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Lois McMaster Bujold

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I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.

Lois McMaster Bujold

This sheaf of paper with gaudy cover glued to the spine is not the book. The book is not an object on the table, it is an event in the readers mind.... The book, therefore is only finished when someone reads it.

Lois McMaster Bujold

You couldn't be that good and not know it, somewhere in your secret heart, however much you'd been abused into affecting public humility.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same.

Lois McMaster Bujold

If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Good soldiers never pass up a chance to eat or sleep. They never know how much they'll be called on to do before the next chance.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Adversity does teach who your real friends are.

Lois McMaster Bujold

You have to be careful who you let define your good.

Lois McMaster Bujold

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.

Lois McMaster Bujold

...tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Adulthood isn't an award they'll give you for being a good child. You can waste... years, trying to get someone to give that respect to you, as though it were a sort of promotion or raise in pay. If only you do enough, if only you are good enough. No. You have to just... take it. Give it to yourself, I suppose. Say, I'm sorry you feel like that and walk away. But that's hard.

Lois McMaster Bujold

If you want to catch something, running after it isn't always the best way.

Lois McMaster Bujold

The only thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.

Lois McMaster Bujold

His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you'll be so close as to be living inside each other's skins.

Lois McMaster Bujold

You try to give away what you want yourself.

Lois McMaster Bujold

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?

Lois McMaster Bujold

Experience suggests it doesn't matter so much how you got here, as what you do after you arrive.

Lois McMaster Bujold

An honor is not diminished for being shared.

Lois McMaster Bujold

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

All true wealth is biological.

Lois McMaster Bujold

A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind.

Lois McMaster Bujold

A good friend of my son's is a son to me.

Lois McMaster Bujold

When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.

Lois McMaster Bujold
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