Lois McMaster Bujold

  • Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself

    Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Don't wish to be normal. Wish to be yourself. To the hilt. Find out what you're best at, and develop it, and hopscotch your weaknesses. Wish to be great at whatever you are

    Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Not that I haven't leaped up into the blinding light of competence now and then. It's sustaining the altitude that defeats me

    Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Poets speak of hope in ladies smiles, but give me a smirk any day, I say

    Lois McMaster Bujold
  • There's something to that in both directions," said Ekaterin mildly. "Nothing is more guaranteed to make one start acting like a child than to be treated like one. It's so infuriating. It took me the longest time to figure out how to stop falling into that trap.""Yes, exactly," said Kareen eagerly. "You understand! So—how did you make them stop?""You can't make them—whoever your particular them is—do anything, really," said Ekaterin slowly. "Adulthood isn't an award they'll give you for being a good child. You can waste . . . years, trying to get someone to give that respect to you, as though it were a sort of promotion or raise in pay. If only you do enough, if only you are good enough. No. You have to just . . . take it. Give it to yourself, I suppose. Say, I'm sorry you feel like that, and walk away. But that's hard

    Lois McMaster Bujold
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