Here are the contexts of the quotations tweeted from @sueannbowling between December 26 and January 1. All but the last are from Crystal Singer, by Anne McCaffrey.

Crystal Singer Cover“You want what you can’t or shouldn’t have or are denied. Human nature.” Killashandra, considering how she accepted the irrevocable contract with the Heptite Guild.

“One still had to know what question to ask.” No matter how good the data-retrieval system, you still have to ask the right question. Killashandra is thinking that computers haven’t changed all that much since their invention.

“The best computer is still the human brain.” Rimbol, after Shillawn admits that he found out an elusive piece of information by asking a person, not the computer.

“No one ever does a favor without expecting a return.” Killashandra’s rather cynical view of life, based on her experience in music school.

“Gratitude depends on memory.” Lanzecki’s advice to Killashandra, pointing out that it’s hard to be grateful for something you can’t remember.

“I am going in this direction, and nothing is stopping me.” Killashandra’s interpretation of the look of a military cruiser.

“You don’t have to be a young aristocrat if you don’t want to, but you can act like one.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Lai’s advice to Roi on his presentation at his sixteenth birthday.