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    There is a sad disconnectedness that overcomes a library when its owner is gone.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: sad  gone  library 
     
    I don't want power. I just object to idiots having power over me.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: power  idiot 
     
    Real destiny takes everything-the last drop of blood, and strip out your veins to be sure-and gives it back doubled. Quadrupled. A thousand-fold! But you can't give halves. You have to give it all. I know. I swear. I've come back from the dead to speak the truth to you. Real destiny gives you a mountain of life, and puts you on top of it.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: truth  real  blood 
     
    Your Reverence, I do not hate any man in this world enough to inflict the results of my prayers upon him.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: men  world  hate  prayer 
     
    One learns better than to hand one's choices to fear. With age, with every wound and scar, one learns.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: fear  choice  age  learn 
     
    You have to be careful who you let define your good.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    History does not so much repeat as echo, I suppose.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    There was no limit to what one man might do, if he gave all, and held back nothing.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: men 
     
    Poets speak of hope in ladies smiles, but give me a smirk any day, I say.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: smile  poet  hope 
     
    Your father calls you to his court. You need not pack. You go garbed in glorious raiment. He waits eagerly by his palace doors to welcome you, and has prepared a place at the high table, by his side, in the company of the great-souled, honored, and best-beloved.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: father  company 
     
    If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: people 
     
    Do it for yourself. The universe will be around to collect its cut later.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: universe 
     
    People give themselves to you, in their talking, and in other ways, if you are quiet and patient and let them, and not in such a damned rush to give yourself to them you go bat-blind and deaf.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: people 
     
    If you can't do what you want, do what you can.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    I've got forward momentum. There's no virtue in it. It's just a balancing act. I don't dare stop.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: virtue 
     
    Seems like half my anxiety dreams are about airports.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: anxiety  dreams 
     
    Like integrity, love of life was not a subject to be studied, it was a contagion to be caught. And you had to catch it from someone who had it.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: integrity 
     
    Some men just aren't cut out for paternity. Better they should realize it before and not after they become responsible for a son.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: men  son 
     
    Power is better than revenge. Power is a live thing, by which you reach out to grasp the future. Revenge is a dead thing, reaching out from the past to grasp you.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: power  live  future  past  revenge 
     
    Read, or you will be missing something extraordinary.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: read  missing 
     
    Forward momentum only worked as a strategy if one had correctly identified which way was forward.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: strategy 
     
    Anything worth achieving is worth overachieving.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: worth 
     
    Women do desperately need models for power other than the maternal.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: women  power 
     
    I am not a fate worse than death, dammit!
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: death  fate 
     
    Too late, he recalled Miles's dictum that the reward for a job well done was usually a harder job.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: job 
     
    Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: honor 
     
    In mysticism, knowledge cannot be separated from a certain way of life which becomes its living manifestation. To acquire mystical knowledge means to undergo a transformation; one could even say that the knowledge is the transformation. Scientific knowledge, on the other hand, can often stay abstract and theoretical. Thus most of today's physicists do not seem to realize the philosophical, cultural and spiritual implications of their theories.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    Suicidal glory is the luxury of the irresponsible.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    The world is made by the people who show up for the job.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: people  world  job 
     
    There is no more hollow feeling than to stand with your honor shattered at your feet while soaring public reputation wraps you in rewards. That's soul-destroying. The other way around is merely very, very irritating.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: honor 
     
    The most important thing about quests, he decided, was not in finding what you went looking for, but in finding what you never could have imagined before you ventured forth.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: enemies  enemy  mind 
     
    Miles is... Miles; close to a force of nature, climbing up out of his own pages and escaping subordination to any opinion of mine.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: nature  opinion 
     
    This wasn't prayer anyway, it was just argument with the gods. Prayer, he suspected as he hoisted himself up and turned for the door, was putting one foot in front of the other. Moving all the same.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: god  prayer 
     
    His outflung hands traced over the threads of his rug, passed loop by loop through some patient woman's hands. Or maybe she hadn't been patient. Maybe she'd been tired, or irritated, or distracted, or hungry, or angry. Maybe she had been dying. But her hands had kept moving, all the same.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: dying 
     
    I'd storm heaven for you, if I knew where it was.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: heaven 
     
    All the worry people expend over not existing after they die, yet nary a one ever seems to spare a moment to worry about not having existed before they were conceived. Or at all. After all, one sperm over and we would have been our sisters, and we'd never have been missed.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: people  moment  worries  die 
     
    The Imperial Service could win a war without coffee, but would prefer not to have to.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: service  war 
     
    Miles added it to his life's lessons list. Call it Rule 27B. Never make key tactical decisions while having electro-convulsive seizures.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: lessons  key  decision  rules 
     
    Growing up, I have discovered over time, is rather like housework: never finished.
    — Lois McMaster Bujold
    tags: time 
     
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