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Fool's Fate (Tawny Man, #3) Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb
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“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“In that last dance of chances

I shall partner you no more.

I shall watch another turn you

As you move across the floor.


In that last dance of chances

When I bid your life goodbye

I will hope she treats you kindly.

I will hope you learn to fly.


In that last dance of chances

When I know you'll not be mine

I will let you go with longing

And the hope that you'll be fine.


In that last dance of chances

We shall know each other's minds.

We shall part with our regrets

When the tie no longer binds.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Sometimes it seems unfair that events so old can reach forward through the years, sinking claws into one's life and twisting all that follows it. Yet perhaps that is the ultimate justice: we are the sum of all we have done added to the sum of all that has been done to us. There is no escaping that, not for any of us.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“I told you I set no limits on my love for you. I don't. Yet I have never expected you to offer me your body. It was the whole of your heart, all for myself, that I sought. Even though I've never had a right to it. For you gave it away ere ever you saw me.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“What a man can take with a sword, a woman can give by her flesh alone. Life.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“When people look most vicious, what you are seeing is not their animal side. It is the savagery that only humans can muster.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“the greatest danger is always the one we are ignorant of.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Ah, Beloved. Of all the things I must bid farewell to, you are the most difficult to lose. Forgive me that I have avoided you. Better, perhaps, that we make a space between us and become accustomed to it before fate forces that upon us.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Every small, unselfish action nudges the world into a better path. An accumulation of small acts can change the world.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Sometimes it seemed to me a cruelty that so much was unresolved between us; at other times, a blessing that a hope of reunion lingered.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“All of life, I wanted to tell him, is in our minds. Where else does it take place, where else do we add up what it means to us and subtract what we have lost? An event is just an event until some person attaches meaning to it.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“When you see me loyal to my family, then you see the wolf.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“There are always choices. But sometimes there are no good ones.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“He smiled, and reminded me that no man could make time, but only use that which he was given wisely.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“For, "Yes," he had sighed on his dying breath, and all knew that was the ultimate prayer one could offer to life.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Name it as you will, claim it as you will, the world does not belong to men. Men belong to the world. You will not own the earth that eventually your body will become, nor will it recall the name it once answered to.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Maybe you have to keep your pain and loss to know that you can survive whatever life deals you. Perhaps without putting your pain in its place in your life, you became something of a coward.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“when you let go and follow your fate instead of trying to twist your life around and master it, a man finds that happiness follows him.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“I tried to unbelieve that it had happened, to force time back by sheer effort of will.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Now, anyone with two thoughts in their mind can see that no future is set in stone. An infinite number of futures bud at the end of every moment, and each one of them can be changed by a falling rose petal.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“in your conceit and aggression, you wage wars and slay one another over the lines you have imagined on the world’s face.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Every small, unselfish action nudges the world into a better path.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“A small pebble can turn a wheel out of its path, he told me, but warned me that it was seldom a pleasant experience for the pebble.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Ours was a ragged and uneven parting. Each of us had intended to see the other again. Each of us had had final words to say. My days with the Fool ended like a half-played game of Stones, the outcome poised and uncertain, possibilities hovering. Sometimes it seemed to me a cruelty that so much was unresolved between us; at other times, a blessing that a hope of reunion lingered. It is like the anticipation that a clever minstrel evokes when he pauses, letting silence pool before sweeping into the final refrain of his song. Sometimes a gap can seem like a promise yet to be fulfilled.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“From their midst a broad-shouldered man stepped forth, past Longwick, who tried vainly to motion him back. He ran three strides toward me, and I took a deep, unbelieving breath of his scent just before he enfolded me in a bear hug. Despite the pain to my shoulder, I didn't struggle. I dropped my head on his shoulder, and let him support me, feeling safer than I had in years. Suddenly, it seemed as if everything would be all right, as if everything could be mended. Heart of the Pack was here and he never let us come to harm.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“It's a change, and I don't like changes, especially changes I don't understand.'
'Life is change,' the Fool observed lacidly. 'And death is an even greater change. I think we must resign ourselves to change, Fitz.'
'I'm tired of resigning myself to things. My entire life has been one long resignation.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Her stillness was such a contrast to all the jumbled communication inside me that I suddenly felt what a tiresome fellow I was, always filling the air with the rattle of words and anxieties.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“Seldom can one hate a person if one understand that person.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“He shook his head slowly. “I am not the person I was born. Neither are you. I know no one who is. Truly, Fitz, all we ever know are facets of one another. Perhaps we feel as if we know one another well when we know several facets of that person. Father, son, brother, friend, lover, husband… a man can be all of those things, yet no one person knows him in all of those roles. I watch you being Hap’s father, and yet I do not know you as I knew my father, any more than I knew my father as his brother did. So. When I show myself in a different light, I do not make a pretense. Rather I bare a different aspect to the world than they have seen before. Truly, there is a place in my heart where I am forever the Fool and your playfellow. And within me there is a genuine Lord Golden, fond of good drink and well-prepared food and elegant clothing and witty speech. And so, when I show myself as him, I am deceiving no one, but only sharing a different part of myself.”
p. 40 The Fool to Fitz”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate
“He leaned forward, eyes gleaming with enthusiasm. As he spoke, he lifted the kettle from the oil flame and poured steaming water into the cup and a bowl. Ginger and cinnamon wafted toward me. “All of time, every sliced instant of it, is rich with vertices of choices. One becomes accustomed to that, to the point at which sometimes even I have to stop and remind myself that I am making choices, even when I do not seem to be. Every indrawn breath is a choice. But sometimes one is reminded of that forcibly, sometimes I meet a person so laden with possibilities and potential that the mere existence of such a being is a jolt to reality. You are like that, still, to me. The sheer improbability of your existence took my breath away. … Yet here you are, with me still, defying the odds by existing. And by your existence, with every breath you take, you change all time. You are like a wedge driven into dry wood. With every beat of your heart, you are pounded deeper into ‘what might be’ and as you advance, you crack the future open, and expose a hundred, a thousand new possibilities, each branching into another hundred, another thousand.”
p. 264 The Fool to Fitz”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate

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