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“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“When you cut pieces out of the truth to avoid looking like a fool you end up looking like a moron instead.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice
“Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice
“Everyone thinks that courage is about facing death without flinching. But almost anyone can do that. Almost anyone can hold their breath and not scream for as long as it takes to die.

True courage is about facing life without flinching. I don't mean the times when the right path is hard, but glorious at the end. I'm talking about enduring the boredom, the messiness, and the inconvenience of doing what is right.”
Robin Hobb, The Mad Ship
“The second thing you have to do to be a writer is to keep on writing. Don't listen to people who tell you that very few people get published and you won't be one of them. Don't listen to your friend who says you are better that Tolkien and don't have to try any more. Keep writing, keep faith in the idea that you have unique stories to tell, and tell them. I meet far too many people who are going to be writers 'someday.' When they are out of high school, when they've finished college, after the wedding, when the kids are older, after I retire . . . That is such a trap You will never have any more free time than you do right now. So, whether you are 12 or 70, you should sit down today and start being a writer if that is what you want to do. You might have to write on a notebook while your kids are playing on the swings or write in your car on your coffee break. That's okay. I think we've all 'been there, done that.' It all starts with the writing. ”
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“The man who must brag for himself knows that no one else will”
Robin Hobb, Royal Assassin
“In that last dance of chances

I shall partner you no more.

I shall watch another turn you

As you move across the floor.


In that last dance of chances

When I bid your life goodbye

I will hope she treats you kindly.

I will hope you learn to fly.


In that last dance of chances

When I know you'll not be mine

I will let you go with longing

And the hope that you'll be fine.


In that last dance of chances

We shall know each other's minds.

We shall part with our regrets

When the tie no longer binds.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“The fight isn't over until you win.”
Robin Hobb, Royal Assassin
“Very little worth knowing is taught by fear.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice
“Stop longing. You poison today’s ease, reaching always for tomorrow.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Errand
“Nothing takes the heart out of a man more than the expectation of failure.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice
“Tomorrow owes you the sum of your yesterdays. No more than that. And no less.”
Robin Hobb, The Mad Ship
“Not being able to think of a reply is not the same thing as accepting another's words.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Quest
“A woman of many talents. And intelligent, too. He'd probably have to kill her soon.”
Robin Hobb
“Death is not the opposite of life, but the opposite of choice.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Errand
“Thinking is not always...comforting. It is always good, but not always comforting.”
Robin Hobb, Royal Assassin
“I healed. Not completely. A scar is never the same as good flesh, but it stops the bleeding.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Quest
“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?”
Robin Hobb, Royal Assassin
“It's too late to apologize for I have already forgiven you." -FitzChivalry Farseer”
Robin Hobb
“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”
Robin Hobb
tags: sad
“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.”
Robin Hobb, Royal Assassin
“Time is an unkind teacher, delivering lessons that we learn far too late for them to be useful. Years after I could have benefited from them, the insights come to me.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Assassin
“When you spring to an idea, and decide it is truth, without evidence, you blind yourself to other possibilities.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice
“if love doesnt come first and linger after, if love cant wait and endure disappointment and seperation, then its not love.”
Robin Hobb, Golden Fool
tags: love
“Diplomacy is the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power.”
Robin Hobb
“Anticipating pain was like enduring it twice. Why not anticipate pleasure instead?”
Robin Hobb, Renegade's Magic
“That is the challenge Companion. To take what has happened to you and learn from it. Nothing is quite so destructive as pity, especially self-pity. No event in life is so terrible that one cannot rise above it.

Robin Hobb, Ship of Destiny
“Too late to apologize, I've already forgiven you.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice
“Sometimes it seems unfair that events so old can reach forward through the years, sinking claws into one's life and twisting all that follows it. Yet perhaps that is the ultimate justice: we are the sum of all we have done added to the sum of all that has been done to us. There is no escaping that, not for any of us.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Death is always less painful and easier than life! You speak true. And yet we do not, day to day, choose death. Because ultimately, death is not the opposite of life, but the opposite of choice. Death is what you get when there are no choices left to make.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Errand

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