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The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2) The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
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“Confidence isn’t about knowing you’re right. Confidence is about knowing you can make it right.”
John Scalzi, The Consuming Fire
“A church is an institution separate from the religion it serves. It’s filled with people. And you know how people are.”
John Scalzi, The Consuming Fire
“the cynical could afford the luxury of their cynicism because of the stability of the system they mocked.”
John Scalzi, The Consuming Fire
“A library is not information; it is a means of preserving information. In every case, before memory or information can be stored, someone must decide what must be stored. Someone must choose. Someone must curate.”
John Scalzi, The Consuming Fire
“Don’t bring a spoon to a toothbrush fight,”
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“Hiding the past never works as well as simply neglecting it.”
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“I was just talking about you,” Cardenia said, coming up to him. “To your imaginary friends, I see.” “They’re not imaginary. They’re just not real.” “Very subtle distinction.”
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“You have doubted me. Doubt me no longer. You have come to destroy me. I am not destroyed. You have come to burn me. I am the consuming fire. You will feel what it is to burn.”
John Scalzi, The Consuming Fire
“Hey, you know what, basing an entire system of social, political and economic control on the vague, all-too-easily misinterpreted words of a single person claiming divine inspiration is probably not actually all that smart, now, is it.”
John Scalzi, The Consuming Fire
“It’s this: Confidence isn’t about knowing you’re right. Confidence is about knowing you can make it right.”
John Scalzi, The Consuming Fire
“You suggested this to her, didn’t you.” “Why do you say that?” “Because I don’t know if you’ve ever met the Countess Nohamapetan, but she’s about as sentimental as a fucking alligator.”
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“...because she wasn’t some fucking fictional character destined to do whatever some goddamn hack wanted her to do.”
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“The plan is not the goal.”
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“The short version was death, disease, despots and destruction. The longer version had kept him up wondering what the hell was wrong with people.”
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“I will communicate that issue to the countess.” “Do that. Also communicate to her the part where I said ‘fuck you.’ Make sure you phrase it precisely that way.”
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“I’m saying you should come over.” “Maybe I’m avoiding you.” “You’re doing a fucking poor job of it, then, standing in my office.”
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“It’s conspiracy mongering.” “I agree. But not all conspiracies crop up because someone forgot to adjust their tinfoil hat, ma’am. Sometimes they’re part of a disinformation campaign.”
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“Lenson Ornill took in Grayland II’s words, their intent and meaning, what they boded for the church as he understood it, his faith as he had developed it, and the genesis of his engagement with both, trapped in that small cabin, struggling to breathe, all those many long years ago. And then, quite without meaning to, he uttered the words to encapsulate what he was feeling about each, in this one epochal moment.

“Well, fuck,” he said.”
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“You came to see me about something?” “Yes, ma’am. A lawyer is here.” “Toss him out a window.” “Her, actually, I think.” “So toss her out, then. Equally defenestratable.”
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“Let’s just say that I anticipated that when I needed to leave Ponthieu, it would be suddenly, and that I might be chased. And that those chasing me might prefer that if I couldn’t be caught, that I should be rendered into very small pieces.”
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“Which reminds me that you’ll be searched on both ends of your journey, on both ends of your body. Sorry, that was a nonnegotiable.” Nadashe shrugged. “I was groped worse in college.” “I don’t know what to do with that information.”
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“The archbishop arrived at the lectern, dressed in archbishopric finery, or so Kiva supposed, since she didn’t actually attend church with any regularity, although she had once had sex in a cathedral, which was great, if you like cold and echoey, which Kiva discovered she didn’t so much.”
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“When things are hidden, there will always be people who object, and who will then go out of their way to preserve and store what is being hidden, so that someone can find it later, either intentionally or by simply stumbling over it. This is why I never tried to hide alternative takes of history. It makes them more attractive to future historians when you do. I smothered them under strata of official history instead.” “Never hide, just overwhelm,” Cardenia joked.”
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“that was less about the fundamental nature of the visions than the fact Gianni kept interrupting Chen, and she was sick of it.”
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“You’re a doubter of the perfectibility of the human soul.” “I think to perfect a soul you have to have one to begin with.”
John Scalzi, The Consuming Fire
“Confidence is about knowing you can make it right.”
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“generally perfectly okay for most other folks. When a lie has negative consequences, people dislike it. But otherwise? They move on, and eventually the lie as a lie is forgotten, or in this case, codified as the foundation of religious practice and buffed and sanded into something prettier and more congenial.”
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“How much?” Patz said nothing but gave Kiva a look that she interpreted as saying a whole fuckton.”
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“I thought I asked to dispense with bullshit.” “There’s bullshit and then there’s bullshit, Lady Kiva.” “Well, you’re right about that, at least.”
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“Hey, you know what, basing an entire system of social, political and economic control on the vague, all-too-easily misinterpreted words of a single person claiming divine inspiration is probably not actually all that smart, now, is it. This was because Lenson,”
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