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1-> "I could take over the universe with this army if I could ever get all their weapons pointed in the same direction."˛--> -- '''Aral Vorkosigan''', ''Shards of Honor''˛˛-> Oh, do that again!˛--> -- '''Cordelia''' thinks this after seeing Aral smile for the first time.˛˛->'''Aral''': You pour out honor all around you, like a fountain.\˛'''Cordelia''': That's funny. I don't feel full of honor, or anything else.\˛'''Aral''': Naturally. Fountains keep nothing for themselves.˛--> -- ''Shards of Honor''˛˛->"The real unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, without anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future.˛˛->But the crimes they hope to prevent in that future are imaginary. The ones they commit in the present - they are real."˛--> -- '''Aral Vorkosigan''', [[spoiler:referring to himself]] when discussing the the nature of evil, ''Shards of Honor''˛˛-> "You're a Betan! You can't do--"˛--> -- '''Vidal Vordarian''' to '''Cordelia Vorkosigan''', just before she does. ''Barrayar''˛˛->"He becomes whatever is required of him. Not a conscious process, I don't think. Piotr expects a loyal retainer, and Bothari plays the part, deadpan as you please. Vorrutyer wanted a monster, and Bothari became his torturer. And victim. I demanded a good soldier, and he became one for me. You..." his voice softened, "you are the only person I know who looks at Bothari and sees a hero. So he becomes one for you. He clings to you because you create him a greater man than he ever dreamed of being."˛--> -- '''Aral Vorkosigan''' to Cordelia about Bothari, ''Barrayar''˛˛->"Barrayar eats its children."˛--> -- '''Cordelia Vorkosigan''', ''Barrayar''˛˛->"Welcome to Barrayar, son. Here you go; have a world of wealth and poverty, wrenching change and rooted history. Have a birth; have two. Have a name. Miles means "soldier", but don't let the power of suggestion overwhelm you. Have a twisted form in a society that loathes and fears the mutations that have been its deepest agony. Have a title, wealth, power, and all the envy and hatred they will draw. Have your body ripped apart and rearranged. Inherit an array of friends and enemies you never made. Have a grandfather from hell. Endure pain, find joy, and make your own meaning, because the universe certainly isn't going to supply it. Always be a moving target. Live. Live. Live." ˛--> -- '''Cordelia Vorkosigan''' to her newborn son Miles, ''Barrayar''˛˛->"When my father was home on leave one time from the Betan Astronomical Survey, we made model gliders together. Two things were required to get them to fly. First we had to give them a running start. Then we had to let them go." She sighed. "Learning just when to let go was the hardest part." ˛--> -- '''Cordelia Vorkosigan''', watching a five-year-old Miles in the Epilogue of ''Barrayar''˛˛-> "A junior officer is required to stand and salute when a senior officer enters. Not hide under the bed."˛--> -- '''Miles''' to Ivan when his father knocks on the door, ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> ''Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan. Occupation: security risk. Hobbies: falling off walls, disappointing sick old men to death, making girls cry...''˛--> -- '''Miles''' feeling sorry for himself. ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> "- unless you happen to be carrying two pairs of swords and are prepared to, say, offer an insult to Pilot Officer Mayhew's mother, you will simply have to - ah - contain yourself."˛--> -- '''Miles''' protecting his new liegeman from Betan Security, ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> "Being Vor is - is like wearing an invisible uniform you can never take off."˛--> -- '''Miles''' explaining to Mayhew why he should call him 'my lord'. ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> "Repeat after me. I, Bazil Jesek, do testify I am, am, am a forsworn military vassal of Gregor Vorbarra, but I take service anyway under-under-under this lunatic in front of me - make that, this Vor lunatic - as an armsman simple, and will hold him as my liege commander until my death or his releases me."˛--> -- '''Miles''' swearing in Baz Jesek, ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> "Oh, was that liquor of yours a stimulant?" asked Elena. "I wondered why he didn't fall asleep."˛-> "Couldn't you tell?" chuckled Mayhew.˛-> "Not really."˛-> Mayhew's laughter faded. "My God," he said hollowly, "you mean he's like that ''all the time?''"˛--> -- '''Arde Mayhew''' learns an awful truth about his new liege lord. ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> ''They followed me home, Dad. Can I keep them?''˛--> -- '''Miles''' on his new Dendarii Mercenaries. ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> A true Vor does not bury his face in his liegewoman's breast and cry - even if he is at a convenient height for it.˛--> -- '''Miles''' to himself as things get complicated, ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> He had not demanded the Sergeant's nocturnal company on the grounds that there were Things in his closet since he was four.˛--> -- '''Miles''' worried about 'Things' growing in his new bathroom. ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> "Other people get to hallucinate orgies and giant cicadas and things. What do I get? Relatives. I can see relatives when I'm conscious. It's not fair..."˛--> -- '''Miles''' thinking Ivan is another hallucination. ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> "Ivan, one of these days somebody is going to pull out a weapon and plug you, and you're going to die in bewilderment, crying, 'What did I say? What did I say?'"˛--> -- '''Miles''' on Ivan's lack of tact. ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> "When the time came to leap in faith, whether you had your eyes open or closed or screamed all the way down or not made no practical difference."˛--> -- '''Miles''' on leaps of faith, ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> "Your forward momentum is going to lead all your followers over a cliff someday. On the way down, you'll convince 'em all they can fly. Lead on, my lord. I'm flapping as hard as I can."˛--> -- '''Mayhew''' on Miles' leadership style. ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> Only on Barrayar would pulling a loaded needler start a stampede ''toward'' one.˛--> -- '''Miles''' on his compatriots' dubious sanity. ''Warrior's Apprentice''˛˛-> ''We don't just march on the future, we charge it.''˛-->-- '''Miles'''' thoughts on his fellow Imperial War College graduates. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "Other than that, how was Kyril Island, Ensign Vorkosigan?"˛--> -- '''Count Vorkosigan''' being facetious. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "I could play Naismith again, sure. It's ''stopping'' playing Naismith that scares me."˛--> -- '''Miles''' most emphatically ''not'' joking. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "Gregor! Am I glad to see you. ''What the hell are you doing here?''˛--> -- '''Miles''' upon encountering his emperor in a most unlikely place. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> ''Maybe we ought to send him to the salt mines for two weeks every year, to keep him happy and content with his regular job.''˛--> -- '''Miles''' noting Gregor seems to almost enjoy being slave labor. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "Accident? Maybe... Your 'accidents,' I once noticed, have ways of entangling your enemies that are the green envy of mature and careful strategists."˛--> -- '''Captain Tung''' on Miles as a strategist. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "A parole is a promise given between honorable enemies. Your honor I am willing to assume. But are you thus declaring yourself Our enemy?"˛--> -- '''Gregor''' in the role of emperor to the renegade General Metzov. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "I'm Vor, ma'am. In a sense, ''the'' Vor. Risk in service is the Vorish trade. I wouldn't assume my value was infinite, if I were you." ˛--> -- '''Gregor''' still in emperor-mode, ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> ''Homicidal paranoids are as familiar as breakfast, I had one for a bodyguard for seventeen years.''˛--> -- '''Miles''' finding Cavilo almost homey and routine. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "How many people ''are'' you, anyway?"˛--> -- '''Commander Cavilo''' asking Miles a very good question. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> ''I may be small, but I screw up big because I'm standing on the shoulders of GIANTS.''˛--> -- '''Miles''' unhappy with how things are going. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "Auson, you can be a real shithead sometimes, but dammit, you can fight when you have to. I've seen you. In the tight and the bad and the crazy, I'll take you at my back over any other captain in the fleet."˛--> -- '''Tung''' sincerely apologizing to Captain Auson. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "[Emperor Gregor] is safe, but in great danger."˛--> -- '''Miles''' being less than clear if perfectly accurate. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "- you sure are hard on your commanding officers."˛--> -- ''Elena Bothari-Jesek'' as Captain Ungari (the third superior officer that Miles has had thrown in the brig in that novel) is dragged away. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> " I reading too much into all that innuendo, or did you in fact just connive to assassinate Gregor in one breath, offer to cuckold him in the next, accuse your father of homosexuality, suggest a patricidal plot against him, and league yourself with Cavilo... what are you going to do for an encore?"˛--> -- A very bemused '''Elena''' on Miles's negotiations. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "His meds must be further off-dose than I thought."˛--> -- '''Gregor''' playing up to Miles' bluff. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> '''Miles''': You realize, Gregor, you did this? Sabotaged the Cetagandan invasion singlehandedly?\˛'''Gregor''': Oh, it took both hands.˛--> -- ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "Both my parents died in political intrigue before I turned five years old. A fact you might have researched. Did you think you were dealing with an ''amateur?''"˛--> -- '''Gregor''' explaining Cavilo's mistake to her. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "Gregor, I'm sorry, but I just don't think Mad Emperor Gregor is in the cards. It's your ''advisors'' who are going to go crazy."˛--> -- '''Miles''' reassuring his cousin on his mental health. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "The cream pie of justice flies one way."˛--> -- '''Miles''' again, on why it is really too late for Gregor to shove a torte up his nose. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "I admit, I didn't have a direct order to rescue Gregor, I just assumed you'd want it done. Sir."˛--> -- '''Miles''' daring to be ironic to his acerb superior. ''The Vor Game''˛˛-> "All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means. Chou En Lai, Twentieth Century, Earth"˛--> -- '''Miles''' repeating a famous - and applicable - quote, ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> "Try not to start a war single... mouthed, eh?"˛--> -- '''Miles''' to the famously tactless Ivan, ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> "If I knew how the haut women do it I'd bottle it and sell it. No, better - I think I'd keep it for myself."˛--> -- Madame Maz on the famous haut-lady allure. ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> ''Ooh, I adore competent women. Do you have a younger sister, milady Maz?''˛--> -- '''Miles''' being impressed. ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> "- No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy." ''Not when the enemy is me.''˛--> -- '''Miles''' indulging in a little justified egotism. ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> He'd always wanted to save the Empire. The Cetagandan just wasn't the empire he'd pictured, was all.˛--> -- '''Miles''' losing it, ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> ''A Degtiar empress named Lisbet / Trapped a satrap lord neatly in his net / Enticed into treason / For all the wrong reasons / He'll soon have a crash with his kismet.''˛--> -- '''Miles''' having an attack of limericks. ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> ''Stop it. These women are users, you know that. Oh, God, let me be used...''˛--> -- '''Miles''' on ghem ladies. ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> "I think you're panicking post-maturely. In fact if you were panicking any later it would be practically posthumously."˛--> -- '''Ivan''' on their increasingly dire situation. ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> "In my experience, milady, we can never get back to exactly where we started, no matter how hard we try."˛--> -- '''Miles''' surprising Rian. ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> "Agh! What did you think? That because he's taller, and, and cuter, he had to be running this show? It's the haut way, isn't it? You-you ''morons!'' I'm the brains of this outfit!"˛--> -- '''Miles''' rants. ''Cetaganda''˛˛-> "- egalitarians adjust to aristocracies just fine, as long as they get to be the aristocrats."˛--> -- '''Miles''' quoting his mother. ''Cetaganda'' ˛˛-> ''Body of Imperial Officer Found in Flesh-Czar's Dream Palace. Death From Exhaustion?''˛--> -- '''Miles''' imagining the headlines back home if he dies in Ryoval's. ''Labyrinth''˛˛-> "Take off your clothes, and lie down with me as ''humans'' do. Men and women."˛--> -- '''Taura''' making a very blunt proposition. ''Labyrinth''˛˛-> ''Trapped in Ryoval's basement with a sex-starved teenage werewolf.''˛--> -- '''Miles's''' thoughts on the subject. ''Labyrinth''˛˛-> "It's not how much force you use. It's where you apply it."˛--> -- '''Miles''' giving Taura her first lesson in tactics. ''Labyrinth''˛˛-> "The little man is mine. You gave him to me yourself. He came ''back'' for me. Hurt him one little bit, and I'll tear your head off and then I'll drink your blood."˛--> -- '''Taura''' being very convincing. ''Labyrinth''˛˛-> "This is a paid political rescue."˛--> -- '''Miles''' explaining himself. ''The Borders of Infinity''˛˛-> "We're not something wriggling with too many legs that you found in your sleeping bag. The proper tone of voice is ''Mercenaries!'' - with a glad cry."˛--> -- '''Miles''' again on being displeased with Beatrice's initial response. ''The Borders of Infinity''˛˛-> "If I got assassinated now my father would kill me."˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan''' explaining why dying just now would be really, really bad politically. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "So? Stun them all, God will recognize his own."˛--> -- '''Admiral Naismith's''' suggestion on how to deal with drunken Dendarii. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "Think of the London police not as your enemies, but as your dearest friends. They are, you know. Because until they get done with you, I can't start."˛--> -- '''Admiral Naismith''' to those same drunken Dendarii. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "Gods, I've fallen in love with a man who thinks he's an onion."˛--> '''Elli Quinn''' on Admiral Naismith, Lieutenant Vorkosigan and Lord Vorkosigan. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "If you're acquiring a secret desire to be shot in the back, please let me know at lest twenty-six-point-seven hours in advance, so I can activate my retirement."˛--> -- '''Simon Illyan''' being 'acerb' to Aral Vorkosigan. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "But Miles - our mysterious and wealthy strangers want to hire Admiral Naismith to kidnap Lord Miles Vorkosigan from the Barrayaran embassy."˛--> -- '''Elli Quinn''' repeating an offer Miles cannot refuse. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> ''Well, I always was my own worst enemy.''˛--> '''Miles Vorkosigan''' at first sight of his clone twin. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "I don't know. Which me were you expecting?"˛--> -- '''Miles''' to his new cellmate Duv Galeni. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "For one thing, my father has never abandoned me in the presence of an enemy."˛--> -- '''Miles''' explaining his loyalty to Aral to Ser Galen. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> '''Mark to Ser Galen:''' No. I'm not talking much.\˛'''Miles on fast-penta:''' That's out of character.˛--> -- ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "Miles, what have you done with your baby brother?!"˛--> -- What '''Miles''' imagines his mother will say about his clone. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "Nobody gets to chose their relatives anyway, clone or no. I mean, given a choice, would you pick Ivan Vorpatril for your cousin?"˛--> -- '''Miles''' on family. ''Brothers In Arms''˛˛-> "I'm not panicking, I'm watching you panic. It's more entertaining."˛--> '''Elli Quinn''' remaining calm in the usual crisis. ''Brothers in Arms''˛˛-> "No, no, never send interim reports. Only final ones. Interim reports tend to elicit orders. Which you must then either obey, or spend valuable time and energy evading, which could be using to solve the problem."˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan's''' command philosophy. ''Brothers in Arms''˛˛-> "Some people have an evil twin. I am not so lucky. What I have is an ''idiot'' twin."˛--> -- '''Admiral Naismith''' about Mark Vorkosigan, ''Mirror Dance''˛ ˛->"[[FamousLastWords Wait, I haven't]]--"˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan''', ''Mirror Dance''˛˛-> '''Lord Mark''': I haven't asked for anything.\˛'''Emperor Gregor''': I know. Honorable, but stupid. You may fit right in here yet.˛--> -- ''Mirror Dance''˛˛-> "He had an aura... I don't know how to describe it. Except... I could picture large thugs in dark alleyways scrambling to get out of his way."˛--> -- '''Rowan Durona''' on a thoroughly pissed Lord Mark Vorkorsigan, ''Mirror Dance''˛˛-> "Excuse me. I've been dead, lately, and my brain isn't working too well."˛--> -- '''Miles''', ''Mirror Dance''˛˛-> "Or maybe he's going to leave us in here together until ''I'' kill you."˛--> -- '''Rowan Durona''', trapped in a guest suite with a hyperactive (no other kind) Miles, ''Mirror Dance''˛˛-> "[Illyan] does acerb better than almost anyone I know."˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan''' on his [[TheSpymaster boss]], ''Mirror Dance''˛˛-> '''Taura''': Was it love at first sight, for you?\˛'''Miles''': Mm... no, truthfully. It was more like terror at first sight. Falling in love took, oh, an hour or so.˛--> -- ''Memory''.˛˛-> "Oh, we can find you wherever you are."˛--> -- [=ImpSec=] humor at its best(?), ''Memory''˛˛-> "It's said that [Imperial Auditors] used to be able to ride the countryside with bags of gold hanging off their saddles and almost no guards, and the bandits would secretly ride point to clear their paths."˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan''' on Imperial Auditors in the Time of Isolation, ''Memory''˛˛-> "The point is, you haven't let the lack of half-marks stop you. Or the rules. Or respect for reality, as far as I can tell."˛--> -- '''Ivan Vorpatril''' on Miles to Miles, ''Memory''˛˛-> "It's part of my job to keep him alive, Martin. You wouldn't embarrass me, would you?"˛--> -- Miles' [=ImpSec=] guard to his kid brother just hired on as Miles' driver, ''Memory''˛˛-> "[Gregor] has these historically well-founded genetic paranoias about - well - paranoia."˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan''' on Emperor Gregor's resistance to a Vor bride, ''Memory''˛˛-> "I never saw you face a wall that, if you couldn't go over it, you'd not try to find some way around, through, or under, or blow it up with sapper's charges. Or just bang your head against it till it fell down."˛--> -- '''Ivan Vorpatril''' talking about his favorite cousin again, ''Memory''˛˛-> '''Simon''': Miles? Are you all right?˛-> '''Miles''': I'm just... wrestling with temptation.˛-> '''Simon''': Who's winning?˛-> '''Miles''': I think... I think I'm going for the best two falls out of three.˛--> -- ''Memory''˛˛-> ''I'm tired of playing wall.''˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan's''' moment of epiphany, ''Memory''˛˛-> '''Ivan:''' You're acting just like you do when you play Admiral Naismith, except without the Betan accent. Full tilt forward, no inhibitions, innocent bystanders scramble for their lives. I suppose you'll say terror is good for me, clears the arteries or something.\˛'''Miles:''' Do you consider yourself an innocent bystander?\˛'''Ivan:''' God knows I try to be.˛--> -- ''Memory''˛˛-> "The thought of all that incoming maternal concern makes me want to duck and run."˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan''' on his mother's imminent arrival, ''Memory''˛˛-> "Money, power, sex... and elephants."˛--> -- '''Simon Illyan''' on the basic human drives. ''Memory''˛˛-> '''Simon''': Do you suppose all the fish in your lake have been stolen?\˛'''Miles''': They'd have to catch 'em first.˛--> -- ''Memory''˛˛-> "Some fellows you have to hit with a brick to get their attention. Some you have to hit with a ''big'' brick."˛--> '''Martya Koudelka''' on clueless males. ''Memory''˛˛-> "Impulse does work as slowly as that sometimes. Particularly when you're having a really bad idea." ''I should know.''˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan''', ''Memory''˛˛->"Anything done twice on Barrayar is tradition."˛--> -- '''Simon Illyan''', ''Memory''˛˛-> ''So does this mean seven thousand years bad luck?''˛--> -- '''Lord Auditor Vorkosigan''' referring to the broken solar mirror, ''Komarr'˛˛-> "I once slept for six weeks on bare dirt. With ten thousand extremely grubby Marilacans, many of whom snored."˛--> -- '''Miles''' assuring his hostess, Ekaterin Vorsoisson, that he will be happy to sleep in her workroom, ''Komarr''˛˛-> "All the geniuses I ever met were so just part of the time. To qualify, you only have to be great once, you know. Once when it matters."˛--> -- '''Lord Auditor Vorthys''' on genius and Miles, ''Komarr''˛˛-> " - the whole Barrayaran Vor system runs on nepotism. It's not a vice for us, it's a lifestyle."˛--> -- '''Miles''' on the way Barrayarans do things. ''Komarr''˛˛-> "Shopping? That's an offer seldom made to the son of my mother..."˛--> -- '''Miles''' responding to Ekaterin's invitation. ''Komarr''˛˛-> "We seduced him to the service of the Imperium. We've agreed it was the shiny boots that turned the trick."˛--> -- '''Miles''' on Duv Galeni, ''Komarr''˛˛-> '''Ekaterin''': Oh. Drat.\˛'''Miles''': Madame Vorsoisson, has it ever occurred to you that you may be just a touch oversocialized?˛--> -- Exchange while waist deep and deeper in water in ''Komarr''˛˛-> ''Ask your soldier's heart, woman. Is deserting the night before the battle any better than deserting in the heat?''˛--> -- '''Ekaterin''' meditating on leaving her husband, ''Komarr''˛˛-> ''Thank God you're safe'' and ''I'm going to strangle you with my bare hands.''˛--> -- A surprisingly common reaction to '''Miles Vorkosigan''', ''Komarr''˛˛-> ''When I go down into the ground at last, as God is my judge, I pray my best-beloved may have better to say of me than, 'He didn't hit me.'''˛--> -- '''Miles''' on the late Tien Vorsoisson, ''Komarr''˛˛-> [Miles'] eloquence had inspired his soldiers to face death in the past, or so he dimly recalled. ''Now let's try something really hard.''˛--> -- Like talking a scared nine-year-old into going to school. Of course '''Miles''' succeeds. ''Komarr''˛˛-> "We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."˛--> -- '''Miles's''' case is not going well, ''Komarr''˛˛-> Judging from the common names, the lost Barrayaran colonists had not loved their new xenobotany: damnweed, henbloat, goatbane....˛--> -- '''Miles''' reflecting on Ekaterin's Barrayaran garden, ''Komarr''˛˛-> '''Ekaterin''' Were the Vor lords afraid of their wives getting the drop on them?\˛'''The Professora''': Remembering my grandmother, it's possible.˛--> -- A discussion on Vorfemme knives. ''Komarr''˛˛-> "My, the vacuum is hard out today..."˛--> -- '''Ekaterin''''s first idea for a conversational gambit, quickly discarded, ''Komarr''˛˛->"I know girls who [[YeGoodeOldeDays pine for it]]. They like to [[GorgeousPeriodDress play dress up]] and pretend being Vor ladies of old, [[RescueRomance rescued from menace]] by [[KnightInShiningArmor romantic Vor youths]]. For some reason they never play ''[[DeathByChildbirth dying in childbirth]]'' or ''vomiting your guts up from the red dysentery'' or ''weaving until you go blind and crippled from arthritis and dye poisoning'' or ''[[OffingTheOffspring infanticide]]''. Well, they do die romantically of disease sometimes. But somehow it's always an illness that makes you [[VictorianNovelDisease interestingly pale and everyone sorry]], and doesn't involve losing bowel control."˛--> -- '''Ekaterin''' deconstructs the heck out of some tropes in ''Komarr''˛˛-> ''Someday, Miles, I hope you live to have a dozen subordinates just like you.''˛--> -- '''Simon Illyan''' formally curses his most impossible subordinate. ''Komarr''˛˛-> "The devil's bargain part about being Vor, which a lot of people including some Vor overlook, is that our lives are made for sacrifice."˛--> -- '''Miles''' explaining why holding Ekaterin and the Professora hostage won't work, ''Komarr''˛˛-> '''Foscol''': That was longer ago.\˛'''Professora Vorthys''': Ah, I see. So the difference between a criminal and a hero is the order in which their vile crimes are committed. And justice comes with a sell-by date. In that case, you'd better hurry. You wouldn't want your heroism to spoil.˛--> -- '''The [[CoolOldLady Professora]]''' demonstrates how it does not pay to rationalize in front of a historian. ''Komarr''˛˛-> '''Foscol''': We are not terrorists.\˛ '''Miles''': No? You've succeeded in terrifying ''me''.˛--> -- ''Komarr'˛˛-> The man could charm snakes from their holes, nine-year-olds from locked bathrooms, and Komarran terrorists from their bunkers.˛--> -- '''Ekaterin Vorsoisson's''' opinion of Miles. ''Komarr''˛˛-> "Lord Vorkosigan. Can I take a number and get in line?"˛--> -- '''Ekaterin''' after Miles lists his former romantic interests.˛˛-> In between inspiring you to strangle him with your bare hands, he could make you proud enough to cry.˛--> --'''Ivan Vorpatril''' about Miles, ''A Civil Campaign''˛˛-> "Oh, yes. I've met several of his girlfriends, in fact. The most appalling bunch of bloodthirsty amazons you ever saw. God, they were frightening."˛--> -- '''Mark''', remembering Elena, Elli and Taura.˛˛-> "One of the many fascinating side effects of testosterone I am discovering, along with the amazing mood-swings."˛--> -- '''Lord Dono''' on the effects of his [[GenderBender sex change]], ''A Civil Campaign''˛˛-> Worse, Illyan might say something... dry.˛--> -- '''Miles''' deciding ''not'' to wear his Dendarii Mercenary admiral uniform to his dinner party, ''A Civil Campaign''˛˛-> "It wasn't my fault, it's not my job, you can't make me."˛--> -- '''Lord Ivan Vorpatril's mantra''', ''A Civil Campaign''˛˛-> '''Ekaterin''': "Lord Vorkosigan!"˛-> '''Miles''': "Madame? At your command!"˛-> '''Ekaterin''': "Good. Will you marry me?"˛--> -- '''Ekaterin's''' very public proposal, '''Miles''' accepts.˛˛-> ''I'm engaged to be married. To this woman here. Isn't she pretty? Mine, Mine, Mine. She's smart too. She asked me! I'm engaged to be married, to this woman!''˛--> -- '''Miles''' is gleeful over his engagement.˛˛-> "- it's like being being mugged in a dark alley by a goddess. You're not the same man after."˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan''' describing sex with Taura to Roic, ''Winterfair Gifts''˛˛-> "I know replicator gestation is better, more responsible in every way. It's not as if they are being ''shortchanged''."˛--> -- '''Lady Ekaterin Vorkosigan''' protesting too much, ''Diplomatic Immunity''˛˛-> "Remarkable. I do believe, Lord Auditor Vorkosigan, that is the first time I've ever seen a fast-penta interrogation conducted without the fast-penta."˛--> -- '''Adjudicator Leutwyn''' on Miles' almost hypnotic interrogation technique, ''Diplomatic Immunity''˛˛-> "I wouldn't dare die. There's this fierce Vor lady who threatened she'd kill me if I did."˛--> -- '''Miles Vorkosigan''' referring to his wife, ''Diplomatic Immunity''˛˛-> "''Lady Vorkosigan'' did seem a title to conjure with."˛--> -- '''Lady Ekaterin Vorkosigan''' on how she managed to make two empires listen up, ''Diplomatic Immunity''˛˛-> "- you can't mistake him, top of his head would be about level with your shoulder, carries a cane, talks a blue streak -"˛--> -- '''Roic''' describing his boss, ''Cryoburn''˛˛->'''Miles:''' My case budget allows for a lot of discretion, you know.˛->'''[[BeleagueredBureaucrat Vorlynkin:]]''' Then I really wish you'd ''buy'' some.˛--> -- Vorlynkin grows exasperated with the Lord Auditors apparent [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight disregard for any local laws]] ''Cryoburn''.˛˛->"Count Vorkosigan, sir?"˛-->-- '''Miles's''' worst nightmare comes true, ''Cryoburn''˛˛->"The man has carried me since I was five years old. It's my turn."˛--> -- '''Emperor Gregor Vorbarra''', ''Cryoburn''˛˛->'''By''': She's quite well-looking, I assure you. You need have no fear on that score.˛->'''Ivan''': Are you implying I'd refuse to supply assistance to a homely girl?˛--> -- '''By''' trying too hard to get '''Ivan''' to help '''Tej'''. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> "Unhand Lady Vorpatril!"˛--> -- '''Ivan''' channeling his cousin Count Falco. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> "It's rumored that all of House Ryoval was taken down by a single [=ImpSec=] agent, after the old baron pissed Barrayar off somehow."˛--> -- '''Tej''' explaining to '''Rish''' why they have to be careful of [=ImpSec=]. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> '''Tej''': Has Morozov much special training in interrogation?\˛'''Desplains''': Actually he trains interrogators.˛--> -- '''Tej''' learning she is out of her league. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''.˛˛-> "The Vorkosigan family motto might as well be, ''Anything worth achieving is worth overachieving''".˛--> -- '''Ivan Vorpatril''' on his family. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> ''Gregor'', he'd said. As if it might be just any Gregor off the street, and not, say, ''the absolute ruler of three worlds'', as far above a Great House baron as a baron was above a gutter grubber. ˛--> -- '''Tej''', fuming about how Ivan had led her astray concerning his status on Barrayar. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> "So Byerly, who came to warn us, and the Immigration officers, and those Dome cops who were trying to arrest Ivan Xav for kidnapping me, which he ''didn't'', all arrived at once before anyone had drunk any coffee."˛--> -- '''Tej, Lady Vorpatril''' describing her wedding. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> '''Tej''' ''(to Ivan)'': I don't suppose ''you'' could sleep with Byerly...\˛'''Rish''': Only if I can watch.˛--> -- Speculating on possible partners in adultery. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''.˛˛-> "Is everything horrible made not so?"˛--> -- '''Rish''' upon discovering that the parents she and '''Tej''' thought dead are alive.˛˛-> "What the ''hell'', Simon?"˛--> -- A question more people should have asked, sooner. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''.˛˛-> ''Welcome to Chez Vorpatril. Please take a seat, I will be your spine for this evening...''˛--> -- '''Ivan''' annoyed with an intimidated Byerly. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''.˛˛-> ''"Where are my children, you worthless sack of greed?"'''˛--> -- The elegant, half-haut '''Baronne''' revealing her inner MamaBear. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''.˛˛-> "Could you people ''stop'' trying to come up with ''novel ways to kill me'' for just one hour?"˛--> -- A justifiably fed up '''Ivan'''. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> "Guy, has [=ImpSec=] HQ always been sort of... tilted up on one side?"˛--> -- '''The Gregor''' and the answer is 'no'. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> "Oh my, that boy is ''so'' grounded!"˛--> -- '''Tej''' on her cryogenically frozen elder brother who turns out to have been TheMole. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> "It's bloody ''Jackson's Whole!'' Where enemies are killed and ''eaten!''"˛--> -- '''Byerly Vorrutyer''' on being informed of his new assignment. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> '''Tej:''' “I’ve been reading your histories. Don’t try to tell me some of your ancestors didn’t think the same way. Starting with your Aunt Cordelia’s famous Winterfair gift to your Uncle Aral, and she wasn’t even Barrayaran! Severed heads, ''really?''”˛-> '''Ivan:''' "Only the one. And I am a much more modern Barrayaran.”˛--> -- On the relative ruthlessness of Jackson's Whole and Barrayar, ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''˛˛-> "I'm afraid even [=ImpSec=] has no explanation for women's tastes in men."˛--> -- '''Captain Morozov''' on the ancestry of House Cordonah. ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''


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