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Lois McMaster Bujold Quotes


An American author of science fiction and fantasy works, most noted for the works in her Vorkosigan Saga.
(1949 - )

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A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.
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Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
[Adversity]
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An honor is not diminished for being shared.
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Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.
[Motivational]
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I for one find a casual destruction of a man's life even more repugnant than a determined one.
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If you can't do what you want, do what you can.
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If you ever have to make a choice between learning and inspiration, choose learning. It works more of the time.
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Ignorance is not stupidity, but it might as well be.
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It's a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn't even know you were aiming for.
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Leadership is mostly a power over imagination, and never more so than in combat. The bravest man alone can only be an armed lunatic. The real strength lies in the ability to get others to do your work.
[Leadership]
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Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
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Seems to me the only difference between your friends and your enemies is how long they stand around chatting before they shoot you.
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Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.
 

Surely only correct understanding could lead to correct action.
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The confusion of mind you dub honor is a disease.
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The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.
 

The will to be stupid is a very powerful force, but there are always alternatives.
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War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation.
 

What you are is a question only you can answer.
 

When you can't do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing.
 


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