Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - All The Devils Are Here book by Louise Penny.
In All The Devils Are Here, Armand Gamache uncovers the secrets his godfather has kept hidden for decades and finds himself ensnared in a web of lies and deceit that threatens to destroy everything - and everyone - he holds dear.
Patience. Patience. With patience comes choice, and with choice comes power.
Life can be cruel, as you know. But it can also be kind. Filled with wonders. You need to remember that. You have your own choice to make. What're you going to focus on? What's unfair, or all the wonderful things that happen? Both are true, both are real. Both need to be accepted. But which carries more weight with you? The terrible or the wonderful? The goodness or the cruelty? Your life will be decided by that choice.
All emergency waiting rooms looked the same, smelled the same, felt the same.
Everyone had strengths. And weaknesses. The important thing was to recognize them. And not expect something from someone who didn't have it to give.
How long it takes to build something, and how quickly it can all be destroyed. A look. A harsh word. A moment of distraction. A spark.
While it was necessary to go through various scenarios, there was folly, there was danger in landing too heavily on one particular theory early in an investigation. Too often the investigators became invested in that theory and began interpreting evidence to fit. That could lead to a murderer going free, or, worse, it could lead to the conviction of an innocent person.
Don't believe everything you think.
We are such stuff as dreams are made on. And sometimes nightmares, eh, young man? Who knows where we're going to find the devil?
People changed. Sometimes for the better. Often for the worse.
The desire for power and money could infect. Could fester. Could hollow out a person.
The great advantage of being a private company is just that. Privacy.
A snake sheds its skin, but nothing else changes. It's still exactly the same creature.
Armand stood in the bright sunshine of the small park. He knew he should read his emails, make some phone calls. But he needed this more. This moment watching his grandchildren play. Watching his own children be parents. Turning his back on life as it was, he watched life as it should be.
Here was a man who spent his life working out what had happened to others, but who couldn't figure out what had happened to his own child.
It was one of the many peculiarities of Paris. Hidden behind many of the simple wooden doors were these courtyards and secret gardens. It was a city of façades. Of beauty, both obvious and obscure. Of heroism, both obvious and obscure. Of dreadful deeds, both obvious and obscure.
People believe what they want to believe. It's just human nature.
There was nothing right or good in dying for your country. A necessity, sometimes, yes. But always a tragedy. Not an aspiration.
History wasn't just written by the victors. First it had to be erased and rewritten. Replacing troublesome truth with self-serving myth.
The thought of anything happening to you had me terrified. I'd do anything, anything, to find you. To protect you. Anything. And if it means you're safe, but you hate me for the rest of your life, that's a price I'm willing to pay. I hope to God you'd do the same for me.
Only the most disciplined, or the most stubborn, stuck to a plan when the first blow landed. The key was knowing when to adapt, and when to hold firm.
The thing with rare earth minerals is that they tend to be far stronger than other minerals. Last longer, are lighter and easily adaptable. Versatile. Pretty much an engineer's dream.
Most powerful people, men in particular, liked homes that reflected what they saw as their place on the ladder. Which was, in reality, a few rungs lower than their egos believed.
Amazing what engineers can do. Where would we be without them? They're the real magicians.
The funny thing about Hell is that we assume it's obvious. Fire, brimstone. We'll be plunged into it by some horrific event in our lives. But the truth is, Hell can be as subtle as Heaven. Sometimes we don't recognize we've wandered into Hell until it's too late.
You better than most know the advantage of having a cooperative witness. Sometimes people just have to see the full advantage of being helpful. And the disadvantage of not.
Dreadful deeds were obvious. The divine was often harder to see.
That's what husbands and fathers do. A woman loses her water and a man loses his mind.