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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
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“For all those that have to fight for the respect that everyone else is given without question.”
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“Home is what you take with you, not what you leave behind.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season
tags: home
“Tell them they can be great someday, like us. Tell them they belong among us, no matter how we treat them. Tell them they must earn the respect which everyone else receives by default. Them them there is a standard for acceptance; that standard is simply perfection. Kill those who scoff at those contradictions, and tell the rest that the dead deserved annihilation for their weakness and doubt. Then they'll break themselves trying for what they'll never achieve”
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“When we say “the world has ended,” it’s usually a lie, because the planet is just fine. But this is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. For the last time.”
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“We aren't human."

"Yes. We. Are." His voice turns fierce. "I don't give a shit what the something-somethingth council of big important farts decreed, or how the geomests classify things, or any of that. That we're not human is just the lie they tell themselves so they don't have to feel bad about how they treat us.”
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“This is why she hates Alabaster: not because he is more powerful, not even because he is crazy, but because he refuses to allow her any of the polite fictions and unspoken truths that have kept her comfortable, and safe, for years.”
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“After all, a person is herself, and others. Relationships chisel the final shape of one's being. I am me, and you.”
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“Who misses what they have never, ever even imagined?”
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“neither myths nor mysteries can hold a candle to the most infinitesimal spark of hope.”
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“Nothing to do but follow your crazy,”
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“Let's start with the end of the world, why don't we? Get it over with and move on to more interesting things.”
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“There is an art to smiling in a way that others will believe. It is always important to include the eyes; otherwise, people will know you hate them.”
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“It’s a gift if it makes us better. It’s a curse if we let it destroy us.”
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“When the reasoning mind is forced to confront the impossible again and again, it has no choice but to adapt.”
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“You must remember, though, that most normal people have never seen an orogene, let alone had to do business with one, and—” She spreads her hands. “Isn’t it understandable that we might be… uncomfortable?” “Discomfort is understandable. It’s the rudeness that isn’t.” Rust this. This woman doesn’t deserve the effort of her explanation. Syen decides to save that for someone who matters. “And that’s a really shitty apology. ‘I’m sorry you’re so abnormal that I can’t manage to treat you like a human being.”
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“think you hate me because… I’m someone you can hate. I’m here, I’m handy. But what you really hate is the world.”
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“There passes a time of happiness in your life, which I will not describe to you. It is unimportant. Perhaps you think it wrong that I dwell so much on the horrors, the pain, but pain is what shapes us, after all. We are creatures born of heat and pressure and grinding, ceaseless movement. To be still is to be… not alive. But”
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“Fear of a bully, fear of a volcano; the power within you does not distinguish. It does not recognize degree.”
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“The body fades. A leader who would last relies on more.”
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“But human beings, too, are ephemeral things in the planetary scale. The number of things that they do not notice are literally astronomical.”
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“Father Earth thinks in ages, but he never, ever sleeps. Nor does he forget.”
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“The look on her face is one of horror, or perhaps sorrow so great that it might as well be horror. Past a certain point, it’s all the same thing.”
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“This is what you must remember: the ending of one story is just the beginning of another.”
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“Then she wonders why a part of her is trying to find value in degradation.”
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“Listen, listen, listen well. There was an age before the Seasons, when life and Earth, its father, thrived alike. (Life had a mother, too. Something terrible happened to Her.)”
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“You’ve read accounts of attempts by the Sixth University at Arcara to capture a stone eater for study, two Seasons back. The result was the Seventh University at Dibars, which got built only after they dug enough books out of the rubble of Sixth.”
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“Beware ground on loose rock. Beware hale strangers. Beware sudden silence.”
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“But what is important is that you know it was not all terrible. There was peace in long stretches, between each crisis. A chance to cool and solidify before the grind resumed.”
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“But this is what it means to be civilized—doing what her betters say she should, for the ostensible good of all.”
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“And what do they even call this? It's not a threesome, or a love triangle. It's a two-and-a-half-some, an affection dihedron.”
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