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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
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“In a child's eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“We can never be gods, after all--but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“But love like that doesn't just disappear, does it? No matter how powerful the hate, there is always a little love left, underneath.
Yes. Horrible, isn't it?”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“It is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. It is more than blasphemy; it is dangerous. We can never be gods, after all - but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“There's truth even in tainted knowledge, if one reads carefully.”
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“Fortunately, where reason failed, blind panic served well enough.”
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“You are what your creators and experiences have made you, like every other being in this universe. Accept that and be done; I tire of your whining.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“The priest's lesson: beware the Nightlord, for his pleasure is a mortal's doom. My grandmother's lesson: beware love, especially with the wrong man.”
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“...and when I lift my head to scream out my fury, a million stars turn black and die. No one can see them, but they are my tears.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“There is nothing foolish about hope.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“Once upon a time there was a

Once upon a time there was a

Once upon a time there was a

Stop this. It's undignified.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“You are Insignificant. One of millions, neither special nor unique. I did not ask for this ignominy, and I resent the comparison.
Fine. I don't you like you, either.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“Determination could easily become obsession.”
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“I remembered Nahadoth's lips on my throat and fought to suppress a shudder, only half succeeding. Death as a consequence of lying with a god wasn't something I had considered, but it did not surprise me. A mortal man's strength had its limits. He spent himself and slept. He could be a good lover, but even his best skills were only guesswork - for every caress that sent a woman's head into the clouds, he might try ten that brought her back to earth.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“I am not as I once was. They have done this to me, broken me open and torn out my heart. I do not know who I am anymore.
I must try to remember.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“So there was love, once. More than love. And now there is more than hate. Mortals have no words for what we gods feel. Gods have no words for such things. But love like that doesn't just disappear, does it? No matter how powerful the hate, there is always love left, underneath. Horrible, isn't it?”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“The Nightlord cannot be controlled, child. He can only be unleashed. And you asked him not to kill.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“The younger man stepped away from the table and came toward me, his whole posture radiating menace. Every Darre woman is taught to deal with such behavior from men. It is an animal trick that they use, like dogs ruffling their fur and growling. Only rarely is there an actual threat behind it, and a woman's strength lies in discerning when the threat is real and when it is just hair and noise.”
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“And in that sliver of time, I felt the power around me coalesce, malice-hard and sharp as crystal.

That this analogy occurred to me should have been a warning.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“It was very bad if the council had resorted to recruiting men. By tradition men were our last line of defence, their physical strength bent towards the single and most important task of protecting our homes and children. This meant the council had decided that our only defence was to defeat the enemy, period. Anything else meant the end of Darre.”
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“Whether you live or die is irrelevant. You are Arameri, and like all of us, you will serve.”
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“(This is not a digression.)”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“beware love, especially the wrong man”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“Separarse de la tierra y contemplarla desde arriba como los dioses es una blasfemia. No podemos ser dioses... pero podemos llegar a ser menos que humanos con aterradora facilidad.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“How terrible to be a god of change and endure grief unending.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“Men who served anyone could be trusted by no one.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“It is important to give just the right instructions. He thinks in loopholes.”
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“De esta materia prima están hechos los grandes cuentos, ¿no? Puro romanticismo. En los cuentos, las parejas así viven felices para siempre. Pero los cuentos no dicen lo que sucede cuando se hace eso y se ofende a la familia más poderosa del mundo.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“There was nothing we mortals would not do when it came to protecting our loved ones.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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