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Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2) Eldest by Christopher Paolini
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“Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Wise? No, I simply learned to think.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Those whom we most love are often the most alien to us.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Life is both pain and pleasure. If this is the price you must pay for the hours you enjoy, is it too much?”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“....avoid roasted cabbage, do not eat earwax, and look on the bright side of life!"
-Angela”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Shall we dance,friend of my heart?"

We shall, little one.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“I think it would dismay them to know what it takes to feed you. Not to mention that you could empty their cellars of beer and wine in a single night.' Eragon said.
I would never, Saphira sniffed. Maybe in two nights.
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“You cannot miss what you have never had.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“The songs of the dead are the lamentations of the living.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“They may fight with us, but they don't fight for us.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Only if you are afraid of looking foolish, and I would have looked far more foolish if I persisted with an erroneous belief.' Eragon said.
Why, little one, you just said something wise!'Saphira teased.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Half way down, he encountered Saphira, who had jammed her head and neck as far up the stair as she could, gouging the wood in her frenzy.
Little one. She flicked out her tongue and caught him on the hand with its rough tip. He smiled. Then she arched her neck and tried to pull back, but to no avail.
What's wrong?
I'm stuck.
You're... He could not help it;he laughed even though it hurt. The situation was too absurd.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“I have a new name for pain.
What’s that?
The Obliterator. Because when you’re in pain, nothing else can exist. Not thought. Not emotion. Only the drive to escape the pain. When it’s strong enough, the Obliterator strips us of everything that makes us who we are, until we’re reduced to creatures less than animals, creatures with a single desire and goal: escape.
A good name, then.
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“How terrible," said Eragon, "to die alone, separate even from the one who is closest to you."

Everyone dies alone, Eragon. Whether you are a king on a battlefield or a lowly peasant lying in bed among your family, no one can accompany you into the void.
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“We are about to change history, said Saphira.
We’re throwing ourselves off a cliff without knowing how deep the water below is.
Ah, but what a glorious flight!
(Eragon to Saphira)”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Talking with her is always...'
Different? suggested Saphira.
'Exactly.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“When you can have anything you want by uttering a few words, the goal matters not, only the journey to it. ”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
tags: magic
“After a pause, he asked, 'What do you think of Nasuada's plans?'
'Mmm...she's doomed! You're doomed! They're all doomed!'She cackled, doubling over, then straightened abruptly. 'notice I didn't specify what kind of doom, so no matter what happens, I predicted it. How very wise of me.' She lifted the basket again, setting it on one hip. 'I supposed I won't see you for a while, so farewell, best of luck, avoid roasted cabbage, don't eat earwax, and look on the bright side of life!' And with a cheery wink, she strolled off, leaving Eragon blinking and nonplussed.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“A good compromise leaves everyone angry.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“It is better to be taught to think critically than to be told on what to believe.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Magic is the art of thinking, not strength or language.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“He tapped one of the ivory spikes between his legs and said, 'There be as good a way to lose your manhood as ever I've seen'.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“A negative outlook is more of a handicap than any physical injury.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Lifaen beamed and cried, “Isn’t she glorious? See how her scales catch the light! No treasure in the world can match this sight.” Similar exclamations floated across the river from Narí.
“Bloody unbearable, that’s what it is,” muttered Orik into his beard. Eragon hid a smile, though he agreed with the dwarf. The elves never seemed to tire of praising Saphira.
Nothing’s wrong with a few compliments, said Saphira. She landed with a gigantic splash and submerged her head to escape a diving sparrow.
Of course not, said Eragon.
Saphira eyed him from underwater. Was that sarcasm?
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“It is a better world. A place where we ate responsible for our actions, where we can be kind to one another because we want to and becauseit is the right thing to do instead of being frightened into behaving by the threat of divine punishment.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Whatever you make, base it upon that which is most important to you. Only then will it have depth and meaning, and only then will it resonate with others.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“There is a proper way to greet the sentinels in Ceris, certain patterns and forms that you must observe when presented to Queen Islanzadí, and a hundred different manners in which to greet those around you, if it’s not better to just remain quiet.”
“With all your customs,” Eragon risked saying, “it seems as though you’ve only made it easier to offend people.”
A smile flickered across her lips. “Perhaps.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“If any honor existed in war, it was in fighting to protect others from harm”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest
“Always it is thus with my new students, and especially with the human ones; the mind is the last muscle they train or use, and the one that they regard the least. Ask them about swordplay and they can list every blow from a duel a month old, but ask them to solve a problem or make a coherent statement and... well, I would be lucky to get more than a blank stare in return.”
Christopher Paolini, Eldest

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