Monday, 25 December 2017

Quote of the week

"Fearing, you climbed the Mountain. Fearing, you faced its dangers. And fearing, you went on. That is real bravery, Rowan. Only fools do not fear."

Emily Rodda in Rowan of Rin

Monday, 18 December 2017

Quote of the week

"Me job as lookout allowed me to watch all kinds of people: poor, well off, and bloody rich. ... First-class passengers ain't so different from the second-class or the third. They all use the loo. They all go in to dinner. They all laugh and cry. They all have a future. They all have a plan. They all hold hands with their little ones."

Allan Wolf in The Watch That Ends the Night

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