Jim Butcher

«Man. Being mostly dead is hard on a guy.»

Jim Butcher


«Murphy watched me thoughtfully for several empty seconds. Then she said, very gently, "You're a good man, Harry."»

Jim Butcher


«The characters within a book were, from a certain point of view, identical on some fundamental level ‒ there weren't any images of them, no physical tangibility whatsoever. They were pictures in the reader's head, constructs of imagination and ideas, given shape by the writer's work and skill and the reader's imagination. Parents, of a sort.»

Jim Butcher


«Right,' Thomas said. 'Where are we headed?'»

Jim Butcher


«Sure, we'd faced some things as children that a lot of kids don't. Sure, Justin had qualified for his Junior de Sade Badge in his teaching methods for dealing with pain. We still hadn't learned, though, that growing up is all about getting hurt. And then getting over it. You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you're just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something.»

Jim Butcher


«I think that men ought to treat women like something other than weaker men with breasts.»

Jim Butcher


«They don't make morgues with windows. In fact, if the geography allows for it, they hardly ever make morgues above the ground. I guess it's partly because it must be eisier to refrigerate a bunch of coffin-sized chambers in a room insulated by the earth. But that can't be all there is to it. Under the earth means a lot more than relative altitude. It's where dead things fit. Graves are under the earth. So are Hell, Gehenna, Hades, and a dozen other reported afterlives.»

Jim Butcher


«Doesn't matter how pretty you are. What's important is how pretty you feel. No one feels pretty when they hear "no" often enough.»

Jim Butcher


«It isn't about being fair and equal. It's about the difference between right and wrong." He stared out at the bloody Elinarch. "And this was wrong.»

Jim Butcher


«Do you have a little white dress? I've had this deep-seated nurse fantasy about you, Murphy.»

Jim Butcher


«The man once wrote: Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. Tolkien had that one mostly right.»

Jim Butcher


«Are you always a smartass?'»

Jim Butcher


«It isn't good to hold on too hard to the past. You can't spend your whole life looking back. Not even when you can't see what lies ahead. All you can do is keep on keeping on, and try to believe that tomorrow will be what it should be—even if it isn't what you expected.»

Jim Butcher


«You're such a cynic," Molly said.»

Jim Butcher


«Let come the forces of night! We will stand!"»

Jim Butcher


«Murphy hung up and I said, to the still-open line, "Hey, if you've got someone watching my place, could you call the cops if anyone tries to steal my Star Wars poster? It's an original."»

Jim Butcher


«Every soul is special. They’re all beautiful. They’re all far more significant than anyone on this rock realizes. I think when people are at their best, they’re acting in accordance with their soul. The ones who have gone bad don’t have bad souls. They’ve just given up on keeping in touch with them.»

Jim Butcher


«Bring it, Darth Bathrobe!»

Jim Butcher


«Most of the bad guys in the real world don't know that they are bad guys. You don't get a flashing warning sign that you're about to damn yourself. It sneaks up on you when you aren't looking.»

Jim Butcher


«Seedy wasn't a fair description for the place, because seeds imply eventual regrowth and renewal.»

Jim Butcher


«Harry," Bob drawled, his eye lights flickering smugly, "what you know about women, I could juggle.»

Jim Butcher


«It's all right to be afraid. You just don't let it stop you from doing your job.»

Jim Butcher


«I had about as much chance to do that as I did of backpacking my car to the top of Mount Rushmore.»

Jim Butcher


«Do you really think you can win?'»

Jim Butcher


«I am the foremost collector of velvet Elvii in the city of Chicago," I said at once.»

Jim Butcher


«It bothered me that he was right. Without Sir Stuart's intervention, I'd have been dead again already.»

Jim Butcher


«One ravishing dark-haired beauty wearing leather pants and strategically applied electrical tape, stared hard at me and, when she saw me looking, licked her lips very, very slowly. She trailed a fingertip over her chin, down across her throat, and down over her sternum and gave me a smile so wicked that it's parents should have sent it to military school.»

Jim Butcher


«Fear is a part of life. It's a warning mechanism. That's all. It tells you when there's danger around. Its job is to help you survive. Not cripple you into being unable to do it.»

Jim Butcher


«A man's magic demonstrates what sort of person he is, what is held most deeply inside of him. There is no truer gauge of a man's character than the way in which he employs his strength, his power. I was not a murderer. I was not like Victor Sells. I was Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. I was a wizard. Wizards control their power. They don't let it control them. And wizards don't use magic to kill people. They use it to discover, to protect, to mend, to help. Not to destroy.»

Jim Butcher


«There are things you can't walk away from. Not if you want to live with yourself afterward.»

Jim Butcher