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    "I'm just a weapon of the god."

    "I'm just a weapon of the god."

    • Subjects: Humility
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons novel, "The Sacred Band," Niko refutes Askelon's evaluation of Niko's progress and potential.
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    A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that c

    A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that c

    • Subjects: Science
    • Source: The World As I See It
    • Author: Albert Einstein
    The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. It was the experience of mystery even if mixed with fear—that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man. I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves. An individual who should survive his physical death is also beyond my comprehension, nor do I wish it otherwise; such notions are for the fears or absurd egoism of feeble souls. Enough for me the mystery of the eternity of life, and the inkling of the marvelous structure of reality, together with the single-hearted endeavor to comprehend a portion, be it never so tiny, of the reason that manifests itself in nature.
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    "This is as 'alone' as I'm likely to get with you -- you're not half so fetching as your daughter."

    "This is as 'alone' as I'm likely to get with you -- you're not half so fetching as your daughter."

    • Subjects: Trust
    • Source: Sanctuary is for Lovers
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, Zip is the gutter-bred leader of the revolutionary faction, th Popular Front for the Liberation of Sanctuary (PFLS), When Tempus returns to Sanctuary from a military campaign and finds Zip in control of substantial territory in the town, Tempus privately offers Zip a chance to redeem himself.
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    "Be careful what you pray for."

    "Be careful what you pray for."

    • Subjects: Faith
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel The Sacred Band (Morris, Morris; 2010), while Niko is recovering from wounds taken in an arcane battle, Tempus warns Niko to be careful of the woman NIko met on the beach, who is mysteriously appearing to tend the Stepson's injuries.
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    "Humans create their futures every day of every year; only you can alter your worlds."

    "Humans create their futures every day of every year; only you can alter your worlds."

    • Subjects: Responsibility
    • Source: Tempus Unbound
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, during the novel "Tempus Unbound," Tempus is blown by storms to Lemuria in time for a ceremony on New Year's Eve that is said to have the power to change fates and undo errors. Lemuria on New Years' has fabled powers, and the place is eerie, full of huge dogs and challenges Tempus does not understand. There he meets his old nemesis, Askelon of Meridian, and Chiara, Lemuria's Evening Star. A stranger drafted into Lemuria's ritual, Tempus is seduced by Chiara and given choices that lead him and Askelon to a desperate bid to save the life if Tempus' childhood beloved.
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    "One would.  One does."

    "One would. One does."

    • Subjects: Loyalty
    • Source: Beyond the Veil
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, after a skirmish in which Kama miscarries on the battlefield, her father, Tempus, offers her the opportunity to accompany his unit of mercenaries during the coming Mygdonian campaign.
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    Et tu, Brute?

    Et tu, Brute?

    "Et tu, Brute?" (pronounced [ɛt ˈtuː ˈbruːtɛ]) is a Latin phrase often used poetically to represent the last words of Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his assassination. However this is just Shakespeare's view of his last words. While it can be variously translated as "Even you, Brutus?", "You too, Brutus?", "Thou too, Brutus?" or "And thou, Brutus?," the most literal translation is "And you, Brutus?" Immortalized by Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (1599), the quotation is widely used in Western culture to signify the utmost betrayal. The name "Brutus", a second declension masculine noun, appears in the phrase in the vocative case, and so the -us ending of the nominative case is replaced by -e. On March 15 (the Ides of March), 44 BC, Caesar was attacked by a group of senators, including Marcus Junius Brutus, Caesar's close friend. Caesar initially resisted his attackers, but when he saw Brutus, he supposedly spoke those words and resigned himself to his fate. Caesar's last words are not known with certainty and are a contested subject among scholars and historians alike. The phrase Et tu, Brute?, maintains its familiarity from William
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    "When a reader enters the pages of a book of poetry..."

    "When a reader enters the pages of a book of poetry..."

    • Subjects: Literacy
    • Source: Collected Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black
    • Author: Aberjhani
    FULL QUOTE: “When a reader enters the pages of a book of poetry, he or she enters a world where dreams transform the past into knowledge made applicable to the present, and where visions shape the present into extraordinary possibilities for the future.” –Aberjhani
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    "Sacred Bands and elite squadrons aren't what the mercenaries' guild is about.  Field them at your peril."

    "Sacred Bands and elite squadrons aren't what the mercenaries' guild is about. Field them at your peril."

    • Subjects: Discipline
    • Source: Beyond Sanctuary
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, Niko, traveling alone, encounters several Tysian special agents and a scuffle ensues in which Niko is the winner. Ari, one of the Tysian cavalrymen, brings Niko before Vasili, the local mercenaries' guild representative who disapproves of Sacred Bands, and Grillo, a Rankan special agent. With Grillo's support, Niko secures permission to work in Tyse and is relieved of culpability for any damage he caused to the squadron of Tysian soldiers, a degree of favoritism and special treatment that Vasili finds inappropriate.
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    "President Obama appears to me to have elevated and implemented the artist-activist concept to the role of empowered servant-leader..."

    "President Obama appears to me to have elevated and implemented the artist-activist concept to the role of empowered servant-leader..."

    • Subjects: Leaders and Leadership
    • Source: Dear James Baldwin (in lieu of Dear Barack Obama)
    • Author: Aberjhani
    Original quote from "Dear James Baldwin (in lieu of Dear Barack Obama)" reads in full as follows: "President Obama appears to me to have elevated and implemented the artist-activist concept to the role of empowered servant-leader, as creative in his vision of the world's possibilities as you were in yours, and as dedicated to the battle to help humanity liberate itself from the collective fears, prejudices, and ignorance that has yet to contribute anything of functional value to the world community."
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    "We know.  We've seen it all before."

    "We know. We've seen it all before."

    • Subjects: Military professionalism
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," the Stepson Ari counsels Arton, the young seer, who has had a vision in the brothel where the senior staff took the trainees for an evening.
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    Tempus would be protected, better shielded from whatever the Stepson thought threatening, if love could heal and save.

    Tempus would be protected, better shielded from whatever the Stepson thought threatening, if love could heal and save.

    • Subjects: Death
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," Tempus is wounded at the Battle of Chaeronea and brought back to Lemuria by the Stepsons. Niko, Tempus' right-side partner, takes command and feels he is at fault for not stopping the spear that pierced Tempus' heart. Niko wades into the sea and asks the gods to help Tempus, and the results of this shape the Sacred Band's destiny.
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    “Makes you wonder if the gods are always right.”

    “Makes you wonder if the gods are always right.”

    • Subjects: Death and Dying
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe and the novel "The Sacred Band," Agis teasingly questions Archias and Cassander, the Sacred Band's combat medic, about the wisdom of the gods in deciding which warriors are badly hurt and which recover.
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    "And personally, I've lost my thirst for vengeance."

    "And personally, I've lost my thirst for vengeance."

    • Subjects: Peace
    • Source: Beyond Wizardwall
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Niko is Tempus's right-side partner and a ,military character. When pressed by Critias in front of the commander to name traitors and take revenge after the Rankan military coup, Niko demurs.
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    "And as for death -- we get what we expect."

    "And as for death -- we get what we expect."

    • Subjects: Metaphysics
    • Source: Soul of the City
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, the fight for Janni's soul occurs in several stories and novels, but culminates with a battle of wills in the rest-place of Stealth, called Nikodemos, where he speaks these words to exhort Ischade to show mercy.
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    "Forever is such a very long time."

    "Forever is such a very long time."

    • Subjects: Jealousy
    • Source: Beyond Wizardwall
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Cime is a military character in the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe. When she agrees to marry Askelon of Meridian, in front of Niko and Askelon she cautions Tempus not to interfere, but to accept the situation graciously.
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    "No ethos, pursued without thought or mercy, is ethical."

    "No ethos, pursued without thought or mercy, is ethical."

    • Subjects: Honour
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, during the book "Tempus," Niko returns to Bandara for rest and retraining. As Niko struggles to regain his balance under the tutelage of the secular adepts of the Misty Isles, he re-evaluates himself and his commitment to Tempus' Sacred Band.
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    Generosity is never out of season.

    Generosity is never out of season.

    • Subjects: Generosity
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, when Niko is badly wounded and recovering in the Stepsons' barracks, Agis and Archias, visiting his sickroom, find a basket of blood oranges, and Nikodemos gives the oranges to his visitors.
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    "Volunteer for what?"

    "Volunteer for what?"

    • Subjects: Duty
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, ritual procreation is performed as a public ceremony. Perses is instructed by Sync and Gorgias to volunteer to assist in training for the ritual.
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    “This is for you.  A mage named Randal told me to give it to the Band if you ever came back.  ‘It surmounts evil,’ he told me, ‘keeps doom at bay.’”

    “This is for you. A mage named Randal told me to give it to the Band if you ever came back. ‘It surmounts evil,’ he told me, ‘keeps doom at bay.’”

    • Subjects: Magic
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    “I remember,” Shawme said, “when I found it on the Downwind beach, when the Stepsons were here last time. I was just a young girl, starting to work here to get out of Ratfall.” She held out a silvery tube, the length of her hand, which had a flat compartment along one side. "This is for you. A mage named Randal told me to give it to the Band if you ever came back. 'It surmounts evil,' he told me, 'keeps doom at bay.'"
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    Hug my crack.

    Hug my crack.

    • Subjects: Anger
    • Source: Beyond Sanctuary
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the Sacred Band's forays north in the series "Beyond Sanctuary," Critias faces off with the head of the mercenaries' guild in Tyse.
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    “The enemy, clearly, was the fanged nightmare–– of famine, of war and racism, of rape and terrorism… that walked in human skin while chomping human heads.”

    “The enemy, clearly, was the fanged nightmare–– of famine, of war and racism, of rape and terrorism… that walked in human skin while chomping human heads.”

    • Subjects: International Community
    • Source: 10 Quotes to Remember from the Year 2011
    • Author: Aberjhani
    “The enemy, clearly, was the fanged nightmare–– of famine, of war and racism, of rape and terrorism… that walked in human skin while chomping human heads.” quote taken from the poem "How Poets and Words Burn Truth into Love" and included in the blog "10 Quotes to Remember from the Year 2010."
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    "Her idea of who's worth what ain't mine."

    "Her idea of who's worth what ain't mine."

    • Subjects: Expediency
    • Source: Sanctuary is for Lovers
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons unvierse and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, Zip is confronted by Tempus and told he must get his revolutionaries under control and make peace with the other factions in Sanctuary, including the one run by Tempus's daughter, within one week.
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    ‎"For Tempus...was a dozen storm gods' avatar; no army he sanctified could know defeat; no war he fought could not be won. Combat was life to him; he fought like the gods themselves..."

    ‎"For Tempus...was a dozen storm gods' avatar; no army he sanctified could know defeat; no war he fought could not be won. Combat was life to him; he fought like the gods themselves..."

    • Subjects: Metaphysics
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the book "Tempus with his right-side companion Niko," part of the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, the early stories about Tempus, called the Riddler, during his time in Sanctuary are revealed and remembered through the eyes of Niko, his young partner.
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    Once in darker ages, Bandara had broken away from a horrid and self-destructive world, leaving only mislabeled maps to remind men that it had ever been.

    Once in darker ages, Bandara had broken away from a horrid and self-destructive world, leaving only mislabeled maps to remind men that it had ever been.

    • Subjects: Metaphysics
    • Source: Bandara
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Bandara is an island chain that teaches ancient disciplines and hosts a school for warrior-monks. Bandara is not always visible and not always accessible to common men. The warrior- monk Nikodemos, an adept of the discipline of Maat -- of the balance and of justice -- occasionally returns to Bandara for additional training and as a retreat, and brings new youngsters to be trained there.
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    "You know you're fated.  Nothing matters as much as the fate of the city.  As you said, you've lived on the sword's point all your life...."

    "You know you're fated. Nothing matters as much as the fate of the city. As you said, you've lived on the sword's point all your life...."

    • Subjects: Immortality
    • Source: City at the Edge of Time
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe lies the fabled City at the Edge of Time. When Niko falls into the city courtyard in a rain of fish, the city's princess falls in love with the stranger and determines to make him her husband rather than wed a city-dweller. Omens from gods and seers and sorcerers are taken. Death enters the city for the time in the city's immortal history, but Tabet is adamant: for the city's sake, she will wed the stranger whom the storm god of the armies has delivered to her. She seduces Niko and then appeals to his valor and his soldierly honor, so that he will take the city's test and marry her, despite the dangers and sorcery all around.
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    Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death.

    Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death.

    • Subjects: theomachy
    • Source: The Fish, the Fighters, and the Song- girl
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the book "The Fish the Fighters and the Song-girl," Tempus reflects on the nature of conflict while the Sacred Band of Stepsons head north into unknown realms.
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    "You're talent, and we're the talent scouts."

    "You're talent, and we're the talent scouts."

    • Subjects: Honour
    • Source: Wake of the Riddler
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World fictional shared universe, during the short story "Wake of the Riddler" by Janet Morris, Critias of the Sacred Band forces Zip, the revolutionary, to do as Tempus decrees.
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    It is hard to battle anger, for whatever it wants it pays from the soul.

    It is hard to battle anger, for whatever it wants it pays from the soul.

    • Subjects: Metaphysics
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Heraclitus
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel The Sacred Band when Abarsis, the Stepsons' patron shade, comes to take the souls of those killed in battle to heaven, Abarsis speaks to Tempus and Niko from the flames. Later, Tempus and Niko discuss Abarsis' warning.
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    Michael Jackson National African American Art Examiner Series

    Michael Jackson National African American Art Examiner Series

    • Subjects: Genius
    • Author: Aberjhani
    The life and death of the world-famous entertainer and philanthropist Michael Joseph Jackson has been (as of April 2010) the subject of a dozen installments in the National African American Art Examiner column series. In addition to reports on the performer’s death, the column also included one of the first stories to profile Jackson as a philanthropist who supported a wide variety of charities in many different countries. The Michael Jackson series also focused on his continued impact upon the marketplace and world popular culture. The author accomplished this most notably through extended reviews of the rockumentary “This Is It,” and through reports on the publication of “The Official Michael Jackson Opus.” The National African-American Art Examiner series on Michael Jackson drew more comments in more languages from readers across the globe than any others presented in the series. In addition to his National African-American Art Examiner stories, columnist Aberjhani also published a number of celebrated blogs, poems, and other articles on Michael Jackson.
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    “These Stepsons tread where mortals don’t belong, some of us think.  They seek out battle high above their station.  Who knows what powers may yet take them and their mystic allies to task, bring them their comeuppance?"

    “These Stepsons tread where mortals don’t belong, some of us think. They seek out battle high above their station. Who knows what powers may yet take them and their mystic allies to task, bring them their comeuppance?"

    • Subjects: Suspicion
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe novel, "The Sacred Band," Gorgias, the Theban infantry trainer, airs is doubts about Tempus's Stepsons to Charon, the warrior priest who guides the survivors of the Sacred Band of Thebes.
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    "And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning?  The future, but not theirs:  paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limn

    "And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning? The future, but not theirs: paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limn

    • Subjects: Battle
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, on the night before the fated Battle of Chaeronea in August of 338 BCE, the Sacred Band of Stepsons meets the doomed Sacred Band of Thebes.
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    "Kiss my pommel."

    "Kiss my pommel."

    • Subjects: Religion
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," the Theban goddess interferes with a mission in progress, telling the fighters they may kiss her pennant for luck. Critias, executive officer of the Sacred Band of Stepsons, takes exception to her behavior and says to Nikodemos, her lover, that before Crit will kiss the goddess's pennant, Niko must kiss Critias' pommel.
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    “Have we already earned our fate?  Is our wool carded, the spindles of our days all spun round?  When gods and goddesses walk disguised among men, the wise don’t celebrate.  They cower.  They bow their heads.  If they can, they run.  If they can’t, they h

    “Have we already earned our fate? Is our wool carded, the spindles of our days all spun round? When gods and goddesses walk disguised among men, the wise don’t celebrate. They cower. They bow their heads. If they can, they run. If they can’t, they h

    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel, The Sacred Band, Simias, his young partner, Perses, and the other senior Thebans worry about their future with Tempus's Sacred Band.
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    Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn

    Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn

    • Source: Gone with the Wind
    "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" is a famous line from the 1939 film Gone with the Wind starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. It was spoken by Gable, as Rhett Butler, in his last words to Scarlett O'Hara. It occurs at the end of the film when Scarlett asks Rhett, "Where shall I go? What shall I do?" when he leaves her. The line is memorable not only because it contains profanity (which was generally not allowed in films of that time period), but because it demonstrates that Rhett has finally given up on Scarlett and no longer cares what happens to her. This quotation was voted the number one movie line of all time by the American Film Institute 2005. In the novel Gone with the Wind, Rhett does not say "Frankly," but simply "My dear, I don't give a damn." The context is also different; he is speaking quietly to Scarlett in a room, not storming dramatically out of the house. Prior to the film's release, censors objected to the use of the word "damn" in the film, a word that had been prohibited by the 1930 Motion Picture Association's Production Code that was first enforced in July 1934. However, before 1930 the word "damn" had been relatively common in films. Although legend
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    A picture is worth a thousand words

    A picture is worth a thousand words

    The adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly. The expression "Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words." appears in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane discussing journalism and publicity. A similar phrase, "One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words", appears in a 1913 newspaper advertisement for the Piqua Auto Supply House of Piqua, Ohio. An early use of the exact phrase appears in an 1918 newspaper advertisement for the San Antonio Light which says: One of the Nation's Greatest Editors Says: One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words The San Antonio Light's Pictorial Magazine of the War Exemplifies the truth of the above statement--judging from the warm reception it has received at the hands of the Sunday Light readers. It is believed by some that the modern use of the phrase stems from an article by Fred R. Barnard in the advertising trade journal Printers' Ink, promoting the use of images in advertisements that appeared on the sides of
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    ‎"Then what difference does human striving make: mortal struggle, valor, pain? If you live, then live for the test of spirit, for the celebration of the heart. Live to fight on other days. Lose your beloveds one by one. And remember. Exalt the kiss of fri

    ‎"Then what difference does human striving make: mortal struggle, valor, pain? If you live, then live for the test of spirit, for the celebration of the heart. Live to fight on other days. Lose your beloveds one by one. And remember. Exalt the kiss of fri

    • Subjects: Stupidity
    • Source: The Fish, the Fighters, and the Song- girl
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the book "the Fish the Fighters and the Song-girl," Tempus treks north with his personal guard. When Kouras and the first contingent of the main Sanctuary force join his, Kouras is grieving for the death of his priestess and unborn son, and Tempus tutors the young Stepson.
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    "Revenge is fruitless."

    "Revenge is fruitless."

    • Subjects: Anger
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, during the story "Vashanka's Minion" from the book "Tempus," Tempus and his sister-in-arms Cime are reunited briefly in Sanctuary. Having been long apart, and with mistrust and difficulties in their personal relationship, Tempus tells her of his accommodation with his fate.
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    Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and attended Pembroke College, Oxford for just over a year, before his lack of funds forced him to leave. After working as a teacher he moved to London, where he began to write miscellaneous pieces for The Gentleman's Magazine. His early works include the biography The Life of Richard Savage, the poems "London" and "The Vanity of Human Wishes", and the play Irene. After nine years of work, Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755; it had a far-reaching effect on Modern English and has been described as "one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship."
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    "I can start the rain.  Bring thunder.  Bring lightning.  Want to see?”

    "I can start the rain. Bring thunder. Bring lightning. Want to see?”

    • Subjects: Preternatural power
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Gyskouras is a character in the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe. In the book "The Sacred Band" (Janet Morris and Chris Morris, 2010) Gyskouras, called 'Kouras' (which means 'boy' in ancient Greek) is one of the Stepson trainees of Stealth, called NIkodemos. Kouras was conceived in a ritual mating between Tempus and a temple dancer, Seylalha (in "Shadows of Sanctuary," Asprin and Abbey, eds;1981) and therefore may truly be the son of the local storm god, Vashanka. As a toddler, Kouras and his companion Arton are taken from Sanctuary to Bandara by Nikodemos, there to be schooled by the warrior-monks of the misty isles and initiated into the Bandara mysteries (Tempus, Janet Morris, 1987). In "The Sacred Band, " Kouras and Niko's other trainees fight at the Battle of Chaeronea and in the Downwind Sweep. Kouras makes an enemy of Shamshi, a fellow trainee and wizard's son, and is subject to sniper attacks. Now a teenager, when Kouras is agitated, thunder rolls and lightning flashes. The high priest of the local storm god recognizes Kouras's latent power and arranges a second ritual mating, making Kouras the official avatar of Vashanka. However, Kouras's heart belongs not to the priesthood, but to Shawme, a young courtesan who possesses a primordial dart tube from beneath the sea (i"Red Light, Love Light," Chris Morris, in Uneasy Alliances, Asprin and Abbey, eds, 1988). As Stepsons, Kouras and his companion Arton fight in the Battle of Chaeronea, the Downwind Sweep, and finally in the Great War at the Battle of Meridian, where the berserker storm god comes into Kouras with full force, testing his courage and his humanity to the utmost.
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    "I thought we’d die there, quarrels in our backs, you for what you did and me for bearing witness.”

    "I thought we’d die there, quarrels in our backs, you for what you did and me for bearing witness.”

    • Subjects: Risk
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Ari is a military character in the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe. He is a mercenary skirmisher and a member of the Tysian Specials when the Sacred Band arrives in Tyse. As a member of the Tysian Specials, Ari fights alongside the Sacred Band during the assault on Wizardwall and later joins the Stepsons, fighting in the Wizard Wars and the Battle of Sandia. Ari is a Sacred Bander, paired with Deon, and both are among the squadron Tempus takes with him to the Battle of Chaeronea. Ari remains with Tempus's Sacred Band of Stepsons until he is killed in a sniper attack.
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    "Honorable battle sustains a Sacred Band."

    "Honorable battle sustains a Sacred Band."

    • Subjects: Battle
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," Charon and his son Lysis prepare to join the Sacred Band of Stepsons on a manhunt. Since the Theban goddess, Harmony, has blessed young Lysis, all things seem possible for Charon's Theban Sacred Banders....
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    A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.

    A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.

    • Subjects: Revenge
    • Source: The Cask of Amontillado
    • Author: Edgar Allan Poe
    The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled — but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.
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    War is all and king of all

    War is all and king of all

    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Tempus and Herakleitos of Ephesos sometimes speak as one. Tempus often uses portions or all of Heraclitan Cosmic fragments in his own dialogue.
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    “With intent to neither idolize nor demonize the man [Barack Obama], it seems fair and evident enough to say that the current president of America is not a leader whose way is that of violent public outbursts. It appears to be more that of a warrior-philo

    “With intent to neither idolize nor demonize the man [Barack Obama], it seems fair and evident enough to say that the current president of America is not a leader whose way is that of violent public outbursts. It appears to be more that of a warrior-philo

    • Subjects: Presidency of Barack Obama
    • Author: Aberjhani
    From the National African American article titled "Obama, The Tea Party, and the Art of Political Persuasions (series part 1): cool" by Aberjhani. Published October 28, 2010: “With intent to neither idolize nor demonize the man [Barack Obama], it seems fair and evident enough to say that the current president of America is not a leader whose way is that of violent public outbursts. It appears to be more that of a warrior-philosopher who practices the art of political persuasion by authoring acclaimed books, delivering well-crafted speeches, assembling unified coalitions, passing historic legislation, signing well-aimed executive orders, and cultivating a poised but accessible demeanor.” --Aberjhani
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    "I want to live like a man."

    "I want to live like a man."

    • Subjects: Passion
    • Source: Storm Seed
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Cyrus is the shape-changing son of Tempus and Jihan, the Froth Daughter. Powerful and angry, he confronts his parents who have kept him beneath the sea at the edge of time. After finding his parents, whom he thinks deserted him, he delivers an ultimatum.
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    Life to you, Riddler, and everlasting glory.

    Life to you, Riddler, and everlasting glory.

    • Subjects: Sacred Band Ethos
    • Source: A Man and His God
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Abarsis, called Stepson, Slaughter Priest, Man of the God, is a continuing character in The Sacred Band of Stepsons universe. A eunuch whose life was saved as a boy by Tempus, Abarsis first appears in the Thieves' World fictional universe in Janet Morris's widely-anthologized 1981 story, "A Man and His God," wherein Abarsis brings his Sacred Band to Tempus and is killed in battle. After Abarsis's death, Tempus's mercenaries prevail on their commander to name their unit "Stepsons" in the slain fighter's honor. After death, Abarsis becomes the "patron shade of the Sacred Band of Stepsons," manifesting at funerary pyres to take Tempus's slain warriors to the afterlife. As "messenger of the gods," Abarsis delivers prophecy, warning, and direction from the storm gods to Tempus and the leadership of the Sacred Band of Stepsons. In Soul of the City (1986), Abarsis saves Niko from demons and takes Janni's soul to its final rest. In the Sacred Band (2010), Abarsis manifests in the flesh only infrequently and in the direst of circumstances, and his coming is considered an omen of great import by Tempus and his forces.
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    Mind steers all things through all things

    Mind steers all things through all things

    • Subjects: Metaphysics
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Heraclitus
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons literary series and the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, Tempus, the commander of the Sacred Band, and Heraclitus of Ephesus share early history, a world view, and many philosophical premises. This quote is a recasting of the Heraclitan syaing that "The Logos steers all things through all things."
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    Most writers -- poets in especial -- prefer having it understood that they compose by a species of fine frenzy -- an ecstatic intuition -- and would positively shudder at letting the public take a peep behind the scenes...

    Most writers -- poets in especial -- prefer having it understood that they compose by a species of fine frenzy -- an ecstatic intuition -- and would positively shudder at letting the public take a peep behind the scenes...

    • Subjects: Composition
    • Source: The Philosophy of Composition
    • Author: Edgar Allan Poe
    Most writers -- poets in especial -- prefer having it understood that they compose by a species of fine frenzy -- an ecstatic intuition -- and would positively shudder at letting the public take a peep behind the scenes, at the elaborate and vacillating crudities of thought -- at the true purposes seized only at the last moment -- at the innumerable glimpses of idea that arrived not at the maturity of full view -- at the fully matured fancies discarded in despair as unmanageable -- at the cautious selections and rejections -- at the painful erasures and interpolations -- in a word, at the wheels and pinions -- the tackle for scene-shifting -- the step-ladders and demon-traps -- the cock's feathers, the red paint and the black patches, which, in ninety-nine cases out of hte hundred, consistitute the properties of the literary histrio.
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    ‎What doesn't bend must break, when dooms are apportioned and destiny takes the lead. As it will now, and as it must, until this struggle ends.

    ‎What doesn't bend must break, when dooms are apportioned and destiny takes the lead. As it will now, and as it must, until this struggle ends.

    • Subjects: Destiny
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," Askelon of Meridian is forced to forsake his fortress and flee after his plans go awry. This moment signals the beginning of a struggle to the death between Tempus and Askelon, his age-old rival, that imperils the entire Sacred Band as well as Meridian and all it represents.
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    "Let fools believe what fools believe."

    "Let fools believe what fools believe."

    • Subjects: Courage
    • Source: Beyond Sanctuary
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional, during the story "Wizard Weather" in the novel "Beyond Sanctuary," Stealth, called Nikodemos and his partner Janni, under the command of Tempus, called the Riddler, fight an historic battle between gods and sorcery that helps define the Sacred Band of Stepsons. Afterward, when discussing the conflict, Niko advises Janni, his right-side partner.
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    "The point is life."

    "The point is life."

    • Subjects: Philosophy
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Tempus makes himself clear in "The Sacred Band" novel, part of The Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe.
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    He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent...

    He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent...

    • Source: Tao Te Ching
    • Author: Laozi
    He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent. He who overcomes others is strong; he who overcomes himself is mighty. He who is satisfied with his lot is rich; he who goes on acting with energy has a (firm) will. He who does not fail in the requirements of his position, continues long; he who dies and yet does not perish, has longevity.
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    Just breathe.

    Just breathe.

    • Subjects: Passion
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons, Stealth called Nikodemos dances with a mysterious girl on the Downwind Beach.
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    The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout...

    The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout...

    • Source: Tao Te Ching
    • Author: Laozi
    The full text of the quotation is:"The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout; the tower of nine storeys rose from a (small) heap of earth; the journey of a thousand li commenced with a single step."Thus great things start from the smallest.

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    There is no there there.

    There is no there there.

    • Source: Everybody's Autobiography
    • Author: Gertrude Stein
    Gertrude Stein was referring to the fact that in the 1930s, returning to her hometown of Oakland, CA, she could no longer find her childhood home there.

    The quote has been taken to refer to Oakland, in response to which the city installed a public art sculpture of the word "There".
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    ‎"Old enough to kill means old enough to die,"

    ‎"Old enough to kill means old enough to die,"

    • Subjects: Sacred Band Ethos
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons, during the novel, The Sacred Band, the Stepsons' commander Tempus reminds Randal of the risk of mortality in war and the responsibilities of a soldier, no matter how young.
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    England expects that every man will do his duty

    England expects that every man will do his duty

    "England expects that every man will do his duty" was a signal sent by Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson from his flagship HMS Victory as the Battle of Trafalgar was about to commence on 21 October 1805. Trafalgar was the decisive naval engagement of the Napoleonic Wars. It gave the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland control of the seas, removing all possibility of a French invasion and conquest of Britain. Although there was much confusion surrounding the wording of the signal in the aftermath of the battle, the significance of the victory and Nelson's death during the battle led to the phrase becoming embedded in the English psyche, and it has been regularly quoted, paraphrased and referenced up to the modern day. As the British fleet closed with the opposing combined fleets of France and Spain, Lord Nelson signalled all the necessary battle instructions to his ships. However, aware of the momentousness of events to come, Lord Nelson felt that something extra was required. He instructed his signal officer, Lieutenant John Pasco, to signal to the fleet, as quickly as possible, the message "England confides [i.e. is confident] that every man will do his duty."
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    Knowledge is Power

    Knowledge is Power

    • Author: Francis Bacon
    The phrase scientia potentia est (sometimes written as scientia est potentia) is a Latin aphorism often claimed to mean "knowledge is power". It is commonly attributed to Sir Francis Bacon; however, there is no known occurrence of this precise phrase in Bacon's English or Latin writings. However, this phrase does appear in Thomas Hobbes' 1658 work De Homine, cap. x  : "Scientia potentia est, sed parva; quia scientia egregia rara est, nec proinde apparens nisi paucissimis, et in paucis rebus. Scientiae enim ea natura est, ut esse intelligi non possit, nisi ab illis qui sunt scientia praediti. This was translated as "The sciences, are small power; because not eminent; and therefore, not acknowledged in any man; nor are at all, but in a few, and in them, but of a few things. For science is of that nature, as none can understand it to be, but such as in a good measure have attained it" in Thomas Hobbes, The English Works, vol. III (Leviathan) [1651] in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury; Now First Collected and Edited by Sir William Molesworth, Bart., (London: Bohn, 1839–45). 11 vols. Vol. 3. p 47. This passage from Chapter X ("Of power, worth, dignity, honour, and
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    ‎"Niko and his women will be the death of all the Stepsons yet."

    ‎"Niko and his women will be the death of all the Stepsons yet."

    • Subjects: Love
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," Niko is wounded and calls only for the dancing girl he encountered at the Theban fete. Critias is told to find this girl and deliver her to Niko in the barracks at all cost. But Critias knows Niko, and Tempus, and knows the cost may be more than any of the Stepsons can afford to pay.
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    All the world's a stage

    All the world's a stage

    • Subjects: Uncategorised
    • Source: As You Like It
    • Author: William Shakespeare
    "All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII. The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogues the seven stages of a man's life, sometimes referred to as the seven ages of man: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon, and second childhood, sans. It is one of Shakespeare's most frequently-quoted passages. This is sometimes thought of as Shakespeare's last speech though that is not correct. The man in the poem goes through these stages: The comparison of the world to a stage and people to actors long predated Shakespeare. When it was founded in 1599 Shakespeare's own theatre, The Globe may have used the motto Totus mundus agit histrionem (All the world plays the actor), the Latin text of which is derived from a 12th century treatise. Ultimately the words derive from quod fere totus mundus exerceat histrionem (because almost the whole world are actors) attributed to Petronius, a phrase which had wide circulation in England at the time. Likewise the division of human life into a series of ages was a commonplace of art and literature,
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    Fight for life itself and everlasting freedom of the human spirit.

    Fight for life itself and everlasting freedom of the human spirit.

    • Subjects: Glory
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, Tempus begins to help his Theban Sacred Band survivors heal from the loss of so many of their brothers in arms. In so doing, he defines the mission of his greater Sacred Band.
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    "The two stallions, the silver and the black, represent the equine god (whomsoever horses pray to) in this ritual so ancient that no one knows what god to thank."

    "The two stallions, the silver and the black, represent the equine god (whomsoever horses pray to) in this ritual so ancient that no one knows what god to thank."

    • Subjects: Horse
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    The following passage, quoted here in full, is from "The Sacred Band," a novel in The Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe. "The two stallions, the silver and the black, represent the equine god (whomsoever horses pray to) in this ritual so ancient that no one knows what god to thank. Thank Poseidon, say the Thebans; and Epona, the Greek goddess. Thank Stormbringer, Jihan says. So many gods claim the horse, perhaps the finest creation under heaven. Man and horse have worked together longer than either can remember. But these two stallions know their brothers, and paw the ground and trumpet their grief and thanks to heaven. It must be enough. It always has been: horses know what to say for horses; men know what to say for men, when life has fled and spirits soar and the bereft are left behind, tethered to the earth." -- The Sacred Band (2010)
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    Goowai

    Goowai

    • Author: Salvino Fidacaro
    Portale con oltre 10.000 hotel in italia con offerte e guide per le vacanze, contatto diretto con hotel, bed and breakfast.
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    ‎"Dreamers and dreaming dead, lots of them from neither here nor there with no chance of getting home again, lost in place and time..."

    ‎"Dreamers and dreaming dead, lots of them from neither here nor there with no chance of getting home again, lost in place and time..."

    • Subjects: War
    • Source: The Fish, the Fighters, and the Song- girl
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons unvierse and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, after the Battle of Meridian, the Sacred Band of Stepsons find that the town of Sanctuary is full of refugees and lost souls, some not entirely human, displaced in the fighting.
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    "From her gospel-singing mother Cissy Houston, her legendary pop-diva cousin Dionne Warwick, and her Queen of Soul godmother Aretha Franklin, she [Whitney Houston] inherited gifts for skillfully interpreting lyrics and endowing them with new depth and jew

    "From her gospel-singing mother Cissy Houston, her legendary pop-diva cousin Dionne Warwick, and her Queen of Soul godmother Aretha Franklin, she [Whitney Houston] inherited gifts for skillfully interpreting lyrics and endowing them with new depth and jew

    • Subjects: Cissy Houston
    • Source: Notebook on Black History Month 2012 (Part 6) The Consecrated Soul of Whitney Houston
    • Author: Aberjhani
    Quote from article "Notebook on Black History Month 2012 (Part 6) The Consecrated Soul of Whitney Houston.
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    "As goes love so goes life."

    "As goes love so goes life."

    • Subjects: Love
    • Source: The River of Winged Dreams (Gift Edition)
    • Author: Aberjhani
    From the poem "The Poet-Angels Who Came to Dinner" taken from the Songs of the Angelic Gaze Series.
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    "But she has found real love, and love can heal and save."

    "But she has found real love, and love can heal and save."

    • Subjects: Love
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    On the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," the three Greek Fates follow the Sacred Band of Thebes a world away, to the Stepsons barracks in Sanctuary. There they attend the fete on the lighthouse spit, and on one special night, take a hand directly in the destiny of The Sacred Band and their guests.
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    "The only unfair fight is the one you lose."

    "The only unfair fight is the one you lose."

    • Subjects: Survival
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," Sync, 3rd Commando leader, reminds his troops that their survival is most important before he sends his mixed squad on patrol in Sanctuary, where sniper attacks are frequent and deadly.
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    Bandara was not an easy place to return to:  it could hide from the common worlds whose periphery it inhabited.  But Bandara never had, in all its years, completely disappeared.

    Bandara was not an easy place to return to: it could hide from the common worlds whose periphery it inhabited. But Bandara never had, in all its years, completely disappeared.

    • Subjects: Belief
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, the misty isles of Bandara train the warrior monks of Maat and other lesser disciplines, revering the elder gods but teaching only the perfection of God in Man. Throughout the Sacred Band of Stepsons series, and especially in the book Tempus, we get glimpses of life on Bandara as Tempus and others of the Sacred Band visit Niko on retreat there, or when Niko takes youngsters to Bandara for training. The two most famous graduates of the Bandaran school are Stealth, called Nikodemos; and Abarsis, called Stepson.
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    Men live, and then they die. It is the quality of the process of living which matters, that and that alone.

    Men live, and then they die. It is the quality of the process of living which matters, that and that alone.

    • Subjects: Meaning of life
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Niko, the Bandaran adept, returns to the storied misty isles for rest and rehabilitation in the book, "Tempus" (Janet Morris, 1987). During his stay, he justifies his service in Tempus's Sacred Band of Stepsons and renews his spiritual connection to maat, his mystery of balance and equilibrium until first Askelon of Meridian, then Tempus himself, coming seeking him there.
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    One man can make another’s life so much better.

    One man can make another’s life so much better.

    • Subjects: Unconditional love
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band fictional universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," (Morris, Morris; Kerlak, 2011) Randal the Tysian warrior-mage and his left-side leader Niko are reunited after a decade of estrangement.
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    Sometimes a man does what he'd most like to avoid.

    Sometimes a man does what he'd most like to avoid.

    • Subjects: Ontology
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, during the novel, "The Sacred Band," Tempus finds himself preparing Kouras for a ritual copulation that will make the young Stepson officially the representative of the local storm god.
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    “If, as you teach, the universe has no beginning and no end, why should we?"

    “If, as you teach, the universe has no beginning and no end, why should we?"

    • Subjects: Life
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Shamshi is a military character and a sorcerer's son in the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe. After deserting the Stepsons, Shamshi is sheltered by Askelon of Meridian, regent of the seventh sphere, who tutors him and offers to help him take revenge on Tempus and the Sacred Band of Stepsons.
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    "Life tempers all."

    "Life tempers all."

    • Subjects: Pre-Socratic philosophy
    • Source: The Fish, the Fighters, and the Song- girl
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, when Tempus takes his honor guard into unknown realms, Kouras loses contact with his tutelary god and Tempus counsels the young Stepson.
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    "Naming god is the first act of war."

    "Naming god is the first act of war."

    • Subjects: Gods
    • Source: The Fish, the Fighters, and the Song- girl
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Cassander reprimands the young Stepsons Kouras, Arton, and Lysis as the Band sits around the campfire on their trek north toward adventures unknown.
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    God is dead

    God is dead

    • Subjects: Atheism
    • Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
    "God is dead" (German:  "Gott ist tot" (help·info); also known as the death of God) is a widely quoted statement by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It first appears in The Gay Science (German: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft), in sections 108 (New Struggles), 125 (The Madman), and for a third time in section 343 (The Meaning of our Cheerfulness). It is also found in Nietzsche's work Thus Spoke Zarathustra (German: Also sprach Zarathustra), which is most responsible for popularizing the phrase. The idea is stated in "The Madman" as follows: The cover of the April 8, 1966 edition of Time magazine asked the question "Is God Dead?" and the accompanying article addressed growing atheism in America at the time. At the time, a movement called "death of God" was arising in American theology. The death of God movement is sometimes technically referred to as "theothanatology." (In Greek, Theos means God and Thanatos means death.) The main proponents of this theology included the Christian theologians Gabriel Vahanian, Paul Van Buren, William Hamilton, John A.T. Robinson, Thomas J. J. Altizer, John D. Caputo, and the rabbi Richard L. Rubenstein. In 1961, Vahanian's book The Death of God
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    And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning?  The future, but not theirs:  paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limni

    And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning? The future, but not theirs: paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limni

    • Subjects: Death
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," on the night before the Battle of Chaeronea, the Sacred Band of Thebes meets the Sacred Band of Stepsons.
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    Go ahead, make my day

    Go ahead, make my day

    • Source: Sudden Impact
    "Go ahead, make my day" is a catchphrase written by Charles B. Pierce and spoken by the character Harry Callahan from the 1983 film Sudden Impact. In 2005, it was chosen as No. 6 on the American Film Institute list, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes. The "Make My Day Law" passed in most U.S. states, derives its name from this phrase. The phrase "go ahead, make my day" was written by Charles B. Pierce, an independent filmmaker who is credited with "story by" in the film Sudden Impact. The actual origins of the phrase came from Pierce's father Mack, who used to tell him as a child, "Just let me come home one more day, without you mowing that lawn, son just go ahead.....make my day". In the beginning of the movie, Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) goes into a diner for a morning cup of coffee. When Callahan discovers a robbery in the diner, he kills the robbers in a shootout. However, a surviving robber grabs the fleeing waitress Loretta (Mara Corday), holds his gun to her head, and threatens to shoot. Instead of backing off, Harry points his .44 Magnum revolver into the man's face and dares him to shoot, saying with clenched teeth and in his characteristic rough grumble, "Go ahead,
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    He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm...

    He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm...

    • Source: Tao Te Ching
    • Author: Laozi
    He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm; he who stretches his legs does not walk (easily). (So), he who displays himself does not shine; he who asserts his own views is not distinguished; he who vaunts himself does not find his merit acknowledged; he who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him. Such conditions, viewed from the standpoint of the Tao, are like remnants of food, or a tumour on the body, which all dislike. Hence those who pursue (the course) of the Tao do not adopt and allow them.
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    “The United Nations and the Organization of American States have named 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent. This is an opportunity for all of us around the globe to celebrate the diversity of our societies and to honor the contrib

    “The United Nations and the Organization of American States have named 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent. This is an opportunity for all of us around the globe to celebrate the diversity of our societies and to honor the contrib

    • Subjects: 2011 International Year for People of African Descent
    • Source: U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton Message for the International Year for People of African Descent
    • Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton
    From the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Message for the International Year for People of African Descent."
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    Some nights, valor and cold purpose aren't enough.

    Some nights, valor and cold purpose aren't enough.

    • Subjects: Loneliness
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band literary series, during the novel The Sacred Band, Randal the Tysian warrior-mage faces the most lethal battle of his life and, the night before, seeks comfort from one of his apprentices
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    "You must become like yourself."

    "You must become like yourself."

    • Subjects: Epiphany
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," Askelon of Meridian tutors Shamshi, a Bandaran adept and young Stepson, turning him into an enemy of the Sacred Band.
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    It was his soul's freedom that was in question. And that question was whether freedom was worth the price when it meant shirking the responsibilities of honor.

    It was his soul's freedom that was in question. And that question was whether freedom was worth the price when it meant shirking the responsibilities of honor.

    • Subjects: Honour
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In The Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Nikodemos becomes the partner of Tempus, leader of the Sacred Band. During the stories in the book "Tempus with his right-side companion Niko," Stealth, called Nikodemos, undergoes many tests and trials, both on campaign and on the misty isles of Bandara, as he tries to balance his spirituality and his destiny.
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    Listen close and you can hear, “Please, bless us and forgive us, and make us good here and strong here.  Let us get along here.  Let those we love and left behind be blessed.  Let us find the proper path and keep to it.  Help us act harmoniously, and find

    Listen close and you can hear, “Please, bless us and forgive us, and make us good here and strong here. Let us get along here. Let those we love and left behind be blessed. Let us find the proper path and keep to it. Help us act harmoniously, and find

    • Subjects: Prayer
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, this prayer is offered by Charon and the Sacred Band of Thebes at the fete of thanksgiving on the lighthouse spit, with the Fates in attendance.
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    "There must be love, and understanding, to betray.  Most men haven't the wit or the honor for betrayal:  not to know it when they see it; not the stomach to apprehend it as they do it.  Most men, blind and dumb in their self-centeredness, don't betray:  t

    "There must be love, and understanding, to betray. Most men haven't the wit or the honor for betrayal: not to know it when they see it; not the stomach to apprehend it as they do it. Most men, blind and dumb in their self-centeredness, don't betray: t

    • Subjects: Love
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the compilation "Tempus," (Janet Morris 1987; 2011), which contains the seminal stories that created the Sacred Band in both the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World universe, Niko (Stealth, called Nikodemos) returns to Bandara between military campaigns to renew his balance and his strength. While on the misty isles, he takes further instruction from the Bandaran adepts in a process that includes reviewing pivotal events in his recent history. In this process, Niko provides commentary on the critical stories in the early history of Tempus's Sacred Band from a unique perspective. When Niko's time on Bandara comes to a close, Tempus comes to collect him and teaches him about the meaning of loyalty and betrayal.
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    "Order is its own reward."

    "Order is its own reward."

    • Subjects: Order
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, Ischade and Straton survey the results of sack and pillage during the story "Hell to Pay" (from the book "Tempus" by Janet Morris and the Thieves World' volume, "Dead of Winter", Asprin and Abbey, eds.)
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    "The gods want to bring a better day, and you are their messengers.  Trust not in all you see.  Trust only in your hearts.  And in us, who love you both."

    "The gods want to bring a better day, and you are their messengers. Trust not in all you see. Trust only in your hearts. And in us, who love you both."

    • Subjects: Duty
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Thieves' World fictional universe and the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Abarsis, Slaughter Priest, becomes the patron shade of Tempus's Sacred Band and serves as messenger of the gods. Abarsis brings this caution to Tempus and Niko while collecting the souls of the newest Sacred Band dead.
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    Give me liberty or give me death

    Give me liberty or give me death

    • Subjects: Liberty
    • Author: Patrick Henry
    "Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!" is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention. It was given on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Among the delegates to the convention were future US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, those in attendance, upon hearing the speech, shouted, "give me liberty or give me death!" The text of this speech first appeared in print in Life and Character of Patrick Henry by William Wirt which was first published in 1816, seventeen years after Patrick Henry's death. In 1815, Wirt wrote to a friend, "from 1763 to 1789... not one of his speeches lives in print, writing or memory. All that is told me is, that on such and such an occasion, he made a distinguished speech". Wirt corresponded with men who had heard the speech and others who were acquainted with people who were there at the time. Wirt wrote to Judge St. George Tucker, who had been present for the speech, that "I have taken almost
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    If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment...

    If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment...

    • Subjects: Confession
    • Author: Edgar Allan Poe
    Full text of the quotation:

    If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment, the opportunity is his own -- the road to immortal renown lies straight, open, and unencumbered before him. All that he has to do is to write and publish a very little book. Its title should be simple -- a few plain words -- My Heart Laid Bare. But -- this little book must be true to its title.
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    My precious.

    My precious.

    • Source: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    Gollum frequently refer to the One ring as "my precious". Gollum life was extended far beyond its natural limits by the effects of possessing the Ring.After Bilbo Baggins took it during the famous Riddle Game, Gollum pursued it for the rest of his life. During his centuries under the Ring's influence, Gollum came to love and hate the Ring, just as he loved and hated himself. Throughout the story, Gollum was torn between his lust for the Ring and his desire to be free of it.
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    No mercy goes unpunished by the angry gods.

    No mercy goes unpunished by the angry gods.

    • Subjects: Ontology
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Critias
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel The Sacred Band (Morris, Morris; 2010), after Niko is critically wounded, Tempus's executive officer Critias reflects on the dire wounds taken by Nikodemos in pursuit of mercy.
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    The skillful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels...

    The skillful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels...

    • Source: Tao Te Ching
    • Author: Laozi
    The full text of the quotation is:
    "The skillful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels or footsteps; the skillful speaker says nothing that can be found fault with or blamed; the skillful reckoner uses no tallies; the skillful closer needs no bolts or bars, while to open what he has shut will be impossible; the skillful binder uses no strings or knots, while to unloose what he has bound will be impossible."The text is meant to be taken metaphorically as well as literally. For example, a "skillful binder" could be applied to a brilliant performer whose audience is bound not by ropes but by interest to his performance; a closed mind is not shut with bolts or bars, yet could be quite difficult to open.
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    “And therein shines one major definition of what it meant to be Clinton D. Powell: someone who looked for, trusted in, and helped empower (if you will) the best in others.  It takes a lot of beautiful love, uncommon sincerity, and spitfire courage to do t

    “And therein shines one major definition of what it meant to be Clinton D. Powell: someone who looked for, trusted in, and helped empower (if you will) the best in others. It takes a lot of beautiful love, uncommon sincerity, and spitfire courage to do t

    • Subjects: Clinton D. Powell
    • Source: Connect Savannah News, Arts, and Entertainment Weekly
    • Author: Aberjhani
    Taken from the published work titled "A Poem for a Poet" by Aberjhani. The publication title was used by the Connect Savannah Entertainment News Magazine for a poem and personal essay published in its January 11, 2011 edition. The actual title of the poem is "A Poet is a Clinton D. Powell" and the original title of the essay , from which this quote is taken, combined with the poem was "Clinton D. Powell and Savannah's Eternal Literary Flame." They were presented as a tribute to the deceased poet Clinton D. Powell, who died of natural causes just after the New Year 2011.
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    "Every man's in his own hands, with a little help from his brothers."

    "Every man's in his own hands, with a little help from his brothers."

    • Subjects: Military professionalism
    • Source: Beyond Sanctuary
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, during the novel Beyond Sanctuary, Tempus takes his warriors to Tyse and Peace Falls, to bring the battle to their enemies. There they join forces with Bashir of Free Nisibis, warrior-priest of Enlil, and his band of Successors, the elite of the Nisibisi Freemen. When Bashir counsels Critias, Tempus's second in command, in front of a gathering of fighters, that the outcome of the battle to come is in the god's hands, Critias corrects the priest vehemently.
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    "My father has relented. He's given me leave to come back and be with you, poor lonely, sleepless man -- eternally."

    "My father has relented. He's given me leave to come back and be with you, poor lonely, sleepless man -- eternally."

    • Subjects: Obsessive love
    • Source: Beyond Wizardwall
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Jihan, wind-charmer, is a military character in the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe. Jihan is a Froth Daughter, sired by Stormbringer, a primordial deity called an Unbegotten, who rules wind and wave. Long absent, when she returns to Tempus after the Rankan military coup, she declares her intentions unequivocally.in front of Askelon, Tempus, Niko and Shamshi.
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    "Survival's the thing, isn't it?"

    "Survival's the thing, isn't it?"

    • Subjects: Struggle
    • Source: Tempus Unbound
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, on New Year's Eve in Lemuria, Tempus and Faun, Shepherd of Sandia meet and have congress, and she invites him to bring the god and visit her world.
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    "Wanting neither too much to live, nor too much to die."

    "Wanting neither too much to live, nor too much to die."

    • Subjects: Sacred Band Ethos
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band universe, "Wanting neither too much to live, nor too much to die," is the code of the Sacred Band of Thebes that forms the cornerstone of their ethos. Theagenes first says this to Tempus when the two commanders meet the night before the Battle of Chaeronea in August of 338 BCE. Harmony (Harmonia), the Theban goddess, reminds Tempus of this later when they negotiate over Niko's future; Niko himself muses on the meaning of the Theban oath as he unifies the two Sacred Bands.
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    All gods are tricksters, and war gods worst of any.

    All gods are tricksters, and war gods worst of any.

    • Subjects: Ontology
    • Source: Beyond Sanctuary
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, during Beyond Sanctuary (first of three 'Beyond' novels), Tempus reflects on his uneasy relationship with gods in general, as well as with Enlil and the other war gods he has known.
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    Here and now was always where Tempus was, not off somewhere in the realm of Greater Good or Mortal Soul or Eternal Consequence.  He'd lost the ability to determine greater good, if there was one; his mortal soul he'd given up on long ago. And as for etern

    Here and now was always where Tempus was, not off somewhere in the realm of Greater Good or Mortal Soul or Eternal Consequence. He'd lost the ability to determine greater good, if there was one; his mortal soul he'd given up on long ago. And as for etern

    • Subjects: Free will
    • Source: Sanctuary is for Lovers
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, during the story "Sanctuary Is for Lovers," (Blood Ties, Asprin & Abbey,eds., 1986) Tempus returns to revolution-wracked Sanctuary on personal business, to stop the marriage of the Froth Daughter Jihan to the Stepsons' warrior mage, Randal.
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    Here Stormbringer spies the Stepsons, the Theban fighters, and the 3rd Commando, attending to their own.  In the face of such unflinching determination and unswerving devotion, the hurricane pauses and calms.  Its ravings turn to mutters.

    Here Stormbringer spies the Stepsons, the Theban fighters, and the 3rd Commando, attending to their own. In the face of such unflinching determination and unswerving devotion, the hurricane pauses and calms. Its ravings turn to mutters.

    • Subjects: Platonic Love
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, after the Battle of Meridian, the Unbegotten power Stormbringer cleanses the land and looks for his Froth Daughter among the fighters of Tempus' Sacred Band.
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    “We fouled up.  I did.  He got hurt.  Badly, maybe.  And the god…is not helping him today.”

    “We fouled up. I did. He got hurt. Badly, maybe. And the god…is not helping him today.”

    • Subjects: Responsibility
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Cime said nothing, but ran full tilt past him down the hall, like a sprite or a goddess bent on vengeance. She’d know where Niko would have put him. He had to run after her. And he never caught her till they got to where the Riddler lay. Stepsons saw Cime, then Niko, come running and parted the crowd for them, squinting at them as if from a hundred miles away. No one talked. All stood back. It wasn’t a good day, everybody knew.
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    By Enlil's third and fuzziest ball....

    By Enlil's third and fuzziest ball....

    • Subjects: Gods
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons unvierse, when the Froth Daughter comes walking out of the sea on the lighthouse spit, Straton reacts with one f his colorful exhortations to the Storm God, Enlil.
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    A violent wind does not last for a whole morning...

    A violent wind does not last for a whole morning...

    • Source: Tao Te Ching
    • Author: Laozi
    A violent wind does not last for a whole morning; a sudden rain does not last for the whole day. To whom is it that these (two) things are owing? To Heaven and Earth. If Heaven and Earth cannot make such (spasmodic) actings last long, how much less can man!
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    “I see all sorts of things when I’m clearing my pipes.”

    “I see all sorts of things when I’m clearing my pipes.”

    • Subjects: Psychic
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, when the Stepsons take Niko's trainees to a brothel for the first time, the young seer Arton has a vision and tries to tell Straton, Critias, and Ari what he's seen, but Straton tells Arton to pay no attention.
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    "If the gods sent you to fight here, then the gods are fools."

    "If the gods sent you to fight here, then the gods are fools."

    • Subjects: Faith
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Theagenes is the fifth and last commander of the historical Sacred Band of Thebes, and a military character represented in fiction in the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe. When Tempus appears the night before the Battle of Chaeronea with a small contingent from the Sacred Band of Stepsons and offers salvation for some of Theagenes's forces, the Theban commander is skeptical.
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    "Painful things are quickly forgotten."

    "Painful things are quickly forgotten."

    • Subjects: Forgiveness
    • Source: Beyond Wizardwall
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Niko, a military character in the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, refuses to incriminate a friend of his commander's in treachery, even though he is asked to do so by Critias in front of Tempus, leader of the Sacred Band.
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    "Wanting neither too much to live, nor too much to die."

    "Wanting neither too much to live, nor too much to die."

    • Subjects: Sacred Band Ethos
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, in the novel "The Sacred Band," Theagenes is the first to state the ethos of the Sacred Band of Thebes in discussions with Tempus the night before the Battle of Chaeronea in which 256 of the 300 Sacred Band of Thebes are massacred. Harmon (Harmonia), patron goddesses of the Theban Sacred Band, speaks these words later to Tempus, and both Niko and Critias compare the ethos of the Sacred Band of Thebes to that of their own Sacred Band of Stepsons.
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    Vengeance is disappointing, always.

    Vengeance is disappointing, always.

    • Subjects: Vengeance
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, during the story "Wizard Weather," Tempus tries to keep Stormbringer, father of all weather gods, from taking revenge because his daughter, Jihan, was jilted by her fiance, the demiurge, Askelon of Meridian.
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    "'Mixtape' is a very appropriate word to include in the title of Goran Hugo Olsson’s film because it includes a rich mixture of cultural voices. They speak across different dividing lines such as those of haves and have-nots, youth and maturity, black and

    "'Mixtape' is a very appropriate word to include in the title of Goran Hugo Olsson’s film because it includes a rich mixture of cultural voices. They speak across different dividing lines such as those of haves and have-nots, youth and maturity, black and

    • Subjects: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
    • Source: Notebook on Black History Month 2012 (part 4) The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
    • Author: Aberjhani
    This quote is from the article "Notebook on Black History Month (Part 4): The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975."
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    "But we're dying here."

    "But we're dying here."

    • Subjects: Security
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, after being rescued from Chaeronea and relocated for training to Sanctuary, the Theban trainer Gorgias airs his doubts about Tempus and the Stepsons to Charon, the Theban commander.
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    "It's all the same -- no good without evil, no balance...no maat.  If we lose one, we lose the other.  It's just life, that's all."

    "It's all the same -- no good without evil, no balance...no maat. If we lose one, we lose the other. It's just life, that's all."

    • Subjects: Ontology
    • Source: Soul of the City
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the story "Pillar of Fire" (Janet Morris, 1986), a confrontation takes place in Niko's rest-place in a struggle for the soul of Janni, a Stepson killed by Roxane and resurrected by Ischade. "Pillar of Fire" appears in the Sacred Band of Stepsons unvierse and the Thieves' World fictional universe, published in the book "Soul of the City" (Abbey, Cherryh, Morris).
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    Time is so...fluid where I live

    Time is so...fluid where I live

    • Subjects: Ontology
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Jihan is a military character and a demi-goddess called a Froth Daughter in the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves World shared fictional universe. When she returns to aid Tempus at Niko's urging, she discusses the dimension in which she commonly lives when she is not on earth among men.
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    And Tempus thought then that nothing was more worthwhile than what was growing in this whitewashed barracks, where he has come to build a force such as men or gods have never seen -- a force worth reckoning with, if you were of a mind.  And something was

    And Tempus thought then that nothing was more worthwhile than what was growing in this whitewashed barracks, where he has come to build a force such as men or gods have never seen -- a force worth reckoning with, if you were of a mind. And something was

    • Subjects: theomachy
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band," Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons train for a battle where gods and men contest. To prepare for this conflict, Tempus must integrate the Sacred Band of Thebes and the 3rd Commando with his Stepsons. With all their gods and th Greek Fates choosing sides, the Unified Sacred Band prepare to take the field against an age-old enemy.
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    I'll Be Back

    I'll Be Back

    • Subjects: Science Fiction
    • Source: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    • Author: Arnold Schwarzenegger
    "I'll be back" is a catchphrase associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger, which he first used in his role as the title character from the 1984 science fiction thriller film The Terminator. In the original shooting script, the line was written as "I'll come back". On 21 July 2005, it was chosen as #37 on the American Film Institute list, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes. In many of his later films, Schwarzenegger uses the same line, or some variant of it. Schwarzenegger first used the line in The Terminator, after his cyborg assassin character is refused entry to the police station where his target, Sarah Connor is being housed. He tells the police clerk at the entrance desk window, "I'll be back", before returning moments later with his car, smashing it through the doors, and commencing to massacre dozens of police officers in the building. In an October 1, 2012 interview on Good Morning America, Schwarzenegger revealed that he had difficulty pronouncing the word I'll properly, and asked director James Cameron if it could be changed to "I will be back". Cameron refused, so Schwarzenegger worked to say the line as written as best he could. He would later say the line in numerous
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    In every age he had ever studied, doomsayers abounded. No millennium is attractive to the man immured in it; enough prophecies have been made in antiquity that one who desires, in any age, to take the position that apocalypse is at hand can easily defend

    In every age he had ever studied, doomsayers abounded. No millennium is attractive to the man immured in it; enough prophecies have been made in antiquity that one who desires, in any age, to take the position that apocalypse is at hand can easily defend

    • Subjects: Ontology
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Tempus was introduced via the short story, "Vashanka's Minion" by Janet Morris in the fictional shared universe of Thieves' World in the volume "Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (Ace 1980). Therein, Tempus and his sister-in-arms, Cime, both arrive in Sanctuary and confront one another.
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    "The position of orator and leader of peaceful demonstrations made [Martin Luther] King more visible. But that as an empowering liaison who won the support of white celebrities to the civil rights cause, and who channeled untold numbers of dollars toward

    "The position of orator and leader of peaceful demonstrations made [Martin Luther] King more visible. But that as an empowering liaison who won the support of white celebrities to the civil rights cause, and who channeled untold numbers of dollars toward

    • Subjects: Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination
    • Source: Countdown of 10 Amazing Moments from the Year 2011: No. 9 Belafonte's New Song
    • Author: Aberjhani
    Original quote from the article by Aberjhani reads: "The position of orator and leader of peaceful demonstrations made King more visible. But that as an empowering liaison who won the support of white celebrities to the civil rights cause, and who channeled untold numbers of dollars toward financing that cause, made Belafonte equally essential..."
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    Gods and men honor those who have fought in battle.

    Gods and men honor those who have fought in battle.

    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, after the first funeral jointly honoring members of the Sacred Band of Stepsons and the Sacred Band of Thebes fallen in battle, Tempus tells this to Niko, recasting a saying attributed to Herakleitos of Ephesos.
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    "To the death with honor, shoulder to shoulder, and no one gets closer to a Stepson than his partner."

    "To the death with honor, shoulder to shoulder, and no one gets closer to a Stepson than his partner."

    • Subjects: Loyalty
    • Source: Beyond Wizardwall
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves World fictional universe, Kama is a military character and a daughter of Tempus, commander of the Sacred Band of Stepsons. In a unit composed mostly of male couples who are bisexual, she comments ruefully to her father on her experience among them as she tries to fit and in and be consider an equal.
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    What is needed is never to be had without price.

    What is needed is never to be had without price.

    • Subjects: Discipline
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, the young soldier Nikodemos pursues mental disciplines that balance body and soul. Facing a test of his equilibrium and skill, he recalls a lesson taught him by the secular adepts of Bandara, where he was trained to bring mind and body into harmony.
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    "Gods are nothing without their worshipers; they act on the affairs and the passions of men."

    "Gods are nothing without their worshipers; they act on the affairs and the passions of men."

    • Subjects: Belief
    • Source: Tempus
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, whenever he is exhausted, the warrior-monk Nikodemos returns to the Misty Isles of Bandara where he was trained, there to receive further instruction and repair body and soul before venturing out again into an unbalanced world. Because Niko is a secular adept of Maat, his calling is to restore balance among men; because his is a fighting order, he returns to Bandara for renewal and counselling whenever his strength and zeal are spent.
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    "I must decide if you deserve to die."

    "I must decide if you deserve to die."

    • Subjects: Responsibility
    • Source: Storm Seed
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, when Cyrus, Tempus's son who has become a dragon, finds his father, the youth is intent on exacting vengeance.
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    "One lot apiece, one chance to undo an error or secure a fate."

    "One lot apiece, one chance to undo an error or secure a fate."

    • Subjects: Fate
    • Source: Tempus Unbound
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, during the novel "Tempus Unbound," blown into an unknown realm by the storm god, Tempus arrives in Lemuria in time for New Year's Eve. There he becomes part of the strangers needed to complete the Lemurian ritual in which, for one night, fates can be altered.
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    By Enlil's prong, give the boy a chance."

    By Enlil's prong, give the boy a chance."

    • Subjects: Potential
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Chris Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, in the novel, The Sacred Band, when Critias, Ari, Niko, Tempus and Straton discuss Shamshi's fitness to continue to serve with the Stepsons, Straton stands up for Shamshi.
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    Cogito ergo sum

    Cogito ergo sum

    • Author: René Descartes
    Cogito ergo sum (French: "Je pense donc je suis"; English: "I think, therefore I am") is a philosophical Latin statement proposed by René Descartes. The simple meaning of the phrase is that someone wondering whether or not he or she exists is, in and of itself, proof that something, an "I", exists to do the thinking. However, this "I" is not the more or less permanent person we call "I". It may be that the something that thinks is purely momentary, and not the same as the something which has a different thought the next moment. The phrase became a fundamental element of Western philosophy, as it was perceived to form a foundation for all knowledge. While other knowledge could be a figment of imagination, deception or mistake, the very act of doubting one's own existence serves to some people as proof of the reality of one's own existence, or at least that of one's thought. The statement is sometimes given as Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum (English: "I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am"). A common mistake is that people take the statement as proof that they, as a human person, exist. However, it is a severely limited conclusion that does nothing to prove that one's own body
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    Everyone prepares for battle in his own way.

    Everyone prepares for battle in his own way.

    • Subjects: War
    • Source: Beyond the Veil
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, before Tempus and Niko set afire a ring of naphtha they have placed around a Mygdonian encampment, Tempus watches Niko prepare for the carnage ahead using meditation but seeks no blessing from the gods or divine sanction beforehand to absolve him of guilt once he sets the fire which will kill so many sleeping men and horses.
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    Everything flows.

    Everything flows.

    • Subjects: Metaphysics
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Heraclitus
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons, Tempus counsels Stealth, called Nikodemos, with this Herakleitan saying that the Tempus has made his own.
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    Hasta la vista, baby

    Hasta la vista, baby

    "Hasta la vista, baby" is a catchphrase associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger's title character from the 1991 science fiction thriller film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The term Hasta la vista is a Spanish farewell that can be literally translated as Until the viewing and means See you later. This term with added word baby - Hasta la vista, baby - was used in the popular hit song from 1987 "Looking for a New Love" by Grammy Award Winner Jody Watley, where it was already famous. It was also used in the 1988 Tone Loc single "Wild Thing." The use of the term in Terminator 2: Judgment Day immortalized it as a worldwide popular catchphrase. Hasta la vista, baby became a world-famous catchphrase when it was used in the 1991 film Terminator 2, which was written by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr. The phrase features in an exchange between the film's characters John Connor (Edward Furlong) and the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger): John Connor: No, no, no, no. You gotta listen to the way people talk. You don't say "affirmative", or some shit like that. You say "no problemo". And if someone comes on to you with an attitude you say "eat me". And if you want to shine them on it's "hasta
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    Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the Tao...

    Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the Tao...

    • Source: Tao Te Ching
    • Author: Laozi
    Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the Tao, earnestly carry it into practice. Scholars of the middle class, when they have heard about it, seem now to keep it and now to lose it. Scholars of the lowest class, when they have heard about it, laugh greatly at it. If it were not (thus) laughed at, it would not be fit to be the Tao.
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    The sun is new every day

    The sun is new every day

    • Subjects: Philosophy
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    Janet Morris has used Heraclitus (Herakleitos) of Ephesus (Ephesos) in her Sacred Band of Stepsons literary series as Tempus' alter ego, and in the Heroes in Hell fictional universe, most notably in the Heroes in Hell novel, The Little Helliad, written with Chris Morris. This quotation, one of many Heraclitan quotes spoken by her character Tempus in the Sacred Band literary series, is from the novel, The Sacred Band (Janet Morris & Chris Morris, 2011; Kerlak).
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    “Equality must be maintained, if it is promised.”

    “Equality must be maintained, if it is promised.”

    • Subjects: Equality
    • Source: The Sacred Band
    • Author: Janet Morris
    In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, Gorgias voices doubts to Charon, leader of the survivors of the Theban Sacred Band in the strange land, a world away, to which the Thebans have come to fight on other days.
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