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Wisdom of Anita Blake: Burnt Offerings Edition

April 24, 2013

So I’m in the middle of another bout of insomnia.  I’m lucky if I’m getting a couple of hours a night.  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 sixth installment:

Wisdom of Anita Blake (and Company):  Burnt Offerings Edition

  • Mercy will get you killed, but sometimes it’s all that makes us human.”
  • “Never tease a woman about her weight…”
  • “Love is never free…”
  • “Love isn’t the most expensive emotion…Hate is.  Because hate will eat you up inside and destroy you, long before it kills you.”
  • “Hatred is a cold fire, and it gives no warmth.”
  • “Mammals can freeze, but a rabbit frozen waiting for the fox to pass is a vibrating thing.  It breathes fast and faster.  Its heart pounds…A snake will put a length of its body out, then freeze.  There is no sense of movement stopped.  No sense that movement will continue.  In that moment of frozen time a snake seems unreal, more like a work of art, something carved rather than something alive.”
  • “Hatred makes us all ugly.”
  • “…stupid.  No—arrogant.  Sometimes there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two.”
  • “Any good revolution kills the loyalists first.”
  • “Sometimes a show of bravado just earned you a slower death, like it did with some American Indian tribes that only tortured enemies they thought worthy of the honor.”
  • “…like any big predator.  Don’t fuck with it unless you can finish the job.”
  • “Some people seek death through desperation.  Some people fall into it out of stupidity. “
  • “Lay a gun down somewhere, and that’s when you’ll need it most.”
  • “All cops perfect a bored face or a blank face, some even a mildly amused face.  But they all eventually have a face that keeps everything inside.  An emptiness settles in their eyes that keeps all their secrets.”
  • “Love doesn’t conquer all…”
  • “…we’re all creatures of light and darkness.  Embracing your darkness won’t kill the light.  Goodness is stronger than that.”
  • “Butterflies will lick the sweat from your skin for the salt…Butterflies will feed on dogshit or spoiled fruit too…like tiny vultures…”
  • “Lifting isn’t just strength.  It’s balance…”
  • “Hell was being cut off from God, cut off from his power, his energy, Him.  We walked through his power every day of our lives until it was like white noise, something we ignored or failed to hear.”
  • “The trick about having this many loaded guns is that you don’t dare leave them lying around…There’s something about a gun just lying around, especially one as nifty as a sub-machine gun, that tempts people.  There is an almost physical itch to pick it up, point it, go bang-bang.  You either make a gun safe, unloaded or locked up, or you keep it on your body where you can control it.”
  • “They call it cutting the apron strings.  It feels more like amputating body parts.”
  • “Real crying is like real sex.  If you really do it, it isn’t pretty.”
  • “True leaders don’t leave their people to die, not if they can save them.”
  • “Never trust people who smile constantly.  They’re either selling something or not very bright.”
  • “It was just a phobia, dammit.  Nothing was wrong.  Nothing was hurting me.  My body didn’t believe the logic.  Phobias are like that.  Reason doesn’t move them.”
  • “It amazes me how many people think a little water ruins a gun.  You have to clean it really well afterwards but during the shooting, water is fine.  The days of having to keep your powder dry are long past.”
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