Any communitys arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity.— Lois McMaster Bujold
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Poets speak of hope in ladies smiles, but give me a smirk any day, I say.
Mia Maz glanced aside in concern at his muffled snort.
"Are you all right?" "Yes. Sorry," he whispered. "I'm just having an attack of limericks." Her eyes widened, and she bit her lip; only her deepening dimple betrayed her. "Shhh," she said, with feeling.
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
I'm very interested in the impact of biotechnology on the way people live.
Don't wish to be normal. Wish to be yourself. To the hilt. Find out what you're best at, and develop it, and hopscotch your weaknesses. Wish to be great at whatever you are.
Aim high. You may still miss the target, but at least you won't shoot your foot off.
When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.
I've got forward momentum. There's no virtue in it. It's just a balancing act. I don't dare stop.
Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
There are always survivors at a massacre. Among the victors, if nowhere else.
But pain seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life.
Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?
It's an ancient and honorable term for the final step in any engineering project. Turn it on, see if it smokes.
I need words that mean more than they mean, words not just with height and width, but depth and weight and, and other dimensions that I cannot even name.
Have you ever heard the phrase, Living well is the best revenge?" "Where I come from, someone's head in a bag is generally considered the best revenge
You try to give away what you want yourself.
I don’t duel, boy. I kill as a soldier kills, which is as a butcher kills, as quickly, efficiently, and with as least risk to myself as I can arrange.
Whether you function as welders or inspectors, the laws of physics are implacable lie-detectors. You may fool men. You will never fool the metal.
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.
Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.
Miles exhaled carefully, faint with rage and reminded grief.
He does not know, he told himself. He cannot know... "Ivan, one of these days somebody is going to pull out a weapon and plug you, and you're going to die in bewilderment, crying, "What did I say? What did I say?" "What did I say?" asked Ivan indignantly.
I don't confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is the higher achievement.
Change is possible.' 'Change is inevitable.
The principle difference between heaven and hell is the company you keep there.
An honor is not diminished for being shared.
A good friend of my son's is a son to me.
If you can't do what you want, do what you can.
Exile, for no other motive than ease, would be the last defeat, with no seed of future victory in it.
I am an atheist, myself. A simple faith, but a great comfort to me, in these last days.
Ignorance is not stupidity, but it might as well be. And I do not like feeling stupid.
My home is not a place, it is people.
Growing up, I have discovered over time, is rather like housework: never finished.
One step at a time, I can walk around the world. Watch me.
Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with.
It's a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn't even know you were aiming for.
If you want to catch something, running after it isn't always the best way.
You can say a lot in a little time, if you stick to words of one syllable.
Escapist literature gets a bad rap. But I think escape is important for a lot of people in a lot of places.
How could you be a Great Man if history brought you no Great Events, or brought you to them at the wrong time, too young, too old?
Miles added it to his life's lessons list.
Call it Rule 27B. Never make key tactical decisions while having electro-convulsive seizures.
Bleeding ulcers run in my family, we give them to each other.
One learns better than to hand one's choices to fear.
With age, with every wound and scar, one learns.
A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know.
First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.
Utterly bleak and black is not the sum of realism. All the other colors are real, too.
Do it for yourself. The universe will be around to collect its cut later.
A stunning first impression was not the same thing as love at first sight.
But surely it was an invitation to consider the matter.
If you desire a man to tell you comfortable lies about your prowess, and so fetter any hope of true excellence, I'm sure you may find one anywhere. Not all prisons are made of iron bars. Some are made of feather beds.
The world demands I make good choices on no information, and then blames my maidenhood for my mistakes, as if my maidenhood were responsible for my ignorance. Ignorance is not stupidity, but it might as well be. And I do not like feeling stupid.
Forward momentum only worked as a strategy if one had correctly identified which way was forward.