Life is problems. Living is solving problems.
A hero is someone who simply got too frightened to use his good sense and run away, then somehow lived through it all.
But for the most part, love is a recognition, an opportunity to say, 'There is something about you I cherish.
Every person you encounter, whom you interact with, is there to teach you something. Sometimes it may be years before you realize what each had to show you.
Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution.
The past can be a terrible weight bound to you by an unbreakable chain. You can drag it with you, forever looking over your shoulder at what holds you back. Or you can let it go and move forward. It’s your choice.
Never underestimate the potential for human stupidity when wealth and power are at stake.
There is no idea so brilliant or original that a sufficiently-untalented writer can't screw it up.
The brave man is not the one without fear but the one who does what he must despite being afraid. To succeed, you must be willing to risk total failure; you must learn this.
The first love is the difficult love.
The issue of the Betrayal was so central to that, I felt the need to comment upon it. My choices were to ignore the games and put them 'outside' of continuity or to integrate them. I chose the latter.
My dear dead mother wanted me to go into an honorable trade, like grave robbing. Would I listen? No. Be an assassin, like your uncle Gustav, she said. Would I pay heed? No. Apprentice to the Necromancer―
Sanity is all that stands between good and evil.
Some loves come unbidden like winds from the sea, and others grow from the seeds of friendship.
Don't assume the world evolved in the order in which you discovered it.
If you're going to risk dying, there's no sense doing it wet, cold and hungry unless absolutely necessary.
Altruism accrues little benefit to those lying cold in the gutter.
Dolgan: ’Tis a wise thing to know what is wanted, and wiser still to know when ‘tis achieved. Rhuagh: True. And still wiser to know when it is unachievable, for then striving is folly.
The world is much larger than I once dreamed, or perhaps my place in it is smaller than I once realized.
Friends can betray you, but with an old enemy, you always know where you stand.
You would do well to know, Marcus, that irritating a better swordsman than yourself is a good way to end up dead.
Old habits are hard to forget, and old fears are habits.
In the end, my reasons for moving down the timeline and introducing a new cast have more to do with keeping myself entertained, on the assumption that if I get bored, my readers are going to be even more bored.
The real secret of magic is that there is no magic.
Neal had a couple of good ideas and they fit nicely, so that's the way I decided to go.
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