Do not seek to find hope among your leaders. They are the repositories of poison. Their interest in you extends only so far as their ability to control you. For you, they seek duty and obedience, and they will ply you with the language of stirring faith. They seek followers, and woe to those who question, or voice challenge. ― Steven Erikson, Midnight Tides
War needs no gods, only mortal contestants, two enemies and whatever reasons they invent in order to justify killing each other. ― Steven Erikson, House of Chains
We are all communists with our closest friends, and feudal lords when dealing with small children. ― David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years
Solitary pleasures will always exist, but for most human beings, the most pleasurable activities almost always involve sharing something: music, food, liquor, drugs, gossip, drama, beds.
― David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years