The crossroads may not be of your own seeking, but at least the road you choose will be your own.
Humility is a virtue Scotsmen require to be taught.
In order to rule, one must face reality.
I think you might come to forget, too, that life is more than a science.
There is a Russian proverb,’ Nepeja said. ‘Beat your shuba, and it will be warmer; beat your wife and she shall be sweeter.’
There was a brief silence, while his hearers considered the analogy. ‘Beat your brother and he shall be deader?’ at length Danny said.
I have fallen out of the habit of talking to brothers,’ Lymond said.
It was to be expected that when he became in turn a leader of men, Francis should prove hard on others; should observe no laws; should fight, regardless of method, for victory.
What is your principal characteristic, would you say?’
‘Treacherousness,’ said Danny, gloriously.
‘That,’ said Lymond pleasantly, ‘is everyone’s principal characteristic.
It is not easy for Brehons to decide concerning bees that have taken up their lodging in the trees of a noble dignitary; with respect to which it is not easy to cut the tree.
I have been told to live in Scotland, and I shall do it, but I doubt if it will be to Scotland’s benefit. There are handicaps, I have found, more crippling than blindness. Even the part of me that did not come back from Dourlans would hardly have made you a whole man.