Robin Hobb Quotes

Robin Hobb Quotes

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

That no man can truly imagine being happy and that's why happiness isn't for sale here.

As I apologized to her a flicker of panic raced through me and then faded away. There wasn't enough life left in me to panic. I'd made a mistake and I was dying. Apparently not even a Speck afterlife was available to me. I'd simply stop being. Apparently I hadn't died correctly. Oops.

That, I think, is the shock of any relationship ending. It is realizing that what is still an ongoing relationship to someone is, for the other person, something finished and done with.

It's too late to apologize for I have already forgiven you." -FitzChivalry Farseer

One had a knife. But I had a staff and was trained to use it.


I think that old magic draws much of its strength from that acknowledgment: that we are a part of that world.

I feared my own kind more than anything the natural world could ever threaten me with.

Men of passion and vision are often seen as mad.

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

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

You make no sense! You went somewhere to discover your place in history? How can that be? History is what is done and behind us.”

    He shook his head, slowly this time. “History is what we do in our lives. We create it as we go along.” He smiled enigmatically. “The future is another kind of history.

Anticipating pain was like enduring it twice. Why not anticipate pleasure instead?

Despite my pain, I felt not the regret of an ending, but the foreboding of a beginning.

Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.

To be part of a family, or any community, is to have duties and responsibility, to be bound by the rules of that group.

When you want a thing so badly for so long, and then it comes time to face that you cannot have it, sometimes - ’
‘Sometimes you can’t believe it when it comes to you. Sometimes you’re afraid to believe it. I understand your hesitation.

I truly wanted to live a life in which I could make my own choices, independent of the 'duties' of my birth and position. It was only when fate granted that to me that I realized the cost of it. I could set aside my responsibilities to others and live my life as I please only when I also severed my ties to them. I could not have it both ways.

Life is not a race to restore a past situation. Nor does one have to hurry to meet the future. Seeing how things change is what makes life interesting.

I loved that man as I have loved no one else. I do not say I loved him more than I love your mother. But that the way I loved him was different. But if you have heard there was anything improper in our bond, there was not. That was not what we were to one another. What we had went beyond that.

Undeserved forgiveness. Friendship defined.

I will always take your part, Bee. Right or wrong. That is why you must always take care to be right, lest you make your father a fool.

One must plan for the future and anticipate the future without fearing the future.

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