The building was on fire, and it wasn’t my fault.— Jim Butcher
The most revealing Jim Butcher quotes that will add value to your life
When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching - they are your family.
Laugh whenever you can. Keeps you from killing yourself when things are bad. That and vodka.
I've always felt that the best whips and chains are in the mind.
With a little creativity, the physical ones are hardly necessary.
HARRY DRESDEN—WIZARD Lost Items Found.
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I checked my gear, my pockets, my shoelaces, and realized that I had crossed the line between making sure I was ready and trying to postpone the inevitable.
Evil isn’t the real threat to the world.
Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.
He's Black Council," I said. "Or maybe stupid," Ebenezar countered. I thought about it. "Not sure which is scarier." Ebenezar blinked at me, then snorted. "Stupid, Hoss. Every time. Only so many blackhearted villains in the world, and they only get uppity on occasion. Stupid's everywhere, every day.
I'd made the vampire cry. Great. I felt like a real superhero. Harry Dresden, breaker of monsters' hearts.
I died. I died and someone made a clerical error and I am in Heaven.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of trauma, I will fear no concussion.
There's always, always a choice. My options might really, truly suck, but that doesn't mean there isn't a choice.
Faith is about what you do. It's about aspiring to be better and nobler and kinder than you are. It's about making sacrifices for the good of others-- even when there's not going to be anyone telling you what a hero you are.
I will make Maggie safe. If the world burns because of that then so be it. Me and the kid will roast some marshmallows.
What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?
The human mind isn't a terribly logical or consistent place.
Most people, given the choice to face a hideous or terrifying truth or to conveniently avoid it, choose the convenience and peace of normality. That doesn't make them strong or weak people, or good or bad people. It just makes them people.
He's Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull, with a big leather coat and a .
44 revolver in his pocket.
Love is another kind of power, which shouldn't surprise you.
Magic comes from emotions, among other things. And when two people are together, in that intimacy, when they really, selflessly love each other it changes them both. It lingers on in the energy of their lives, even when they are apart.
Now I feel like James Bond. Suave and intelligent, breaking all the codes while looking fabulous.
Rest. Heal. Sleep. I shall most likely kill you on the morrow.” “You? A Princess Bride quote?” I croaked. “What is that?” she asked.
There's more magic in a baby's first giggle than in any firestorm a wizard can conjure up, and don't let anyone tell you any different.
I choose my battles, Dresden. Not you." She looked up at me calmly. "Let me put this in terms that will get through your skull: My friend is going to save a child from monsters. I'm going with him. That's what friends do, Harry.
If you make some comment even obliquely alluding to menstruation or menopause and its effect on my judgment," Murphy interrupted, "I will break your arm in eleven places.
We're ostriches and the whole world is sand.
Anger is just anger. It isn't good. It isn't bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It's like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice.
Pain is a byproduct of life. That’s the truth. Life sometimes sucks. That’s true for everyone. But if you don’t face the pain and the suck, you don’t ever get the other things either. Laughter. Joy. Love. Pain passes, but those things are worth fighting for. Worth dying for.
Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don't feel it.
Sleep is God. Go worship.
Heroism doesn't pay very well. I try to be cold-blooded and money-oriented, but I keep screwing it up.
In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Have you ever felt despair? Absolute hopelessness? Have you ever stood in the darkness and known, deep in your heart, in your spirit, that it was never, ever going to get better? That something had been lost, forever, and that it wasn't coming back?
Life is too short, Harry. And there's nowhere near enough joy in it. If you find it, grab it. Before it's gone.
Chocolate fends off all kinds of nasty stuff.
And if you get hungry while warding off evil, you have a snack. It's multipurpose equipment.
If your opponent has you by fifty pounds, winning a fight against him is a dubious proposition, at best. If your opponent has you by eight thousand and fifty pounds, you’ve left the realm of combat and enrolled yourself in Road-kill 101. Or possibly in a Tom and Jerry cartoon.
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Chinese throwing stars get you a dozen stitches.
Laughter, like love, has power to survive the worst things life has to offer.
And to do it with style.
You rush a miracle worker, you get lousy miracles!
Bring it, Darth Bathrobe!
Even in winter, the cold isn't always bitter, and not every day is cruel.
And I knew that there was some dark corner of me that would enjoy using magic for killing—and then long for more. That was black magic, and it was easy to use. Easy and fun. Like Legos
Growing up is all about getting hurt.
And then getting over it. You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you're just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something.
Hers was a beauty so pure that it was nearly painful to behold--Athena heading out on a Friday night.
You predicted quick victory. Now it’s going to get hopelessly complicated. Jesus, don’t you know any better than that by now?
Vanity, thy name is vampire.
You're in America now," I said. "Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer.
The impossible we do immediately. The unimaginable takes a little while.
I don't believe in faeries!
Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar
Jobs are a part of life. Maybe you've heard of the concept. It's called work? See, what happens is that you suffer through doing annoying and humiliating things until you get paid not enough money. Like those Japanese game shows, only without all the glory.
Something like this will test you like nothing else," Mac said.
"You're going to find out who you are, Harry. You're going to find out which principles you'll stand by to your death--and which lines you'll cross." He took my empty glass away and said, "You're heading into the badlands. It'll be easy to get lost.