Lois McMaster Bujold Quotes

When the time came to leap in faith, whether you had your eyes open or closed or screamed all the way down or not made no practical difference.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Suicidal glory is the luxury of the irresponsible. We're not giving up. We're waiting for a better opportunity to win.

Lois McMaster Bujold

You can say a lot in a little time, if you stick to words of one syllable.

Lois McMaster Bujold

The good face pain. But the great they embrace it.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Don't be afraid. The dead cannot hurt you. They give you no pain, except that of seeing your own death in their faces. And one can face that, I find.

Lois McMaster Bujold

I've always thought tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.

Lois McMaster Bujold

He said that permitting private judgments to turn my duty in the smallest matter would be just like getting a little bit pregnant that the consequences would very soon get beyond me.

Lois McMaster Bujold

It's an ancient and honorable term for the final step in any engineering project. Turn it on, see if it smokes.

Lois McMaster Bujold

If you ever have to make a choice between learning and inspiration, choose learning. It works more of the time.

Lois McMaster Bujold

I cannot emphasize enough that I do not start with a plan or agenda and mechanically manipulate characters and events to carry it out. I set characters in motion, and let them teach me what the book is.

Lois McMaster Bujold

I've described my usual writing process as scrambling from peak to peak on inspiration through foggy valleys of despised logic. Inspiration is better when you can get it.

Lois McMaster Bujold

It's a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn't even know you were aiming for.

Lois McMaster Bujold

A stunning first impression was not the same thing as love at first sight. But surely it was an invitation to consider the matter.

Lois McMaster Bujold

You can't solve problems by running away from them, it was said, and like the good child she had once been, she had believed this. But it wasn't true. Some problems could only be solved by running away from them.

Lois McMaster Bujold

The shocked silence that followed was decidedly baffled. And even, possibly, a little thoughtful, if that was not too much to hope.

Lois McMaster Bujold

A skilled soldier kills your enemies, but a skilled duelist kills your allies.

Lois McMaster Bujold

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