Where did you find construction guys swapping dirty jokes in proto-Númenorean? Aura asked.On construction sites. Is that coffee ready?
So we fell asleep holding hands. If married couples got to do this all the time, shit if I could understand how there were ever divorces, or even fights.
Pain only matters when it happens to someone important.
I looked at the people playing, walking, loafing, hurrying, or sauntering across the little park in front of us. How many terrible stories were there, just there in front of me, never to be spoken?
Going into the Republican Party National Convention, in all objective truth, our non?winning front?runners are the sorriest collection of stuffed shirts, empty suits, self?gratulatory ignorami, and outright wig?flipped ding?dongs in the history of the Republic.
People who put principles before people are people who hate people. They don't much care about how well it works, just about how right it is... they may even like it better if it inflicts enough pain.
And just like this, all of a sudden, your people and mine will begin to talk? It only looks sudden from some places. Running off a cliff is sudden if you don't know it's there, even if you have been running toward it for days. That's not a reassuring metaphor. It isn't meant to be.
Human beings always say they prefer peace, but it takes a saint to talk us into not assaulting our neighbors.
There is a saying among those of us who have careers with the Council of Humanity that skiers, cooks, painters, and diplomats must work with what is in front of them.
Shan had always said that in any multiple choice about human motivation, the real answer was always all of the above.
If you want to learn a culture, you have to learn how to like what it likes, rather than go looking for something that you like.