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Wisdom of Anita Blake: Narcissus in Chains edition

December 17, 2017

Stress is riding high in my life, which means you get another edition of Anita and company quotes.  Tenth installment.  

  • “…there is something about the intimacy of a car after dark that makes you want to linger.”
  • “Every lover seduces you…”
  • “A healthy bottom will say stop when he’s had too much or he feels something bad happening…The dom trusts the sub to know his own body and have enough self-preservation to call out before he is in past what his body can take”
  • “…safety first, vengeance is a luxury.”
  • “…shielding goes outside the aura like a wall around a castle, an extra defense.”
  • “…clubs are not designed to give you time.  They just bombard you with sensory overload and figure you’ll survive.”
  • “…neutral is just another way of saving your own ass at the expense of someone else’s.”
  • “Paranoia is the mother of invention…”
  • “…not every helping hand is a threat to my independence…not every offer of physical closeness is a trap or a lie.”
  • “You share so much more than just your body during sex, it’s one of the reasons you should be careful who you do it with.”
  • “I used to believe that truth was good, but I’d begun to realize that it is neither good, nor bad.  It’s just the truth.  Life had been simpler when I believed in black-and-white absolutes.”
  • “a white, Anglo-Saxon, upper-middle-class male…would take memories of being abused and raped harder than I would.  I was a woman I knew things like that could happen to me.  Maybe he had never though they could happen to him.”
  • “There are only a few things that will harden you this fast.  Death of those close to you; police work; or combat where people are actually dying around you.”
  • “Safety word? …”If the pain grows too much, or if something is proposed that the slave does not want to do, you use the word agreed upon.  Once the word is spoken the master must stop.”
  • “We all have our erogenous zones in addition to the normal ones, places where if we’re touched our bodies react whether we want them to or not.”
  • “Ideals are great in theory…but the don’t work too well in real life.”
  • “Pound for pound guys have the upper body strength on us.  If the skill is equal, a larger person will beat a smaller one.”
  • “Ideology is great in a classroom or a debate, but it’s flesh and blood that counts.”
  • “Most women find having their cervix bumped painful, but some women find it pleasurable.”
  • “If someone can’t tell you no, it’s rape…”
  • “Sometimes the greatest wounds are the ones we try the hardest not to inflict.”
  • “Love is such a bitch…”
  • “…one victory doesn’t guarantee you’ll win the war.”
  • “…the stains that really matter were the ones that no amount of soap or water could touch.”
  • “…some things you recover from, some things you don’t.”
  • “We weren’t really good for each other.  Love is like that sometimes.”
  • “Sometimes I wonder what would it be like to actually be able to just fall in love and not weigh the risks first.  If it works out, it’s the best thing in the world.  If it doesn’t work out , it’s like having your heart torn out and chopped into little pieces while you watch.  It leaves a big hollow space that never really heals.”
  • “…the true way to a man’s heart is six inches of metal between his ribs. Sometimes four inches will do the job, but to be really sure, I like to have six.  Funny how phallic objects are always more useful the bigger they are.  Anyone who tells you size doesn’t matter has been seeing too many small knives.”
  • “…with some things, even a really good bodyguard can’t take the hit for you.”
  • “…true failure would have been if I hadn’t given a damn.  You can bandage a wound, set a broken bone, but not caring…you can’t cure that, and you can’t recover from it.”
  • “I know the universe has a sense of irony, and sometimes you get reminded just who sadistic that can be.”
  • “Without hope, love dies and parts of you wither.”
  • “Every ruler should strive for his people to love him.  But if they cannot love you, then make them fear you.  Love is better, but fear will do the job.”
  • “Ideals can die, but they don’t breathe, they don’t bleed, they don’t cry…”
  • “Ideals are abstract things that you can’t touch or see.  My religion isn’t abstract, it’s very ‘stract’, very real…Religion isn’t an abstract thing…it is a living, breathing, growing organic thing.”
  • “Kissing, in some ways, is more intimate than intercourse, more special.”
  • “I kept equating submissiveness with being inferior, and that wasn’t really the case.  Some people choose to be bottoms, to serve; it doesn’t make them less, just different.”
  • “What do you say while someone whispers horrors in your ear, tells you their most intimate, nightmarish secrets?  You sit and you listen.  And you give them the only thing you can—silence and the safety to talk and to be heard.”
  • “…some things bodyguards can’t keep you safe from.”
  • “Many men will give up a woman if they are unhappy with her.  But let another man try to claim her, and often, they find they still do want her.”
  • “I hate being awake at three in the morning.  It is the godforsaken heart of darkness when the body runs slow, and the brain runs slower, and all you want to do is sleep.”
  • “…theory and practice aren’t the same thing.”
  • “…the world is not kind, or fair, or just.”
  • “The only true happiness…lies in knowing who you are—and making peace with it.”
  • “The heart wants what the heart wants…You don’t plan on making your life complicated, it just happens and you don’t do it on purpose, and you don’t do it to hurt the people who love you.  It just turns out that way sometimes.”
  • “If you are too damn stubborn to let yourself cry, then your body finds other ways to let it out.”
  • “A fight is simple…You protect yourself, your people and you kill the bad guys.  You do whatever it takes to your yourself and your people out alive.”
  • “If something is too horrendous, sometimes our brain just says, nope, not going to see this, not going to record this, nope, it would break us.  But if you stare long enough, the mind says, well damn, we’re not turning away, and finally, finally, you’ll see it, and once you see it, you’ll never be able to unsee it.”
  • “Never ask of anyone what you’re not willing to do yourself.”
  • “People will do a lot of things for the person they love, even stupid things.”
  • “Talk reasonably first, torture only if you had to, conservation of energy.”
  • “…you should humor crazy people when you’re at their mercy; it’s a rule…Truly insane people are often unpredictable and hard to negotiate with.”
  • “We dislike most in others what we hate most in ourselves.”
  • “…a scared man with a gun is more likely to shoot you than a brave one.”
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