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Wisdom of Anita Blake: Obsidian Butterfly Edition

December 6, 2017

Been along time since I’ve done this.  Ninth installment.  Pithy Quotes from Ms. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series…also known as “The things I learned from Anita Blake.”  This is probably my least favorite book in the series.  Still has some great quotes.

  • “ are people…little people trapped by the choices the adults around them make.”
  • “Curiosity is both a strength and a weakness.”
  • “If you want to find a good doctor in a hospital, don’t ask other doctors or referral services.  Ask a nurse.  Nurses always know who’s good and who’s not. They may not say the bad stuff aloud, but if they say something good about a doctor, you can take it to the bank.”
  • “Cops aren’t encouraged to complicate a case.  They’re encouraged to simplify it.”
  • “If you can’t impress yourself, then no else really matters.”
  • “It’s one thing to know how to lie, but to be able to lie with your eyes says you are someone not to be trusted.”
  • “Girls can do anything they want to do, including protect themselves and beat up bad guys.”
  • “You can’t hide from yourself, not forever, and you can’t ever outrun yourself.”
  • “Just because your belief says something is wrong doesn’t mean someone’s not going to break the rules.”
  • There are some stories, some memories, that if you tell them after dark, they seem to gain weight, substance, as if there are things listening, waiting to hear themselves spoken of again.  Words have power. But even thinking about them is sometimes enough to make the air in a room heavy.”
  • “Survival first. Try to stay out of jail second.”
  • “Niceness is highly underrated by most people.”
  • “Arrogance or stupidity, sometimes there’s not much difference between the two.”
  • “Survival first, moral issues later.”
  • “If you hate anyone or anything with an unreasoning, uncompromising hatred, then you are blind where your hatred is concerned.”
  • “…police don’t like civvies mucking up their murder scenes, makes them testy.”
  • “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
  • “If you think love makes you happy…you’ve either never been in love, or never been in love long enough to have to start compromising.”
  • “Something about a woman’s hip structure makes a gun at the small of the back not the best idea.”
  • “The first five pounds are easy to get rid of, the second five are harder, and it gets even harder from there.”
  • “I hate woman who complain about being fat when they’re like a size five. Anything under size five isn’t a woman.  It’s a boy with breasts.”
  • “There are a lot of ways to die.  Being killed is only one of the more obvious ones.”
  • “If you only believe when it’s easy, you don’t really believe.”
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