I don’t mind being labelled devilish but I do mind being regarded as unlucky. The only way to answer that is by a string of successes.
Try to remember…. There is a difference between absence and death. And you are needed.
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.