Thoughtful Thursday: Fantastic Quotes

It’s been nearly 5 years since we last shared some of our favorite quotes from speculative fiction, though I think at the time we were considering collecting quotes and making this a regular column. Let’s try it again. Share some of your favorite quotes from the books you’ve read, or from interviews or blog posts from the authors who write those books. Give us the quote and the source (book title, link to interview or blog, etc).
Here are a few quotes that readers mentioned last time we did this:

Consistency is the defense of a small mind.
~The Seeress of Kell by David Eddings

To make life worth living a man or woman has to have a great love or a great cause… I have neither.
~Robert E. Howard

There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.
~The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way.
~The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Happiness is the highest form of wisdom.
~Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey

Sleep is good… And books are better.
~A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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    “The deeds of men, as footprints in the desert.
    Nothing under the circling moons is fated to last.
    Even the sun goes down.”

    Guy Gavriel Kay, The Lions of Al-Rassan

  2. Ah! There are many fiction-book quotes that I love, but my favorite is from Guy Gavriel Kay’s Under Heaven:

    “We will pick our way through the shards of broken objects that folly leaves behind. And some of what breaks will be very beautiful.” – Sima Zian

  3. Kallor said: “I walked this land when the T’lan Imass were but children. I have commanded armies a hundred thousand strong.
    I have spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?”
    “Yes,” said Caladan Brood, “you never learn.”

    – Steven Erikson, Memories of Ice

  4. Search, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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