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“When hope dies, you breathe it back to life again! No matter how long it takes, or what time's required to heal the wound. Disappointment will not last a lifetime unless you lie down and give in.”
Janny Wurts, Initiate's Trial
“An illusion threatens no one with harm. Neither can it be dispelled by armed force.”
Janny Wurts, The Curse of the Mistwraith
“Were you going to tell me you usually kiss your one-night trollops in private?"

He laughed. The free-ringing sound held a spark of pure pleasure, unforced and rich with surprise.”
Janny Wurts, Grand Conspiracy
“How much suffering did you lay on yourself before you awakened and recognized that guilt is deadly, and empty, and profitless?”
Janny Wurts, Traitor's Knot
tags: guilt
“The miracle left him dumbfounded, that his heart had not yet shirked its weary task of pumping his bored blood through his brain.”
Janny Wurts, Grand Conspiracy
“No driven man hears unwanted counsel.”
Janny Wurts, Initiate's Trial
“My grandfather was sparing in his praise of apprentices. My grandfather insisted we think for ourselves and achieve for our own satisfaction. Deep study of the mysteries were their own tough path, he always said. To live for the approval of others was a pitfall that begged a false turning.”
Janny Wurts, The Ships of Merior
“All things were formed of energy, arrangements of bundled light that were subject to natural law. The awareness of this truth, defined to absolute perfection, granted the mage-trained their influence. To know a thing, to encompass its full measure in respect was to hold its secrets in mastery. Life-force was the basis of all power.”
Janny Wurts, The Curse of the Mistwraith
“Mage-taught wisdom reproached him: any gift of power was two-edged.”
Janny Wurts, The Curse of the Mistwraith
tags: power
“Damn you," said Arithon. In a shattering change of mood, he was laughing. "You have it. But what's my word against the grandiloquent predictions of a maudlin and drunken prophet?"
"Maybe everything," Felirin finished gently. "You're too young to live without dreams.”
Janny Wurts, The Curse of the Mistwraith
tags: dreams
“As a spirit schooled to power, his perception stems from one absolute. Universal harmony begins with recognition that the life in an ordinary pebble is as sacred as conscious selfhood.”
Janny Wurts, The Curse of the Mistwraith
“An act made in fear is not the same thing as an action taken for necessity.”
Janny Wurts, To Ride Hell’s Chasm
“Well your full of cow pies up to your ears! I don't give way on the orders of rabble, or bow to Devall's uppity marshal. He can stuff his gold braid! Yes, up his tight arse where it will hurt the most, for all that I care for his posturing! These wagons will pass. Afterwards, you can shoot all the crossbolts you like, and ram yourselves straight to oblivion!”
Janny Wurts, To Ride Hell’s Chasm
“It’s tragic how the lack of imagination so often shapes our defeat.”
Janny Wurts, To Ride Hell’s Chasm
“Does vengeance or blame ease the sorrow of heart-ache? We all make mistakes. Life can’t be lived without harm to others.”
Janny Wurts, Stormed Fortress
“How often ignorance stings less than knowledge.”
Janny Wurts, Fugitive Prince
“Truth, of itself, does not kill.”
Janny Wurts, Peril's Gate
“Some gifts of friendship cannot be earned, no matter how hard we try to live up to them.”
Janny Wurts, Stormed Fortress
“You don’t have to like a man to respect him.”
Janny Wurts, Stormed Fortress
“Because you’ve survived, there is a next strategy.”
Janny Wurts, Initiate's Trial
“I shall try. At best, I am human. No less subject than any to mortal limits and fallible resource.”
Janny Wurts, Initiate's Trial
“Let her own shortfalls, and not your vindictive perfectionism, be the quality that throws her to destruction.”
Janny Wurts, The Curse of the Mistwraith
“There are many reasons to avoid taking risks. Friendship is not among them.”
Janny Wurts, Traitor's Knot
“Speak for yourself. Only rank ignorance measures a man by appearances.”
Janny Wurts, Initiate's Trial
“Mockery is the sure mark of the cynic, unredeemed and cut off from salvation.”
Janny Wurts, Initiate's Trial
“There is no terror so powerful as the one never faced.”
Janny Wurts, Peril's Gate
“You cannot trust yourself,’ she agreed, bed-rock calm. ‘Therefore, let go. Seize life and place trust in me.”
Janny Wurts, Initiate's Trial
tags: trust
“Fanatics don’t choose to stop blinding themselves. His Lordship’s more at risk of becoming the figure-head steered by the needs of the mob."

"What man who leads a pack of followers isn't?”
Janny Wurts, Initiate's Trial
“This is my present, also yours, free to choose. I am here at your side, alive, and no ghost. Let beauty and care forge the weapons tonight.”
Janny Wurts, Initiate's Trial
tags: trust
“What is a flaw but a human mistake, or an ignorance that sees without options?”
Janny Wurts, Peril's Gate

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