Robin Hobb quotes

  • Boredom is vastly underrated. Boredom means that nothing is trying to kill you every day.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Mean #Boredom #Trying

  • Anticipating pain was like enduring it twice. Why not anticipate pleasure instead?
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Pain #Why Not #Anticipation

  • That is the challenge Companion. To take what has happened to you and learn from it. Nothing is quite so destructive as pity, especially self-pity. No event in life is so terrible that one cannot rise above it.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Self #Challenges #Events

  • Diplomacy is the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Gloves #Fists #Velvet

  • Stop longing.You poison today’s ease, reaching always for tomorrow.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Ease #Today #Poison

  • When you cut pieces out of the truth to avoid looking like a fool you end up looking like a moron instead.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Truth #Cutting #Pieces

  • A woman of many talents. And intelligent, too. He'd probably have to kill her soon.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Women #Intelligent #Talent

  • I never confuse the cost of something with its value
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Cost #Values

  • Besides, if there were no dragons of flesh and blood and fire, whence would come the idea for these stone carvings?
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Blood #Ideas #Fire

  • But change proves that you are still alive. Change often measures our tolerance for folk different from ourselves. Can we accept their languages, their customs, their garments, and their foods into our own lives? If we can, then we form bonds, bonds that make wars less likely. If we cannot, if we believe that we must do things as we have always done them, then we must either fight to remain as we are, or die
    -- Robin Hobb

    #War #Believe #Fighting

  • For, "Yes," he had sighed on his dying breath, and all knew that was the ultimate prayer one could offer to life.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Prayer #Dying #Offers

  • Do you not see how strange and wonderful that is? That all history balances on an affair of the human heart?
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Heart #Balance #Strange

  • History is no more fixed and dead than the future. The past is no further away than the last breath you took.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Past #Lasts #Fixed

  • Well,the fun part of being a writer is that it's like making a wonderful film, with no limit on my budget. I can design the sets, the costume, the lightings, I write the script, and then I get to perform all the roles as I step into each character's skin, zip up, and adopt that point of view. So, to me, they are all compelling and fascinating.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Fun #Character #Writing

  • How do you politely explain to someone that you had believed for years he was a moron as well as a Fool? Fitz in Assassin's Apprentice
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Years #Assassins #Fool

  • Love isn't just about feeling sure of the other person, knowing what he would give up for you. It's knowing with certainty what you are willing to surrender for his sake. Make no mistake; each partner gives up something. Individual dreams are surrendered for a shared one.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Dream #Giving Up #Mistake

  • When considering a man's motives, remember you must not measure his wheat with your bushel. He may not be using the same standard at all. ~ The Fool to Fritz in Assassin's Apprentice
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Men #May #Wheat

  • Ah, Catylast, can it be that you do not see all the changes you have made? Some by your resignation and acceptance of circumstance, some by your wild struggles. You say that you hate change, but you *are* change. The Fool in Fool's Fate
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Hate #Struggle #Acceptance

  • I healed. Not completely. A scar is never the same as good flesh, but it stops the bleeding.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Bleeding #Flesh #Scar

  • Useless to worry until we find outselves blocked. ... If it happens, then we must simply find a way around it. It may slow us down. But we will never get there at all if we stand still and worry.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Worry #May #Way

  • ...To free humanity of time. For time is the great enslaver of us all. Time that ages us, time that limits us. Think how often you have wished to have more time for something, or wished you could go back a day and do something differently. When humanity is freed of time, old wrongs can be corrected before they are done.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Thinking #Humanity #Age

  • Stop thinking of what you intend to do. Stop thinking of what you have just done. Then, stop thinking that you have stopped thinking of those things. Then you will find the Now, the time that stretches eternal, and is really the only time there is.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Thinking #Done

  • A terrible premonition washed over me. This was how the whole world would end.... They would devour the forest and excrete piles of buildings made of stone wrenched from the earth or from dead trees. They would hammer paths of bare stone between their dwellings, and dirty the rivers and subdue the land until it could recall only the will of man. They could not stop themselves from doing what they did. They did not see what they did, and even if they saw, they did not know how to stop. They no longer knew what was enough.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Dirty #Men #Land

  • It was hard to reconcile the drumbeats and lifted voices in the night with my memories of flames and the screams of dying men. How could humanity range so effortlessly from the sublime to the savage and back again?
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Memories #Night #Men

  • What good is a life lived as if it made no difference at all to the great life of the world? - Fool
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Differences #Fool #World

  • ...sometimes it only makes one more lonely to know that somewhere else, one's friends and family are well.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Lonely #Family And Friends #Sometimes

  • Look forward, not back. Correct your course and go on. You cannot undo yesterday's journey.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Journey #Yesterday #Looks

  • You can be the dead fish. I'll be the old stick
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Sticks #Fishes

  • the greatest danger is always the one we are ignorant of.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Ignorant #Danger

  • When you spring to an idea, and decide it is truth, without evidence, you blind yourself to other possibilities.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Spring #Ideas #Blind

  • Start writing sooner. Don't wait for permission. Don't hesitate.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Writing #Waiting #Permission

  • The biggest doubts come in the five minutes after I hit send.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Doubt #Minutes

  • Be a man. Discover where you are now, and go on from there, making the best of things. accept your life, and you might survive it. If you hold back from it, insisting this is not your life, not where you are meant to be, life will pass you by. You may not die from such foolishness, but you might as well be dead for all the good your life will do you or anyone else.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Men #May #Might

  • Very little about being a writer is signing an autograph. It's sitting in a room and writing. Getting it out.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Writing #Sitting #Littles

  • I began attempting to write for children under the mistaken assumption that writing for children was easy.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Children #Writing #Assumption

  • I began reading everyhing in the family library. Kidnapped, Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe. And of course, if you're running out of books to read you can always read Shakespeare.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Running #Book #Reading

  • I was dressed up as a witch for Halloween, and wanted to write a story about my black cat before I went out trick-or-treating. I think it went out with the trash the next day.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Halloween #Cat #Writing

  • I do not know whom I wish to win; until I do, I will let no player be eliminated.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Player #Winning #Wish

  • You seek a false comfort when you demand that I define myself for you with words. Words do not contain or define any person. A heart can, if it is willing.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Heart #Demand #Comfort

  • Wolves have no kings.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Kings

  • I am the King's Fool. He is the King-In-Wating. Let him wait.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Kings #Waiting #Fool

  • Sometimes it seemed to me a cruelty that so much was unresolved between us; at other times, a blessing that a hope of reunion lingered.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Blessing #Sometimes #Reunion

  • learning is never wrong. Even learning how to kill isn't wrong. Or right. It's just a thing to learn, a thing I can teach you. That's all.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Teach

  • Cats talk to whomever they please.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Cat #Please

  • There is a dead spot in the night, that coldest, blackest time when the world has forgotten evening and dawn is not yet a promise. A time when it is far too early to arise, but so late that going to bed makes small sense.
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Night #Promise #World

  • Some people say 'I want to be a writer,' and some people say, 'I want to write.'
    -- Robin Hobb

    #Writing #People #Want