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By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

In the dead of night I stirred. Wakefulness flowed back into me. I was a cup full of sorrow, but that sorrow was stilled, like a pain that abates as long as one does not move.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robin Hobb

To be honest, I don't think of any of my characters as minor characters - they're all the main characters in a story that I don't necessarily get to tell.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Robin Hobb

Man cannot grieve as dogs do. But we grieve for many years.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

Here we do not believe in wasting time simply for the purpose of impressing others.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

He gave a final shake of his coat. I go to the hunt!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robin Hobb

Her stillness was such a contrast to all the jumbled communication inside me that I suddenly felt what a tiresome fellow I was, always filling the air with the rattle of words and anxieties.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robin Hobb

...sometimes it only makes one more lonely to know that somewhere else, one's friends and family are well.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Robin Hobb

The knowledge that he had left me with no intent ever to return had come over me in tiny droplets of realization spread over the years. And each droplet of comprehension brought its own small measure of hurt...He had wished me well in finding my own fate to follow, and I never doubted his sincerity. But it had taken me years to accept that his absence in my life was a deliberate finality, an act he had chosen, a thing completed even as some part of my soul still dangled, waiting for his return.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robin Hobb

Sometimes it seemed to me a cruelty that so much was unresolved between us; at other times, a blessing that a hope of reunion lingered.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Robin Hobb

That part of your life is over. Set it aside as something you have finished. Complete or no, it is done with you. No being gets to decide what his life is "supposed to be"...'Be a man. Discover where you are now, and go on from there, making the best of things. Accept your life, and you might survive it. If you hold back from it, insisting this is not your life, not where you are meant to be, life will pass you by. You may not die from such foolishness, but you might as well be dead for all the good your life will do you or anyone else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robin Hobb

Cruelty is a skill taught not only by example, but also by experience of it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robin Hobb

For, "Yes," he had sighed on his dying breath, and all knew that was the ultimate prayer one could offer to life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robin Hobb

Everybody has felt at one time or another that everyone else in the world had a better shot than they did, so when you engage that, you engage the reader, and I think you create a character that brings the reader more fully into the story.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robin Hobb

Not all men are destined for greatness," I reminded him. "Are you sure, Fitz? Are you sure? What good is a life lived as if it made no difference at all to the great life of the world? A sadder thing I cannot imagine. Why should not a mother say to herself, if I raise this child aright, if I love and care for her, she shall live a life that brings joy to those about her, and thus I have changed the world? Why should not the farmer that plants a seed say to his neighbor, this seed I plant today will feed someone, and that is how I changed the world today?

By Anonym 18 Sep

Robin Hobb

She sat back again, a gentle loosening that made her straight spine seem effortless and restful. Again she did nothing. She simply sat across from me and unfurled herself. I felt her life brush up against me and flow around me. It was but the faintest touching, and had I not experienced both the Skill and the Wit, I do not think I would have sensed it. Cautiously, as softly as if I assayed a bridge made of cobweb, I overlay my senses on hers. She quested. Not as I did, toward a specific beast, or to read what might be close by. I discarded the word I had always given to my sensing. Kettricken did not seek after anything with her Wit. It was as she said, simply a being, but it was being a part of the whole. She composed herself and considered all the ways the great web touched her, and was content. It was a delicate and tenuous thing and I marveled at it. For an instant I, too, relaxed. I breathed out. I opened myself, Wit wide to all. I discarded all caution, all worry that Burrich would sense me. I had never done anything to compare it with before. Kettricken's reaching was as delicate as droplets of dew sliding down a strand of spiderweb. I was like a dammed flood, suddenly released, to rush out to fill old channels to overflowing and to send fingers of water investigating the lowlands. Let us hunt! The Wolf, joyfully. In the stables, Burrich straightened from cleaning a hoof, to frown at no one. Sooty stamped in her stall. Molly shrugged away and shook out her hair. Across from me, Kettricken started and looked at me as if I had spoken aloud. A moment more I was held, seized from a thousand sides, stretched and expanded, illuminated pitilessly. I felt it all, not just the human folk with their comings and goings, but every pigeon that fluttered in the eaves, every mouse that crept unnoticed behind the wine kegs, every speck of life, that was not and never had been a speck, but had always been a node on the web of life. Nothing alone, nothing forsaken, nothing without meaning, nothing of no significance, and nothing of importance.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

I had read a poem about a girl with 'silvery laughter' but Shun's sounded to me as if someone had fallen down a long flight of steps with a basket of cheap tin pans.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

For he was the Fool now, all of Lord Chance and Lady Amber and Lord Golden scraped away by sorrow. He was no one's Beloved now.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Robin Hobb

This is philosophy, Fool. I have never had time to study such things.’ ‘No, Fitz, this is life. And no one has time not to think of such things. Each creature in the world should consider this thing, every moment of the heart’s beating. Otherwise, what is the point of arising each day?

By Anonym 20 Sep

Robin Hobb

You are not a man as ordinary men are. They think they have a right to all beasts; to hunt them and eat them, or to subjugate them and rule their lives. You know you have no such right to mastery. The horse that carries you will do so because he wishes to, as does the wolf that hunts beside you. You have a deeper sense of yourself in the world. You believe you have a right, not to rule it, but to be part of it. Predator or prey; there is no shame to being either one.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robin Hobb

Love isn't just about feeling sure of the other person, knowing what he would give up for you. It's knowing with certainty what you are willing to surrender for his sake. Make no mistake; each partner gives up something. Individual dreams are surrendered for a shared one.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Robin Hobb

Will you be all right?" she asked me. It was not an empty question; she genuinely listened for my reply. "In time," I told her, and for the first time, I admitted that was true. As disloyal as the thought felt, I knew that as time passed, I would be myself again. And in that moment, I felt for the first time the sensation that Black Rolf had tried to describe to me. The wolfish part of my soul stirred, and, Yes, you will be yourself again, and that is as it should be, I heard near as clearly as if Nighteyes had truly shared the thought with me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robin Hobb

In real life, things don't all end at the nice same place. To keep the story real, there has to be kind of a ragged edge at the end of a novel.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robin Hobb

This, more than anything else, is what I have never understood about your people. You can roll dice, and understand that the whole game may hinge on one turn of a die. You deal out cards, and say that all a man's fortune for the night may turn upon one hand. But a man's whole life, you sniff at, and say, what, this naught of a human, this fisherman, this carpenter, this thief, this cook, why, what can they do in the great wide world? And so you putter and sputter your lives away, like candles burning in a draft.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

Isn't it strange how wise counsel can cool the hottest head? He made sense but my heart screamed protest.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Robin Hobb

Many great ideas are not unique. They only become unique when the men who have the wherewithal actually to implement them come together.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

...it's strange, isn't it, how you don't know how big a part of you someone is until they're threatened? And then you think you can't possibly go on if something happens to them, but the most frightening part is that, actually, you will go on, you'll have to go on, with them or without them. There's just no telling what you'll become

By Anonym 17 Sep

Robin Hobb

One does not have to be Witted to know the companionship of a beast, and to know that the friendship of an animal is every bit as rich and complicated as that of a man or woman.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

Fool, there is no sense in trying to play that game with the past. Here is where we are today, and we can only make our moves from here.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robin Hobb

Useless to worry until we find outselves blocked. ... If it happens, then we must simply find a way around it. It may slow us down. But we will never get there at all if we stand still and worry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robin Hobb

Death is always less painful and easier than life! You speak true. And yet we do not, day to day, choose death. Because ultimately, death is not the opposite of life, but the opposite of choice. Death is what you get when there are no choices left to make.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robin Hobb

I told you I set no limits on my love for you. I don't. Yet I have never expected you to offer me your body. It was the whole of your heart, all for myself, that I sought. Even though I've never had a right to it. For you gave it away ere ever you saw me.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Robin Hobb

There is nothing dishonorable about abandoning pain. Sometimes peace is most quickly found when a man simply stops avoiding it.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Robin Hobb

We are pack!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robin Hobb

I think that old magic draws much of its strength from that acknowledgment: that we are a part of that world.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

It was as if I had been following a narrow trail, and had suddenly realized that at any time I could leave it and strike out cross-country.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robin Hobb

When you cut pieces out of the truth to avoid looking like a fool you end up looking like a moron instead.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robin Hobb

It's too late to apologize for. I have already forgiven you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robin Hobb

Don't listen to people who tell you that very few people get published and you won't be one of them. Don't listen to your friend who says you are better that Tolkien and don't have to try any more. Keep writing, keep faith in the idea that you have unique stories to tell, and tell them.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Robin Hobb

She turned to look at Althea with eyes the color if brandy in firelight. "Can't you feel it?" she asked her in a whisper. "Look around you. We are on the cusp. We are a coin spinning in the toss, a card fluttering in the flip, a rune chip floating in stirred water. Possibilities swarm like bees. In this day, in a moment, in a breath, the future of the world will shift course by a notch, One way or another, the coin will land ringing, the card will settle to the table, the chip will bob to the surface, The face that shows uppermost will set our days, and children to come will say, "That is just the way it has always been.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robin Hobb

I feared my own kind more than anything the natural world could ever threaten me with.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Robin Hobb

Why not break free now, and make Bingtown a place where folk begin anew, all men standing on an equal footing?" "And all women, too." She must be Sparse's daughter, thought Keffria. Even her voice echoed his in tone. Devouchet looked at her in surprise. "It was but a manner of speaking, Ekke," he said mildly. "A manner of speaking becomes a manner of thinking.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Robin Hobb

...there was no point in sighing after what I could not have. It only distracted me from what I did have.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Robin Hobb

So. I should just give up now?" she asked mildly. "Just let him spiral down into madness until the New Traders come to haul him away and chop him up? What will we say to one another afterwards, Brashen? That there was nothing we could do, that we never believed it would really happen. Will that make us innocent?" "Innocent?" He was incensed at her suggestion he was somehow responsible for this mess. "I've done nothing wrong, I intend nothing wrong. I am innocent!" "Half the evil in this world occurs while decent people stand by and do nothing wrong. It's not enough to refrain from evil, Trell. People have to attempt to do right, even if they believe they cannot succeed." "Even when it's stupid to try?" he asked with savage sarcasm. "Especially then," she replied sweetly. "That's how it's done, Trell. You break your heart against this stony world. You fling yourself at it, on the side of good, and you do not ask the cost. That's how you do it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Robin Hobb

I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star 'I liked it' rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It's a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I'd loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it. A 3 star means that I've ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes. A 4 star means I'm probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book. But I want you to know . . . I don't finish books I don't like. There's too many good ones out there waiting to be found. Robin Hobb, author

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robin Hobb

I began attempting to write for children under the mistaken assumption that writing for children was easy.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Robin Hobb

Somewhere in the back of my mind, Nighteyes was frantic. 'Poisoned. That water is poisoned.' I couldn't frame a thought to reassure him.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Robin Hobb

The death of Nighteyes gutted me. I walked wounded through my life in the days that followed, unaware of just how mutilated I was. I was like the man who complains of the itching of his severed leg. The itching distracts from the immense knowledge that one will forever after hobble through life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Robin Hobb

Assassins take no pride in fighting fairly. We take pride in winning.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Robin Hobb

—No todos los hombres están destinados a hacer grandes cosas —le recordé. —¿Estás seguro, Traspié? ¿Estás seguro de eso? ¿De qué sirve vivir la vida si no ha de suponer ninguna diferencia para el devenir del mundo? Me cuesta imaginar algo más triste. [...] ¿Por qué no iba a decir a su vecino el granjero que planta una semilla, esta semilla que planto hoy dará de comer a alguien algún día, y así es como yo hoy cambio el mundo?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Robin Hobb

Death is not the opposite of life, but the opposite of choice.