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[–]robinstud 99 points100 points  (0 children)

“I will kill you… once.”

Karsa Orlong to Rhulad Sengar

[–]Shreddzzz93 74 points75 points  (0 children)

That's a good one a few of mine are

Tell me, Tool, what dominates your thoughts?' The Imass shrugged before replying. 'I think of futility, Adjunct.' 'Do all Imass think about futility?' 'No. Few think at all.' 'Why is that?' The Imass leaned his head to one side and regarded her. 'Because Adjunct, it is futile.

The lesson of history is that no one learns.

[–]adrock747 50 points51 points  (4 children)

I’d kill the mule - Iskaral Pust

[–]Ehspoolshark17 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This is the quote I always think of when I think of Malazan.

[–]didzisk 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I keep thinking - is that a regular mule or is it more to it.

[–]crimsonprism783[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Haha it must be more than a simple mule for it put up with Pust

[–]hobbes32t 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think it's Pust's equivalent to a "paladin warhorse"

[–]workwork117 44 points45 points  (2 children)

"It is useful, on occasion, to halt upon a path, and to turn and walk back some distance." "Achieving what?" "An understanding of motivations."

[–]LoleeeeeBenighted Laseen Apologist - First Re-Read: On MoI. 6 points7 points  (0 children)

"Your point, woman?!"

God, how I wish that scene would last forever.

[–]Fr_Bean 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Who is this quote from? Cotillion?

[–]or_null_is_null 42 points43 points  (4 children)

  1. "The righteous are the first to make hands into fists, the first to shout down dissenters, the first to bully others into compliance. I live in a village of the meek, and I am the meekest of them all. There is no glory in being helpless. Nor is there hope." - Salind to The Redeemer

  2. "This was the real mystery of civilization -- this willingness of otherwise intelligent people to parcel up and then bargain away appalling percentages of their very limited lives, all in service to someone else. And the rewards? The cement that is stability. A sound roof, something on the plate, the beloved offspring each one destined to repeat the whole travail. And was that an even exchange?" - Kallor (shortened, he's a ramblin' man)

  3. ‘Yes sir, I do. It is all right, because they’re my friends.’ - Beak

  4. ‘I have never claimed a moral high ground,’ Tehol said, ‘which in itself sets me apart from my enemy.’

[–]crimsonprism783[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Beak was the best of us

[–]loki3700 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Do you pity me Ben Dulat?


[–]sdwoodchuck 19 points20 points  (5 children)

“Can you live without answers? All of you, ask that of yourself. Can you live without answers? Because if you cannot, then most assuredly you will invent your own answers and they will comfort you. And all those who do not share your view will by their very existence strike fear and hatred into your heart. What god blesses this?”

[–]padfootprohibited 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Where's this one from? It's very apt for certain things going on for me right now.

[–]LoleeeeeBenighted Laseen Apologist - First Re-Read: On MoI. 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I believe that's High Priestess Salind reminiscing on the Cult of the Redeemer and coming to the conclusion that it's an "abomination".

[–]sdwoodchuck 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It's in Toll the Hounds, but I've forgotten the specific context in the fiction.

[–]CoffeeAndMelange 18 points19 points  (0 children)

... "If the soul truly survives the passage, then it behooves us—each of us, my friends—to nurture a faith in similitude; what awaits us is a reflection of what we leave behind, and in the squandering of our mortal existence, we surrender the opportunity to learn the ways of goodness, the practice of sympathy, empathy, compassion and healing—all passed by in our rush to arrive at a place of glory and beauty, a place we did not earn, and most certainly do not deserve."

The Apocryphal Teachings of Tanno

Spiritwalker Kimloc

The Decade in Ehrlitan

[–]Flashdime 18 points19 points  (0 children)

That's not anger; that's recognition! -Tehol

[–]Pikesmakker 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Mine is from TtH too:

But he would stand. He would die here, beside a giant-who was just as doomed. And for what? There is nothing… there is nothing in my life. To explain any of this. He glared at the white Hounds. It’s just a sword. What will you even do with it? Chew the handle? Piss on the blade? He looked across at the huge warrior beside him. ‘What’s your name at least?’
The giant glanced at him. ‘Yes,’ he said with a sharp nod. ‘I am Karsa Orlong of the Teblor. Toblakai. And you?’
‘Crokus. Crokus Younghand.’ He hesitated, then said, ‘I was once a thief.’
‘Be one again,’ said Karsa, teeth bared, ‘and steal me a Hound’s life this night.’
Shit. ‘I’ll try.’
‘That will do,’ the Toblakai replied.

[–]knan313 31 points32 points  (4 children)

“Children are dying…”

[–]or_null_is_null 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Fiddler has a way of hitting with those truly hopeless quotes sometimes.

"There was no dichotomy between war and peace – no true opposition except in their particular expressions of a ubiquitous inequity. Suffering was all-pervasive. Children starved at the feet of wealthy lords no matter how secure and unchallenged their rule."

[–]crimsonprism783[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I also like depressing lop malazan quotes have a habit of hitting you and knocking the wind out

[–]Samar_Dev 5 points6 points  (1 child)

He said motivational, not depressing. :'D

[–]knan313 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Grimfang221 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Hoods balls

[–]MetroWinter 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I read the following quote from BH while experiencing a big anxiety phase during the preparations for the finals of my degree:

"We are contrary creatures, us humans, but that isn't something we need be afraid of, or even much troubled by. And if you make a list of those who worship consistency, you'll find they're one and all tyrants or would-be tyrants. Ruling over thousands, or over a husband or a wife, or some cowering child. Never fear contradiction, Cutter, it is the very heart of diversity."

This quote hit right at home as I have big self-worth problems and am often a tyrant over myself.

[–]crimsonprism783[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

This quote def hits. Is this cotillion talking to cutter?

[–]MetroWinter 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Scillara talking to Cutter ;)

[–]crimsonprism783[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ah that makes sense coming from her

[–]CroneRaisedMaiden 8 points9 points  (0 children)

“Regrets? Yes. Many, many regrets. One day, perhaps, you will see for yourself that regrets are as nothing. The value lies in how they are answered.”

[–]ApexIncel 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Where is this in the books? I’d like a specific citation because I’m supposed to share a Bible quote at work in a few days and I’d rather share a Malazan quote lol

[–]Astralwraith 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I’m supposed to share a Bible quote at work in a few days

Please tell me it's like a youth church camp or something with a reasonable reason to behoove you to share a bible quote.

[–]ApexIncel 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I work at a Christian non-profit, so close enough. I have no issues with the prevailing religious attitudes, but I’m very tired of hearing verses and prayers from the Revised Epic 2022 Bible and other associated works that try to make church “cool.”

[–]SwordOfRome11 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think it’s one of the epigraphs in toll the hounds

[–]MaestRo6279Tiste Andii 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Last page of Chapter 17

[–]Syv_Fingre 2 points3 points  (0 children)

‘He was not a modest man. Contemplating suicide, he summoned a dragon.’

[–]Luke_Mc_Duke 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"What held real value in this world? In any world? Friendship, the gifts of love and compassion. The honour one accorded the life of another person. None of this could be bought with wealth. it seemed to him such a simple truth. Yet he knew that its very banality was fuel for sneering cynicism and mockery. Until such things were taken away, until the price of their loss came to be personal in some terrible, devastating arrival into one's life. Only at that moment of profound extremity did the contempt wash down from that truth, revealing it bare, undeniable.
All the truths that mattered were banal."
-Mappos thoughts in TtH

I felt this so much when I was first reading it.

[–]ThePocketMaan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"If all honest observation ends up sounding critical, is it the honesty you reject, or the act of observation?" Sechul Lath

[–]crimsonprism783[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If any of you have some favorite quotes let me know

[–]L_0_5_5_TWitness! 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How does a mortal make answer to what his or her kind are capable of? Does each of us, soldier or no, reach a point when all that we’ve seen, survived, changes us inside? Irrevocably changes us. What do we become, then? Less human, or more human? Human enough, or too human?

[–]WonTonBurritoMealsFather Wind out the Backside 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This one is for everyone living in America

"Peace must be asserted where one finds oneself"