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“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“My youngest brother had a wonderful schtick from some time in high school, through to graduating medicine. He had a card in his wallet that read, ‘If I am found with amnesia, please give me the following books to read …’ And it listed half a dozen books where he longed to recapture that first glorious sense of needing to find out ‘what happens next’ … the feeling that keeps you up half the night. The feeling that comes before the plot’s been learned.”
Guy Gavriel Kay
“In this world, where we find ourselves, we need compassion more than anything, I think, or we are all alone.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“How we remember changes how we have lived.
Time runs both ways. We make stories of our lives.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Under Heaven
“The deeds of men, as footprints in the desert.
Nothing under the circling moons is fated to last.
Even the sun goes down.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Lions of Al-Rassan
“There are kinds of action, for good or ill, that lie so far outside the boundaries of normal behavior that they force us, in acknowledging that they have occurred, to restructure our own understanding of reality. We have to make room for them.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Summer Tree
“Ice is for death and endings.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“Words were power, words tried to change you, to shape bridges of longing that no one could ever really cross.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“One man sees a riselka: his life forks there.
 Two men see a riselka: one of them shall die.
 Three men see a riselka: one is blessed, one forks, one shall die.

One woman sees a riselka: her path comes clear to her.
 Two women see a riselka: one of them shall bear a child.
 Three women see a riselka: one is blessed, one is clear, one shall bear a child.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“We must be what we are, or we become our enemies. ”
Guy Gavriel Kay, A Song for Arbonne
“The heart has its own laws... and the truth is... the truth is that you are the law of mine.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
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“The world could bring you poison in a jewelled cup, or surprising gifts. Sometimes you didn't know which of them it was.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Under Heaven
“By things so achingly small are lives measured and marred.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“A hard truth: that courage can be without meaning or impact, need not be rewarded, or even known. The world has not been made in that way. Perhaps, however, within the self there might come a resonance, the awareness of having done something difficult, of having done . . . something.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Last Light of the Sun
“We salvage what we can, what truly matters to us, even at the gates of despair.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Summer Tree
Full moon is falling through the sky.
Cranes fly through clouds.
Wolves howl. I cannot find rest
Because I am powerless
To amend a broken world.


Sima Zian added, "I love the man who wrote that, I told you before, but there is so much burden in Chan Du. Duty, assuming all tasks, can betray arrogance. The idea we can know what must be done, and do it properly. We cannot know the future, my friend. It claims so much to imagine we can. And the world is not broken any more than it always, always is.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Under Heaven
“Sometimes you didn't really arrive at a conclusion about your life, you just discovered that you already had.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Lord of Emperors
“When I'm all grown up, come what may,
I'll build a boat to carry me away”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“Only then, invisible to everyone and with her curtains drawn, did she allow her tears to fall: in love, and for his hurts, and in terrible pride.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“Do you know the wish of your heart?" - The Darkest Road”
Guy Gavriel Kay
“most hated by the dark, for their name is light.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Fionavar Tapestry
“She was owner and captive, both, of a bitterly divided heart.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“Branching paths. The turning of days and seasons and years. Life offered you love sometimes, sorrow often. If you were very fortunate, true friendship. Sometimes war came.

You did what you could to shape your own peace, before you crossed over to the night and left the world behind, as all men did, to be forgotten or remembered, as time or love allowed.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Under Heaven
“I will not say I am sorry, but I can tell you that I grieve.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“We worship…the powers that speak to our souls, if it seems they do. We do so knowing there is more to the world, and the half-world, and perhaps worlds beyond, than we can grasp. We always knew that. We can’t even stop children from dying, how would we presume to understand the truth of things? Behind things? Does the presence of one power deny another? [p. 176]”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Sailing to Sarantium
“Dave hung up. And unplugged the phone. With a fierce and bitter pain he stared at it, watching how, over and over again, it didn't ring.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Summer Tree
“... everyone knew that all islands were worlds unto themselves, that to come to an island was to come to another world.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“One didn't stop to talk with creatures from one's nightmares.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Summer Tree
“Eyyia?" said her husband, and Eliane bet Danel heard the mangling of her name as music.
"You sound like a marsh frog," she said, moving to stand before his chair.
By the flickering light she saw him smile.
"Where have you been," she asked. "My dear. I've needed you so much."
"Eyyia," he tried again, and stood up. His eyes were black hollows. They would always be hollows.
He opened his arms and she moved into the space they made in the world, and laying her head against his chest she permitted herself the almost unimaginable luxury of grief.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Lions of Al-Rassan
“There are so many stories, she thinks, and most of them end up lost.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, River of Stars

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