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How can we prepare for the future if we won't acknowledge the past?

N. K. Jemisin in The Broken Earth - The Stone Sky
 
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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.

N. K. Jemisin in Inheritance - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
 
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For all those that have to fight for the respect that everyone else is given without question.

N. K. Jemisin in The Broken Earth - The Fifth Season
 
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Home is what you take with you, not what you leave behind.

N. K. Jemisin in The Broken Earth - The Fifth Season
 
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But for a society build on exploitation, there is no greater threat than having no one left to oppress.

N. K. Jemisin in The Broken Earth - The Stone Sky
 
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Being useful to others is not the same thing as being equal.

N. K. Jemisin in The Broken Earth - The Obelisk Gate
 
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True peace required the presence of justice, not just the absence of conflict.

N. K. Jemisin in Dreamblood - The Killing Moon
 
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"I think," Hoa says slowly, "that if you love someone, you don't get to choose how they love you back."

N. K. Jemisin in The Broken Earth - The Stone Sky
 
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We can never be gods, after all - but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.

N. K. Jemisin in Inheritance - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
 
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There's truth even in tainted knowledge, if one reads carefully.

N. K. Jemisin in Inheritance - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
 
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It's all right to need help. All of us have things we can't do alone.

N. K. Jemisin in Inheritance - The Broken Kingdoms
 
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Well. Adolescence is all about making mistakes.

N. K. Jemisin in Inheritance - The Kingdom of Gods
 
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But love like that doesn't just disappear, does it? No matter how powerful the hate, there is always a little love left, underneath. Yes. Horrible, isn't it?

N. K. Jemisin in Inheritance - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
 
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Mother always said that if one must do something unpleasant, one should do it wholeheartedly and not waste effort on regret.

N. K. Jemisin in Inheritance - The Kingdom of Gods
 
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After all, a person is herself, and others. Relationships chisel the final shape of one's being. I am me, and you.

N. K. Jemisin in The Broken Earth - The Fifth Season
 
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But there are none so frightened, or so strange in their fear, as conquerors. They conjure phantoms endlessly, terrified that their victims will someday do back what was done to them - even if, in truth, their victims couldn't care less about such pettiness and have moved on. Conquerors live in dread of the day when they are shown to be, not superior, but simply lucky.

N. K. Jemisin in The Broken Earth - The Stone Sky
 
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One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.

Eric Carle in The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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He built a small house, called a cocoon, around himself. He stayed inside for more than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and...

he was a beautiful butterfly!

ButterfliesEric Carle in The Very Hungry Caterpillar
 
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On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

That night he had a stomach ache.

Eric Carle in The Very Hungry Caterpillar
 
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It is not the harp, but the hand that plays it.

HandsBernard Cornwell in The Last Kingdom
 
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Only the gods tell him what to do, and you should beware of men who take their orders from the gods.

Bernard Cornwell in The Last Kingdom
 
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Pride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation. Men die, they said, but reputation does not die.

Bernard Cornwell in The Last Kingdom
 
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Arrows of insight have to be winged by the feathers of speculation.

Bernard Cornwell in The Last Kingdom
 
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I have learned that it is one thing to kill in battle, to send a brave man's soul to the corpse hall of the gods, but quite another to take a helpless man's life.

Bernard Cornwell in The Last Kingdom
 
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Fear might work on a man, but confidence fights against fear.

Bernard Cornwell in The Last Kingdom
 
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An army, I learned in time, needs a head. It needs one man to lead it, but give an army two leaders and you halve its strength.

Bernard Cornwell in The Last Kingdom
 
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War is fought in mystery. The truth can take days to travel, and ahead of truth flies rumor, and it is ever hard to know what is really happening, and the art of it is to pluck the clean bone of fact from the rotting flesh of fear and lies.

Bernard Cornwell in The Last Kingdom
 
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Laughter in battle. That was what Ragnar had taught me, to take joy from the fight.

Bernard Cornwell in The Last Kingdom
 
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When the Fox hears the Rabbit scream he comes a-runnin', but not to help.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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Nothing made me happen. I happened.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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Being smart spoils a lot of things, doesn't it?

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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I'm not sure you get wiser as you get older, Starling, but you do learn to dodge a certain amount of hell.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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Problem-solving is hunting; it is savage pleasure and we are born to it.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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But the face on the pillow, rosy in the firelight, is certainly that of Clarice Starling, and she sleeps deeply, sweetly, in the silence of the lambs.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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God's creatures who cried themselves to sleep stirred to cry again.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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I would not have had that happen to you. Discourtesy is unspeakably ugly to me.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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He lives down in a ribcage in the dry leaves of a heart.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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She didn't give a damn about some of them, but she had grown to learn that inattention can be a stratagem to avoid pain, and that it is often misread as shallowness and indifference.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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I expect most psychiatrists have a patient or two they'd like to refer to me.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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Can you smell his sweat? That peculiar goatish odor is trans-3-methyl-2 hexenoic acid. Remember it, it's the smell of schizophrenia.

Thomas Harris in The Silence of the Lambs
 
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Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.

Holly Black in The Cruel Prince
 
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Memories, you see, hurt. The good ones most of all.

Harlan Coben in Tell No One
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I kept hearing that "better to have loved and lost" bullshit. Another falsehood. Trust me, it is not better. Don't show me paradise and then burn it down.

Harlan Coben in Tell No One
 
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Love your parents - while we are busy growing up, they are growing old.

Harlan Coben in Run Away
 
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A beating hurts for a little while. The shame of cowardice never leaves.

Harlan Coben in Gone for Good
 
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Before we go forward, we have to look back.

Harlan Coben in Gone for Good
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Perception is often more important than reality.

Harlan Coben in Run Away
 
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Some people, no matter how easy the path they are given on the walk of life, will find a way to mess it all up. Ray Levine was one of those people.

Harlan Coben in Stay Close
 
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Hope could be a wonderful thing. But hope could crush you anew every single day. Hope could be the cruelest thing in the world.

Harlan Coben in Stay Close
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