Robin Hobb

“All I ever wanted to do was live my own life. And I’m having damn little success at that.”
She laughed low. “Only because you keep standing back from it. And turning aside from it. And avoiding it.” She shook her head. “Trell, Trell. Open your eyes. This horrible mess is your life. There is no sense in waiting for it to get better. Stop putting it off and live it.” She laughed again. Her voice seemed to go afar. “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 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 boredom, and the messiness, and the inconvenience of doing what is right.”

p. 250: Brashen Trell and Amber”


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The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2) The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
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