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Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2) Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
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“The man who must brag for himself knows that no one else will”
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“The fight isn't over until you win.”
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“Thinking is not always...comforting. It is always good, but not always comforting.”
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“Stop thinking of what you intend to do. Stop thinking of what you have just done. Then, stop thinking that you have stopped thinking of those things. Then you will find the Now, the time that stretches eternal, and is really the only time there is.”
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“He shook his head pityingly. “This, more than anything else, is what I have never understood about your people. You can roll dice, and understand that the whole game may hinge on one turn of a die. You deal out cards, and say that all a man's fortune for the night may turn upon one hand. But a man's whole life, you sniff at, and say, what, this naught of a human, this fisherman, this carpenter, this thief, this cook, why, what can they do in the great wide world? And so you putter and sputter your lives away, like candles burning in a draft.”
“Not all men are destined for greatness,” I reminded him.
“Are you sure, Fitz? Are you sure? What good is a life lived as if it made no difference at all to the great life of the world? A sadder thing I cannot imagine. Why should not a mother say to herself, if I raise this child aright, if I love and care for her, she shall live a life that brings joy to those about her, and thus I have changed the world? Why should not the farmer that plants a seed say to his neighbor, this seed I plant today will feed someone, and that is how I change the world today?”
“This is philosophy, Fool. I have never had time to study such things.”
“No, Fitz, this is life. And no one has time not to think of such things. Each creature in the world should consider this thing, every moment of the heart's beating. Otherwise, what is the point of arising each day?”
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“No man is so dangerous as the man who cannot decide what he fears.”
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“Men of passion and vision are often seen as mad.”
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“Wolves have no kings.”
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“The fight isn't over until you win it, Fitz. That's all you have to remember. No matter what the other man says.”
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“One can only walk so far from one's true self before the bond either snaps, or pulls one back.”
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“Come, hunt with me, the invitation whispers in my heart. Leave the pain behind and let your life be your own again. There is a place where all time is now, and the choices are simple and always your own.
Wolves have no kings.”
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“I have heard it called a dance, I have heard it called a battle. Some men speak of it with a knowing laugh, some with a sneer. I have heard the study market women chuckling over it like hens clucking over bread crumbs; I have been approached by bawds who spoke their wares as boldly as peddlers hawking fresh fish. For myself, I think some things are beyond words. The color blue can only be experienced, as can the scent of jasmine or the sound of a flute. The curve of a warm bared shoulder, the uniquely feminine softness of a breast, the startled sound one makes when all barriers suddenly yield, the perfume of her throat, the taste of her skin are all but parts, and sweet as they may be, they do not embody the whole. A thousand such details still would not illustrate it.”
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“Justice. There's a thing we shall ever thirst after, and ever be parched. No. We content ourselves with law.”
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“King Shrewd is expecting me, rather he isn't expecting me, and that is precisely why I must go to him now.”
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“Our own ambitions and tasks that we set for ourselves, the framework we attempt to impose upon the world, is no more than a shadow of a tree cast across the snow. It will change as the sun moves, be swallowed in the night, sway with the wind, and when the smooth snow vanishes, it will lie distorted upon the uneven earth. But the tree continues to be. Do you understand that?”
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“It is like being two foreigners, trapped in a land we have come to, unable to return to our own, and having only each other to confirm the reality of the place we once lived.”
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“You make no sense! You went somewhere to discover your place in history? How can that be? History is what is done and behind us.”

    He shook his head, slowly this time. “History is what we do in our lives. We create it as we go along.” He smiled enigmatically. “The future is another kind of history.”
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“Surprise!-FitzChivalry”
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“I am the King's Fool. He is the King-In-Wating. Let him wait.”
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“We are pack!”
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“The exercise for centering oneself is a simple one.

Stop thinking of what you intend to do. Stop thinking of what you have just done. Then stop thinking that you have stopped thinking of those things.

Then you will find the now. The time that stretches eternal, and is really the only time there is.

Then in that place, you will finally have time to be yourself.”
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“History is what we do in our lives. We create it as we go along.’ He smiled enigmatically. ‘The future is another kind of history.”
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“I wondered if there was any way to live amongst other people and refuse to be harnessed by their expectations and dependencies.”
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“It is an odd language, yours. You speak of passing time as in the Mountains we speak of passing wind. As if it were a thing to be gotten rid of.”
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“You," I surmised, and gestured round. "Thank you."
"No," he denied. His pale hair floated out from beneath his cap in a halo as he shook his head. "But I assisted. Thank you for bathing. It makes my task of checking on you less onerous. I'm glad you're awake. You snore abominably."
I let this comment pass. "You've grown." I observed.
"Yes. So have you. And you've been sick. And you slept quite a long time. And now you're awake and bathed and fed. You still look terrible. But you no longer smell. It's late afternoon now. Are there any other obvious facts you'd like to review?”
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“Wolves have no kings”
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“It’s not the kind of work a man does that says he can be proud or not. It’s how he does it.”
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“She sat back again, a gentle loosening that made her straight spine seem effortless and restful. Again she did nothing. She simply sat across from me and unfurled herself. I felt her life brush up against me and flow around me. It was but the faintest touching, and had I not experienced both the Skill and the Wit, I do not think I would have sensed it. Cautiously, as softly as if I assayed a bridge made of cobweb, I overlay my senses on hers.
She quested. Not as I did, toward a specific beast, or to read what might be close by. I discarded the word I had always given to my sensing. Kettricken did not seek after anything with her Wit. It was as she said, simply a being, but it was being a part of the whole. She composed herself and considered all the ways the great web touched her, and was content. It was a delicate and tenuous thing and I marveled at it. For an instant I, too, relaxed. I breathed out. I opened myself, Wit wide to all. I discarded all caution, all worry that Burrich would sense me. I had never done anything to compare it with before. Kettricken's reaching was as delicate as droplets of dew sliding down a strand of spiderweb. I was like a dammed flood, suddenly released, to rush out to fill old channels to overflowing and to send fingers of water investigating the lowlands.
Let us hunt! The Wolf, joyfully.
In the stables, Burrich straightened from cleaning a hoof, to frown at no one. Sooty stamped in her stall. Molly shrugged away and shook out her hair. Across from me, Kettricken started and looked at me as if I had spoken aloud. A moment more I was held, seized from a thousand sides, stretched and expanded, illuminated pitilessly. I felt it all, not just the human folk with their comings and goings, but every pigeon that fluttered in the eaves, every mouse that crept unnoticed behind the wine kegs, every speck of life, that was not and never had been a speck, but had always been a node on the web of life. Nothing alone, nothing forsaken, nothing without meaning, nothing of no significance, and nothing of importance.”
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“- проигрывать бой? - все еще задыхаясь спросил он. - Бой не заканчивается, пока ты его не выиграл, Фитц. Это очень просто запомнить. Независимо от того, что считает другой человек.”
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“De que serve uma vida vivida como se não fizesse qualquer diferença para a grande vida do mundo? Não consigo imaginar coisa mais triste. Porque não haveria uma mãe de dizer de si para si, se criar bem esta criança, se a amar e proteger, ela trará alegria aos qye a rodeiam e assim terei mudado o mundo? Porque não haveria o lavrador que planta uma semente de dizer ao vizinho, esta semente que planto hoje irá alimentar alguém, e é assim que hoje mudo o mundo?”
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