Din când în când, mă mai apucă dorul de The Way of Kings şi mai trag cu ochiul la veşti despre când va apărea volumul 2 (Words of Radiance – programat cândva la sfârşitul acestui an).
Până una alta însă, adunasem încă de atunci nişte citate pe care am tot vrut să le postez. Aşa că iată-le, într-o seară în care aş reciti prima carte din The Stormlight Archives, dacă n-aş fi prinsă fără scăpare în universul Vorkosigan. Le-am combinat cu o serie de ilustraţii din roman, doar pentru efect (toate fotografiile-s de găsit aici).
„The body needs many different foods to remain healthy. And the mind needs many different ideas to remain sharp.” (The Way of Kings, vol 1, pp. 138-139)
„But you’ll always find people telling stories about supposedly better days. (…) We remember the good times and the bad ones, forgetting that most times are neither good, nor bad. They just are.” (vol 1, p. 343)
„Some talk about being emotionless in battle. Well, I suppose it’s important to keep your head. But I hate that feeling of killing while calm and cold. I’ve seen that those who care fight harder, longer and better than those who don’t. It’s the difference between mercenaries and real soldiers. It’s the difference between fighting to defend your homeland and fighting on foreign soil. It’s good to care when you fight, so long as you don’t let it consume you. Don’t try to stop yourself from feeling. You’ll hate who you become.” (vol 1, p. 435)
„The key to fighting isn’t lack of passion, it’s controlled passion. Care about winning. Care about those you defend. You have to care about something.” (vol 1, p. 540)
„And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived.” (The Way of Kings, vol 2, p. 316)
„Art was about creation. This was its soul, its essence. Creation and order. You took something disorganized – a splash of ink, an empty page – and you built something from it. Something from nothing. The soul of creation.” (vol 2, p. 462)