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Wisdom of Anita Blake: Bullet Edition

April 20, 2018

Finished rereading just earlier this week.  I know I’ve read it before, but I really couldn’t remember a single thing about it…so I probably missed more than a few good quotes.

  • Nothing cuts deeper than when another person says exactly what you’re afraid to say out loud.
  • Some moments are perfect, and then someone comes along and fucks it up.  Ain’t it always the way.
  • Unless you’re willing to use it, a gun is just a useless piece of metal.
  • Once it goes to hell, no one can cut you up like the love of your life.
  • Beauty can be a weapon as devastating as any gun.
  • The rule was you never try something on your submissive that you hadn’t tried on your own body first.
  • …miracles were things you thought you’d never see, like the St. Louis Rams winning the Super Bowl, or ice skating in hell.
  • …when everyone in the room is…either as trained a fighter as you are or better, you want the gun.  And the rule is, if you carry a gun you must be willing to use it.  If you hesitate with a gun you might as well not carry one, because hesitation will get you killed quicker than not having one at all.  There are people every year who get their own gun taken away from them by a bad guy and then the bad guy shoots them with it.  If you carry, you have got to be willing to pull the trigger; if you think you’ll hesitate, then don’t carry.
  • …you can’t prove a negative.  You can prove that you did something, but it’s the devil to prove you didn’t do something.
  • Obsession is not love…it is a type of possessing.  Love is not about owning someone, but about loving them.
  • it’s almost impossible to prove you didn’t do something, especially if someone is determined that you did it.  Innocent until proven guilty only works in court, and even then every jury has its prejudices.  We all judge.
  • A certain type of man, when he loves for the first time, his love is not really love, it is possession.  Possessions don’t have rights or feelings; they are something to be owned and controlled.
  • Regrets are about decisions that you know you should have done different.
  • If we do evil in the name of good, it’s still evil…
  • Until I’d hung out with enough men I’d never realized that fuck you could be an endearment of the highest order.
  • I punched like I’d been taught.  Lead with your shoulder, your whole body turning into it and that twist of the wrist at the end, and aiming not to hit the bag but to hit through the bag to the other side.  You always visualized whatever blow, throw or any force as a few inches deeper.  The goal was always through your target, not on top of it.
  • Love mattered, in the end.  A house without love would always fall, maybe not today or tomorrow, but in the end without love nothing could endure.
  • When people are scared enough, they’ll give up their freedom, their rights, everything, in a bid to be safe.
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