Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Book Quotes

It’s Tuesday again, which means Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  Each week there’s a different book-related theme and you come up with your top ten for the topic and add your post to the linky on b&b’s master post.

This week’s theme was Top Ten Quotes from Books You’ve Read this Year.  I chose to return to this year’s big reread (not that it’s going to be done before the end of the year, but…), mostly because there’s so many great quotes in Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont’s epic shared world of the Malazan Empire.

1. “I walked this land when the T’lan Imass were but children. I have commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I have spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?”
“Yes,” said Caladan Brood, “you never learn.”
(Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson)

2. Every ritual of resurrection I have heard attempted inevitably resulted in a price beyond reckoning.
(Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson)

3. Detachment is a flaw, not a virtue – don’t you realize that?
(Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson)

4. You can’t free a people from themselves!
(Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson)

5. Peace reigned in silence, inside and out, in isolation and exhaustion.
(Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson)

6. What I was is not what I am.
(The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson)

7. Compromise is the negotiation of expectation.
(Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson)

8. People who make up their minds about something never listen to advice – especially when it’s to the contrary.
(Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson)

9. Battle is for an army to win or lose; war is for civilization to win or lose.
(Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian C. Esslemont)

10. Mysteries intrigue us. That which we cannot easily understand or explain away holds our attention; we return to it repeatedly. Conversely, the simple and easily grasped is quickly consumed and dismissed.
(Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian C. Esslemont)

What do you think of my quotes?  Any of your own you wish to share?

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Book Quotes

  1. You can’t free people from themselves, indeed. Even if you really, really want to!

  2. I want to read Return of the Crimson Guard 🙂 great picks.

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