The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie – Selected Quotes

heroes by joe abercrombieWhat is love anyway, but finding someone who suits you? Someone who makes up for your shortcomings? Someone you can work with. Work on. p. 106

Perhaps that was the moment you grew up, when you learned your parents were just as fallible as everyone else. p. 107

Two lads… laughing at how stupid the sheep were, not to guess what was happening… They didn’t see that they were in the pen… behind a screen of songs and stories and young men’s dreams, war was waiting, soaked to the armpits and not caring. p. 118

… you are a liability. I think you know this, and have no confidence, which makes you behave… as if you have far too much. p.127

“They’ll think more of you just seeing you up front.” “Right.” “Who knows? Maybe you will too.” p. 137

“People are even stupider in a war than the rest of the time. Thinking about how they’ll dodge the blame, or grab the glory, or save their skins, rather than about what will actually work.” p. 140

‘Get what you can with words, because words are free, but the words of an armed man ring that much sweeter. So when you talk, bring your sword.’ p.227

“Which are you, then? Mad or a heartless prick?” “I try to bridge the gap between the two.” “That right there is a bloody hero’s effort.” pp. 283-4

Always do the right thing sounds an easy rule to stick to. But when’s the right thing the wrong thing? That’s the question. p. 333

The enemy’s no more and no less of a fool, or a coward, or a hero than you are. p. 342

“Patience is as fearsome a weapon as rage. More so, in fact, ‘cause fewer men have it.” p. 398

“After what you have been through… Try to act as though it is just another day, like any other.” p. 376

“I want each man here to do the right thing… I ain’t talking about acting the hero… I’m talking about standing by your Chief. Standing with your crew. Standing with the man beside you. And above all I’m talking about not getting yourselves… killed.” pp. 380-1

“The ground is a puzzle to be solved.” p. 392

The truly frightening thing about the dead… was that she was used to them. p. 433

It’s ‘cause real life is what it is that a man needs daydreams. p. 472

“This was all a disagreement over prices?” “Just what do you think a war is?” p. 524

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