John Flanagan quotes

  • But what if I make a mistake?' Will asked. Gilan threw back his head and laughed. 'A mistake? One mistake? You should be so lucky. You'll make dozens! I made four or five on my first day alone! Of course you'll make mistakes. Just don't make any of them twice. If you do mess things up, don't try to hide it. Don't try to rationalize it. Recognize it and admit it and learn from it. We never stop learning, none of us.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Mistake #Learning #What If

  • Crowley shook his head. "I sometimes wonder if it was a good idea having Halt train apprentices. He seems to teach them no respect for authority." "Oh, he teaches us to respect authority," Gilan said innocently. "He just teaches us to ignore it when necessary.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Ideas #Sometimes #Wonder

  • If everything is done for me... how will I ever learn?
    -- John Flanagan

    #Done

  • A good leader is someone who knows what he's bad at, and hires someone who's good at it to take care of it for him.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Leader #Care #Take Care

  • Always expect something to go wrong," he told him. "Believe me, if you're wrong, you're not dissapointed. If you're right, you're ready for it.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Believe #Believe In Me #Ready

  • Now," said Halt, "all I have to do is work out a way of beating these horse-riding devils." Erak grinned at him. "That should be child's play," he said. "The hard part will be convincing Ragnak about it.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Horse #Children #Play

  • You may believe you're an excellent rider," he called, "but there are a score of Temujai back there who actually are.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Believe #May #Excellent

  • Halt shook his head. Frankly, he'd seen sacks of potatoes that could sit a horse better than Erak
    -- John Flanagan

    #Horse #Potatoes #Halt

  • You're a very amusing fellow," he told Halt. "I'd like to brain you with my ax one of these days." Erak to Halt.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Brain #Amusing #Halt

  • It's surprising how often history is decided by something as trival as bad shellfish.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Shellfish #Surprising

  • Evanlyn opened her mouth to scream. But the horror of the moment froze the sound in her throat and she crouched, openmouthed, as death approached her. It was odd, she thought, that they had dragged her here, left her overnight and then decided to kill her. It seem such a pointless way to die.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Way #Sound #Mouths

  • Evanlyn smiled grimly as she thought how once she might have objected to the cruelty of the bird's death. Now, all she felt was a sense of satisfaction as she realized that they would eat well today. Amazing how an empty belly could change your perspective, she thought.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Perspective #Bird #Satisfaction

  • In a month, the passes into Teutlandt and Skanida will be open and my companion and I will be on our way." He paused and Philemon frowned, trying to understand what he was being told. You want us to come with you?" he asked, at last. "You expect us to follow you?" Halt shook his head. "I have no wish to ever see any of you again," he said flatly.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Wish #Trying #Way

  • Do you think you could put that boot back on?" he added mildly. "The window can only let in a limited ammount of fresh air and your socks are a tough ripe, to put it mildly." Oh, sorry!" said Horace, tugging the riding boot back on over his sock. Now that Halt mentioned it, he was aware of a rather strong odor in the room.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Strong #Sorry #Thinking

  • Sometimes," Halt continued, "we tend to expect a little too much of Ranger horses. After all, they are only human.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Horse #Littles #Too Much

  • You should have left him to wander,” Svengal said coldly. Erak looked at him, eyebrows raised. “Would you?” he asked, and Svengal hesitated. At the end, Toshak had fought well and that counted for a lot of Skandians. “No,” he admitted.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Eyebrows #Said #Ends

  • Never take your eyes off them,” Horace said to Gilan, in an admonishing tone. “Didn’t MacNeil ever tell you that?
    -- John Flanagan

    #Eye #Tone #Said

  • Got to keep losing horses," he said drowsily. "Bad habit.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Horse #Losing #Habit

  • There's nothing honerable in a man who hides behind a blue woman's hanky.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Men #Blue #Behinds

  • It’s a big raised platform at the end of the square, with steps running up to it.” Like a stage?” Evanlyn suggested. “Maybe they’re planning to put on a play?” Or an execution,” Horace said.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Running #Play #Squares

  • She didn't like the fact that she had reduced a man – no matter how evil he might be—to a drooling idiot.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Men #Evil #Facts

  • Then the two friends leaned back and watched the sun rise clear of the trees. “Best time of day,” said Will. Yes,” Horace agreed. “What’s for breakfast?
    -- John Flanagan

    #Two Friends #Tree #Sun

  • I'll think of something," he temporized, and Horace nodded wisely, satisfied that Halt would indeed think of something. In Horace's world, that was what Rangers did best, and the best thing a warrior apprentice could do was let the Ranger get on with thinking while a warrior took care of walloping anyone who needed to be walloped along the way. He settled back in the saddle, contented with his lot in life.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Warrior #Thinking #Way

  • It's the Kalkara. they're hunting.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Hunting

  • Best way then is to be waiting for them to bring Halt and the others out of that prison,” he said, almost to himself. “There’s only one reason I can think of that they might do that,” Umar said. “That’s if they are going to execute them.” Will lookd at him for several seconds before speaking. “Well, that’s a big comfort.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Thinking #Waiting #Might

  • That's a big nose," he croaked and instantly realized he shouldn't have said something so impolite. I must be light headed, e thought. But the face smiled. The teeth seemed inordinatley white against the dark beard and skin. The only one I have," he said.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Dark #White #Light

  • He could bear the dying, but not the disappointment.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Disappointment #Dying #Bears

  • He had lost control over his own body, he realized dully.
    -- John Flanagan

    #Body #Lost