leather to turn each other on? I mean, is it a dick thing with you all?
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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Sometimes your whole life could hinge on a fraction of an inch. Or the beat of a nanosecond. Or the knock on a door.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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If sex were food, Rhage would haven been morbidly obese.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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I believe there's a hand that guides us. It just isn't always a gentle one. Or one that seems fair at the time. But I dunno, I try to trust in it now. When I freak, I just try to... shit, I guess trust in it. Because at the end of the day, what else can you do? Choice only gets you so far. Reasoning and planning too. The rest... it's up to someone else. Where we end up, who we know, what happens to the people we love... we don't have a lot of control over any of it.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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An active mind didn't need distractions in its physical environment. It needed a collection of outstanding books and a good lamp. Maybe some cheese and crackers.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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Christ, don't you ever knock? It's Lassiter. L-A-S-S-I-T-E-R. How is it possible you're still getting me confused with someone else? Do I need a nametag?
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time, we've destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don't you think that we might see each other once or twice?
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Richard Bach
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The half-human was the hottest thing he'd ever gotten anywhere near. And he'd cozied up to a lightning strike once or twice before.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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I love you." Z squeezed his eyes shut. "Don't be a tragedy, Bella.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
β€œ
Because I was, and I remain, utterly and completely and totally…in love with you.
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J.R. Ward (Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11))
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Shit. With Qhuinn looking at him like that, he couldn’t remember his own name. Blaysox? Blacklock? Blabberfox? Who the fuck knew…
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J.R. Ward (Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11))
β€œ
You are in a prison with no bars. I worry about you.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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Payne looked back through the glass at the human on the bed. "Yes. I am in love with him. And if you try to dissuade me by the fact that I have not lived yet enough to judge, I say unto you...fuck off.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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The male who'd just arrived laughed as he embraced Qhuinn. "You have such a way with words, cousin. I would say...trucker meets sailor crossed with a twelve-year-old.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
β€œ
Fuckin' A... hope didn't so much spring eternal as it drowned out common sense and self-preservation.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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The essential truth of life, he was coming to realize, wasn't romantic and took only two words to label: Shit. Happens. But the thing was, you kept going. You kept your friends and your family and your mate as safe as you were able. And you kept fighting even after you were knocked down.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
β€œ
From one king to another, know that I'm giving you the middle finger right now." And he was, with a smile.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
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[...]you know what they say about messengers, right"? Excuse me?" Too much bad news will get you shot."[...]
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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He kept his head down in what seemed to be a prayer. β€œHe counts. You’ve smiled at him four hundred and forty-six times as of a few minutes ago. He announces the number every time I see him.
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Debra Anastasia (Poughkeepsie (Poughkeepsie Brotherhood, #1))
β€œ
If you're going to insist on being reasonable, I'm going to stop hanging with you.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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Qhuinn smiled, baring his fangs. 'Has anyone ever shown you the difference between good touch and bad touch? 'Cause I'd love to demonstrate. We could start right now.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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W:"At least I'm not pussy-whipped!" T:"Nice. Fucking. Suit." --Wrath to Tohr
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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Butch repositioned the Sox cap, and as his wrist passed by his nose, he got another whiff of himself. "Ah, V. . . listen, there is something a little weird going down on me." "What?" "I smell like men's cologne." "Good for you. Females dig that kind of thing." "Vishous, I smell like Obsession for Men, only I'm not WEARING any, you feel me?" There was silence on the line. Then, "Humans don't bond." "Oh, really. You want to tell that to my central nervous system and my sweat glands? They'd appreciate the news flash, I'm sure.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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No man can be an exile if he remembers that all the world is one city.
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C.S. Lewis (Till We Have Faces)
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Rhage raised his hand " Pastor Ass-hat, I have a question." "Yes my son, you are going to hell
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J.R. Ward (The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12))
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Fine, dandy, she thought. Then lose the shirt, peel off those leather pants, and lie down on my tile. We'll take turns being on the bottom.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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She smiled a little. "You are a manipulator" "I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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One thing you could say about Butch was that his wardrobe was full of options. "Never thought I'd be glad that you're a clothes whore." "I believe the term is sharp dresser.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
β€œ
If you eliminate all possible explanations, then the impossible is the answer.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
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Charlie Chaplin
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She was glad she didn’t know where it would take her. Because sometimes the only thing that got you through hell was that you were in too deep to pull out. [Ehlena]
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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Ride?" Rhage snorted. "Please. That thing is a sewing machine with an air dam taped to it. My GTO could dust the fucker in fourth gear from a dead stop." When there was an odd sound from behind, John looked back. So did the three Brothers. "What." Xhex bristled and crossed her arms over her chest. "I can laugh, you know. And that's . . . pretty damn funny." Rhage beamed. "I knew I liked you.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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Butch: -I hear ya. No one's biz but yours. One question though Vishous: -What Butch: -When the females tie you down, do they paint your toe-nails and shit? Or just do your makeup? Wait... they tickle your pits with feather, right?
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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No matter what you wear... to me, you will always have diamonds on the soles of your shoes.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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V settled back against the pillows and measured the hard line of her chin. "Take off your coat." "Excuse me?" "Take it off." "No." "I want it off." "Then I suggest you hold your breath. Won't affect me in the slightest, but at least the suffocation will help pass the time for you.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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They don't fit you?" V asked his roommate. "Not the point. No offense, but these are wicked Village People." Butch held his heavy arms out and turned in a circle, his bare chest catching the light. "I mean, come on." "They're for fighting, not fashion." "So are kilts, but you don't see me rocking the tartan." "And thank God for that. You're too bowlegged to pull that shit off." Butch assumed a bored expression. "You can bite me.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
β€œ
You make the rest of the beautiful things in the world cry for even trying at all. You make it hard for me to breathe.
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Debra Anastasia (Poughkeepsie (Poughkeepsie Brotherhood, #1))
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I catch you without your ahstrux nohtrum again, I'm turning you in." Qhuinn cursed. "Yeah, and then I'll get fired. Which means V'll Donald trump my ass with a dagger. You're welcome.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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I am very comfortable with conflict, be it of the legal or mortal kind. My father was a mediator, a bridge maker. I am a grave maker.
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J.R. Ward (Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11))
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The great majority of us are Muslims. We follow the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him). We are members of the brotherhood of Islam in which all are equal in rights, dignity and self-respect. Consequently, we have a special and a very deep sense of unity. But make no mistake: Pakistan is not a theocracy or anything like it.
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Muhammad Ali Jinnah
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There was pain, and then there was PAIN. This was PAIN -Vishous
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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You are perfect for a female." "Not where I come from." "Then they're using the wrong standard.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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What happened to you?" she asked. "I got hit in the side." "With what?" "A knife.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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Now tell me something. What’s your word for husband?” β€œHellren, I suppose. The short version is just hell.” She laughed softly. β€œGo figure.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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Motherf**ker. Bastard ass motherf**ker. C**ks**king rat-bitch bastard motherf**ker!” – Blay
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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Aha!" Lassiter pointed at the boob tube. "You motherfucker! I knew you were the father!
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
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V?" Butch said. "Don't leave, okay?" "Never." V brushed Butch's hair back with a gesture so tender it was out of place coming from a male.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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As always, Blay was the anchor who kept him from being swept away.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
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In quick succession, Qhuinn reviewed his answers: No, of course not, the knife was acting of its own volition. I was actually trying to stop it...No, I only meant to give him a shave...No, I didn't realize that slicing open someone's jugular was going to lead to death.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6))
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...When it was finished, the scaled dragon looked around and as the thing spotted V, a growl rippled up to the bleachers, then ended in a snort. "You finished, big guy?" Va called down. "FYI, goalpost over there would work righteous as a toothpick.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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Jesus Christ. . . he was not Omega's son. Was he? "No." V said. "You are not. He just wants to believe you are. And he wants you to think you are. But that doesn't make it true." There was a long silence. Then Rhage's hand landed on Butch's shoulder. "Besides, you don't look a thing like him. I mean. . . hello? You are this beefy Irish white boy. He's like. . . bus exhaust or some shit." Butch glanced over at Hollywood. "You're sick, you know that?" "Yeah, but you love me, right? Come on, I know you feel me.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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They’d just left when Zsadist came in at a dead run. β€œShit, shit, shit…” What’s doing, my brother?” β€œI’m teaching and I’m late.” Zsadist grabbed a sleeve of bagels, a turkey leg out of the refridge and a quart of ice cream from the freezer. β€œShit.” β€œThat’s your breakfast?” β€œShut up. It’s almost a turkey sandwich.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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It had been so good to see his enemy again. Positively heartwarming. Hallmark really needed to start up a line of revenge cards, the kind that let you reach out to those you were going to come after with a vengeance. - Lash
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J.R. Ward (Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6))
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I… What are you saying, Zsadist?" she stammered, even though she'd heard every word. He glanced back down at the pencil in his hand and then turned to the table. Flipping the spiral notebook to a new page, he bent way over and labored on top of the paper for quite a while. Then he ripped the sheet free. His hand was shaking as he held it out. "It's messy." Bella took the paper. In a child's uneven block letters there were three words: I LOVE YOU Her lips flattened tight as her eyes stung. The handwriting got wavy and then disappeared. Β  "Maybe you can't read it," he said in a small voice. "I can do it over." Β  She shook her head. "I can read it just fine. It's… beautiful." "I don't expect anything back. I mean… I know that you don't… feel that for me anymore. But I wanted you to know. It's important that you knew.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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And if that bastard’s innocent,” Rhage spoke up, β€œI’m the fucking Easter bunny.” β€œOh, good,” someone quipped. β€œI’m calling you Hop-along Hollywood from now on.” β€œBeasty Bo Peep,” somebody else threw out. β€œWe could put you in a Cadbury ad and finally make some money—” β€œPeople,” Rhage barked, β€œthe point is that he is not innocent and I’m not the Easter bunny—” β€œWhere’s your basket?” β€œCan I play with your eggs?” β€œHop it out, big guy—” β€œWill you guys fuck off ? Seriously!
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
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You would have made a fine warrior, you know that?" I am one. Death is my enemy." Yeah, it is, isn't it." God, it made such sense that he'd bonded with her. She was a fighter… like him. "Your scalpel's your dagger." Yup.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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All right, then, her first rule for the rest of her days: no more looking outside for definitions. She might not have any clue who she was, but better to be lost and searching than shoved into a social box by someone else.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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Enough, Qhuinn thought. Enough with the excuses and the avoidance, and trying to be someone else, anyone else. Even if he got shanked, even if his precious little ego and his dumbass little heart got shattered into a million pieces, it was time to stop the bullshit. It was time to be a male. As Blay started to straighten like a message had been received, Qhuinn thought, That's right buddy: Our future has come
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
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Life was short, no matter how many days you were granted. And people were precious, each and every one, no matter how many you were lucky enough to have in your life. And love... love was worth dying for. Worth living for, too. -Tohrment
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
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Rhage stepped out in front of him (JM), "Hey, hi! How are you?" Hollywood stuck his hand out. "I'd like to introduce myself. I'm the piece of meat that's going to force you headfirst into your buddy Quinn's Hummer as soon as it gets here. Just figured I'd introduced myself before I rope your ass and throw you over my shoulder like a bag of sand.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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And second, I don't think there's much of a market for your particular brand of psychology." "So not true." "Butch, you and I just beat the crap out of each other." "You started it. And actually, it would be perfect for Spike TV. UFC meets Oprah. God, I'm brilliant." "Keep telling yourself that. -Butch and V
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below; and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity - of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.β€” from Bhagat Singh's prison diary, p. 124
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Bhagat Singh (The Jail Notebook And Other Writings)
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Oh, man there's a marathon of Beaches running tomorrow night. Can we go after ten so I can see it once all the way through?" Everyone in the room turned to the blond-and-black haired guy, who was propped in the corner, massive arms over his chest. What," he said. "Look, it's not Mary Tyler Moore, 'kay? So you can 't give me shit." Vishous, the one with the black glove on his hand, glared across the room. "It's worse than Mary Tyler Moore. And to call you and idiot would be an insult to half-wits around the world." Are you kidding me? Bette Midler rocks. And I love the ocean. Sue me." Vishous glanced at the king. "You told me I could beat him. You promised." As soon as you come home," Wrath said as he got to his feet, "we'll hang him up by his armpits in the gym and you can use him as a punching bag." Thank you, baby Jesus." Blond-and-Black shook his head. "I swear, one of these days I'm going to leave." As one, the Brothers all pointed to the open door and let silence speak for itself. You guys suck.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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You are perfect the way you are." Blay's voice was strong. "There is nothing wrong with who and what you have always been. I'm proud of you. And I love you. Now ... and always." Qhuinn's vision got wavy. Hard-core. "I'm proud of you. And I love you," Blay repeated. "Always. Forget about your old family ... you have me now. I am your family.
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J.R. Ward (Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11))
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Go 'head." Those freaky-ass black eyes had stared at Butch with the intensity of a shark. "Crack open that door. Run your little heart out. Run fast, run smart, call for help. Just know that I'll come after you. Like a hearse." - Zsadist
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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Butch nodded, finding as comfortable a bite as he could on the leather. He braced himself as V lifted an arm. Except when his roommate's palm landed on his bare chest all he felt was a warm weight. Butch frowned. This was it? This was fucking it? Scaring the shit out of Marissa for no good- He looked down, pissed off. Oh, wrong hand.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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So would you like to try on some clothes?" Beth nodded at what was in her arms. "I don't have many dresses but Fritz can get you some." You know what?" Marissa eyed the blue jeans the queen had on. "I've never worn a pair of pants before." I've got two pairs here if you want to try them out." Well, wasn't this a night for firsts. Sex. Arson. Pants.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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It was the wife, John thought. And she was giving this tough guy a tongue-lashing. And the man was taking it. "Okay. I love you. Bye." Tohrment flipped the phone closed and put it in his pocket. When he focused on John again, he clearly respected his wife enough not to roll his eyes and make some macho, shithead comment about pesky women.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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I can smell the sex coming off you right now. I could take you down on this sidewalk and be up that skirt of yours in a heartbeat. And you wouldn't fight me, would you?" "Now, we can be civilized and wait until we get home. Or we can get down to it right here. Either way, I'm dying to come inside of you again, and you're not going to say no." - Wrath to Beth
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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This was why people got mated, Rehv suddenly thought. Fuck the sex and the social position. If they were smart, they did it to make a house that had no walls and an invisible roof and a floor that no could walk on-and yet the structure was a shelter no storm could blow down, no match could torch up, no passage of years could degrade. That was when it hit him. A mated bond like that helped you through shit nights like this.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
β€œ
I have loved you for years. I have been in love with you for years and years and years ... throughout school and training ... before transitions and afterward ... when you approached me and yes, even now that you're with Saxton and you hate me. And that ... shit ... in my fucking head locked me down, locked everything down ... and it cost me you.
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J.R. Ward (Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11))
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Phury glanced at John and thought that sometimes it took only a hairbreadth between cars to avoid a mortal accident. Sometimes your whole life could hinge on a fraction of an inch. Or the beat of a nanosecond. Or the knock on a door. Kind of made a male believe in the divine.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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Red Sox looked around Jane at the patient, β€œYour mind reading coming back?” β€œWith her? Sometimes?” β€œHuh. You getting anything from anyone else?” β€œNope.” Red Sox repositioned his hat. β€œWell, ah…let me know if you pick up shit from me, k? There are some things that I’d prefer to keep private, feel me?” β€œRoger that. Although I can’t help it sometimes.” β€œWhich is why I’m going to take up thinking about baseball when you’re around.” β€œThank fuck you’re not a Yankees fan.” β€œDon’t use the Y-word. We’re in mixed company.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5))
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Qhuinn stopped breathing, focusing everything he had on the male who had been his best friend and his never-been lover… and the ever-after that was never going to happen. Even after all the things that had gone on between them, and all the fuckups on his end, which were legendary, Blay still had his back. β€œI love you,” Qhuinn blurted into the silence.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
β€œ
Shit. . . this was a bad idea. A pure-blooded, bonded male vampire about to watch his shellan feed someone else. Holy hell, when the Scribe Virgin had suggested Beth come down, V had assumed it was for ceremonial purposes, not so she could be a vein. But what was the choice? Butch was going to suck Marissa dry and not have enough and there wasn't another female in the house who could do the job: Mary was still human and Bella was pregnant. Besides, like dealing with Rhage or Z would be any easier? For the beast, they'd need a tranq gun the size of a cannon and Z. . . well, shit.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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It's a commonly expressed and rather nice, romantic notion that we are all "sisters" and "brothers." Let's be real. Fact is, we might be better served to accept that we are all siblings. Siblings fight, pull each other's hair, steal stuff, and accuse each other indiscriminately. But siblings also know the undeniable fact that they are the same blood, share the same origins, and are family. Even when they hate each other. And that tends to put all things in perspective.
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Vera Nazarian (The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration)
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I think that's Justin Bieber. Standing in front of a line up of Lay's potato chips, Qhuinn looked overhead to the speaker inset into the ceiling tiles. Yup, I'm right, and I hate that I know that. Next to him John Matthew signed, How do you know? The little shit is everywhere. I swear, that kid is proof the Antichrist is coming. Maybe it's already here. Would explain Miley Cyrus.
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J.R. Ward (Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11))
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Brace yourself , Effie." "Jesus Ch-" A grunt cut off the swearing. Wrath poked his head out of the window and whispered , "You're supposed to be a good Catholic. Isn't that blasphemy ?" Butch's tone was like someone had pissed out a fire on his bed. " You just threw half a car at me with nothing but a quote from Mrs. fucking Doubtfire.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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Sometimes in life, from out of a myriad of prosaic decisions like what to eat and where to sleep and how to dress, a true crossroads is revealed. In these moments, when the fog of relative irrelevancy lifts and fate rolls out a demand for free will, there is only left or right – no option of four-by-fouring into the underbrush between two paths, no negotiating with the choice that has been presented. You must answer the call and pick your way. And there is no reverse.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7))
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As he vomited, he felt, though did not see, V come over. Forcing his head up, Butch groaned, "Help me..." I'm going to, trahyner. Give me your hand." As Butch held his palm up in despair, Vishous whipped off his glove and grabbed on good and hard. V's energy, that beautiful, white light, poured down Butch's arm and ripped through him in a blast, cleansing, renewing. United by their clasped hands, they became again the two halves, the light and the dark. The Destroyer and the Savior. A whole.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4))
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-BDB on the board- Knitter's Anonimous May 8, 2006 Rhage (in his bedroom posting in V's room on the board) Hi, my name is V. ("Hi, V") I've been knitting for 125 years now. (*gasping noises*) It's begun to impact my personal relationships: my brothers think I'm a nancy. It's begun to affect my health: I'm getting a callus on my forefinger and I find bits of yarn in all my pockets and I'm starting to smell like wool. I can't concentrate at work: I keep picturing all these lessers in Irish sweaters and thick socks. (*sounds of sympathy*) I've come seeking a community of people who, like me, are trying not to knit. Can you help me? (*We're with you*) Thank you (*takes out hand-knitted hankie in pink*) (*sniffles*) ("We embrace you, V") Vishous (in the pit): Oh hell no...you did not just put that up. And nice spelling in the title. Man...you just have to roll up on me, don't you. I got four words for you, my brother. Rhage: Four words? Okay...lemme see... Rhage, you're so sexy. hmmm.... Rhage, you're SO smart. No wait! Rhage, you're SO right! That's it, isn't it...g'head. You can tell me. Vishous: First one starts with a "P" Use your head for the other three. Bastard. Rhage: P? Hmm... Please pass the yarn Vishous: Payback is a bitch! Rhage: Ohhhhhhhhhhhh I'm so scuuuuuurred. Can you whip me up a blanket to hide under?
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J.R. Ward (The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6.5))
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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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I'll tell you something banal.We're emotional illiterates.And not only you and I-practically everybody,that's the depressing thing.We're taught everything about the body and about agriculture in Madagascar and about the square root of pi, or whatever the hell it's called,but not a word about the soul.We're abysmally ignorant,about both ourselves and others.There's a lot of loose talk nowadays to the effect that children should be brought up to know all about brotherhood and understanding and coexistence and equality and everything else that's all the rage just now.But it doesn't dawn on anyone that we must first learn something about ourselves and our own feelings.Our own fear and loneliness and anger.We're left without a chance,ignorant and remorseful among the ruins of our ambitions.To make a child aware of it's soul is something almost indecent.You're regarded as a dirty old man.How can you understand other people if you don't know anything about yourself?Now you're yawning,so that's the end of the lecture.
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Ingmar Bergman
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My name’s Lassiter, and I’ll tell you all you need to know about me. I’m an angel first and a sinner second, and I’m not here for long. I’ll never hurt you, but I’m prepared to make you pretty goddamn uncomfortable if I have to, to get my job done. I like sunsets and long walks on the beach, but my perfect female no longer exists. Oh, and my favorite hobby is annoying the shit out of people. Guess I’m just bred to want to get a rise out of folksβ€”probably the whole resurrection thing.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
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The necklace was a good excuse," he murmured. "For what?" "I thought maybe I could go to Charleston and show up at your front door to give this back and maybe… you might let me in. Or something. I was worried that another male would court you, so I've been trying to go as fast as I could. I mean, I figured maybe if I could read, and if I took a little better care of myself, and if I tried to stop being such a mean-ass motherfucker…" He shook his head. "But don't misunderstand. It's not like I expected you to be happy to see me. I was just… you know, hoping… coffee. Tea. Chance to talk. Or some shit. Friends, maybe. Except if you had a male, he wouldn't allow that. So, yeah, that's why I've been hurrying." His yellow eyes lifted to hers. He was wincing, as if he were afraid of what might be showing on her face. "Friends?" she said. "Yeah… I mean, I wouldn't disgrace you by asking for more than that. I know that you regret… Anyway, I just couldn't let you go without… Yeah, so… friends.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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What you just had is nothing compared to what I want to do to you. I want my head between your legs so I can lick you until you scream my name. Then I want to mount you like an animal and look into your eyes as I come inside you. And after that? I want to take you every way there is. I want to do you from behind. I want to screw you standing up, against the wall. I want you to sit on my hips and ride me until I can't breath. - Rhage to Mary
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))
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...the only thing that had tethered her to the earth had been him and it was strange, but she felt welded to him on some core level now. He had seen her at her absolute worst, at her weakest and most insane, and he hadn't looked away. He hadn't judged and he hadn't been burned. It was as if in the heat of her meltdown they had melted together. This was more than emotion. It was a matter of soul.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8))
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In the Old Language, she hissed, β€œIf any harm shall befall him, I will come after you, and find you where you sleep. I do not care where you lay your head or who with, my vengeance shall rain upon you until you drown.” That last word was drawn out, until its syllable was lost in more growling. Dead silence. Until Doc Jane said dryly, β€œAnnnnd this is why they say the female of the species is more dangerous than the male.
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J.R. Ward (Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11))
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He screamed for all he had lost...screamed for the half male he was...screamed for Jane...screamed for who his parents were and what he wished for his sister...screamed for what he had forced his best friend to do...He screamed, and screamed until there was no breath, no consciousness, no nothing. No past or present. Not even himself anymore. And in the midst of the chaos, in the strangest way, he became free.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9))
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Son of a bitch" Wrath breathed as a figure stopped twenty yards away. The glowing man laughed "Well, if it isn't good king Wrath and his band of merry-merry happy-happy. I swear you boys should do kiddie shows, you're so fucking cheery." "Great," Rhage murmered, "his sense of humor's still intact." Vishous exhaled "Maybe I can try to beat it out of him-" "Use his own arm to do it, if you can-" Wrath glared at the two of them, who shot him back a pair of 'who-us?' stares
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J.R. Ward (Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6))
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Abruptly, Blay's blue stare found his. And what Qhuinn saw in it caused him to falter: Love shone out of that face, unadulterated love untempered by the shyness that was very much part of his reserve. Blay didn't look away. And for the first time ... neither did Qhuinn. He didn't know whether the emotion was for his cousinβ€”it probably was-but he'd take it: He stared right back at Blaylock and let everything he had in his heart show in his face. He just let that shit fly. Because there was a lesson in this Fade ceremony tonight: You could lose the ones you loved in the blink of an eye-and he was willing to bet when it happened, you weren't thinking about all the reasons that could have kept you apart. You thought of all the reasons that kept you together.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
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That is one fine female, true?" V said. There was a low, affirmative grumble. "And someone you do not want to mess with," the brother continued. "Man, you should have seen her when we came into that barn. She was standing over his body, ready to take the cop and me on with her bare hands if she had to. Like Wrath was her cub, you feel me?" "Wonder if she has a sister?" Rhage asked. Phury laughed. "You wouldn't know what to do with yourself if you ran into a female of worth." "This coming from you, Celibate?" But then Hollywood rubbed the stubble on his chin, as if considering the ways of the universe. "Ah, hell, Phury, you're probably right. Still, a male can dream." "He sure can," V murmured.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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The trainee knew he should leave, but he was unable to look away. He'd never seen anything snap out so fast or strike so hard as the male's fists. Obviously, the rumours about the instructor were all true. He was a flat-out killer. With a metal clank, a door opened at the other end of the gym, and the sound of a newborn's cries echoed up into the high ceiling. The warrior stopped in midpunch and wheeled around as a lovely female carrying young in a pink blanket came over to him. His face softened, positively melted.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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Alcohol makes other people less tedious, and food less bland, and can help provide what the Greeks called entheos, or the slight buzz of inspiration when reading or writing. The only worthwhile miracle in the New Testamentβ€”the transmutation of water into wine during the wedding at Canaβ€”is a tribute to the persistence of Hellenism in an otherwise austere Judaea. The same applies to the seder at Passover, which is obviously modeled on the Platonic symposium: questions are asked (especially of the young) while wine is circulated. No better form of sodality has ever been devised: at Oxford one was positively expected to take wine during tutorials. The tongue must be untied. It's not a coincidence that Omar Khayyam, rebuking and ridiculing the stone-faced Iranian mullahs of his time, pointed to the value of the grape as a mockery of their joyless and sterile regime. Visiting today's Iran, I was delighted to find that citizens made a point of defying the clerical ban on booze, keeping it in their homes for visitors even if they didn't particularly take to it themselves, and bootlegging it with great brio and ingenuity. These small revolutions affirm the human.
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Christopher Hitchens (Hitch 22: A Memoir)
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Wrath: What the hell are you supposed to ask? Rhage: I know! Who do you like the most? It's me right?Come on, you know it is. Come oooooonnnnn- Butch: If its you,, I'll kill myself. V: No, that just means she's blind. Rhage: It has to be me. V: She said she didn't like you at first. Rhage: Ah, but I won her over, which is more than anyone else can say about you, hot stuff. J.R.: I don't like anyone the best Wrath: Right answer. Rhage: She's just sparing all of you feelings. (grins, becoming impossibly handsome) She's so polite. J.R.: Next question? Rhage: Why do you like me the best?
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J.R. Ward (The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6.5))
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Tohrment spoke. "Bella's brother called. He's tabled the sehelusion request and asked that she stay here for a couple of days." Z jacked his head up. "Why?" "He didn't give a reason-" Tohr's eye's narrowed on Z's face. "Oh... my God." "What the fuck are you looking at?" Phury pointed to the antique mirror hanging on the wall next to the double doors. "See for yourself." Zsadist marched across the room, ready to give them all hell. Bella was what mattered- His mouth went lax at his reflection. With a shaky hand he reached out to the eyes in the old-fashioned leaded glass. His irises were no longer black. They were yellow. Just like his twin's. "Phury?" he said softly. "Phury... what happened to me?" As the male came up behind him, his brother's face appeared right beside Z's. And then Wrath's dark reflection showed up in the mirror, all long hair and sunglasses. Then Rhage's star-fallen beauty. And Vishous's Sox cap. And Tohrment's brush cut. And Butch's busted nose. One by one they reached out and touched him, their big hands gently on his shoulders. "Welcome back, my brother," Phury whispered. Zsadist stared at the males who were behind him. And the oddest thought that if he were to let himself go limp and fall backward... they would catch him.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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What theβ€”Have you been crying?" Tohrment demanded. "Are you all right? Dear God, is it the baby?" "Tohr, relax. I'm a female, I cry at matings. It's in the job description." There was the sound of a kiss. "I just don't want anything to upset you, leelan." 'Then tell me the brothers are ready." "We are." "Good. I'll bring her out." "Leelan ? " "What?" There were low words spoken in their beautiful language. "Yes, Tohr," Wellsie whispered. "And after two hundred years, I'd mate you again. In spite of the fact that you snore and you leave your weapons all over our bedroom.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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I don't believe in God. Can you understand that? Look around you man. Cant you see? The clamor and din of those in torment has to be the sound most pleasing to his ear. And I loathe these discussions. The argument of the village atheist whose single passion is to revile endlessly that which he denies the existence of in the first place. Your fellowship is a fellowship of pain and nothing more. And if that pain were actually collective instead of simply reiterative then the sheer weight of it would drag the world from the walls of the universe and send it crashing and burning through whatever night it might yet be capable of engendering until it was not even ash. And justice? Brotherhood? Eternal life? Good god, man. Show me a religion that prepares one for death. For nothingness. There's a church I might enter. Yours prepares one only for more life. For dreams and illusions and lies. If you could banish the fear of death from men's hearts they wouldnt live a day. Who would want this nightmare if not for fear of the next? The shadow of the axe hangs over every joy. Every road ends in death. Or worse. Every friendship. Every love. Torment, betrayal, loss, suffering, pain, age, indignity, and hideous lingering illness. All with a single conclusion. For you and for every one and everything that you have chosen to care for. There's the true brotherhood. The true fellowship. And everyone is a member for life. You tell me that my brother is my salvation? My salvation? Well then damn him. Damn him in every shape and form and guise. Do I see myself in him? Yes. I do. And what I see sickens me. Do you understand me? Can you understand me?
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Cormac McCarthy (The Sunset Limited)
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Don't be an asshole" Rhage summed up the regurgitation with two words: "Kettle.Black." Fucking hell. "Did you guys plan that out?" "Yeah and if you don't fight us"- Hollywood bit down on the grape Tootsie Pop-"we'll do it again- only with the dance moves this time" "Spare me." "Fine.Unless you agree to home it,we WILL rock the dance moves." To prove the point ,the moron linked his palms behind his head and started doing something obscene with his hips. Which was backed up by a series of,"Uh-huh,uh-huh,ohhhh, yeeeeeeah,who's your daddy..." The others looked at Rhage like he'd grown a horn in the middle of his forehead. Nothing unusual there. And Tohr knew that, in spite of this ridiculous diversion,if he didn't cave,the lot of them would crawl so far up his ass,he'd be coughing up shitkickers. Rhage wheeled around,shoved out his butt,and started slapping his moneymaker like it was bread dough. "For the love of the Virgin Scribe,"Z muttered "put us out of this misery, and go the fuck home" Someone else chimed in, "You know, I never thought there were advantages to being blind..." "Or deaf" "Or mute," somebody added
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J.R. Ward (Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10))
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-BDB on the board- VAMPIRES WITH ONE EYEBROW ARE SEXY May 8, 2006 Vishous (Back in the Pit, posting in Rhage's room on the board) Hi! My name is Rhage.....:) I'm starting a new trend in facial hair. Having one eyebrow is COOL. Having one eyebrow is SEXY. Having one eyebrow is very INTELLECTUAL. Come. Join me. Rhage: (In his bedroom) 1. He immobilized me, the motherfucker. Or I woud have gone to work on the goatee. AND IF HE WERE SO TOUGH HE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO PUT A WHAMMY ON MY ASS TO GET AT ME. 2. My hair grows back VERY fast. I should be BACK TO NORMAL in a couple of days. 3. Even if it takes me the rest of this month...he has SO got it coming for him. Vishous: Rhage! What happened to your eyebrow? Why...it's gone. Did you slip while you were shaving? Hey....lemme ask you something...Does your head feel off-kilter? You know, heavier on one side?
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J.R. Ward (The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6.5))
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There was a loud scraping noise as five chairs slid backward. The men rose as a unit. And started coming for her. She looked to the faces of the two she knew, but their grave expressions weren't encouraging. And then the knives came out. With a metallic whoosh, five black daggers were unsheathed. She backed up frantically, hands in front of herself. She slammed into a wall and was about to scream for Wrath when the men dropped down on bended knees in a circle around her. In a single movement, as if they'd been choreographed, they buried the daggers into the floor at her feet and bowed their heads. The great whoomp of sound as steel met wood seemed both a pledge and a battle cry. The handles of the knives vibrated. The rap music continued to pound. They seemed to be waiting for some kind of response from her. "Umm. Thank you," she said. The men's heads lifted. Etched into the harsh planes of their faces was total reverence. Even the scarred one had a respectful expression. And then Wrath came in with a squeeze bottle of Hershey's syrup. "Bacon's on the way." He smiled. "Hey, they like you." "And thank God for that," she murmured, looking down at the daggers.
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J.R. Ward (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1))
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Zhi yin. Jem had told her once that it meant understanding music, and also a bond that went deeper than friendship. Jem played, and he played the years of Will's life as he had seen them. He played two little boys in the training room, one showing the other how to throw knives, and he played the ritual of parabatai: the fire and the vows and burning runes. He played two young men running through the streets of London in the dark, stopping to lean up against a wall and laugh together. He played the day in the library when he and Will had jested with Tessa about ducks, and he played the train to Yorkshire on which Jem had said that parabatai were meant to love each other as they loved their own souls. He played that love, and he played their love for Tessa, and hers for them, and he played Will saying, In your eyes I have always found grace. He played the too few times he had seen them since he had joined the Brotherhood- the brief meetings at the Institute; the time when Will had been bitten by a Shax demon and nearly died, and Jem had come from the Silent City and sat with him all night, risking discovery and punishment. And he played the birth of their first son, and the protection ceremony that had been carried out on the child in the Silent City. Will would have no other Silent Brother but Jem perform it. And Jem played the way he had covered his scarred face with his hands and turned away when he'd found out the child's name was James. He played of love and loss and years of silence, words unsaid and vows unspoken, and all the spaces between his heart and theirs; and when he was done, and he'd set the violin back in its box, Will's eyes were closed, but Tessa's were full of tears. Jem set down his bow, and came toward the bed, drawing back his hood, so she could see his closed eyes and his scarred face. And he had sat down beside them on the bed, and taken Will's hand, the one that Tessa was not holding, and both Will and Tessa heard Jem's voice in their minds. I take your hand, brother, so that you may go in peace. Will had opened the blue eyes that had never lost their color over all the passing years, and looked at Jem and then Tessa, and smiled, and died, with Tessa's head on his shoulder and his hand in Jem's.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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You're a freak. But I really can't accept these-' Were you raised in a barn? Don't be ruuuuuude, my boy. They're a gift.' Blay shook his head. 'Take them, John. You're just going to lose this argument, and it will save us from the theatrics.' Theatrics?' Qhuinn leaped up and assumed a Roman oratory pose. 'Whither thou knowest thy ass from thy elbow, young scribe?' Blay blushed. 'Come on-' Qhuinn threw himself at Blay, grasping onto the guy's shoulders and hanging his full weight off him. 'Hold me. Your insult has left me breathless. I'm agasp.' Blay grunted and scrambled to keep Qhuinn up off the floor. 'That's agape.' Agasp sounds better.' Blay was trying not to smile, trying not to be delighted, but his eyes were sparkling like sapphires and his cheeks were getting red. With a silent laugh, John sat on one of the locker room benches, shook out his pair of white socks, and pulled them on under his new old jeans. 'You sure, Qhuinn? 'Cause I have a feeling they're going to fit and you might change your mind. Qhuinn abruptly lifted himself off Blay and straightened his clothes with a sharp tug. 'And now you offend my honor.' Facing off at John, he flipped into a fencing stance. TouchΓ©.' Blay laughed. 'That's en garde, you damn fool.' Qhuinn shot a look over his shoulder. 'Γ§a va, Brutus?' Et tu?' That would be tutu, I believe, and you can keep the cross-dressing to yourself, ya perv.' Qhuinn flashed a brilliant smile, all twelve kinds of proud for being such an ass. 'Now, put the fuckers on, John, and let's be done with this. Before we have to put Blay in an iron lung.' Try sanitarium.' No, thanks, I had a big lunch.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6))
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My name...my name is Mary. I'm here with a friend.' Rhage stopped breathing. His heart skipped a beat and then slowed. "Say that again,' he whispered. 'Ah, my name is Mary Luce. I'm a friend of Bella's...We came here with a boy, with John Matthew. We were invited.' Rhage shivered, a balmy rush blooming out all over his skin. The musical lilt of her voice, the rhythm of her speech, the sound of her words, it all spread through him, calming him, comforting him. Chaining him sweetly. He closed his eyes. 'Say something else.' 'What?' she asked, baffled. 'Talk. Talk to me. I want to hear your voice.' She was silent, and he was about to demand that she speak when she said, 'You don't look well. Do you need a doctor?' He found himself swaying. The words didn't matter. It was her sound: low, soft, a quiet brushing in his ears. He felt as if here being stroked on the inside of his skin. 'More,' he said, twisting his palm around to the front of her neck so he could feel the vibrations in her throat better. 'Could you... could you please let go of me?' 'No.' He brought his other arm up. She was wearing some kind of fleece, and he moved the collar aside, putting his hand on her shoulder so she couldn't get away from him. 'Talk.' She started to struggle. 'You're crowding me.' 'I know. Talk.' 'Oh for God's sake, what do you want me to say?' Even exasperated, her voice was beautiful. 'Anything.' 'Fine. Get your hand off my throat and let me go or I'm going to knee you where it counts.' He laughed. Then sank his lower body into her, trapping her with his thighs and hips. She stiffened against him, but he got an ample feel of her. She was built lean, though there was no doubt she was female. Her breasts hit his chest, her hips cushioned his, her stomach was soft. 'Keep talking,' he said in her ear. God, she smelled good. Clean. Fresh. Like lemon. When she pushed against him, he leaned his full weight into her. Her breath came out in a rush. 'Please,' he murmured. Her chest moved against his as if she were inhaling. 'I... er, I have nothing to say. Except get off of me.' He smiled, careful to keep his mouth closed. There was no sense showing off his fangs, especially if she didn't know what he was. 'So say that.' 'What?' 'Nothing. Say nothing. Over and over and over again. Do it.' She bristled, the scent of fear replaced by a sharp spice, like fresh, pungent mint from a garden. She was annoyed now. 'Say it.' "Fine. Nothing. Nothing.' Abruptly she laughed, and the sound shot right through to his spine, burning him. 'Nothing, nothing. No-thing. No-thing. Noooooothing. There, is that good enought for you? Will you let me go now?
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J.R. Ward (Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2))