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Quotes from Andre Norton

Contexts of quotes for the last week. All but the last are from Andre Norton.

Ordeal cover“I fancy any odds we can get while the game is still in play.” Ordeal In Otherwhere. Charis, when they seem to have only a tiny chance of blocking the Company grab.

“What can one like about this? It is something we have agreed must be done.” Ordeal In Otherwhere. Charis, arguing with Shann about the possibility of getting into the base by use of the Power.

“How could anyone sleep with such a task before her?” Ordeal In Otherwhere. Charis speaking to Thorvald, arguing about the possibility of her using the Power to get both of them in and out of the base quickly.

Forerunner cover“Killing leaves only the dead, and the dead may not be summoned back by any power known to living creatures.” Ordeal In Otherwhere. Shann Lantee’s statement to the Wyvern males, arguing against their desire to wipe out the females of their species.

“Governments might rise and fall, but the Guild remained.” Forerunner Foray. The Guild in this case is the Thieves’ Guild – organized crime.

“Fear, faith and obsession were akin.” Forerunner Foray. Part of Ogan’s teaching to Ziantha.

“Home,” she said aloud. “I can go home. I may die, but I’ll die with a Riyan wind in my hair.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna is still on the isolation satellite, but has just realized that her only reason for staying there is meaningless if she is to die.

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Storm Over Warlock coverContexts of quotes from Andre Norton:

“A man who still lives and is not yet broken can hope.” Storm over Warlock. Shann’s thoughts after his capture by the Throgs.

“No one ever quite believes that a last evil will strike at him.” Storm over Warlock. Shann Lantee’s thought, facing what seems to be the final moment before his death by torture.

“He was too old a hand at bargaining to show any emotion unless for a purpose.” Ordeal in Otherwhere. Charis’s thoughts on the probably illegal Free Trader who wants to buy a contract she is being forced to sign.

“Think things out, assemble your information before you act.” Ordeal in Otherwhere. What Charis was taught by her father.

Ordeal cover“There was no use speculating about what force was in power here.” Ordeal in Otherwhere. Charis’s thought after finding herself under the control of the Wyverns.

“There were times when one human life was expendable for the whole.” Ordeal in Otherwhere. Charis, finding herself unable to abandon Shann Lantee.

“Guilt’s for something you could have done something about.” Bowling, Tourist Trap. .Jacyn, trying to tell Tod he need feel no guilt about his mother dying at his birth, no matter what his father says.

Quotes from Andre Norton

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between September 25 and October 1, 2014. The first six quotes are from Storm Over Warlock, by Andre Norton.

Storm Over Warlock cover“The improbable we do at once; the impossible takes a little longer.” Thorvald to Shann Lantee, but I think he is quoting something much older.

“There would be no arguing with hungry wolverines.” The wolverines in question are mutated exploration partners, but they still have wolverine appetites.

“Such a confident enemy would be unable to resist watching the manipulation of a captive.” Shann’s argument to himself that the wyverns must be watching hm.

“And what are the chances of our becoming warlocks ourselves?” Shann’s question to Thorvald once they are united.

“Dreams hold power.” One of the Wyverns to Shann. The context is such that “dreams” involve both imagination and a path set before one’s feet.

“We find beauty together, if only in a dream.” The young Wyvern to Shann, after she had shared his dream remembering Trav.

“Oh, I don’t have to buy anything to shop.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Flame, when Roi cautions her about not buying too much at the ship’s store.

Quotes from Andre Norton

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between August 21 and August 27, 2014.

Warding cover“Who can swear certainly to anything of the Power?” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Frost, refusing to promise something she is uncertain of.

“No two Powers are alike—just as no world copies another to the last blade of grass.” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Frost, again saying she can not be sure how the Power will work.

“Always the Dark will rise—for it cannot be entirely driven from any world of man.” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Koris, at the last great conference after the Warders have returned.

“We must always strive to learn more and put what is so learned to proper use. Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Koris again. And this sentiment, especially the second part, is very appropriate for today.

Storm Over Warlock cover“He had a right to be alive, hadn’t he?” Andre Norton, Storm over Warlock. Shann Lantee, feeling as if he has been somehow blamed for being the only survivor of the Terran camp.

“There is no reason for us to advertise our being alive.” Andre Norton, Storm over Warlock. Ragnar Thorvald, pointing out that taking a Throg weapon, useful though it might be, would alert the aliens to possible survivors.

“That sort of thing just isn’t supposed to happen.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Penny, speaking to Roi after his carelessness with the warnoff has brought on a puma attack.

Quotes from Andre Norton

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling from July 17 through July 23. The first six are from The Warding of Witch World, by Andre Norton.

Warding cover“To see a demon come to life is no light thing.” Stymir, comparing chilling tales told by the fire with what seems the reality of those tales.

“The end was always worse than even the stupid fool who fell to the wiles of evil could imagine.” Audha’s thought as she realizes that she may be in such a bargain with the Dark.

“Do you not understand even yet that it was because of your hate and anger you opened the door to me?” The “Demon” to Audha.

“To fight on enemy territory when one knows nothing of the odds has never availed any attacker much in the end.” Simond’s comment as they try to decide what to do about their “demon.”

“Certain things cannot truly die.” Frost, speaking to Strymir with the message that war is not always the answer.

“We cannot go on if our bodies fail us, no matter how our spirits urge us.” Inquit’s council that they stop and rest.

“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 at his birthday reception

These are the contexts of the quotations which were tweeted from @sueannbowling between June 19 and June 25, 2014. All but the last are from The Warding of Witch World, by Andre Norton.

Warding cover“No one knows what one is until the last lesson is learned.” Liara to Keris, when he is considering himself relatively worthless.

“It seems that nothing these days is designed to bring us comfort.” Duratan at Lormt, after throwing the stones.

“Each age has its proper lives—and then those fade.” Elysha, facing a very old trap.

“No one can be given without his will.” This seems to be a truism of Norton’s work—the Dark can only take those who accept it. In this case, the speaker is Aylinn, speaking to young Hardin of Hul.

“Power unleashed does not halt until all that threatens it is gone.” Inquit speaking to the Trade Master of the northernmost Sulcar port.

“There are many talents, each having its own force.” Frost, speaking to Svan as the Watcher tries to read their future path.

“A self-trained esper was always cause for concern.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Derik said this to Kaia, but he has just had a demonstration of how true it really is.

Quotes from Andre Norton

These are the contexts of the quotations tweeted from @sueannbowling over the week from May 15 through May 21, 2014. All but the last are from The Warding of Witch World, by Andre Norton.

Warding cover“With a common goal even enemies swear battle-oaths.” Merith is telling Liara what her brother Kasarion has already learned.

“I have the foresight—which is more of a burden than any blessing.” The witch Mouse to Keris Tregarth, when he expresses his doubts about her selection of him as one of her party.

“That which is born to the Light cannot be taken—unless it turns willingly into the darker path.” Mouse again, this time speaking to Liara.

“It is the choices that we ourselves make which can change the weaving patterns.” Mouse to Liara, emphasizing that ancestry is not destiny.

“Great evil ones do not return any loyalty to those who serve them.” Mouse, trying to explain why the Dark One is destroying his own followers for Power.

“Legends have a habit lately of coming to life.” Discussion at Lormt, about the things the searchers are finding.

“He’s nice—a little too nice, maybe.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Coryn, describing Roi to Penny, before she meets him.

Quotes from Andre Norton

All the quotes below were tweeted and put on my facebook pages over the last week. The first six are from Andre Norton.

Keplian cover“Warriors never knew when they would eat next.” Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie, The Key of the Keplian.  Eleeri, eating well before setting out on the attempt to rescue Romar.

“What is within may be greater than what is without.” Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie, The Key of the Keplian. Sometimes places of Power have his peculiarity.

“If there is nothing you can do, do nothing. Fretting wastes strength.” Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie, The Key of the Keplian. Romar, helpless but saving his strength to act, remembers the advice of his arms-master.

Magestone cover“Can we not work together to resist this threat?” Andre Norton and Mary H Schaub, The Magestone. Kasarion (the Alizon Lord) in his first meeting with the scholars of Lormt.

“May these night hours bring us wisdom.” Andre Norton and Mary H Schaub, The Magestone. Kasarion, evidently quoting an old Alizon ‘good night’.”

“Silent meditation in the dark should be free from observation or intrusion.” Andre Norton and Mary H Schaub, The Magestone. Kasarion is convincing himself that his thoughts could not be observed.

“Computers did not have emotions.” Marna is telling herself this about the planetary compute, but it certainly acts as if it were glad to have a living person back on Riya.

Quotes from Andre Norton

Keplian coverThese are the contexts of the quotes tweeted between February 13 and February 19, 2014. All but the last are from The Key of the Keplian by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie.

“I am not ashamed to change, to alter my mind.” Tharna, the Keplian mare, speaking to Eleeri after she has learned to trust the human.

“In an atmosphere of peace and plenty, attitudes could change in a bare generation.” Eleeri’s belief that given love from birth, even a male Keplian could learn trust.

“Nothing was impossible.” Mayrin thinks that somehow Eleeri, coming out of the unknown, might have a clue to the whereabouts of her brother, lost in the unknown.

“It is well said that when evil ones fall out, good may profit.” Eleeri’s initial reaction to the news that the Gray Ones had tried attacking the rasti.

“Better an enemy secure in its own mind.” Romar to Eleeri when she lets him know of her plans to kill more rasti.

“It takes one only to begin a war,” Part of what Eleeri is shown of the valley’s past.

“You can still be you.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Flame’s reassurance to Roi, after he has been having nightmares about becoming some of the nastier R’il’noids he has known as a slave.

Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between January 2 and January 8, 2014.

Songsmith cover“The best songs cannot be forgotten.” Songsmith, by Andre Norton and A. C. Crispin. Eydryth’s final thoughts on the night of her wedding.

“All things died in their time.” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. Eleeri, realizing that her great-grandfather is dying.

Keplian cover“Nothing stays the same forever.” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. Cynan, trying to explain why the people of Karsten turned against the Old Race.

“To all things there comes a time. This is yours—to go.” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. Cynon, sending Eleeri away before his death.

“It wasn’t possible to be homesick for a place you’d never lived in. Was it?” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. But Eleeri is feeling increasingly that the call in her mind greatly resembles homesickness.

“Sometimes wishes can be more powerful than the one who wished ever knows.” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. Eleeri has summoned the memory of strychnine to kill the Gray Ones, but then wishes that any other carrion-eaters who feast on the poisoned carcass will not be harmed – and they are not.

“Are you sure you aren’t misinterpreting his actions?” Tourist Trap, by Sue Ann Bowling. Ramil, when first faced with the possibility of executing Zhaim.