Monday, 11 December 2017

Quote of the week

“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.” 

Terry Pratchett in Men at Arms

Monday, 4 December 2017

Quote of the week

"Courage is not something you have, like a sum of money, more or less in a pouch - it cannot be lost, like money spilling out. Courage is inherent in all creatures; it is the quality that keeps them alive, because they endure."

Elizabeth Moon in Oath of Gold

Monday, 27 November 2017

Quote of the week

"Ordinary people, he had noticed, tended to do what they were told, as long as they were given orders by someone who was a recognized authority. Or, as long as the orders did not affect their own lives very much, they would support the orders through simple inaction. If you made changes gradual, and made them seem reasonable, no one really cared about them.
And the changes mounted, imperceptibly, until one day people who had been "good neighbors"—which basically meant that they had not disturbed each other and had no serious quarrels with each other—were now deadly enemies. And it all seemed perfectly reasonable by then."

Mercedes Lackey in The Robin and the Kestrel

Monday, 20 November 2017

Quote of the week

"It's possible to like bad people, but liking them doesn't make them good."

Elizabeth Moon in Sheepfarmer's Daughter

Monday, 13 November 2017

Quote of the week

"However, the reason that these little, petty annoyances worry me is that they seem to have been formulated, by accident or deliberately, to undermine a great deal of the progress that has been made here in the last few centuries. Progress in cooperation, that is." The Deliambren's expression was a brooding one. "Each little action seems designed to strike in such a way that the group that is acted against is quite certain that the actions against them are far more important than the petty annoyances of other groups."

 Mercedes Lackey in The Robin and the Kestrel

Monday, 6 November 2017

Quote of the week

"It is hard to get comfortable people to do anything when it might cost them their comfort."

Tamora Pierce in Trickster's Queen

Monday, 30 October 2017

Quote of the week

"If you want to make your enemy into something you can hate, you first remove his humanity... Make them only icons. When they are seen as a type, and not as individuals, they are easy for a fanatical mind to grasp - and hate."

Mercedes Lackey in Storm Warning