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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.
...
'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."

Monday, 29 May 2017

Quote of the week

"Your power is only rumour and lies, she thought. You bore your way into people when they are uncertain and weak and worried and frightened, and they think their enemy is other people when their enemy is, and always will be, you - the master of lies."


Terry Pratchett in I Shall Wear Midnight

Monday, 22 May 2017

Quote of the week

“Sometimes, a word succeeds beyond the wildest dreams of its creators, like a virus sent into the world to infect common speech.”






Jasper Fforde in The Eyre Affair

Monday, 15 May 2017

Quote of the week

"It's like [the supporters of the government] want to be lied to because it's so familiar, or because it keeps them in their comfort zone by absolving them of the need to actually think about things."



David Weber in A Rising Thunder

Monday, 8 May 2017

Quote of the week

"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity. Conversely, wherever the art of Medicine is hated, there is also a hatred of Humanity."

 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Butterflies over Jordan

Butterflies Over Jordan

 I looked across the water
and what did I see?

I saw:
Spiteful children
tearing off the wings
of the butterfly
that was once
America
emerging from its cocoon.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Quote of the week

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”



Napoléon Bonaparte

Monday, 24 April 2017

Quote of the week

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense."


Dwight D. Eisenhower

Monday, 17 April 2017

Quote of the week

“People and land, they’re the same. Neglect one and the other suffers eventually.” 


Trudi Canavan, in The Magician's Apprentice

Monday, 10 April 2017

Quote of the week

"There's always a bit of truth in each rumour, the trouble is finding out which bit."


Trudi Canavan in The Novice

Monday, 3 April 2017

Quote of the week

"Evil is a kind of oblivion, having destroyed everything on its way there."


Robin McKinley, in Sunshine

Monday, 27 March 2017

Quote of the week

"Darkness does not extinguish a candleflame. Darkness only makes it shine brighter."

Monday, 20 March 2017

Quote of the week

"When times are bad and things are going badly, people do not seek the causes. They seek someone to blame."


L E Modesitt, Jr in Imager

Monday, 13 March 2017

Quote of the week

“Mistresses, have you ever noticed that when we disagree with a male – I hesitate to say ‘man’ – or find ourselves in a position over males, the first comment they make is always about our reputations or our monthlies?”


Tamora Pierce in Lady Knight

Monday, 6 March 2017

Quote of the week

"People aren't logical. They just use logic as needed to justify what they already believe. In governing, you have to appeal to their beliefs...or minimize the impact of those beliefs when what you are or what you're doing stands against those beliefs."


L E Modesitt, Jr in Imager's Challenge

Monday, 27 February 2017

Quote of the week

"Government is what takes care of things beyond you. Good government cares for the well-being of the people it serves. Abusive government cares only for its own well-being."

Mercedes Lackey in The Lark and the Wren

Monday, 20 February 2017

Quote of the week

"Politics is the interaction of the tangible with the intangible, as defined by the unstoppable force running headfirst into the immovable object, and then blaming the object for its headache."

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Quote of the week

"What is courage? It is to give when hope is gone, when there is no chance that men may call you a hero, when you have tried and failed and rise to try again."

Mercedes Lackey in The Eagle and the Nightingales

Sunday, 12 February 2017

What I couldn't tell you - review

I reviewed another book. This time it was called 'What I Couldn't Tell You' and you can read the review here.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Quote of the week

“Sometimes you should follow the arrogance. You should look for those who can’t believe that the law would ever catch them, who believe that they act out of a right the rest of us do not have. The job of the officer of the law is to let them know they are wrong.”


Terry  Pratchett, in Snuff

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Quote of the Week


"The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning."

 

Terry Pratchett in Lords and Ladies