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Wisdom of Anita Blake: The Lunatic Cafe Edition

April 17, 2013

So one of the things I’m doing is rereading the Anita Blake Series by Laurell Hamilton.  I’m also writing down her (Ms. Hamilton’s though Anita is generally the one who says them)  pithy sayings as I go, something I’ve threatened to do for years.  So here you go.  The fourth installment:

Wisdom of Anita Blake (and Company):  The Lunatic Cafe Edition

  • Best, friends, a concept that most women never outgrow.  As a man who his best friend is and he’ll have to think about it.  He won’t know right off the top of this head.  A woman would.  A man might not even be able to think of a name, not for his best friend.  Women keep track of these things.  Men don’t.”
  • “That happy-ever-after shit is fine on stage, but it doesn’t have a lot to do with life…I like musicals. I just don’t think they reflect reality…Happy ever after is just a lie…”
  • “I try not to shoot the good guys.  Besides, try explaining to other cops why you shot a cop.  They get testy as hell about stuff like that.”
  • “If you draw guns, there is always the chance someone will end up dead.  Unless you want someone dead, you don’t draw, simple as that.”
  • “Humans almost never look up.  Millions of years of evolution had conditioned us to ignore the sky.  Nothing was big enough to take us from above.  But that didn’t mean something couldn’t jump on us.”
  • “People see what they expect to see most of the time.”
  • “Confusion to my enemies.”
  • “Safety before good manners.”
  • “All life is precious…Some life is just more precious than others.”
  • “I always parked under a light if I could.  Safety rule number one for women traveling alone after dark.”
  • “…love isn’t enough.  All the fairy tales, the romance novels, the soap operas; they’re all lies.  Love does not conquer all.”
  • “If you love someone, you shouldn’t make them miserable.  It’s a rule somewhere, or should be.”
  • “Always needing to have the last word is a bad trait…”
  • “If you’re going to die, at least die brave.  It pisses your enemies off.”
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