Lois McMaster Bujold
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"Lois McMaster Bujold" is an American speculative fiction writer. She is one of the most acclaimed writers in her field, having won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, matching Robert A. Heinlein's record. Her novella The Mountains of Mourning won both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. In the fantasy genre, The Curse of Chalion won the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature and was nominated for the 2002 World Fantasy Award for best novel, and both her fourth Hugo Award and second Nebula Award were for Paladin of Souls. In 2011 she was awarded the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award/Skylark Award. In 2013 she was awarded the Forry Award.

The bulk of Bujold's works are part of three separate book series: the Vorkosigan Saga, the #Chalion series/Chalion Series, and the #Sharing Knife series/Sharing Knife series.

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If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.

My home is not a place, it is people.

Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.

You have to be careful who you let define your good.

War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with.

I am who I choose to be. I always have been what I chose…though not always what I pleased.

You couldn't be that good and not know it, somewhere in your secret heart, however much you'd been abused into affecting public humility.

How could you be a Great Man if history brought you no Great Events, or brought you to them at the wrong time, too young, too old?

A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.

If the truth doesn't save us, what does that say about us?

By their essential nature triumphs can't be given. They must be taken, and the worse the odds and the fiercer the resistance, the greater the honor. Victories can't be gifts.

Some men just aren't cut out for paternity. Better they should realize it before and not after they become responsible for a son.

A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind.

Exile, for no other motive than ease, would be the last defeat, with no seed of future victory in it.

If power was an illusion, wasn't weakness necessarily one also?

A hundred objective measurements didn't sum the worth of a garden; only the delight of its users did that. Only the use made it mean something.

You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one.

If you can't do what you want, do what you can.

Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.

Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.

But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?

Adversity does teach who your real friends are.

Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you'll be so close as to be living inside each other's skins.

Adulthood isn't an award they'll give you for being a good child. You can waste... years, trying to get someone to give that respect to you, as though it were a sort of promotion or raise in pay. If only you do enough, if only you are good enough. No. You have to just... take it. Give it to yourself, I suppose. Say, I'm sorry you feel like that and walk away. But that's hard.

An honor is not diminished for being shared.

The only thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.

You try to give away what you want yourself.

When the souls rise up in glory, yours shall not be shunned nor sunderered, but shall be the prize of the gods' gardens. Even your darkness shall be treasured then, and all your pain made holy.

When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.

...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.

Never... ever suggest they don't have to pay you. What they pay for, they'll value. What they get for free, they'll take for granted, and then demand as a right. Hold them up for all the market will bear.

I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.

They imagine they're the wave of the future, but it's only sewage flowing downhill.

What you are is a question only you can answer.

The will to be stupid is a very powerful force, but there are always alternatives.

It's important that someone celebrate our existence... People are the only mirror we have to see ourselves in. The domain of all meaning. All virtue, all evil, are contained only in people. There is none in the universe at large. Solitary confinement is a punishment in every human culture.

It was never what I wanted to buy that held my heart's hope. It was what I wanted to be.

The gods' most savage curses come upon us as answers to our own prayers, you know.

I don't confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is…the higher achievement.

His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.

Experience suggests it doesn't matter so much how you got here, as what you do after you arrive.

Our children change us... whether they live or not.

Any community's arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity.

This sheaf of paper with gaudy cover glued to the spine is not the book. The book is not an object on the table, it is an event in the readers mind.... The book, therefore is only finished when someone reads it.

The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.

All true wealth is biological.

If you want to catch something, running after it isn't always the best way.

Good soldiers never pass up a chance to eat or sleep. They never know how much they'll be called on to do before the next chance.

You kill me so courteously.

If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door.

I am an atheist, myself. A simple faith, but a great comfort to me, in these last days.

Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same.

There are always survivors at a massacre. Among the victors, if nowhere else.

A good friend of my son's is a son to me.

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