Without reading, we are all without light in the dark, without fire in the cold.

Nawat grinned. I was helping to steal soldiers who couldn't keep up.

A cat understands how to be pleasant in the morning. He doesn't talk.

You are the Protector of the Small. You see real people in the humans and animals overlooked by your peers. There will always be work for you.

I think it's fair rude to make him a tree and not know what kind he is.

Folk caught up in a riot aren't our cousins and sisters, our brothers and uncles. They are part of a big animal with many arms and claws, armed with stones and sticks.

If Cape wasn't your last name, what was your real one?" I asked, deathly curious now. "Ahhhh," he complained. "Pincas Huckleburr.

Wouldn't--" Kel began to say, but the words stuck in her mouth. She swallowed and tried again. "Wouldn't it be well, not nice to flirt with somebody you don't want to fall in love with?

Don't we teach our women to view all men according to the actions of a few?

It's a Stormwing," Ozorne said. "I always wanted one.

Waves are the voices of tides. Tides are life," murmured Niko. "They bring new food for shore creatures, and take ships out to sea. They are the ocean's pulse, and our own heartbeat.

What good is magic, if you can't use it to help people?

A sudden thought shocked him to the bone. I could leave Carthak when I'm a master. I'd never have to think about the games again.

Do we say, Oh now I'm going to be nice to the weak and the small? Or do we do as we learned when we were pages?

After I recovered from 'Lioness', I wanted to write something about animals because I really like mythical creatures, especially dragons. At 12, I was one of those semi-recluses who did better with animals than people. Out of that, came the character, Daine, who could communicate with animals.

Every now and then I like to do as I'm told, just to confuse people.

If I were useful, you wouldn't know it was me.

Marriage is for noblewomen with nothing else to do.

I'm about to commence four years of obeying the cause of a bruiser on a horse. I refuse to put down what might be the last book I see for months.

All these things Alanna knew from her father's books and maps, but the reality took her breath away as a paragraph written in a book never could.

The god touched me once, Beka. I'd soon not get his attention again.

The first thing every mage should learn is that magic makes fools of us. Now you may call yourself a mage. You have learned the most important lesson.

It was plain that Nazaam and Gieyat were lovers. I'd like that, Arram thought as he followed Nazaam. To be comfortable with my lover, and laugh together, even when things are terrible. Like I do with Ozorne and Varice.

Well, label me very impressed and ship me to Carthak!

Things change, Daja said softly. We change with them. We sail before the wind. We become adults. As adults, we keep our minds and our secrets hidden, and our wounds. It's safer.

Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

A friend had commented once that Neal had a gift for making someone want to punch him just for saying hello.

My new knight mistress is famed for wielding sharp edges: Sword, Knife and Tongue!

Reflect as if you have all of time, even when time is short.

Sweetheart, never listen to what my enemies say. They're very confused people. I know they are because I've spent years making them that way.

You look as scary as a buttered muffin.

Why do boys say someone acts like a girl as if it were an insult? Alanna shook her head, smiling a little. In the three years she had been disguised as a boy, she had learned that boys know girls as little as girls know boys. It didn't make sense—people are people, after all, she thought—but that was how things were.

Didn't they realize that the only way to change things was to act?

That's Lalasa, Kel's maid. She sews and knows all sorts of ways to hurt you.

I love you, if you get yourself killed, I will never forgive you.

Myles hugged her tightly, taking care not to bump her wounded arm. You're a good lad, Alan of Trebond, he whispered. You give an old man hope. Nonsense, Alanna growled, pleased and embarrassed by the unexpected praise. You aren't that old. And I'm not that good a lad.

Excuse me," she said politely. "But you can't have him. Not yet. He's going to come back with me.

I wouldn't call it tamed, laddy-me-love. The lady of Pirate's Swoop shouldn't be tame.

You turned into a hero when I wasn't watching.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, my lord. You are an evil man.

He was stupid. If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn't have time to sleep.

If thanks was what I wanted," Sandry replied in the same language, "I would be sad indeed. Since I don't want it, I won't miss it.

What's dry?' 'Good question. Next question!

This is what I've come to," he said mournfully. "Following little birdies.

You pay attention just to words, not how they're said. Briar's like you - he talks meaner than he is, and people fall for it. You should know better.

Why do I get the feeling that if you give me a hard time, I'll tell all of our year-mates your family nickname is Meathead?

Books are as dark as what is available to teenagers through the media every day.

I'm to attend balls and banquets without my squire?" demanded Raoul, all innocence. "I can't handle things like requesting water to shave with, or getting my clothes pressed. I need Kel.

I forgot my purse of laughter when I dressed this mornin'," she told me. "Have you not bought anythin' the last few days? Prices have gone up. Pay or starve, it's all one to me.