October 26, 2016

C. J. Cherryh Quotes

“A warrior is free to be a hero and pull off daring do and the soldier is irresponsible if he does it.”

“Average people didn’t analyze what they thought: they thought they thought, and half of it was gut reaction.”

“Culture is how biology responds and makes its living conditions better.”

“Deal with the Devil if the Devil has a constituency – and don’t complain about the heat.”

“For me the purest and truest art in the world is science fiction.”

“If you’re up against a smart opponent, make him think himself to death.”

“Inevitably the party trying to resolve a matter had to contend with the party most willing to exploit it.”

“Jane leaned back against the counter and stared at the ceiling. At the traditional location of God, no matter what the planet.”

“Poisoning rarely happens in a well-managed kitchen.”

“The warrior may fight for gold or for an immediate gain, or for something to take home for the winter to feed the family. The soldier is part of a more complex society. He’s fighting for a group ethic of some sort.”

“Things whispered here, and the trees muttered with the wind and perhaps with other things. Men knew the place was old, old as the world, and they never made peace with it.”

“Trade isn’t about goods. Trade is about information. Goods sit in the warehouse until information moves them.”