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Monday, 17 July 2017

Quote of the week

"The individual cannot bargain with the State. The State recognizes no coinage but power: and it issues the coins itself." 


Ursula Le Guin

Monday, 10 July 2017

Quote of the week

"Kiron thought silently of all the ways that one could profit from war. The making of weapons, certainly. The supply of tents, of food for the army, of horses, of other gear, from cooking pots to the linen for bandages.
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'Consider that our thought was right. ...' Kiron said bluntly. 'Is it so short a step from [profiting off] dead soldiers to [profiting off the deaths] of children?' "


Mercedes Lackey in Alta 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Quote of the week

“It may be that the night will close over us in the end, but I believe that morning will come again. Morning always grows out of the darkness, though maybe not for the people who saw the sun go down. We are the Lantern Bearers, my friend; for us to keep something burning, to carry what light we can forward into the darkness and the wind.”


Rosemary Sutcliff, in The Lantern Bearers

Monday, 26 June 2017

Quote of the week

“Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay, nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune the cost of which should be shared by the community.”



Nye Bevan

Monday, 19 June 2017

Quote of the week

"No-one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away – until the clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested.  The span of someone’s life is only the core of their actual existence."


Terry Pratchett, in Reaper Man

Monday, 12 June 2017

Quote of the week

"Assholes are universal.
Everyone has one.
Most people are smart enough not to display theirs in public."

Monday, 5 June 2017

Quote of the week

"Every morning a priest goes into the Houses of Parliament, looks around at the assembled members, and prays that God will have mercy upon the nation."