Bitterly Conquered

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Mabin Paladin, the hero of the people, had chosen another way, the shortsighted way of the bitterly conquered, the vengeance by which the wronged becomes the wrongdoer and the whole world gives way to war.”

Fire Logic (Elemental Logic) by Laurie J. Marks

 

Discipline of Hope

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Perhaps desire will never be fulfilled. But to live is only worth the effort if you live in hope. And living in hope is a discipline, a practice that can be learned.”

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Defense and Fear

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But they refused to develop a plan for how to defend the village against attack, since it would have required them to explain the danger to the Ashawala’i people. “When you are old,” they said to Zanja, “You will understand. Now, it is difficult for you to see how easily that which is right and good can be changed, and how difficult it is to change it back again. You say that our people are endangered by these Sainnites. But you do not see that fearing the Sainnites would endanger them even more certainly.”

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Power of Knowledge

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Without courage, there would be no will to know. Without the will to know, there would be no knowledge. Without knowledge, there would be no language. Without language, there would be no community.”

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Ground Up Gun Control

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I read this sentence and immediately wondered how this form of gun control would work in the United States. It would certainly make gun safety and certification classes more interesting!:

Not until Zanja had filled her cartridge pouch with rounds of ammunition made by her own hands from ingredients she herself had found did she finally learn to load and shoot her pistols.”

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Insignificant Soul

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It was a small thing, insignificant beyond notice, that the fall of the House of Lilterwess had severed Emil’s soul, separating the scholar from the soldier, leaving his heart on the steps of the library while his duty called him away to war.

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