Thursday: “It was made to be impossible. But you needn’t give up on that account.” Robin McKinley. Context?

From Beauty, a 1978 retelling of the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. Beauty is overhearing the invisible servants talking.

Friday: “Everything in life is unusual until you get accustomed to it.” L.Frank Baum. Context?

From Ozma of Oz. The Scarecrow has just met the Woggle-Bug, who has commented on the whole party (the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, Jack Pumpkinhead, the Sawhorse and Tip) being rather unusual.

Saturday: “No man can be fully efficient if he expects praise or appreciation for what he does.” Murray Leinster. Context? 

Part of the Manual of the Interstellar Medical Service, quoted in “The Grandfathers’ War.” I have the story in Doctor to the Stars; it has been reprinted with others about Calhoun and his tourmal, Murgatroyd, in Med Ship, which is still in print.

Sunday: “Then I’ll tell the truth. We’re allowed to do that, in emergencies.” Card. Context? 

From Ender’s Game. Colonel Graff is talking with others of the monitoring team just before recruiting Ender to the Battle School.

Monday: “Hope was an addiction.” David Brin. Context? 

From The Postman. This is fairly early in Gordon’s story, but still sixteen years after a catastrophe had almost wiped out civilization.

Tuesday: “I knew I had to learn his secret, but I couldn’t just ask him or he’d know I didn’t know.” Zelazny. Context? 

From Nine Princes in Amber. Corwin is traveling to Amber with his brother Random. But he has no idea of what Random is doing, beyond the fact that it’s seriously weird, and he doesn’t want Random to find out he’s amnesiac.

Wednesday: “I learned to Heal my own injuries just so I could stay alive.” Bowling. Context?

From Homecoming. Roi is explaining to Marna how he learned to Heal.

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