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Wisdom of Anita Blake: The Harlequin edition

January 12, 2018

I’ve currently got three books worth of quotes to post…if you are lucky I’ll take a break from the series for a while but between cold, snow and stress…well let’s just say don’t hold your breath. However, I’ve read the later books fewer times and so probably get more caught up in the tale and catch fewer pithy quotes.

  • One of the things I liked about shoulder holsters as opposed to carrying on the hip is that you don’t run the risk of dumping the gun in the toilet.  Inner pants holsters that don’t go through a belt loop are some of the most precarious for bathroom use.  Guns, unlike pagers, do not float.
  • Garter and stockings really are more comfortable [than pantyhose].
  • The crowd was both a danger and a help.  Most bad guys are reluctant to start cutting people up in a crowd.
  • You hate most in others what you don’t like in yourself.
  • Try to do a good deed and it bites you on the ass.
  • It was a lot more dangerous to strip for women than for men, apparently.  All dancers agreed that men behaved themselves better.
  • Sometimes practical and ruthless were just different words for the same thing.
  • Nudity didn’t mean to the dancers what it meant in the real world.  Stripping is about the illusion that the customers can have them–the illusion of sex, not the reality of it.
  • Simply reacting was so much easier, not always in the long run, but in the short run, it felt so much better.
  • …needs left unanswered can curdle love like milk left to spoil in the sun.
  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic…
  • Funny what turns out to be the lesser evil some nights.
  • Revenge was always the east part; the hard part was living with it afterward.  Living with what you’d done.  Living with what they’d done to you or those you loved.
  • But there’s something about being in the dark when you know the predator is out there, that makes you whisper.  You try to be small and quiet.  You pray it passes you by.
  • …a good dominant in the bondage and submission scene never asks of their sub what they aren’t willing to do to their own body.
  • Never trust anyone else that a gun is either loaded or unloaded; check it yourself.  Gun safety 101.
  • Any man who would rather have sex with you than anything else is never going to be your friend. Friends want what’s best for you more than they want sex.
  • …sometimes all you need to gt someone out of your head is to remind yourself who you are–who you really are, not who they think you are or they think you think you are, but you, the real you.
  • Crazy people have trouble stopping the crazy long enough to blend in with the normals.
  • The rule is that if they have a weapon and want to take you someplace else, it’s so they can kill you slower.
  • …hate blinds you.
  • …loving people changes you.
  • Love’s hard to come by…you should never throw it away just because it’s a bad idea.
  • A lady always makes a man want to be better than he is.
  • Only love of a good woman will make a man question every choice, every action.  Only love makes a warrior hesitate for fear that his lady will find him cruel.  Only love makes a man both the best he will ever be, and the weakest.  Sometimes in the same moment.
  • …a man’s ego is a fragile thing sometimes.  The toughest men sometimes are the easiest hurt, and the hardest to heal.
  • …if a bad guy wants to remove you from the scene, and is already threatening or has a weapon, that most of the time they mean to kill you, but if you go with them, you die slower and more painfully.
  • …people have given everything they own, everything they are, to be taken care of, and to have their pain gone.  It’s the lure of cults:  the promise of a good family; it’s what people think love is, but love isn’t the absence of pain, it’s a hand to hold while you’re going through it.
  • Maybe God isn’t the sex police…Sometimes I think Christians get all hung up on the sex thing because it’s easier to worry about sex than to ask yourself, Am I a good person? If as long as you don’t have sex with a lot of people you’re a good person, that’s easy.  It’s easy to avoid that.  It’s easy to think, I’m not fucking anyone, so I’m good.  It makes it easy to be cruel, because as long as you’re not fucking around, nothing you do can be that bad.  Is that really all you think of God? Is he just sex police…Or is it that sex is easy to worry about, easy to avoid, and the whole love-your-neighbor-as-yourself thing that’s hard?
  • …love was power in more than just a metaphorical way.
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