28 Quotes from Outlander book by Diana Gabaldon


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Outlander Quotes

While golf and fishing are Scotland’s most popular outdoor sports, gossip is the most popular indoor sport. And when it rains as much as it does in Scotland, people spend a lot of time indoors.

There’s no place on earth with more of the old superstitions and magic mixed into its daily life than the Scottish Highlands.

Life among academics had taught me that a well-expressed opinion is usually better than a badly expressed fact, so far as professional advancement goes.

I’ve not held the leadership of a large clan for twenty-odd years without learning not to swallow whole every tale I’m told.

It takes something rather special in the way of guts to stand up in front of a crowd and let someone hit you in the face, no matter what your motive.

Since the days of the first cave dwellers, humans—hairless, weak, and helpless save for cunning—have survived by joining together in groups; knowing, as so many other edible creatures have found, that there is protection in numbers. And that knowledge, bred in the bone, is what lies behind mob rule. Because to step outside the group, let alone to stand against it, was for uncounted thousands of years death to the creature who dared it. To stand against a crowd would take something more than ordinary courage; something that went beyond human instinct.

It’s a sound enough principle, when you’re in command of men. Earn their respect before ye do aught else. And if you canna do that, earn their fear.

Ye know, lass, it’s fairly easy to be brave, sittin’ in a warm tavern ower a glass of ale. ’Tis not so easy, squatting in a cold field, wi’ musket balls going past your head and heather ticklin’ your arse. And it’s still less easy when you’re standing face to face wi’ your enemy, wi’ your own blood running down your legs.

Nothing like a lawyer—so long as he’s on your side.

A Highlander in full regalia is an impressive sight—any Highlander, no matter how old, ill-favored, or crabbed in appearance. A tall, straight-bodied, and by no means ill-favored young Highlander at close range is breath-taking.

Infatuation. It was common, among the nurses and the doctors, the nurses and the patients, among any gathering of people thrown for long periods into one another’s company. Some acted on it, and brief, intense affairs were frequent. If they were lucky, the affair flamed out within a few months and nothing resulted from it. If they were not ... well. Pregnancy, divorce, here and there the odd case of venereal disease. Dangerous thing, infatuation.

A sadist with a sense of humor was particularly dangerous.

That’s what marriage is good for; it makes a sacrament out of things ye’d otherwise have to confess.

I don’t make idle threats, Sassenach, and I don’t take frivolous vows.

Ye canna put too much faith in what a man seems these days.

There’s men as are sensible, and beasts as are biddable. Others ye’ll do nothing with, unless ye have ’em by the ballocks.

A man must be responsible for any seed he sows, for it’s his duty to take care of a woman and protect her. And if I wasna prepared to do that, then I’d no right to burden a woman with the consequences of my own actions.

The greatest thing in a man’s life is to lie wi’ a woman he loves.

Ye werena the first lass I kissed. But I swear you’ll be the last.

I’ve yet to see the auld woman believes in witches, nor the young one, neither. It’s men think there must be ill-wishes and magic in women, when it’s only the natural way of the creatures.

It’s a damn thin line between justice and brutality. I only hope I’ve come down on the right side of it.

All it takes to win is luck. It takes skill to lose!

The human hand is a delicate marvel of engineering, an intricate system of joints and pulleys, served and controlled by a network of millions of tiny nerves, exquisitely sensitive to touch. A single broken finger is enough to sink a strong man to his knees with nauseated pain.

There comes a turning point in intense physical struggle where one abandons oneself to a profligate usage of strength and bodily resource, ignoring the costs until the struggle is over. Women find this point in childbirth; men in battle. Past that certain point, you lose all fear of pain or injury. Life becomes very simple at that point; you will do what you are trying to do, or die in the attempt, and it does not really matter much which.

Everyone has a small place inside themselves, maybe, a private bit that they keep to themselves. It’s like a little fortress, where the most private part of you lives—maybe it’s your soul, maybe just that bit that makes you yourself and not anyone else. You don’t show that bit of yourself to anyone, usually, unless sometimes to someone that ye love greatly.

For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough.

Some individuals are chosen by God to affect the destinies of many.

A virtuous woman is a pearl of great price, and her value is greater than rubies.

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