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“In truth, anxiety and lack of sleep were only part of what made her mood vile this morning. The others were such minor things, but they were realities. A pebble in your shoe was small compared to having your head cut off, but if the pebble was there and the chopping block might never be . . .”

 

The fires of heaven: The Wheel of Time V, Robert Jordan, page 917 

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“Evil creatures want to separate themselves from consequence, but force it on others. That’s what they really want. They want to be able to do whatever they want, when they want, how they want, and they don’t want to be judged or forced to pay for their actions. On the other hand, if someone crosses them, they want to exact the full measure of retribution. An inconsistent application of consequence ”that is the true definition of evil.” “

 

Delver Magic Book IV: Nightmare’s Shadow,  Jeff Inlo

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“It’s our nature, isn’t it? Again and again, we cling to the foolish belief that simple solutions exist. Aye, I anticipated a dramatic, satisfying confrontation—the flash of sorcery, the spray of blood. I wanted a sworn enemy dead by my hand. Instead—’ he rumbled a laugh—’I had an audience with a mortal woman, more or less…”

 

 

Deadhouse Gates, Steven Erikson, page 814 

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“All of us wear masks. They can be worn out of love and the desire to remain close to those around us, to spare them from the complicated reality of our frayed psyches. We trade honesty for companionship, and in the process never truly know the hearts closest to us.”

The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Episode 108: Vick’s Chip