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“Killing a man should be harder than waving a length of pipe in their direction. It should take long enough for one's conscience to get in the way.”
Hugh Howey, The Unraveling
“That's the problem with the truth," Darcy said. "Liars and honest men both claim to have it.”
Hugh Howey, Dust
“My life is too tight, he wanted to say. My skin is too tight. The walls are too tight.”
Hugh Howey, Wool
“He’d only ever seen a gun once, a smaller one on the hip of that old deputy, a gun he’d always figured was more for show. He stuffed a fistful of deadly rounds in his pocket, thinking how each one could end an individual life, and understanding why such things were forbidden. Killing a man should be harder than waving a length of pipe in their direction. It should take long enough for one’s conscience to get in the way.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“There were certain things, learned so young and remembered so deep that they felt like little stones in the center of her mind.”
Hugh Howey, The Unraveling
“What we control," Juliette said, "is our actions once fate puts us there.”
Hugh Howey, The Stranded
“It turned out that some crooked things looked even worse when straightened. Some tangled knots only made sense once unraveled.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“Elise asked what nostalgic meant, and Jewel said, “It’s where you think the past was better than it really was, only because the present sucks so bad.”
Hugh Howey, Dust
“Even in the darkness, his smile threw shadows.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.”
Hugh Howey, Dust
“Predict the inevitable”, she said, “and you're bound to be right one day.”
Hugh Howey, Shift
“A seed of hope caught a taste of moisture. Some wishful kernel buried deep, where he was loathe to acknowledge it lest it poison or choke him, began to sprout.”
Hugh Howey, The Unraveling
“It was a sad loss, this illusion of importance, a humbling blow.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“When there’s only God to blame, we forgive him. When it’s our fellow man, we destroy him.”
Hugh Howey, Shift
“It was the hubris of each generation to think this anew, to think that their time was special, that all things would come to an end with them.”
Hugh Howey, Shift
“I'm coming for you. I'm coming home, I'm coming to clean”
Hugh Howey, The Unraveling
“We are not the people who made this world, Lukas, but it's up to us to survive it. You need to understand that."
"We can't control where we are right now," he mumbled, "just what we do going forward.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“People were like machines. They broke down. They rattled. They could burn you or maim you if you weren't careful. Her job was not only to figure out why this happened and who was to blame, but also to listen for the signs of it coming. Being sheriff, like being a mechanic, was as much the fine art of preventive maintenance as it was the cleaning up after a breakdown.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“That word means something else, you know,' his father had told him once, when Mission had spoken of revolution. 'It also means to go around and around. To revolve. One revolution, and you get right back to where you started.”
Hugh Howey, Second Shift: Order
“Better to join a ghost than to be haunted by them. Better no life than an empty one-”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“Better to go out to see the world one time with his own eyes, than to be burned alive with the plastic curtains.”
Hugh Howey, Wool
“We are born, we are shadows, we cast shadows of own, and then we are gone. All anyone can hope for is to be remembered two shadows deep.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“There was no going back. Apologies weren't welds; they were just an admission that something had been broken. Often between two people.”
Hugh Howey, Dust
“I guess what I'm sayin' is, if you want to give Jules a job, be very careful."

"Why be careful?" Marnes asked.

Marck gazed up at the confusion of pipes and wires overhead.

"'Cause she'll damn well do it. Even if you don't really expect her to.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“It's not because we knew” Lukas said, sucking a gasp of air. “It's because we did it.”
Hugh Howey, Wool
tags: wool
“Sleep was a vehicle for passing the time, for avoiding the present. It was a trolley for the depressed, the impatient, and the dying.”
Hugh Howey, Dust
“Once guns were made, who would unmake them? Barrels rested on shoulders and bristled like pincushions above the crowd. There were things, like spoken ideas, that were almost impossible to take back. And he reckoned his people were about to make many more of them.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“Her life was not yet over, she decided. It just felt this way.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus
“This was the mark of deep infatuation, he thought: the desire to watch a woman talk just to see her lips move, to be around her.”
Hugh Howey, Second Shift: Order
tags: lovers
“We get no credit for being sane, do we? I get no credit. Even from me. From myself. I hold it together and hold it together and I make it another day, another year, and there’s no reward. Nothing great about me being normal. About not being crazy.” He frowned. “Then you have one bad day, and you worry for yourself, you know? It only takes one.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus Edition

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