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The Trouble with Peace

Joe Abercrombie

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Winning teaches you nothing,” said Tunny. “You see what a man really is when he loses.”

“Tomorrow came, and it was much like yesterday. Just more so.”

“life is the misery we endure between disappointments.”

“We’re all like children, Rikke. The older you get, the more you realise the grown-ups won’t suddenly walk in and set things right. You want things right, you have to put ’em right yourself.”

“Everyone should forgive themselves, Vick.” He gave her wrist another squeeze then let her go, looking out towards the lake again. “After all… no one else will.”

“But then it’s difficult, isn’t it, to make a passionate argument for what you already have? So boring. Whereas the delightful alternative? A bouquet of promises! A sackful of dreams! A glorious ship of fantasies, undamaged by collision with actually getting anything done.”

“Hoping for a thing often seems the best way o’ bringing on the opposite”

“You would’ve thought the more pain you suffered, the more you’d get used to it, but it was the other way around.”

“I find reputations rarely fit people all that well. What are they, after all, but costumes we put on to disguise ourselves?”

“Who says there even is a real Shenkt? People like things that are simple. Black and white. Good and evil. They want to make a choice and tell themselves they were right. But as His Eminence is fond of saying, the real world is painted in greys. The truth is complicated, full of mixed emotions and blurred outcomes and each-way bets. The truth … is a hard sell.”

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