Everyone dies. Everyone leaves. What matters is the things you build together before they go. What matters is the part of them that continues in you when they’re gone.
He was his own best audience; a man couldn’t be a sailor and a leader of men all his life without being quite self-contained.
Where ideas are real and reality is shadow.
The power to kill is the only power that matters.”
Computers were a kind of magery in themselves, or might as well be – to people who didn’t understand them, they were every bit as inscrutable.
Wang-mu was surprised to hear Peter sound so oriental. The American way was to make excuses, to stay and argue.
I had the foolish idea that we should test for desirable and useful traits so that we could assemble ideally balanced teams to the colonies. … It’s like those foolish attempts to control immigration to America based on the traits that were deemed desirable, when in fact the only trait that defines Americans historically is “descended from somebody willing to give up everything to live there.
Witchcraft and wizardry had so effectively been denied that his own powers began to weaken, for there were few who contributed to his strength by invoking his name.
The task of the tyrant is not to compel, but to persuade even the unwilling that compliance better serves their interest than resistance.
My husband is a good man,” she said. “It’s important to him to be a good man. He has to not only be good, he has to believe that he’s good. In the eyes of God, in my eyes, in his parents’ eyes, in his own eyes. Good.