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    And over it all, the butterflies swarmed, like a million yellow-pettalled flowers dancing on swirling winds.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: flowers  butterfly 
     
    Shake your fist all you want but dead is dead
    — Steven Erikson
    The only death I fear is dying ignorant.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: death  fear  dying 
     
    Evil is nothing but a word, an objectification where no objectification is necessary. Cast aside this notion of some external agency as the source of inconceivable inhumanity - the sad truth is our possession of an innate proclivity towards indifference, towards deliberate denial of mercy, towards disengaging all that is moral within us. But if that is too dire , let's call it evil. And paint it with fire and venom.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: evil  truth  sad  fire  mercy  denial  morals 
     
    Ah, Fist, it's the curse of history that those who should read them, never do.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: read 
     
    There is no struggle too vast, no odds too overwhelming, for even should we fail - should we fall - we will know that we have lived.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: struggle  fail 
     
    All they get around here is stories. Stories don't make you bleed. Stories don't make you go hungry, don't give you sore feet. When you're young smelling of pigshit and convinced there ain't a weapon in all the damn world that's going to hurt you, all stories do is make you want to be part of them.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: world  young  hurt  stories 
     
    For we are all bound in stories, and as the years pile up they turn to stone, layer upon layer, building our lives.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: live  stories  year 
     
    A story invites both writer and reader into a kind of superficial ease: we want to slide along, pleasingly entertained, lost in the fictional dream.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: lost  stories  dreams 
     
    When you've burned the bridges behind you, don't go starting a fire on the one in front of you.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: fire 
     
    You must dismantle your sources, lest you do nothing but ape the prejudices of others
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: prejudice 
     
    More than one philosopher has claimed that we ever remain children, far beneath the indurated layers that make up the armour of adulthood. Armour encumbers, restricts the body and soul within it. But it also protects. Blows are blunted. Feelings lose their edge, leaving us to suffer naught but a plague of bruises, and, after a time, bruises fade.
    — Steven Erikson
    Not even the lichen of the tundra is at peace. All is struggle, all is war for dominance. Those who lose, vanish. -And we're no different you're saying- We are, soldier. We possess the privilege of choice. The gift of foresight. Though often we come too late in acknowledging responsibilities".
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: peace  choice  struggle  gift  war 
     
    War has its necessities...and I have always understood that. Always known the cost. But, this day, by my own hand, I have realized something else. War is not a natural state. It is an imposition, and a damned unhealthy one. With its rules, we willingly yield our humanity. Speak not of just causes, worthy goals. We are takers of life.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: humanity  rules  war  goal 
     
    We humans do not understand compassion. In each moment of our lives, we betray it. Aye, we know of its worth, yet in knowing we then attach to it a value, we guard the giving of it, believing it must be earned, T'lan Imass. Compassion is priceless in the truest sense of the wold. It must be given freely. In abundance.
    — Steven Erikson
    Survivors do not mourn together. They each mourn alone, even when in the same place. Grief is the most solitary of all feelings. Grief isolates, and every ritual, every gesture, every embrace, is a hopeless effort to break through that isolation. None of it works. The forms crumble and dissolve. To face death is to stand alone.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: death  work  grief  alone 
     
    Can you live without answers? All of you, ask that of yourself. Can you live without answers? Because if you cannot, then most assuredly you will invent your own answers and they will comfort you. And all those who do not share your view will by their very existence strike fear and hatred into your heart. What god blesses this?
    — Steven Erikson
    Kallor said: "I walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I have commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I have spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?" "Yes," said Caladan Brood, "you never learn."
    — Steven Erikson
    The lesson of history is that no one learns.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: lessons  learn 
     
    Show me a god that does not demand mortal suffering. Show me a god that celebrates diversity, a celebration that embraces even non-believers, and is not threatened by them. Show me a god that understands the meaning of peace. In life, not in death.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: death  peace  meaning  suffering  god 
     
    The more civilized a nation, the more conformed its population, until that civilization's last age arrives, when multiplicity wages war with conformity. The former grows ever wilder, ever more dysfunctional in its extremities; whilst the latter seeks to increase its measure of control, until such efforts acquire diabolical tyranny.' - Traveller
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: control  age  civilization  war 
     
    Ambition is not a dirty word. Piss on compromise. Go for the throat.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: ambition 
     
    The heart of wisdom is tolerance.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: heart  tolerance  wisdom 
     
    The only consistent narrative we possess is one that we share with every other life-form: we are born, we live, and then we die.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: live  die  shares 
     
    The tiger is humbled by memories of prey.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: memory 
     
    Believe it or not, friendships are difficult to write in fiction. They can easily come across as forced, particularly if they involve too much explication and too many overt gestures of affection.
    — Steven Erikson
    Name none of the fallen, for they stand in our place, and stand there still in each moment of our lives. Let my death hold no glory, and let me die forgotten and unknown. Let it not be said that I was one among the dead to accuse the living.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: death  living  live  moment  die 
     
    I have to feel what I'm writing, right down to the core.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: right  writing 
     
    All art is an intensely vulnerable gesture, and it is made with no small amounts of risk, and fear. So, I have plenty of sympathy for self-defense mechanisms, especially among artists.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: fear  risk  artist 
     
    A celebration of insignificance, Is that all we are in the end? And one day I'll just be one more of those faces, frozen in death and wonder
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: death  wonder 
     
    The harder the world, the fiercer the honour.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: world 
     
    Death cannot be struggled against, brother. It ever arrives, defiant of every hiding place, of every frantic attempt to escape. Death is every mortal's shadow, his true shadow, and time is its servant, spinning that shadow slowly round, until what stretched behind one now stretches before him.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: death  time  true 
     
    The idea that an author can extricate her or his own ongoing life experience from the tale being written is a conceit of very little worth.
    — Steven Erikson
    Do mortal fools still measure the increments leading to their deaths, wagering pleasures against costs, persisting in the delusion that deeds have value, that the world and all the gods sit in judgment over every decision made or not made?
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: death  world  value  decision  pleasure  god  fools 
     
    No purer artist exists or has ever existed than a child freed to imagine.
    — Steven Erikson
    One day, perhaps, you will see for yourself that regrets are as nothing. The value lies in how they are answered.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: lies  regret  value 
     
    Curious," Bauchelain said. "What is it you wish us to do for you?" "Usurp the king," Imid Factalo said. "Usurp, as in depose." "Right." "Depose, as in remove." "Yes." "Remove, as in kill.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: wishes 
     
    Any reasonable ruler would have the expectation and the demand the other way round.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: expectation 
     
    I was needed, but I myself did not need. I had followers, but not allies, and only now do I understand the difference. And it is vast.
    — Steven Erikson
    Destiny is a lie. Destiny is justification for atrocity. It is the means by which murderers armour themselves against reprimand. It is a word intended to stand in place of ethics, denying all moral context.
    — Steven Erikson
    tags: lies  ethics  morals 
     
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