Empire Quotes

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There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
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Terry Pratchett
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The world,” Aelin said, β€œwill be saved and remade by the dreamers, Rolfe.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Any planet is 'Earth' to those that live on it.
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Isaac Asimov (Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire, #3))
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And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human historyβ€”money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slaveryβ€”the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
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C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)
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Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will always love you.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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You should try not to talk so much, friend. You'll sound far less stupid that way. - Breeze
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.
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Tina Fey (Bossypants)
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loves are like empires: when the idea they are founded on crumbles, they, too, fade away.
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Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)
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But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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I've always been very confident in my immaturity.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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Our belief is often strongest when it should be weakest. That is the nature of hope.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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There's always another secret.' -Kelsier
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.
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Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
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My behavior is nonetheless, deplorable. Unfortunately, I'm quite prone to such bouts of deplorability--take for instance, my fondness for reading books at the dinner table.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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Every empire, however, tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate and liberate." (Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2003)
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Edward W. Said
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I'm not really sure why. But... do you stop loving someone just because they betray you? I don't think so. That's what makes the betrayal hurt so much - pain, frustration, anger... and I still loved her. I still do.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you'll find an edge to cut you.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
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He was hers and she was his and they had found each other across centuries of bloodshed and loss, across oceans and kingdoms and war.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Where is Aelin. Where is my wife?
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time I need. Even when this world is forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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It is not such a hard thing, is it - to die for your friends.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Aelin Galathynius had raised an army not just to challenge Morath, but to rattle the stars.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Tell me, tutor,' I said. 'Is revenge a science, or an art?
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
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You will find, Rolfe, that one does not deal with Celaena Sardothien. One survives her
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Give me a shot to remember And you can take all the pain away from me A kiss and I will surrender The sharpest lives are the deadliest to lead A light to burn all the empires So bright the sun is ashamed to rise and be And I'm in love with all of those vampires So you can leave like the sane abandoned me
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Gerard Way
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He had a heart that could have held the entire empire of the world; and, in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar.
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Gaston Leroux (The Phantom of the Opera)
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Men rarely see their own actions as unjustified.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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Your pretty empire took so long to build, now, with a snap of history's fingers, down it goes.
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Alan Moore (V for Vendetta)
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I'd walk into the burning heart of hell itself to find you.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.
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NapolΓ©on Bonaparte
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Nameless is my price.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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We die a little every day and by degrees we’re reborn into different men, older men in the same clothes, with the same scars.
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
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The fear of loss . . . it can destroy you as much as the loss itself.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.
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Paul Kalanithi (When Breath Becomes Air)
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Belief isn't simply a thing for fair times and bright days...What is belief - what is faith - if you don't continue in it after failure?...Anyone can believe in someone, or something that always succeeds...But failure...ah, now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value. Sometimes we just have to wait long enough...then we find out why exactly it was that we kept believing...There's always another secret.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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He was done with politics and intrigue. He loved her, and no empire, no king, and no earthly fear would keep him from her. No, if they tried to take her from him, he'd rip the world apart with his bare hands. And for some reason, that didn't terrify him.
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Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1))
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Truth is treason in the empire of lies.
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Ron Paul (The Revolution: A Manifesto)
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Belief?" "Yes," Sazed said. "Tell me, Mistress. What is it that you believe?" Vin frowned. "What kind of question is that?" "The most important kind, I think.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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He shifted his arm so he could brush her hair back. His fingers lingered along her jaw. β€œYou make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. β€œNot existβ€”but live.” He cupped her cheek, and took a steadying breathβ€”as if he’d thought about every word these past three days, over and over again. β€œI spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stoppingβ€”not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.
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Sarah J. Maas (Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4))
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Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class - whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy. - Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual
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Frank Herbert (Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles #3))
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The Earth is littered with the ruins of empires that believed they were eternal.
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Camille Paglia
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A court that wouldn't just change the world. It would start the world over.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Empirically speaking, we are made of star stuff. Why aren’t we talking more about that?
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Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts)
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Philosophy ... is a science, and as such has no articles of faith; accordingly, in it nothing can be assumed as existing except what is either positively given empirically, or demonstrated through indubitable conclusions.
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Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena)
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There’s something brittle in me that will break before it bends.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
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No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself. No man is free who cannot command himself.
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Pythagoras
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The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.
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Malcolm Muggeridge
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Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual. -Words of Muad'dib by Princess Irulan.
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Frank Herbert (Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2))
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Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she'd bleed for Erilea.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Hate will keep you alive where love fails
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
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Do not be afraid of what makes you shine brightly.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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The biggest lies we save for ourselves.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
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War is sanctioned murder, no matter what side you're on.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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How do you 'accidentally' kill a noble man in his own mansion?" "With a knife in the chest. Or, rather, a pair of knives in the chest...
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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Aelin had promised herself, months and months ago, that she would not pretend to be anything but what she was. She had crawled through darkness and blood and despair-she had survived.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful.
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Edward Gibbon (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire)
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The right belief is like a good cloak, I think. If it fits you well, it keeps you warm and safe. The wrong fit however, can suffocate.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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Fireheart,” he said onto her mouth. β€œBuzzard,” she murmured onto his.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Aelin was insane, Dorian realized. Brilliant and wicked, but insane.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Adults...struggle desperately with fiction, demanding constantly that it conform to the rules of everyday life. Adults foolishly demand to know how Superman can possibly fly, or how Batman can possibly run a multibillion-dollar business empire during the day and fight crime at night, when the answer is obvious even to the smallest child: because it's not real.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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You know, you ladies can let us males do things every now and then.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Respect could build an empire. Trust could make it unbreakable. Love could make it last forever.
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Scarlett St. Clair (A Touch of Darkness (Hades & Persephone, #1))
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I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stoppingβ€”not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.
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Sarah J. Maas (Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4))
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There is no sound more annoying than the chatter of a child, and none more sad than the silence they leave when they are gone.
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
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And tell Rowan,” Aelin said, fighting her own sob, β€œthat I'm sorry I lied. But tell him it was all borrowed time anyway. Even before today, I knew it was all just borrowed time, but I still wish we'd had more of it.” She fought past her trembling mouth. β€œTell him he has to fight. He must save Terrasen, and remember the vows he made to me. And tell him . . . tell him thank youβ€”for walking that dark path with me back to the light.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.
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Arundhati Roy (Public Power in the Age of Empire (Open Media Series))
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That’s the funny thing about arriving somewhere, Vin,” he said with a wink. β€œOnce you’re there, the only thing you can really do is leave again.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
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Arundhati Roy (War Talk)
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What have I become? My sweetest friend; everyone I know goes away in the end. And you could have it all: my empire of dirt. I will let you down. I will make you hurt.
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Nine Inch Nails
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And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before--and thus was the Empire forged.
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Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1))
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They won't listen. Do you know why? Because they have certain fixed notions about the past. Any change would be blasphemy in their eyes, even if it were the truth. They don't want the truth; they want their traditions.
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Isaac Asimov (Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire, #3))
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Lorcan reached out, grasping her chin and forcing her to look at him. Hopeless, bleak eyes met his. He brushed away a stray tear with his thumb. β€œI made a promise to protect you. I will not break it, Elide.” β€œI will always find you,” he swore to her. Her throat bobbed. Lorcan whispered, β€œI promise.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Rowan’s always looking for an excuse to show off. Dramatic rescues give him purpose and fulfillment in his dull, immortal life.” There
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Anything that you cannot sacrifice pins you. Makes you predictable, makes you weak.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
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Poor, unhappy Erik! Shall we pity him? Shall we curse him? He asked only to be 'some one,' like everybody else. But he was too ugly! And he had to hide his genius or use it to play tricks with, when, with an ordinary face, he would have been one of the most distinguished of mankind! He had a heart that could have held the entire empire of the world; and, in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar. Ah, yes, we must need pity the Opera ghost...
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Gaston Leroux (The Phantom of the Opera)
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There was no force in any world that could keep her contained.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
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Winston S. Churchill
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Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolatey cafe mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle's Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top.
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Sarah Vowell
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Cowards make the best torturers. Cowards understand fear and they can use it.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
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She wasn't fine, not even close. But she wasn't dead. And that was a start.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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A storm is coming. A great storm.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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The Queen of Flame and Shadow, the Heir of Fire, Aelin of the Wildfire, Fireheart…
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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We'd better eat before we raise hell.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Women? Women are like...thunderstorms. They're beautiful to look at, and sometimes they're nice to listen to-but most of the time they're just plain inconvenient.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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How important can it be that I suffer and think? My presence in this world will disturb a few tranquil lives and will unsettle the unconscious and pleasant naivetΓ© of others. Although I feel that my tragedy is the greatest in historyβ€”greater than the fall of empiresβ€”I am nevertheless aware of my total insignificance. I am absolutely persuaded that I am nothing in this universe; yet I feel that mine is the only real existence.
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Emil M. Cioran (On the Heights of Despair)
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And Elide sobbed as Manon Blackbeak emerged, smiling faintly. As Manon Blackbeak saw her and Aelin, knee-to-knee in the grass, and mouthed one word. Hope.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group.
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Steven Pinker (The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature)
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Rowan considered for a moment, and then said, "I have known many kings in my life, Dorian Havilliard. And it was a rare man indeed who asked for help when he needed it, who would put aside pride.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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He gripped her hard, forcing her to meet his eyes as he snarled, β€œI see you. I see every part of you. And I am not afraid.” I will not be afraid. A line in the burning brightness. My name is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius . . . And I will not be afraid.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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I think given the choice between loving Mare - betrayal included - and never knowing her, I'd chose love. I risked, and I lost, but the risk was still worth it.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages 1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. 2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5. 3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on β€œBright Eyes.” 4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank. 5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13. 6) Nadia ComΔƒneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14. 7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15. 8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil. 9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19. 10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961. 11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936. 12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23 13) Issac Newton wrote PhilosophiΓ¦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24 14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record 15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity 16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France 17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures β€œDavid” and β€œPieta” by age 28 18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world 19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter 20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean 21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind 22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest 23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech β€œI Have a Dream." 24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics 25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight 26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions. 27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon. 28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and 49 years old when he wrote "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" 29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas 30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger 31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States 32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out. 33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote "The Hunger Games" 34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out. 35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa. 36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president. 37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels. 38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote "The Cat in the Hat". 40) Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived 41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise 42) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out 43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US 44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats 45) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President
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Pablo
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What? Is that boy crazy?" "Most young men his age are somewhat crazy, I think," Sazed said with a smile. "However, this is hardly unexpected. Haven't you noticed how he stares at you when you enter a room?" "I thought he was just creepy.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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Few things worth having can be got easily.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
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A Dark time comes. My time. If it offends you. Stop Me.
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
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Marsh: Our best efforts were never even a mild annoyance to the Lord Ruler." Kelsier: Ah, but being an annoyance is something that I am very good at. In fact, I'm far more than just a 'mild' annoyance--people tell me I can be downright frustrating. Might as well use this talent for the cause of good, eh?
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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She was a force of nature. She was a calamity and a commander of immortal warriors of legend.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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For West is where we all plan to go some day. It is where you go when the land gives out and the old-field pines encroach. It is where you go when you get the letter saying: Flee, all is discovered. It is where you go when you look down at the blade in your hand and the blood on it. It is where you go when you are told that you are a bubble on the tide of empire. It is where you go when you hear that thar's gold in them-thar hills. It is where you go to grow up with the country. It is where you go to spend your old age. Or it is just where you go.
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Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
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I bring you a message from a friend of ours," she said quietly. "He wanted you to know that he's not dead. He can't be killed." "He is hope." The she raised the spear and rammed it directly into the Lord Ruler's heart.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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When we die," she said, "I don't think the gods will even know what to do with us.
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Sarah J. Maas (The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass, #0.5))
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And there comes a time in your life when you realize that if you don't take the opportunity to be happy, you may never get another chance again.
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Richard Russo (Empire Falls)
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And she wondered if it were possible to love someone enough to die from it. If it were possible to love someone enough that time and distance and death were of no concern.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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And Vin liked solitude. When you're alone, no one can betray you
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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If you don't want to be noticed, you don't use a Star Destroyer.
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Timothy Zahn (Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #1))
β€œ
Memory is all we are. Moments and feelings, captured in amber, strung on filaments of reason. Take a man’s memories and you take all of him. Chip away a memory at a time and you destroy him as surely as if you hammered nail after nail through his skull.
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
β€œ
That's kind of what trust is, isn't it? A willful self-delusion.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save.
”
”
Isaac Asimov (Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire, #3))
β€œ
For several years, I had been bored. Not a whining, restless child's boredom (although I was not above that) but a dense, blanketing malaise. It seemed to me that there was nothing new to be discovered ever again. Our society was utterly, ruinously derivative (although the word derivative as a criticism is itself derivative). We were the first human beings who would never see anything for the first time. We stare at the wonders of the world, dull-eyed, underwhelmed. Mona Lisa, the Pyramids, the Empire State Building. Jungle animals on attack, ancient icebergs collapsing, volcanoes erupting. I can't recall a single amazing thing I have seen firsthand that I didn't immediately reference to a movie or TV show. A fucking commercial. You know the awful singsong of the blasΓ©: Seeeen it. I've literally seen it all, and the worst thing, the thing that makes me want to blow my brains out, is: The secondhand experience is always better. The image is crisper, the view is keener, the camera angle and the soundtrack manipulate my emotions in a way reality can't anymore. I don't know that we are actually human at this point, those of us who are like most of us, who grew up with TV and movies and now the Internet. If we are betrayed, we know the words to say; when a loved one dies, we know the words to say. If we want to play the stud or the smart-ass or the fool, we know the words to say. We are all working from the same dog-eared script. It's a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters. And if all of us are play-acting, there can be no such thing as a soul mate, because we don't have genuine souls. It had gotten to the point where it seemed like nothing matters, because I'm not a real person and neither is anyone else. I would have done anything to feel real again.
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”
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
β€œ
Unleashing a cry that set the world trembling, Prince Rowan Whitethorn Galathynius, Consort of the Queen of Terrasen, began the hunt to find his wife.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
Is this going to be one of those times when you pretend not to have a plan until the last moment? And then turn out to really not have one?- Sir Makin to King Jorg
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
β€œ
No half measures. Some things can’t be cut in half. You can’t half-love someone. You can’t half-betray, or half-lie.
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Mark Lawrence (Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #3))
β€œ
I'm going to call in old debts and promises. To raise an army of assassins and thieves and exiles and commoners.
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”
Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
Honestly, for an evil god of darkness, he certainly can be dull.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
You make me want to live, Rowan. He wondered if Elide Lochan had somehow made Lorcan want to do the same.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
Anarchy wears two faces, both creator and destroyer. Thus destroyers topple empires; make a canvas of clean rubble where creators then can build another world. Rubble, once achieved, makes further ruins' means irrelevant. Away with our explosives, then! Away with our destroyers! They have no place within our better world. But let us raise a toast to all our bombers, all our bastards, most unlovely and most unforgivable. Let's drink their health... then meet with them no more.
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”
Alan Moore (V for Vendetta)
β€œ
A life without books is a life not lived.
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”
Jay Kristoff (Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire, #1))
β€œ
They have plundered the world, stripping naked the land in their hunger… they are driven by greed, if their enemy be rich; by ambition, if poor… They ravage, they slaughter, they seize by false pretenses, and all of this they hail as the construction of empire. And when in their wake nothing remains but a desert, they call that peace.
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”
Tacitus (The Agricola and The Germania)
β€œ
Remember who you are. Every step of the way down, and every step of the way back. Remember who you are. And that you're mine.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
A girl nearby muttered,"If that's a lady, I'm a cat." Reaching out, Sandry lifted the pitcher of milk from the table. Cradling it in both hands, she walked over to the mutterer. I am Sandrilene fa Toren, daughter of Count Mattin fer Toren and his countess, Amiliane fa Landreg. I am the great-niece of his grace, Duke Vedris of this realm of Emelan, and cousin of her Imperial Highness, Empress Berenene of the Namorn Empire. You are Esmelle ei Pragin, daughter of Baron Witten en Pragin and his lady Colledia of House Wheelwright, a merchant house. If I tell you my friend is a lady, then you"- carefully she poured milk into Esmelle's plate-"you had best start lapping, kitty." She set the pitcher down and returned to her chair.
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Tamora Pierce (Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic, #1))
β€œ
I've always seen 'no' as a challenge rather than an answer.
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
β€œ
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." [Preface to Brissot's Address to His Constituents (1794)]
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”
Edmund Burke (On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Speeches and Letters)
β€œ
I strive for nothing if not consistency
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
I may be running out of options, but running out isn't an option.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
β€œ
I’ll tell you now. That silence almost beat me. It’s the silence that scares me. It’s the blank page on which I can write my own fears. The spirits of the dead have nothing on it. The dead one tried to show me hell, but it was a pale imitation of the horror I can paint on the darkness in a quiet moment.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
β€œ
Come from the heart, the true heart, not the head. When in doubt, choose the heart. This does not mean to deny your own experiences and that which you have empirically learned through the years. It means to trust your self to integrate intuition and experience. There is a balance, a harmony to be nurtured, between the head and the heart. When the intuition rings clear and true, loving impulses are favored.
”
”
Brian L. Weiss (Messages from the Masters: Tapping Into the Power of Love)
β€œ
The useless sentries in the watchtower are now all half in love with you,” he lied. β€œOne said he wanted to marry you.” A low snarl. He yielded a foot but held eye contact with her as he grinned. β€œBut you know what I told them? I said that they didn't stand a chance in hell. Because I am going to marry you,” he promised her. β€œOne day. I am going to marry you. I'll be generous and let you pick when, even if it's ten years from now. Or twenty. But one day, you are going to be my wife.” He shrugged. β€œPrincess Lysandra Ashryver sounds nice, doesn't it?
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
I'd hate for you to waste away into nothing. It'd be a shame to lose the most beautiful woman in the world so soon into her immortal, wicked life.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
I am the one thing you can never kill. I am Hope.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
And this is the east shore?" Sadie asked. "You said something about that in London--my grandparents living on the east shore." Amos smiled. "Yes. Very good, Sadie. In ancient times, the east bank of the Nile was always the side of the living, the side where the sun rises. The dead were buried west of the river. It was considered bad luck, even dangerous, to live there. The tradition is still strong among... our people." Our people?" I asked, but Sadie muscled in with another question. So you can't live in Manhattan?" she asked. Amos's brow furrowed as he looked across at the Empire State Building. "Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It's best we stay separate.
”
”
Rick Riordan (The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1))
β€œ
As a child there's a horror in discovering the limitations of the ones you love. The time you find that your mother cannot keep you safe, that your tutor makes a mistake, that the wrong path must be taken because the grown-ups lack the strength to take the right one...each of those moments is the theft of your childhood, each of them a blow that kills some part of the child you were, leaving another part of the man exposed, a new creature, tougher but tempered with bitterness and disappointment.
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
β€œ
He smiled despite the grief he felt at the deaths of his men; he smiled because that was what he did. That was how he proved to the Lord Ruler-and to himself-that he wasn't beaten.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
Lucifer spoke thus. Pride took him from heaven, though he sat at God's right hand.' Her voice grew faint, the hint of a whisper. 'In the end pride is the only evil, the root of all sins.' 'Pride is all I have.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
β€œ
Aelin was no savior to rally behind, but a cataclysm to be weathered.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
What would you think if I told you that I wasn’t an Allomancer?” Sazed asked. β€œI’d think that you were lying,” Vin said. β€œHave you known me to lie before?” β€œThe best liars are those who tell the truth most of the time.
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”
Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
Plots behind plots, plans behind plans. There was always another secret.
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”
Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
Vin: I don't know -- and it's all your fault, you know. I used to understand everything. Now it's all confused. Kelsier: Yes, we've messed you up right properly.
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”
Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
The world began and ended in fire.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
This thing between them, the force of it, could devour the world. And if they picked it, picked them, it might very well cause the end of it.
”
”
Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
The only important elements in any society are the artistic and the criminal, because they alone, by questioning the society’s values, can force it to change.
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”
Samuel R. Delany (Empire Star)
β€œ
Dark times call for dark choices. Choose me.
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Mark Lawrence (Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #3))
β€œ
There is something brittle in me that will break before it bends. Perhaps if the [the enemy] had brought a smaller army I might have had the sense to run. But he overdid it.
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
β€œ
Rowan had not possessed an army of his own to give to Aelin. To give to Terrasen. So he had won an army for her.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
A gold coin says he misses," Fenrys rasped. "Save your breath for healing," Aelin snapped. "Make it two," Aedion said behind them. "I say he hits." "You can all go to hell," Aelin snarled. But then added, "Make it five. Ten says he downs it with the first shot.
”
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
TERRASEN REMEMBERS EVALIN ASHRYVER. DO YOU? I FOUGHT AT MISTWARD FOR YOUR PEOPLE. RETURN THE GODS-DAMNED FAVOR.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God. These are the last miles, my brothers. Don't look to me to save you. Don't think I will not spend you. Run if you have the wit. Pray if you have the soul. Stand your ground if courage is yours. But don't follow me. Follow me, and I will break your heart.
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Mark Lawrence (Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #3))
β€œ
We’ve bought into the idea that education is about training and β€œsuccess”, defined monetarily, rather than learning to think critically and to challenge. We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, which fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.
”
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Chris Hedges (Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle)
β€œ
They say that time is a great teacher but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
β€œ
I am going to find the Crochans. And I am going to raise an army with them. For Aelin Galathynius. And her people. And for ours. - Manon
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
There's a slope down toward evil, a gentle gradient that can be ignored at each step, unfelt. It's not until you look back, see the distant heights where you once lived, that you understand your journey.
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Mark Lawrence (Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #3))
β€œ
I’d be happier on a horse,” Makin said. β€œI’d be happier on a giant mountain goat,” I said. β€œOne that shat diamonds. Until we find some, we’re walking.
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Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
β€œ
Mene mene tekel upsharin,' Jace said with a faint smile. 'You don't recognize it? It's from the Bible, vampire. The old one. That's your book, isn't it?' Just because I'm Jewish doesn't mean I've memorized the Old Testament.' It's the Writing on the Wall. "God hath numbered thy kingdom, and brought it to an end; thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting." It's a portent of doom--it means the end of an empire.
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”
Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
β€œ
One day. I am going to marry you. I'll be generous and let you pick when, even if it's ten years from now. Or twenty. But one day, you are going to be my wife.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
Most men have at least one redeeming feature. Finding one for Brother Rike requires a stretch. Is 'big' a redeeming feature?
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
β€œ
Words, words, word. Once, I had the gift. I could make love out of words as a potter makes cups of clay. Love that overthrows empire. Love that binds two hearts together, come hellfire & brimstone. For sixpence a line, I could cause a riot in a nunnery. But now -- I have lost my gift. It's as if my quill is broken, as if the organ of my imagination has dried up, as if the proud -illegible word- of my genius has collapsed.
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”
Jeffrey Eugenides (The Virgin Suicides)
β€œ
I think maybe we die every day. Maybe we're born new each dawn, a little changed, a little further on our own road. When enough days stand between you and the person you were, you're strangers. Maybe that's what growing up is. Maybe I have grown up.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
β€œ
Lorcan's onyx eyes were unreadable as he scanned her face. And then he said quietly, "I wanted to go to Perranth with you." Lorcan dropped the shield.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
What if all everybody needed in the world was to be sure of one friend? What if you were the one, and you refused to say those simple words?
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Richard Russo (Empire Falls)
β€œ
What is beliefβ€”what is faithβ€”if you don't continue it after failure?
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in line with drugs, television, and armed force.
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”
Michael Parenti (Against Empire)
β€œ
If you’re always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.
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Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
You soon learn there’s no elegance or dignity in death if you spend time in the castle kitchens. You learn how ugly it is, and how good it tastes.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
β€œ
Are there any religions on your list that include the slaughter of noblemen as a holy duty?
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire: that is MUHAMMAD. As regards all the standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask IS THERE ANY MAN GREATER THAN HE?
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Alphonse de Lamartine (History of Turkey)
β€œ
Why bother when a dramatic entrance is so much more fun?
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
That cocky smile widened. "Hello, bitch," Ansel purred. "Hello, traitor," Aelin purred right back... "Meet Ansel of Briarcliff, assassin and Queen of the Western Wastes.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
If you are unwilling to defend your right to your own lives, then you are merely like mice trying to argue with owls. You think their ways are wrong. They think you are dinner.
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”
Terry Goodkind (Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, #8))
β€œ
Some men are too dull to feel what might happen. Others torture themselves with maybes and populate their dreams with horrors more terrible than their worst enemy could inflict upon them.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
β€œ
The sunlight gilded the balcony as Asterin whispered, so softly that only Manon could hear, β€œBring my body back to the cabin.” Something in Manon's chest brokeβ€”broke so violently that she wondered if it was possible for no one to have heard it.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
Personal affection is a luxury you can have only after all your enemies are eliminated. Until then, everyone you love is a hostage, sapping your courage and corrupting your judgment.
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”
Orson Scott Card (Empire (Empire, #1))
β€œ
I know you two are old and up past your bedtime so ill keep this quick.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
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”
Winston S. Churchill (The Second World War: Alone)
β€œ
If men should read these words, let them know that power is a heavy burden. Seek not to be bound by its chains.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
I was thinking that work is like fertilizer in that I'm glad it exists; I just don't ever want to get stuck in it.
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”
Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
She’d been in love with him for a while now. Longer than she wanted to admit. She tried not to think about it, whether he felt the same. Those thingsβ€”those wishesβ€”were at the bottom of a very, very long and bloody priority list. So
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
Power called to power among the Fae. Perhaps Aelin Galathynius was unlucky the cadre had been drawn to Maeve’s power long before she was born, had chained themselves to her instead. Perhaps they were the unlucky ones, for not holding out for something better.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
Can you see air you breathe? Can you see the force that moves the tides or changes the seasons or sends the birds to a winter haven?" Her eyes welled. "Can Rome with all its knowledge be so foolish? Oh Marcus, you can't carve God in stone. You can't limit him to a temple. You can't imprison him on a mountaintop. Heaven is his throne; earth, his footstool. Everything you see is his. Empires will rise and empires will fall. Only God prevails.
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”
Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
β€œ
I don’t think that I’ve been in love as such Although I liked a few folk pretty well Love must be vaster than my smiles or touch for brave men died and empires rose and fell For love, girls follow boys to foreign lands and men have followed women into hell In plays and poems someone understands there’s something makes us more than blood and bone and more than biological demands For me love’s like the wind, unseen, unknown I see the trees are bending where it’s been I know that it leaves wreckage where it’s blown I really don’t know what "I love you" means I think it means "don’t leave me here alone
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”
Neil Gaiman (Adventures in the Dream Trade)
β€œ
Gavriel’s son was bellowing Whitethorn’s name. A gods-damned victory cry. Over and over, the men taking up the call. Then Fenrys’s voice lifted. And Gavriel’s. And that red-haired queen. The Havilliard king. On into battle, on into bloodshed, they called the prince’s name.
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”
Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
You can only win the game when you understand that it is a game. Let a man play chess, and tell him that every pawn is his friend. Let him think both bishops holy. Let him remember happy days in the shadows of his castles. Let him love his queen. Watch him lose them all.
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”
Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
β€œ
We’re built of contradictions, all of us. It’s those opposing forces that give us strength, like an arch, each block pressing the next. Give me a man whose parts are all aligned in agreement and I’ll show you madness. We walk a narrow path, insanity to each side. A man without contradictions to balance him will soon veer off.
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”
Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2))
β€œ
Now these ashes have grown cold, we open the old book. These oil-stained pages recount the tales of the Fallen, a frayed empire, words without warmth. The hearth has ebbed, its gleam and life's sparks are but memories against dimming eyes - what cast my mind, what hue my thoughts as I open the Book of the Fallen and breathe deep the scent of history? Listen, then, to these words carried on that breath. These tales are the tales of us all, again yet again. We are history relived and that is all, without end that is all.
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”
Steven Erikson (Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1))
β€œ
A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, and fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.
”
”
Chris Hedges (Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle)
β€œ
Lorcan had been born from and gifted with darkness. Returning to it was not a difficult task. But letting that glimmering, lovely light before him die out . . . In his ancient, bitter bones, he could not accept it. She had been forgottenβ€”by everyone and everything. And still she had hoped. And still she had been kind to him. And still she had offered him a glimpse of peace in the time he'd known her. She had offered him a home.
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”
Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
β€œ
Bet you can't even name one romantic movie you like," she teased. She felt smug when a few minutes went by and Oliver was still unable to name one romantic movie he could profess to enjoy. The Empire Strikes Back," Oliver finally declared, tapping his horn at a Prius that wandered over the line. The Empire Strikes Back? The Star Wars movie? That's not romantic!" Schuyler huffed, fiddling with the air conditioner controls. Au contraire, my dear, it's very romantic. The last scene, you know, when they're about to put Han in that freezing cryogenic chamber or whatever? Remember?" Schuyler mmm-hmmmed. And Leia leans over the ledge and says, 'I love you.'" That's cheesy, not romatic," Schuyler argued, although she did like that part. Let me explain. What's romantic is what Han says back. Remember what he says to her? After she says 'I love you'?" Schuyler grinned. Maybe Oliver had a point. "Han says, 'I know.'" Exactly," Oliver tapped the wheel. "He doesn't have to say anything so trite as 'I love you." Because that's already understood. And that's romantic.
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”
Melissa de la Cruz (Revelations (Blue Bloods, #3))
β€œ
I consider myself to be a man of principle. But, what man does not? Even the cutthroat, I have noticed, considers his actions "moral" after a fashion. Perhaps another person, reading of my life, would name me a religious tyrant. He could call me arrogant. What is to make that man's opinion any less valid than my own? I guess it all comes down to one fact: In the end, I'm the one with the armies.
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”
Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
β€œ
She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest. And then she would remember how it had felt to be loved, when the world held nothing but possibility. No matter what they did to her, they could never take that away. She would not break. And someday ... someday, even it took her until her last breath, she'd find out who had done this to her. To Sam.
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”
Sarah J. Maas (The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass, #0.5))
β€œ
A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind. If this rule were always observed; if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquillity of his domestic affections, Greece had not been enslaved, Caesar would have spared his country, America would have been discovered more gradually, and the empires of Mexico and Peru had not been destroyed.
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”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Frankenstein)
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And then what are your plans?” Annwyl frowned. β€œMy plans?” β€œYes. Your plans. You take your brother’s head, your troops are waiting. What is the next thing that you do?” Annwyl just stared at him. He realized in that instant that the girl had no plans. None. No grand schemes of controlling the world. No plots to destroy any other empires. Not even the plan to have a celebratory dinner. β€œAnnwyl, you’ll be queen. You’ll have to do something.” β€œBut I don’t want to be queen.” Her body shook with panic, and he could hear it in her voice. β€œYou take his head, you’ll have little choice.” β€œWhat the hell am I supposed to do as queen?” β€œWell . .you could try ruling.” β€œThat sounds awfully complicated.
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G.A. Aiken (Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin, #1))
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Are you Elide? You look... so much like your mother... I'm sorry... I'm so sorry... She bought me time... I am alive today because of your mother... She told me to tell you... Your mother told me to tell you that she loves you - very much. Those were her last words to me. 'Tell my Elide I love her very much.' - Aelin, to Elide
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Breeze strolled over to the table and chose a seat with his characteristic decorum. The portly man raised his dueling cane, pointing it at Ham. 'I see that my period of intellectual respite has come to an end.' Ham smiled. 'I thought up a couple beastly questions while I was gone, and I've been saving them just for you, Breeze.' 'I'm dying of anticipation,' Breeze said. He turned his cane toward Lestibournes. 'Spook, drink.' Spook rushed over and fetched Breeze a cup of wine. 'He's such a fine lad,' Breeze noted, accepting the drink. 'I barely even have to nudge him Allomantically. If only the rest of you ruffians were so accommodating.' Spook frowned. 'Niceing the not on the playing without.' 'I have no idea what you just said, child,' Breeze said. 'So I'm simply going to pretend it was coherent, then move on.' Kelsier rolled his eyes. 'Losing the stress on the nip,' he said. 'Notting without the needing of care.' 'Riding the rile of the rids to the right,' Spook said with a nod. 'What are you two babbling about?' Breeze said testily. 'Wasing the was of brightness,' Spook said. 'Nip the having of wishing of this.' 'Ever wasing the doing of this,' Kelsier agreed. 'Ever wasing the wish of having the have,' Ham added with a smile. 'Brighting the wish of wasing the not.' Breeze turned to Dockson with exasperation. 'I believe our companions have finally lost their minds, dear friend.' Dockson shrugged. Then, with a perfectly straight face, he said, 'Wasing not of wasing is.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))
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When they killed him, Mother wouldn't hold her peace, so they slit her throat. I was stupid then, being only nine, and I fought to save them both. But the thorns held me tight. I've learned to appreciate thorns since. The thorns taught me the game. They let me understand what all those grim and serious men who've fought the Hundred War have yet to learn. You can only win the game when you understand that it IS a game. Let a man play chess, and tell him that every pawn is his friend. Let him think both bishops holy. Let him remember happy days in the shadows of his castles. Let him love his queen. Watch him loose them all.
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Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1))
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She was indeed a bit terrified of the icy rage rippling from him as Dorian said, β€œBecause she died. And even before she did, this world saw to it that she suffered, and was afraid, and alone. And even though no one will remember who she was, I do. I will never forget the color of her eyes, the way she smiled. And I will never forgive them for taking it away.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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Yet the paradox is that scientific methodology is the product of human hands and thus cannot reach some permanent truth. We build scientific theories to organize and manipulate the world, to reduce phenomena into manageable units. Science is based on reproducibility and manufactured objectivity. As strong as that makes its ability to generate claims about matter and energy, it also makes scientific knowledge inapplicable to the existential, visceral nature of human life, which is unique and subjective and unpredictable. Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.
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Paul Kalanithi (When Breath Becomes Air)
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The forgetting is habit, is yet another necessary component of the Dream. They have forgotten the scale of theft that enriched them in slavery; the terror that allowed them, for a century, to pilfer the vote; the segregationist policy that gave them their suburbs. They have forgotten, because to remember would tumble them out of the beautiful Dream and force them to live down here with us, down here in the world. I am convinced that the Dreamers, at least the Dreamers of today, would rather live white than live free. In the Dream they are Buck Rogers, Prince Aragorn, an entire race of Skywalkers. To awaken them is to reveal that they are an empire of humans and, like all empires of humans, are built on the destruction of the body. It is to stain their nobility, to make them vulnerable, fallible, breakable humans.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me)
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[She] knew there were women who worked successfully out of the home. They ran businesses, created empires and managed to raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted children who went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard or became world-renowned concert pianists. Possibly both. These women accomplished all this while cooking gourmet meals, furnishing their homes with Italian antiques, giving clever, intelligent interviews with Money magazine and People, and maintaining a brilliant marriage with an active enviable sex life and never tipping the scale at an ounce over their ideal weight... She knew those women were out there. If she'd had a gun, she'd have hunted every last one of them down and shot them like rabid dogs for the good of womankind.
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Nora Roberts (Birthright)
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Sadism dominates the culture. It runs like an electric current through reality television and trash-talk programs, is at the core of pornography, and fuels the compliant, corporate collective. Corporatism is about crushing the capacity for moral choice and diminishing the individual to force him or her into an ostensibly harmonious collective. This hypermasculinity has its logical fruition in Abu Ghraib, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our lack of compassion for our homeless, our poor, the mentally ill, the unemployed, and the sick. ... We accept the system handed to us and seek to find a comfortable place within it. We retreat into the narrow, confined ghettos created for us and shut our eyes to the deadly superstructure of the corporate state.
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Chris Hedges (Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle)
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Nothing can illustrate these observations more forcibly, than a recollection of the happy conjuncture of times and circumstances, under which our Republic assumed its rank among the Nations; The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, the Treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected wisdom may be happily applied in the Establishment of our forms of Government; the free cultivation of Letters, the unbounded extension of Commerce, the progressive refinement of Manners, the growing liberality of sentiment... have had a meliorating influence on mankind and increased the blessings of Society. At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own. [Circular to the States, 8 June 1783 - Writings 26:484--89]
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George Washington (Writings)
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Sam," she said. "I'm trying!" "Sam," she repeated. "No," he spat, hearing her tone. "No!" He began screaming for help then. Celaena pressed her face to one of the holes in the grate. Help wasn't going to come-not fast enough. "Please," Sam begged as he beat and yanked on the grate, he tried to wedge another dagger under the lid. "Please don't." She knew he wasn't speaking to her. The water hit her neck. "Please," Sam moaned, his fingers now touching hers. She'd have one last breath. Her last words. "Take my body home to Terrasen, Sam," she whispered. And with a gasping breath, she went under.
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Sarah J. Maas (The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass, #0.5))
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I’ll make one more promise,” she said, folding her bloodied hand into a fist as she lowered it before them. Darrow tensed. Her blood dripped onto the sacred soil of Terrasen, and her smile turned lethal. Even Aedion held his breath beside her. Aelin said, β€œI promise you that no matter how far I go, no matter the cost, when you call for my aid, I will come. I promise you on my blood, on my family’s name, that I will not turn my back on Terrasen as you have turned your back on me. I promise you, Darrow, that when the day comes and you crawl for my help, I will put my kingdom before my pride and not kill you for this. I think the true punishment will be seeing me on the throne for the rest of your miserable life.
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Sarah J. Maas (Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5))
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The first thing you notice about New Orleans are the burying grounds - the cemeteries - and they're a cold proposition, one of the best things there are here. Going by, you try to be as quiet as possible, better to let them sleep. Greek, Roman, sepulchres- palatial mausoleums made to order, phantomesque, signs and symbols of hidden decay - ghosts of women and men who have sinned and who've died and are now living in tombs. The past doesn't pass away so quickly here. You could be dead for a long time. The ghosts race towards the light, you can almost hear the heavy breathing spirits, all determined to get somewhere. New Orleans, unlike a lot of those places you go back to and that don't have the magic anymore, still has got it. Night can swallow you up, yet none of it touches you. Around any corner, there's a promise of something daring and ideal and things are just getting going. There's something obscenely joyful behind every door, either that or somebody crying with their head in their hands. A lazy rhythm looms in the dreamy air and the atmosphere pulsates with bygone duels, past-life romance, comrades requesting comrades to aid them in some way. You can't see it, but you know it's here. Somebody is always sinking. Everyone seems to be from some very old Southern families. Either that or a foreigner. I like the way it is. There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better. There's a thousand different angles at any moment. At any time you could run into a ritual honoring some vaguely known queen. Bluebloods, titled persons like crazy drunks, lean weakly against the walls and drag themselves through the gutter. Even they seem to have insights you might want to listen to. No action seems inappropriate here. The city is one very long poem. Gardens full of pansies, pink petunias, opiates. Flower-bedecked shrines, white myrtles, bougainvillea and purple oleander stimulate your senses, make you feel cool and clear inside. Everything in New Orleans is a good idea. Bijou temple-type cottages and lyric cathedrals side by side. Houses and mansions, structures of wild grace. Italianate, Gothic, Romanesque, Greek Revival standing in a long line in the rain. Roman Catholic art. Sweeping front porches, turrets, cast-iron balconies, colonnades- 30-foot columns, gloriously beautiful- double pitched roofs, all the architecture of the whole wide world and it doesn't move. All that and a town square where public executions took place. In New Orleans you could almost see other dimensions. There's only one day at a time here, then it's tonight and then tomorrow will be today again. Chronic melancholia hanging from the trees. You never get tired of it. After a while you start to feel like a ghost from one of the tombs, like you're in a wax museum below crimson clouds. Spirit empire. Wealthy empire. One of Napoleon's generals, Lallemaud, was said to have come here to check it out, looking for a place for his commander to seek refuge after Waterloo. He scouted around and left, said that here the devil is damned, just like everybody else, only worse. The devil comes here and sighs. New Orleans. Exquisite, old-fashioned. A great place to live vicariously. Nothing makes any difference and you never feel hurt, a great place to really hit on things. Somebody puts something in front of you here and you might as well drink it. Great place to be intimate or do nothing. A place to come and hope you'll get smart - to feed pigeons looking for handouts
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Bob Dylan (Chronicles, Volume One)
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Kelsier exhaled in exasperation. β€œElend Venture? You risked your lifeβ€”risked the plan, and our livesβ€”for that fool of a boy?” Vin looked up, glaring at him. β€œYes.” β€œWhat is wrong with you, girl?” Kelsier asked. β€œElend Venture isn’t worth this.” She stood angrily, Sazed backing away, the cloak falling the floor. β€œHe’s a good man!” β€œHe’s a nobleman!” β€œSo are you!” Vin snapped. She waved a frustrated arm toward the kitchen and the crew. β€œWhat do you think this is, Kelsier? The life of a skaa? What do any of you know about skaa? Aristocratic suits, stalking your enemies in the night, full meals and nightcaps around the table with your friends? That’s not the life of a skaa!” She took a step forward, glaring at Kelsier. He blinked in surprise at the outburst. β€œWhat do you know about them, Kelsier?” she asked. β€œWhen’s the last time you slept in an alley, shivering in the cold rain, listening to the beggar next to you cough with a sickness you knew would kill him? When’s the last time you had to lay awake at night, terrified that one of the men in your crew would try to rape you? Have you ever knelt, starving, wishing you had the courage to knife the crewmember beside you just so you could take his crust of bread? Have you ever cowered before your brother as he beat you, all the time feeling thankful because at least you had someone who paid attention to you?” She fell silent, puffing slightly, the crewmembers staring at her. β€œDon’t talk to me about noblemen,” Vin said. β€œAnd don’t say things about people you don’t know. You’re no skaaβ€” you’re just noblemen without titles.” She turned, stalking from the room. Kelsier watched her go, shocked, hearing her footsteps on the stairs. He stood, dumbfounded, feeling a surprising flush of ashamed guilt. And, for once, found himself without anything to say.
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Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1))