Inheritance Quotes

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Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (Inheritance, #1))
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Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now.
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (Inheritance, #2))
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The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
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Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
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Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.
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Rainer Maria Rilke (Letters to a Young Poet)
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The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.
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Kiran Desai (The Inheritance of Loss)
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People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it's actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (Inheritance, #1))
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Eragon looked back at him, confused. "I don't understand." "Of course you don't," said Brom impatiently. "That's why I'm teaching you and not the other way around.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can't.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (Inheritance, #1))
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Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.... and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.
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Rainer Maria Rilke (Letters to a Young Poet)
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So that's little Scorpious. Make sure you beat him in every test, Rosie. Thank god you've inherited your mother's brains.
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J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7))
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Wise? No, I simply learned to think.
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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The greatest enemy is one that has nothing to lose.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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It's amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this books survives, his ideas live.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.
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AnaΓ―s Nin (The Diary of AnaΓ―s Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934)
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Everything’s a game, Avery Grambs. The only thing we get to decide in this life is if we play to win.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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In a child's eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.
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N.K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1))
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Ah, pay no heed if your enemies laugh. They'll not be able to once you lop off their heads.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon, Eldest & Brisingr (Inheritance, #1-3))
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I had an inheritance from my father, It was the moon and the sun. And though I roam all over the world, The spending of it’s never done.
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Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
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Those whom we most love are often the most alien to us.
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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First, let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered... . Give men your ear, but not your heart. Show respect for those in power, but don't follow them blindly. Judge with logic and reason, but comment not. Consider none your superior whatever their rank or station in life. Treat all fairly, or they will seek revenge. Be careful with your money. Hold fast to your beliefs and others will listen.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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Why do I have to tell a story?” I asked. β€œBecause if you don’t tell the story, someone else will tell it for you.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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Mmm....she's doomed! You're doomed!! They're all doomed! Notice I didn't specify what kind of doom, so no matter what happens, I predicted it. How very WISE of me.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs. And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be last; the last shall be first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting. But before we can radically reshape the world, we need to shop.
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John Green (Paper Towns)
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Haven't you ever heard that modesty is an attractive trait?" "Only from ugly people," Jace confided. "The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me." He winked at the girls, who giggled and hid behind their hair.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Perhaps not one religion contains all of the truth of the world. Perhaps every religion contains fragments of the truth, and it is our responsibility to identify those fragments and piece them together.
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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Have I ever told you how glad I am we're not enemies? Eragon asked. No, but it's very sweet of you.
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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Heads, I kiss you. Tails, you kiss me. And either way, it means something.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, #2))
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Life is both pain and pleasure. If this is the price you must pay for the hours you enjoy, is it too much?
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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It's better to ask forgiveness than permission. - Brom
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (Inheritance, #1))
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We aren’t normal. This place isn’t normal, and you’re not a player, kid. You’re the glass ballerinaβ€”or the knife.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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After all, how can a mere dragon expect to tell a man like yourself what to do? In fact, everyone should stand in awe of your brilliance of finding the only dead end. - Saphira
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (Inheritance, #1))
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Into the sky to win or die.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (Inheritance, #1))
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You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
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Abraham Lincoln
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Sometimes things that appear very different on the surface are actually exactly the same at their core.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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If yes is no and once is never, then how many sides does a triangle have?
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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We can never be gods, after all--but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.
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N.K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1))
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The purpose of life is not to do what we want but what needs to be done.
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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Est unus ex nobis. Nos defendat eius." She is one of us. We protect her.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, #2))
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Life was better than he expected with his new Italian family inheritance, and it felt good to take a deep breath without fear of someone attacking him or his family.
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Carolyn M. Bowen (Legacy of Shadows: An International Crime Thriller (The Family Legacy Series Book 2))
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God created dinosaurs. God destroyed dinosaurs. God created Man. Man destroyed God. Man created dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eat man...Woman inherits the earth.
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Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1))
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The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist.
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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Respect the past; you never know how it may affect you.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
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Eric Hoffer
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For a moment, I was captivated as I studied them side by side. My mother: the perfect picture of guardian excellence and decorum. My father: always capable of achieving his goals, no matter how twisted the means. Uneasily, I began to understand how I’d inherited my bizarre personality.
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Richelle Mead (Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6))
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He left you the fortune, Avery, and all he left us is you.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.
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William Shakespeare (The Tempest)
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Inherited Will, The Destiny of the Age, and The Dreams of the People. As long as people continue to pursue the meaning of Freedom, these things will never cease to be!" - Gol D. Roger
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Eiichiro Oda
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I wonder if you can refuse to inherit the world.
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Bill Watterson (The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury)
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Avoid roasted cabbage, do not eat earwax, and look on the bright side of life!
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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Shall we dance,friend of my heart?" We shall, little one.
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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If you wish to be happy,Eragon, Think not of what is to come nor of that which you have no control over but rather of the now and that which you are able to change
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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Traps upon traps. And riddles upon riddles.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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You don't have to kiss me. You don't even have to like me, Heiress, but please don't make me do this alone.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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As awful as it sounds, money is power, and power is magnetic.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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But you see," said Roark quietly, "I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I’ve chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I’m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standardsβ€”and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one.
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Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead)
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Death is part of who we are. It guides us. It shapes us. It drives us to madness. Can you still be human if you have no mortal end
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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I'll fight when needed, revel when there's an occasion, mourn when there is grief and die if my time comes...But I will not let anyone use me against my will.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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Nothing is certain but death and taxes.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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She had to choose what, of the things she inherited from the people who came before her, she wanted to bring forward. And what, of the past, she wanted to leave behind.
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Taylor Jenkins Reid (Malibu Rising)
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I've never been helpless, I just have powerful enemies
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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If he fancied her anymore,' Saphira said to both Eragon and Roran, 'I'd be trying to kiss Arya myself.' 'Saphira!' Mortified, Eragon swatted her on the leg.
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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The majority of children born into the world tend to inherit the beliefs of their parents, and that to me is one of the most regrettable facts of them all.
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Richard Dawkins
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Better the devil you do know than the devil you don't
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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You would be amazed how many magicians have died after being bitten by mad rabbits. It's far more common than you might think. -Angela the Herbalist
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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Life is in Fate's hands now. You made your choice to stay... it's too late to change that, so stop agonizing over it.... You're making my scales itch. Saphira, from "Eragon
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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I believe, Eragon, that you are full of love and that you are looking for one who will reciprocate your affection. No shame exists in that.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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why kill two birds with one stone when you can kill twelve
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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Why does everything have to be so hard? [Eragon] wondered. Because, said Saphira, everyone wants to eat, but no one wants to be eaten.
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Christopher Paolini (Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle, #4))
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You cannot miss what you have never had.
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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Saphira to Eragon: "If anything happens, I’m going to pin you to my back and never let you off. Eragon: I love you too. Saphira: Then I will bind you all the tighter.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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I came to see you,” Jameson told me. β€œEvery day. The least you could have done was wake up while I was here, tragically backlit, unspeakably handsome, and waiting.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, #2))
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It's impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments.
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Christopher Paolini (Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle, #4))
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If it's true that every seven years each cell in your body dies and is replaced, then I have truly inherited my life from a dead man; and the misdeeds of those times have been forgiven, and are buried with his bones.
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Neil Gaiman
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The trick to being abandoned was to never let yourself long for anyone who left.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, #2))
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I love you. I would die to protect you. I would make you hate me to keep you safe because damn it, Averyβ€”some things are too precious to gamble.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games, #3))
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From now on you're going to have to think. There's a reason why we're born with brains in our heads, not rocks.
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Christopher Paolini (Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1))
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The songs of the dead are the lamentations of the living.
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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I think it would dismay them to know what it takes to feed you. Not to mention that you could empty their cellars of beer and wine in a single night.' Eragon said. I would never, Saphira sniffed. Maybe in two nights.
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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When you teach them-teach them not to fear. Fear is good in small amounts, but when it is a constant, pounding companion, it cuts away at who you are and makes it hard to do what you know is right.
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Christopher Paolini (Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle, #4))
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Love can be a terrible curse, Eragon. It can make you overlook even the largest flaws in a person's behavior.
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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Iz," Alec said tiredly. "It's not like it's one big bad thing. It's a lot of little invisible things. When Magnus and I were traveling, and I'd call from the road, Dad never asked how he was. When I get up to talk in Clave meetings, no one listens, and I don't know if that's because I'm young or if it's because of something else. I saw Mom talking to a friend about her grandchildren and the second I walked into the room they shut up. Irina Cartwright told me it was a pity no one would ever inherit my blue eyes now." He shrugged and looked toward Magnus, who took a hand off the wheel for a moment to place it on Alec's. "It's not like a stab wound you can protect me from. It's a million little paper cuts every day.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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Picture yourself standing on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The wind is whipping your hair. The sun is setting. You long, body and soul, for one thing. One person. You hear footsteps behind you. You turn. Who's there? I remembered a voice. Jameson Winchester Hawthorne.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, #2))
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You named your sword Fire? Fire? What kind of a boring name is that? You might as well name your sword 'Blazing Blade' and be done with it. Fire indeed. Humph. Wouldn't you rather have a sword called Sheepbiter or Chrysanthemum Cleaver or something else with imagination?
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Christopher Paolini (Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3))
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I will always protect you" he told me, his jaw tight, his eyes shadowed. "You deserve to feel safe in your own home. And I'll help you with the foundation. I'll teach you what you need to know to take this life like you were born to it. But this...us..." He swallowed. "It can't happen, Avery. I've seen the way Jamerson looks at you.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1))
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Could fulfillment ever be felt as deeply as loss? Romantically she decided that love must surely reside in the gap between desire and fulfillment, in the lack, not the contentment. Love was the ache, the anticipation, the retreat, everything around it but the emotion itself.
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Kiran Desai (The Inheritance of Loss)
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I have a new name for pain. What’s that? The Obliterator. Because when you’re in pain, nothing else can exist. Not thought. Not emotion. Only the drive to escape the pain. When it’s strong enough, the Obliterator strips us of everything that makes us who we are, until we’re reduced to creatures less than animals, creatures with a single desire and goal: escape. A good name, then.
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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People say you're born innocent, but it's not true. You inherit all kinds of things that you can do nothing about. You inherit your identity, your history, like a birthmark that you can't wash off. ... We are born with our heads turned back, but my mother says we have to face into the future now. You have to earn your own innocence, she says. You have to grow up and become innocent.
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Hugo Hamilton (The Sailor in the Wardrobe)
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I have never seen much point in getting heavy with stupid people or Jesus freaks, just as long as they don't bother me. In a world as weird and cruel as this one we have made for ourselves, I figure anybody who can find peace and personal happiness without ripping off somebody else deserves to be left alone. They will not inherit the earth, but then neither will I... And I have learned to live, as it were, with the idea that I will never find peace and happiness, either. But as long as I know there's a pretty good chance I can get my hands on either one of them every once in a while, I do the best I can between high spots.
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Hunter S. Thompson (The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (The Gonzo Papers, #1))
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I was blessed with another trait I inherited from my mother, her ability to forget the pain in life. I remember the thing that caused the trauma, but I don't hold onto the trauma. I never let the memory of something painful prevent me from trying something new. If you think too much about the ass kicking your mom gave you or the ass kicking that life gave you, you’ll stop pushing the boundaries and breaking the rules. It’s better to take it, spend some time crying, then wake up the next day and move on. You’ll have a few bruises and they’ll remind you of what happened and that’s ok. But after a while, the bruises fade and they fade for a reason. Because now, it’s time to get up to some shit again.
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Trevor Noah (Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood)
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However, there is a way to know for certain that Noah’s Flood and the Creation story never happened: by looking at our mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA).Β  Mitochondria are the β€œcellular power plants” found in all of our cells and they have their own DNA which is separate from that found in the nucleus of the cell.Β  In humans, and most other species that mitochondria are found in, the father’s mtDNA normally does not contribute to the child’s mtDNA; the child normally inherits its mtDNA exclusively from its mother.Β  This means that if no one’s genes have mutated, then we all have the same mtDNA as our brothers and sisters and the same mtDNA as the children of our mother’s sisters, etc. This pattern of inheritance makes it possible to rule out β€œpopulation bottlenecks” in our species’ history.Β  A bottleneck is basically a time when the population of a species dwindled to low numbers.Β  For humans, this means that every person born after a bottleneck can only have the mtDNA or a mutation of the mtDNA of the women who survived the bottleneck. This doesn’t mean that mtDNA can tell us when a bottleneck happened, but it can tell us when one didn’t happen because we know that mtDNA has a rate of approximately one mutation every 3,500 years (Gibbons 1998; Soares et al 2009). So if the human race were actually less than 6,000 years old and/or β€œeverything on earth that breathed died” (Genesis 7:22) less than 6,000 years ago, which would be the case if the story of Adam and the story of Noah’s flood were true respectively, then every person should have the exact same mtDNA except for one or two mutations.Β  This, however, is not the case as human mtDNA is much more diverse (Endicott et al 2009), so we can know for a fact that the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Noah are fictional. Β  There
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Alexander Drake (The Invention of Christianity)
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I’ve just never met someone like you," as if I were a stranger from another town or an eccentric guest accompanying a mutual friend to a dinner party. It was a strange thought to hear from the mouth of the woman who had birthed and raised me, with whom I shared a home for eighteen years, someone who was half me. My mother had struggled to understand me just as I struggled to understand her. Thrown as we were on opposite sides of a fault lineβ€”generational, cultural, linguisticβ€”we wandered lost without a reference point, each of us unintelligible to the other’s expectations, until these past few years when we had just begun to unlock the mystery, carve the psychic space to accommodate each other, appreciate the differences between us, linger in our refracted commonalities. Then, what would have been the most fruitful years of understanding were cut violently short, and I was left alone to decipher the secrets of inheritance without its key.
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Michelle Zauner (Crying in H Mart)
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We are the people of the book. We love our books. We fill our houses with books. We treasure books we inherit from our parents, and we cherish the idea of passing those books on to our children. Indeed, how many of us started reading with a beloved book that belonged to one of our parents? We force worthy books on our friends, and we insist that they read them. We even feel a weird kinship for the people we see on buses or airplanes reading our books, the books that we claim. If anyone tries to take away our booksβ€”some oppressive government, some censor gone off the railsβ€”we would defend them with everything that we have. We know our tribespeople when we visit their homes because every wall is lined with books. There are teetering piles of books beside the bed and on the floor; there are masses of swollen paperbacks in the bathroom. Our books are us. They are our outboard memory banks and they contain the moral, intellectual, and imaginative influences that make us the people we are today.
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Cory Doctorow
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We rich nations, for that is what we are, have an obligation not only to the poor nations, but to all the grandchildren of the world, rich and poor. We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own. Anyone who fails to recognise the basic validity of the proposition put in different ways by increasing numbers of writers, from Malthus to The Club of Rome, is either ignorant, a fool, or evil.
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Moss Cass
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We all know that any emotional bias -- irrespective of truth or falsity -- can be implanted by suggestion in the emotions of the young, hence the inherited traditions of an orthodox community are absolutely without evidential value.... If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. With such an honest and inflexible openness to evidence, they could not fail to receive any real truth which might be manifesting itself around them. The fact that religionists do not follow this honourable course, but cheat at their game by invoking juvenile quasi-hypnosis, is enough to destroy their pretensions in my eyes even if their absurdity were not manifest in every other direction.
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H.P. Lovecraft (Against Religion: The Atheist Writings of H.P. Lovecraft)
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Tell your daughters how you love your body. Tell them how they must love theirs. Tell them to be proud of every bit of themselvesβ€” from their tiger stripes to the soft flesh of their thighs, whether there is a little of them or a lot, whether freckles cover their face or not, whether their curves are plentiful or slim, whether their hair is thick, curly, straight, long or short. Tell them how they inherited their ancestors, souls in their smiles, that their eyes carry countries that breathed life into history, that the swing of their hips does not determine their destiny. Tell them never to listen when bodies are critiqued. Tell them every woman’s body is beautiful because every woman’s soul is unique.
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Nikita Gill (The Girl and the Goddess: Stories and Poems of Divine Wisdom)
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The drug of love was no escape, for in its coils lie latent dreams of greatness which awaken when men and women fecundate each other deeply. Something is always born of man and woman lying together and exchanging the essences of their lives. Some seed is always carried and opened in the soil of passion. The fumes of desire are the womb of man's birth and often in the drunkeness of caresses history is made, and science, and philosophy. For a woman, as she sews, cooks, embraces, covers, warms, also dreams that the man taking her will be more than a man, will be the mythological figure of her dreams, the hero, the discoverer, the builder....Unless she is the anonymous whore, no man enters woman with impunity, for where the seed of man and woman mingle, within the drops of blood exchanged, the changes that take place are the same as those of great flowing rivers of inheritance, which carry traits of character from father to son to grandson, traits of character as well as physical traits. Memories of experience are transmitted by the same cells which repeated the design of a nose, a hand, the tone of a voice, the color of an eye. These great flowing rivers of inheritance transmitted traits and carried dreams from port to port until fulfillment, and gave birth to selves never born before....No man and woman know what will be born in the darkness of their intermingling; so much besides children, so many invisible births, exchanges of soul and character, blossoming of unknown selves, liberation of hidden treasures, buried fantasies...
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AnaΓ―s Nin (The Four-Chambered Heart: V3 in Nin's Continuous Novel)
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It was as if June had given her a boxβ€”as if every parent gives their children a boxβ€”full of the things they carried. June had given her children this box packed to the brim with her own experiences, her own treasures and heartbreaks. Her own guilts and pleasures, triumphs and losses, values and biases, duties and sorrows. And Nina had been carrying around this box her whole life, feeling the full weight of it. But it was not, Nina saw just then, her job to carry the full box. Her job was to sort through the box. To decide what to keep, and to put the rest down. She had to choose what, of the things she inherited from the people who came before her, she wanted to bring forward. And what, of the past, she wanted to leave behind.
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Taylor Jenkins Reid (Malibu Rising)
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I reached out my hand, England's rivers turned and flowed the other way... I reached out my hand, my enemies's blood stopt in their veins... I reached out my hand; thought and memory flew out of my enemies' heads like a flock of starlings; My enemies crumpled like empty sacks. I came to them out of mists and rain; I came to them in dreams at midnight; I came to them in a flock of ravens that filled a northern sky at dawn; When they thought themselves safe I came to them in a cry that broke the silence of a winter wood... The rain made a door for me and I went through it; The stones made a throne for me and I sat upon it; Three kingdoms were given to me to be mine forever; England was given to me to be mine forever. The nameless slave wore a silver crown; The nameless slave was a king in a strange country... The weapons that my enemies raised against me are venerated in Hell as holy relics; Plans that my enemies made against me are preserved as holy texts; Blood that I shed upon ancient battlefields is scraped from the stained earth by Hell's sacristans and placed in a vessel of silver and ivory. I gave magic to England, a valuable inheritance But Englishmen have despised my gift Magic shall be written upon the sky by the rain but they shall not be able to read it; Magic shall be written on the faces of the stony hills but their minds shall not be able to contain it; In winter the barren trees shall be a black writing but they shall not understand it... Two magicians shall appear in England... The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me; The first shall be governed by thieves and murderers; the second shall conspire at his own destruction; The first shall bury his heart in a dark wood beneath the snow, yet still feel its ache; The second shall see his dearest posession in his enemy's hand... The first shall pass his life alone, he shall be his own gaoler; The second shall tread lonely roads, the storm above his head, seeking a dark tower upon a high hillside... I sit upon a black throne in the shadows but they shall not see me. The rain shall make a door for me and I shall pass through it; The stones shall make a throne for me and I shall sit upon it... The nameless slave shall wear a silver crown The nameless slave shall be a king in a strange country...
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Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell)