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    Brant's an idealist, and he's competent. There are few more dangerous combinations in this world... Heroes are even more dangerous than idealists.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: world  hero  dangerous 
     
    That is certainly one way to look at the matter. There are others.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    Kim was more than a little inclined to snarl at him, but in the past few days she had learned that snarling at Mairelon did little good. He simply smiled and corrected her grammar.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: past 
     
    I see you've decided to take my advice after all, Richard." Lady Wendall's amused voice said from somewhere above and behind him. "Marrying your ward is *exactly* the sort of usual scandal I had in mind: I wonder it didn't occur to me before.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: advice  wonder 
     
    I most certainly can deny it. Of course, if I did, I'd be lying." Mairelon
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    There is nothing that is quite so reassuring in an awkward situation as knowing that one is well turned-out, and while I hope I am not so fainthearted as to require such stratagems, I am not so foolish as to overlook their value.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: value  knowing  hope 
     
    You're always in the kitchen," Alianora said when she poked her head through the door a moment later. "Or the library. Don't you ever do anything but cook and read?
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: moment  library 
     
    In short, if we wish to see anything sensible done about the situation, we will clearly have to do it ourselves.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: wishes 
     
    Rennie didn't quite dare to answer back, but she looked a whole book and a couple of extra chapters.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: book 
     
    In a lot of ways I was a generation ahead of my generation; I had a working mother wheneveryone else's mother was staying at home.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: mother 
     
    Humility is as good for the soul as it is for the memory
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: memory  humility  soul 
     
    Of course it doesn't make sense." Lady Wendall said. "The rules of society rarely do.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: society  rules 
     
    May you and your triple cursed wash water turn purple with orange spots and fall down a bottomless pit!
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: water 
     
    How can you know it's the best, if you don't learn about anything else?
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: learn 
     
    No matter how good you are at sneaking, you can't ever sneak well enough so that mosquitoes won't find you, and no matter how worried and tense you are, or how hard you are trying to pay attention, you just can't help noticing when a cloud of mosquitoes comes for you like you're their first good meal since last fall.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: help  attention 
     
    No proper princess would come out looking for dragons," Woraug objected. "Well I'm not a proper princess then!" Cimorene snapped. "I make cherries jubillee and I volunteer for dragons, and I conjugate Latin verbs- or at least I would if anyone would let me. So there!
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: dragon 
     
    I loved getting my M. B. A., and I really enjoyed being an accountant and financial analyst before I quit my day job twenty-five years ago to write full time. I just liked writing more"plus, I knew even then that as a full-time writer, I'd get plenty of chances to do business-type stuff, while as an accountant, I probably wouldn't get a lot of opportunities to write about dragons.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    Always be polite to a dragon. It's harder than it sounds. Dragon etiquette is incredibly complicated, and if you make a mistake, the dragon eats you.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: mistakes  dragon 
     
    She probably enjoys cutting up everyone's happiness. Not to mention cutting up other parts of people; given her penchant for poisoning people and turning them into beech trees, I fail to see how she has reached thirty without leaving a trail of bodies behind her.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: happiness  people  body  fail 
     
    It took us most of the morning to put together the letter she sent to the Frontier Management Department, and I learned a lot about how to be frigidly polite and still leave somebody feeling like they'd been spanked.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: management 
     
    Many, if not most, of the best and most lasting children's books have multiple levels, some of which are not fully accessible to their most likely readers"at least, not on their first read-through at age eight or ten or fifteen.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: age  book 
     
    Very well. You may help me exterminate the Society of Wizards.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: society  help 
     
    Mendanbar took a deep breath. You could stay here. At the castle, I mean. With me. This wasn't coming out at all the way he had wanted it to, but it was too late to stop now. He hurried on, As Queen of the Enchanted Forest, if you think you would like that. I would.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    Sometimes I couldn't help thinking that the unluckiest thing about being the thirteenth child was having all those older brothers and sisters telling me what to do.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: children  help  child  thinking 
     
    One of the things everybody seems to want to ask writers is, "Where do you get your ideas?" When people ask me this, my usual response is, "Ideas are the easy part. The hard part is writing them down."
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: people  writing 
     
    She who laughs last may not invariably laugh best, but she does laugh.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    Tell the story you want to tell, and let it be as long as it needs to be. Worry about marketing it later.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    If you want to build a car, you don't slap a bunch of iron ore, some sand, a rubber tree, and a couple of cows together and call it good
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    You can't force folks to have good sense, even if they're family. Maybe especially then.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    Nine times out of ten, talking is a way of avoiding doing things.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: time 
     
    Sometimes, though, you have to do things for family, even if you'd rather not.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    Out here, it's better safe than sorry, because generally speaking, too much of the time sorry means you're dead.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: time  sorry 
     
    Murphy is a writer's best friend, but you have to keep an eye on him, or he'll steal the silver.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    tags: friends  hell  eyes 
     
    The efficiency of the cleaning solution in liquefying wizards suggested the operation of an antithetical principal,which-" "Did you have to get him started?" Cimorene asked reproachfully.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    Well, of all the bacon-brained, sapskulled, squirish, buffle-headed nodcocks!
    — Patricia C. Wrede
    News of Daniel's disappearance does not alarm me as it might have done a week ago. Given recent events, very little alarms me as it might have done a week ago. I feel as if my supply of alarm has been exhausted, at least temporarily.
    — Patricia C. Wrede
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