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Tigana Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
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“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“In this world, where we find ourselves, we need compassion more than anything, I think, or we are all alone.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“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.”
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“The heart has its own laws... and the truth is... the truth is that you are the law of mine.”
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tags: love
“When I'm all grown up, come what may,
I'll build a boat to carry me away”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“... everyone knew that all islands were worlds unto themselves, that to come to an island was to come to another world.”
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“Tigana, let my memory of
you be like a blade in my
soul.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“He gave them what they demanded of him, he obeyed the command, but not sullenly or diffidently, and not in shame. Rooted in the land of his fathers, standing before the home of his family he looked towards the sun and let a name burst forth from his soul.

'Tigana!' he cried that all should hear. All of them, everyone in the square. And again, louder yet: 'Tigana!' And then a third, a last time, at the very summit of his voice, with pride, with love, with a lasting, unredeemed defiance of the heart.

'TIGANA!'

Through the square that cry rang, along the streets, up to the windows where people watched, over the roofs of houses running westward to the sea or eastward to the temples, and far beyond all of these-- a sound, a name, a hurled sorrow in the brightness of the air.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
tags: p-211
“Bright star of Eanna, forgive me the manner of this, but you are the harbor of my soul’s journeying.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“Language. The process of sharing with words seemed such a futile exercise sometimes.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“It's the simple truth that mortal men cannot understand why the gods shape events as they do. Why some men and women are cut off in fullest flower, while others live to dwindle into shadows of themselves. Why virtue must sometimes be trampled and evil flourish amidst the beauty of a country garden. Why chance, sheer random chance, plays such an overwhelming role in the life lines and fate lines of men.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“She lifted her hands and closed them around his head... and it seemed to Catriana in that moment as if that newborn trialla in her soul began to sing. Of trials endured and trials to come, of doubt and dark and all the deep uncertainties that defined the outer boundaries of mortal life, but with love now present at the base of it all, like light, like the first stone of a rising tower. ”
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“Eanna love us, Adaon preserve us, Morian guard our souls.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“Catriana sighed. "I'm hard to make friends with," she said at length. "I doubt it's worth your effort.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“His intelligence stretched her to the limits, and then changed what those limits were.”
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“He could guess, analyze, play out scenarios in his mind, but he would never know. It was a night-time truth that became a queer, private sorrow for him amid all that came after. A symbol, a displacement of regret. A reminder of what it was to be mortal and so doomed to tread one road only and that one only once, until Morian called the soul away and Eanna’s lights were lost. We can never truly know the path we have not walked.”
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“And in that moment Dianora had a truth brought home to her with finality: how something can seem quite unchanged in all the small surface details of existence where things never really change, men and women being what they are, but how the core, the pulse, the kernel of everything can still have become utterly unlike what it had been before.”
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“Devin wondered how often men did what they did, made the choices of their lives, for reasons that were clean and uncomplicated and easily understood as they were happening”
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“He sang one whole verse directly to her, then, in fidelity to the song, he sent his vision inward to where his purest music was always found, and he looked at no one at all as he sang to Eanna herself, a hymn to names and the naming of things.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
tags: music
“[We let] the universality of fantasy, of once upon a time, allow escapist fiction to be more than just that - to also bring us home.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“We should have met in Finavir.”
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“We can never truly know the path we have not walked.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
“You should have killed me by the river”
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“tarry”
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“trammeled”
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“caul”
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“It was the doing, he learned quickly enough—in the first inn that refused to serve him his requested flask of Senzio green wine—of the pinch-buttocked, joy-killing priests of Eanna. The”
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“He didn’t think he would understand the strangeness of life if he lived to be a hundred years old.”
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