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Wisdom of Anita Blake: Bloody Bones Edition

April 18, 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 fifth installment:

Wisdom of Anita Blake (and Company):  Bloody Bones Edition

  • “When in doubt, cover your ass with paper.”
  • “As a general rule, only people who love you will cut up your face.  It implies passion that you can’t get from strangers.  One exception is serial killers.  They’re working through a pathology in which the victims can represent someone else.  Someone that the killer has a personal passion for.”
  • “We were the only two women…which meant we were playing with the big boys.  You had to be tougher than the men, stronger, better, or they held it against you.  Or they treated you like a girl.”
  • “People who don’t camp much think darkness falls from the sky.  It doesn’t   Darkness slides from the trees and fills them first, then spreads outward to the open places.”
  • “Never dress anyone down in public unless it’s an object lesson.”
  • “[Shoulder gun rigs are] sort of like a bra.  They fit and they are necessary, but they are never completely comfortable.”
  • “Assuming the worst was always safer.  And usually truer.”
  • “…there is still an art to going through thick woods, especially in the dark.  You can’t really see even with a flashlight. You have to sort of give yourself over to the trees the way you give yourself to water when you swim.  You don’t really concentrate on the water, or even on your own body.  You concentrate on the rhythm of your body cutting, sliding through the cool liquid.  For the forest you find a rhythm, too.  You concentrate on sliding your body through the natural openings.  Finding the place where the forest itself will let you through.   If you fight it, it will fight you back.  And, just like water, it can kill you.  Anyone who doesn’t believe that the forest is a deadly place has never been lost in one.”
  • “But part of me was skeptical.  God doesn’t always save someone.  Often He helps you live through the loss.  I guess I don’t entirely trust God.  I never doubt Him, but His motives are too beyond me.  Through a glass darkly and all that.  Just once I’d like to see through the damn glass clearly.”
  • “Pointed guns have a tendency to go off if you don’t know what you’re doing.”
  • “Worry about the things you can control; the rest will either work themselves out, or they’ll kill you.  Either way, no more worries.”
  • “…truth is so often disappointing or ugly…”
  • “Reality almost always smells worse than daydream.”
  • “You want certainty, be an accountant.”
  • ”Never look back; something is always gaining on you.”
  • “Innocence lost can never be regained.”
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