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The Obelisk Gate

N.K. Jemisin

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Being useful to others is not the same thing as being equal.”

“But if you stay, no part of this comm gets to decide that any part of this comm is expendable. No voting on who gets to be people.”

“The way of the world isn’t the strong devouring the weak, but the weak deceiving and poisoning and whispering in the ears of the strong until they become weak, too.”

“There is such a thing as too much loss. Too much has been taken from you both - taken and taken and taken, until there's nothing left but hope, and you've given that up because it hurts too much. Until you would rather die, or kill, or avoid attachments altogether, than lose one more thing.”

“No, I'm telling this wrong. After all a person is herself and others. Relationships chisel the final shape of one's being. I am me and you.”

“You obeyed, once, because you thought it would make you safe. He showed you—again and again, unrelentingly, he would not let you pretend otherwise—that if obedience did not make one safe from the Guardians or the nodes or the lynchings or the breeding or the disrespect, then what was the point? The game was too rigged to bother playing.”

“It's not hate that you're seeing. Hate requires emotion. What this woman has simply done is realize that you are a rogga, and decide that you aren't a person, just like that.”

“You pretended to hate him because you were a coward. But you eventually loved him, and he is a part of you now, because you have since grown brave.”

“Everyone _shouldn't_ have a say in whose life is worth fighting for.”

“Given a choice between death and the barest possibility of acceptance, they were desperate, and we used that. We made them desperate.”

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Book Keywords:

grief, equality, upperhand, loss, usefulness, grief-and-loss, hope, loss-of-hope, desperation, utility, justice, enslavement, worth-fighting-for

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