• He’d only ever seen a gun once, a smaller one on the hip of that old deputy, a gun he’d always figured was more for show. He stuffed a fistful of deadly rounds in his pocket, thinking how each one could end an individual life, and understanding why such things were forbidden. Killing a man should be harder than waving a length of pipe in their direction. It should take long enough for one’s conscience to get in the way

    Hugh Howey
  • It was a sad loss, this illusion of importance, a humbling blow

    Hugh Howey
  • Heroes didn't win. The heroes were whoever happened to win. History told their story -- the dead didn't say a word. All of it was bullshit

    Hugh Howey
  • Fiction challenges us and works its miracles by placing us in the skin of another human being and teaching us empathy

    Hugh Howey
  • Don't get like these assholes and fall in love with the fighting. Then you're just setting off bombs because you like the noise they make

    Hugh Howey
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