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Lois McMaster Bujold
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I don't confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is…the higher achievement.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, "Mirror Dance", 1994
It's important that someone celebrate our existence... People are the only mirror we have to see ourselves in. The domain of all meaning. All virtue, all evil, are contained only in people. There is none in the universe at large. Solitary confinement is a punishment in every human culture.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, "Mirror Dance", 1994
An honor is not diminished for being shared.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, "Shards of Honor", 1986
Exile, for no other motive than ease, would be the last defeat, with no seed of future victory in it.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, "Shards of Honor", 1986
A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, "The Vor Game", 1990
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.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, "The Vor Game", 1990
If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, "The Warrior's Apprentice", 1986
A hundred objective measurements didn't sum the worth of a garden; only the delight of its users did that. Only the use made it mean something.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
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.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
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.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you'll be so close as to be living inside each other's skins.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
If power was an illusion, wasn't weakness necessarily one also?
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
Never... ever suggest they don't have to pay you. What they pay for, they'll value. What they get for free, they'll take for granted, and then demand as a right. Hold them up for all the market will bear.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
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.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
You have to be careful who you let define your good.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
If the truth doesn't save us, what does that say about us?
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Lois McMaster Bujold, Diplomatic Immunity, 2002
If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, Diplomatic Immunity, 2002
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