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Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1) Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
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“A book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one. Treat them with respect.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Your death has not been waiting for your arrival at the appointed hour: it has, for all the years of your life, been racing towards you with the fierce velocity of time's arrow. It cannot be evaded, it cannot be bargained with, deflected or placated. All that is given to you is the choice: meet it with open eyes and peace in your heart, go gentle to your reward. Or burn bright, take up arms, and fight the bitch.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
tags: death
“Trust is the most insidious of poisons. Trust sidesteps all of your precautions.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Truth is a weapon and lies are a necessary shield.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“I have been too young to know, and I have been too old to care. It’s in that oh so narrow slice between that memories are made.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“There are some things that must be done quickly or not at all. If someone asks you if you love them you cannot hesitate. There are some paths that must be taken at speed.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“The enemy of my enemy may be my friend … of course the friend of my friend is often a jerk.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“All the world and more has rushed eternity’s length to reach this beat of your heart, screaming down the years. And if you let it, the universe, without drawing breath, will press itself through this fractured second and race to the next, on into a new eternity. Everything that is, the echoes of everything that ever was, the roots of all that will ever be, must pass through this moment that you own. Your only task is to give it pause—to make it notice.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Knowledge is a rug of a certain size, and the world is larger. It’s not what remains uncovered at the edges that should worry you, rather what is swept beneath.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“They expect her to run. They know she will run. And she does. But at them.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“I was born for killing—the gods made me to ruin.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Every star, turning in the black depth of heaven, burns for no better reason than that humanity raised its face to look. Every great deed needs to be witnessed. Go out there and do something great.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“IT IS IMPORTANT, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient bravery. For when Sister Cage of the Sweet Mercy Convent steps onto the battlefield courage is often found to be in short supply. She”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“IT IS IMPORTANT, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy Convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men. From”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Thorn stood without motion, for only when you are truly still can you be the centre. She stood without sound, for only silent can you listen. She stood without fear, for only the fearless can understand their peril.

Thorn waited. Fearless as flowers, bright, fragile, open to the sky. Brave, as only those who’ve already lost can be.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Thorn carried in each limb every hour of her training, every day and year bound into the muscle of her arms, written along the length of her legs, beaten into the hardness of stomach and thigh. She knew five dozen ways to kill, she knew them with a lover's intimacy, and in the execution perhaps lust also played its role—for what is lust but a hunger? And hunger must be fed.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“People always want to know things . . . until they hear them, and then it's too late. Knowledge is a rug of a certain size, and the world is larger. It's not what remains uncovered at the edges that should worry you, rather what is swept beneath.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“The hardest lesson I ever learned was that every bad thing you see a friend do to someone else they will some day do to you.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Violence is the language of destruction, flesh so often the subject, fragile, easy to break beyond repair, precious; what else would we burn to make the world take note?”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Some natural disasters were preferable to the sorts that people could wreak upon each other.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“It’s harder to forgive someone else your own sins than those uniquely theirs. Much harder.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“We’re wild things us men, and when we remember it we’re at our most dangerous.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“THERE IS, IN the act of destruction, a beauty which we try to deny, and a joy which we cannot. Children build to knock down, and though we may grow around it, that need runs in us,”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Words are steps along a path: the important thing is to get where you're going. You can play by all manner of rules, ... but you'll get there quicker if you pick the most certain route. Lies are complex things. Best not to bother thinking in terms of truth or lie-let necessity be your mother ... and invent!”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
tags: lies, truth
“IT IS IMPORTANT, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Your death has not been waiting for your arrival at the appointed hour; it has, for all the years of your life, been racing towards you with the fierce velocity of time’s arrow. It cannot be evaded; it cannot be bargained with, deflected or placated. All that is given to you is the choice: Meet it with open eyes and peace in your heart, go gentle to your reward. Or burn bright, take up arms, and fight the bitch.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Anger had its place, it was a weapon not to be neglected, but so did patience, and Nona decided that control lay in deciding which to use and when. She”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“I had a son and I breathed for him. When we buried him my sorrow consumed me. Was my grief holy? Was it unique? All our hurts and follies are repeated time and again. Generation after generation live the same mistakes. But we’re not like the fire, or the river, or the wind—we’re not a single tune, its variations played out forever, a game of numbers until the world dies.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“THERE IS, IN the act of destruction, a beauty which we try to deny, and a joy which we cannot.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
“Men like to talk about themselves and their achievements. Nona knew that much about men even if she was little.”
Mark Lawrence, Red Sister

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