When the identity is realized, I as swordsman see no opponent confronting me and threatening to strike me. I seem to transform myself into the opponent, and every movement he makes as well as every thought he conceives are felt as if they were my own and I intuitively...know when and how to strike him.
Quentin had an obsolete sailing ship that had been raised from the dead. He had psychotically effective swordsman and an enigmatic witch-queen. It wasn't the Fellowship of the Ring, but then again he wasn't trying to save the world from Sauron, he was trying to perform a tax audit on a bunch of hick islanders...
Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the mud stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime records unique, violin player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Power loves not the light of day, nor the attention of curious eyes. In darkness it thrives most... A lord may send his army hither and thither, but the true testing of his power is in those places where his army is not... Has he sent its long fingers far enough through the backstreets and alleys, into the drinking dens and the lending-houses, so that he may gather them unto himself and hold them firm without a single swordsman?
Did you hear about the recently discovered temple in the Sudan ?" I stared at him. "Yeah. I'm a regular reader of National Geographic." Ol' Frankie's brows quirked. "You wield sarcasm, madam, as well as a master swordsman does." "Gee, thanks." I smiled at him and batted my lashes. Quit flirting . Patrick flicked the command into my head. He sounded half-annoyed, half-amused. I'm not flirting. Quit being cute and likeable. An impossible request. I've always been too adorable for words.
Egyptians undergo an odd personality change behind the wheel of a car. In every other setting, aggression and impatience are frowned upon. The unofficial Egyptian anthem "Bokra, Insha'allah, Malesh" (Tomorrow, God Willing, Never Mind) isn't just an excuse for laziness. In a society requiring millennial patience, it is also a social code dictating that no one make too much of a fuss about things. But put an Egyptian in the driver's seat and he shows all the calm and consideration of a hooded swordsman delivering Islamic justice.
Melisande lay in bed in the loft of her cottage in Graebrok Forest north of Odr. Wide awake and blinking in the dark, she listened to the mice above her head. Nearly a moon past, her swordsman had repaired a crack in the eaves before returning to the towers and yards of Merhafr, the great port on the Njorth Sea, where he served as a King's Ranger. His name was Othin, taken from a god of wisdom, trickery and war. What such a one knew of carpentry, well, that was open to question. But he knew other things. Nice things.
Dr. Watson's summary list of Sherlock Holmes's strengths and weaknesses: "1. Knowledge of Literature: Nil. 2. Knowledge of Philosophy: Nil. 3. Knowledge of Astronomy: Nil. 4. Knowledge of Politics: Feeble. 5. Knowledge of Botany: Variable. Well up in belladonna, opium, and poisons generally. Knows nothing of practical gardening. 6. Knowledge of Geology: Practical but limited. Tells at a glance different soils from each other. After walks has shown me splashes upon his trousers, and told me by their colour and consistence in what part of London he had received them. 7. Knowledge of Chemistry: Profound. 8. Knowledge of Anatomy: Accurate but unsystematic. 9. Knowledge of Sensational Literature: Immense. He appears to know every detail of every horror perpetrated in the century. 10. Plays the violin well. 11. Is an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman. 12. Has a good practical knowledge of British law.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Think of all the stories you've heard, Bast. You have a young boy, the hero. His parents are killed he sets out for vengeance. What next?" Bast hesitated, his expression puzzled. Chronicler answered the question instead. "He finds help. A clever talking squirrel. An old drunken swordsman. A mad hermit in the woods. That sort of thing." Kvothe nodded. "Exactly! He finds the mad hermit in the woods, proves himself worthy, and learns the names of all things, just like Taborlin the Great. Then with these powerful magics at his beck and call, what does he do?" Chronicler shrugged. "He finds the villains and kills them." "Of course, " Kvothe said grandly. "Clean, quick, and easy as lying. We know how it ends practically before it starts. That's why stories appeal to us. They give us the clarity and simplicity our real lives lack.
ITS LEGIBLY UNIMAGINABLE, MATHEMATICALLY INCALCULABLE INEXTRICABLY INFALIBLE LET'S NOT FORGET UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE OR MORALLY UNSERMOUNTABLE TO ASSUME THAT I COULD LOSE IF I BATTLED YOU MY SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE IS 1602 100 BARS WAS JUST A GLIMPSE OF THE TRUTH PHYSICAL PROOF THAT I'M THE BEST AT THIS I'VE CONTRUCTED SENTENCES THAT'LL STAND LONGER THEN STONE HENGES MEGALITHS MY 1ST AND 2ND ALBUMS CONSISTS OF MORE THEN A MILLION TERABITS MORE THEN ANY OF YOU RAPPERS EVER SPIT VOTE FOR ME AS PRESIDENT, IN ABOUT A DAY OR SO I BE UP IN THE WHITE HOUSE GETTING FELETIO BY AN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT WITH DEEP THROAT BUTT NAKED ON THE FLOOR KNEE DEEP IN SOME COKE OR ON A SPEAKER PHONE FREESTYLING WITH SOME OF MY FOLKS HUMPING A HO TAMPERING WITH THE REPUBLICAN VOTE I'M LIKE MEL GIBSON IN BRAVEHEART, FIGHTING SWORDSMAN DODGING ARROWS FROM THE ARCHES 'CAUSE I'M A HORESMAN FLYING CIRCLES AROUND YOU LIKE FLYING SAUCERS FLYING CIRCLES AROUND THE ROYAL AIR FORCE'S FLYING FORTRESS MAXIMIZE MY WINS, MINIMIZE MY LOSES TIL I'M EXHAUSTED THEN LOUNGE LIKE THE LYRICISTS ON RAWKUS I'M UNSIGNED RIGHT NOW, IT'S LIKE I'M AN ORPHAN LOOKING FOR A HOME TAKING ALL CALLS AND OFFERS NOTIFY THE PRINCE AND THE DUKE OF EARL I'M PROBABLY THE ILLEST ENGLISH SPEAKING MC IN THE WORLD GHETTO FABULOUS, VERBALLY HAZARDOUS ASK ANY BAPTIST, ROMAN CATHOLIC OR SATANIC ACTIVIST EVEN THEM TRIPPY HIPPIES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES KNOW ABOUT CANIBUS I'VE GOT RHYMES LIKE BEADS ON AN ABACUS MY STYLES TOTALLY OUT THE BRACKET SCIENTIST IN THICK GLASSES AND POCKET PROTECTORS WANT TO PATENT IT MY TALENT IS UNMATCHED BY ANY RAPPER IN THIS RAPPING BIZ BY ANY RAPPER ON THIS PLANET'S GRID SHOW ME WHERE HE IS, I SIGN THE ORDENANCE TO BOMB HIS COORDINANTS WITH AGENT ORANGE AND TORTURE HIM BURN THE SKIN OFF OF HIM, THROW A TOWEL ON HIM AND STOMP ON HIM RIP THE TOWEL OFF THEN POUR SALT ON HIM CONTINUE MY VERBAL ASSAULT ON HIM TIL ITS 12 IN THE MORNING AND TURN INTO THE WEREWOLF MONSTER ON HIM RIP HIS HEART OUT, EAT IT WHILE ITS STILL PUMPING THE BLOOD STILL RUNNING, IT TASTES LIKE BOILED DUMPLINGS STARVING ARTIST, I TURNED DOWN SCHOLARSHIPS TO OXFORD COLLEGE 'CAUSE I HEARD THEY DIDN'T SERVE PORRIDGE SMARTEST THEN ANY MAN IN SCOTLAND YARD IS USED TO WORK FOR MI6 BUT QUIT 'CAUSE I COULDN'T TAKE ORDERS I WAS THE ORIGINAL JAMES BOND BEFORE SEAN CONN', ROGER MOORE, TIMOTHY DALTON AND PIERCE BROSMAN THE MOST AWESOME WALKING, TALKING, BREATHING ENGLISH SPEAKING MC IN THE EUROPEAN REGION RIP YOU TO PIECES LIKE COMMUNISM LEAFLETS BEEF WITH 'BIS IS LIKE PLAYING CHESS WITHOUT THE PIECES MODERN CHRISTIANS WITHOUT JESUS, RASTA'S WITHOUT REEFER JAMAICAN'S IN PRINCETON WITHOUT VISA'S RADIO'S WITHOUT SPEAKERS, MOTHER NATURE WITHOUT THE 4 SEASONS WITHOUT A JACKET OUTSIDE WHEN ITS FREEZING I'MA TELL YOU STRAIGHT UP, NO LIE CANIBUS IS THE ILLEST MOTHERFUCKER ALIVE HA HA HA HA HA THE EVIL SPIRIT OF RAP, THE EVIL RAPPER RIP THE JACKE