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Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1) Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
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“Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you'll find an edge to cut you.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Tell me, tutor,' I said. 'Is revenge a science, or an art?”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“There’s something brittle in me that will break before it bends.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Hate will keep you alive where love fails”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“The biggest lies we save for ourselves.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“I’ll tell you now. That silence almost beat me. It’s the silence that scares me. It’s the blank page on which I can write my own fears. The spirits of the dead have nothing on it. The dead one tried to show me hell, but it was a pale imitation of the horror I can paint on the darkness in a quiet moment.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Anything that you cannot sacrifice pins you. Makes you predictable, makes you weak.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Few things worth having can be got easily.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Cowards make the best torturers. Cowards understand fear and they can use it.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“When they killed him, Mother wouldn't hold her peace, so they slit her throat. I was stupid then, being only nine, and I fought to save them both. But the thorns held me tight. I've learned to appreciate thorns since. The thorns taught me the game. They let me understand what all those grim and serious men who've fought the Hundred War have yet to learn. You can only win the game when you understand that it IS a game. Let a man play chess, and tell him that every pawn is his friend. Let him think both bishops holy. Let him remember happy days in the shadows of his castles. Let him love his queen. Watch him loose them all.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“I may be running out of options, but running out isn't an option.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Lucifer spoke thus. Pride took him from heaven, though he sat at God's right hand.' Her voice grew faint, the hint of a whisper. 'In the end pride is the only evil, the root of all sins.'
'Pride is all I have.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Most men have at least one redeeming feature. Finding one for Brother Rike requires a stretch. Is 'big' a redeeming feature?”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“I think maybe we die every day. Maybe we're born new each dawn, a little changed, a little further on our own road. When enough days stand between you and the person you were, you're strangers. Maybe that's what growing up is. Maybe I have grown up.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“You soon learn there’s no elegance or dignity in death if you spend time in the castle kitchens. You learn how ugly it is, and how good it tastes.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“You can only win the game when you understand that it is a game. Let a man play chess, and tell him that every pawn is his friend. Let him think both bishops holy. Let him remember happy days in the shadows of his castles. Let him love his queen. Watch him lose them all.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Some men are too dull to feel what might happen. Others torture themselves with maybes and populate their dreams with horrors more terrible than their worst enemy could inflict upon them.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
tags: fear
“Running ain't no bad thing. Leastways if you run in the right direction.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
tags: humor, run
“What's it going to take for you to open that door? Gold? Blood?"

"Your name and password."

"My name is Honorous Jorg Ancrath, my password is divine right. Now open the fecking door.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“You got responsibilities when you’re a leader. You got a responsibility not to kill too many of your men. Or who’re you going to lead?”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you’ll find an edge to cut you.” I looked into my own darkness. I knew what it was to be trapped, and to watch ruination. “Each day the memories weigh a little heavier. Each day they drag you down that bit further. You wind them around you, a single thread at a time, and you weave your own shroud, you build a cocoon, and in it madness grows.” The lights pulsed beneath my fingers, ebbing and flowing to the beat of my voice. “You sit here with your yesterdays queuing at your shoulder. You listen to their reproach and curse those that gave you life.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“The way to break the cycle is to kill every single one of the bastards that fucked you over. Every last one of them. Kill them all. Kill their mother, kill their brothers, kill their children, kill their dog.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“This is where it starts. When they write the legend, this will be the first page. Some old monk will go blind illuminating this page, Makin. This is where it all starts." I didn't say how short the book might be though.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“She had the eyes of everyone who ever cared.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“In the end it seems we're just toys, easy to break and hard to mend.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“Gomst's mouth framed a 'no', but every other muscle in him said 'yes'. You'd think priests would be better liars, what with their jobs and all.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“We wrap up our violent and mysterious world in a pretense of understanding. We paper over the voids of our comprehension with science and religion, and make believe that order has been imposed. And, for the most of it, the fiction works. We skim across the surfaces, heedless of the depths below. Dragonflies flitting over a lake, miles deep, pursuing erratic paths to pointless ends. Until that moment when something from the cold unknown reaches up to take us.
The biggest lies we save for ourselves. We play a game in which we are gods, in which we make choices, and the current follows in our wake. We pretend a separation from the wild. Pretend that a man’s control runs deep, that civilization is more than a veneer, that reason will be our companion in dark places.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“I like mountains, always have done. Big obstinate bits of rock sticking up where they're not wanted and getting in folk's way. Great. Climbing them is a different matter altogether though. I hate that.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“That's not a plan. That's a way to get a death so famously stupid that they'll be laughing about it in alehouses for a hundred years to come," Makin said.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
“I've been known to be contrary. When something pushes me, I shove back. Even if the one doing the pushing is me. It would have been easy to gut him then and there. Satisfying. But the need was too urgent. I felt pushed.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

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