All Quotations / Quotations from Lois McMaster Bujold
A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.
A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind.
Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
An honor is not diminished for being shared.
But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain
Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
Exile, for no other motive than ease, would be the last defeat, with no seed of future victory in it.
Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.
His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.
How could you be a Great Man if history brought you no Great Events, or brought you to them at the wrong time, too young, too old
I am who I choose to be. I always have been what I chosethough not always what I pleased.
My home is not a place, it is people.
Our children change uswhether they live or not.
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
The dead cannot cry out for justice it is a duty of the living to do so for them.
There are always survivors at a massacre. Among the victors, if nowhere else.
What you are is a question only you can answer.
When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.
You have to be careful who you let define your good.
You try to give away what you want yourself.