The King Must Die
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"Moira?" he said. "The finished shape of our fate, the line drawn round it. It is the task the gods allot us, and the share of glory they allow; the limits we must not pass; and our appointed end. Moira is all these."
Men would be as gods, if they had foreknowledge.
The truth is that what had not been tried in a thousand years was not worth doing. But even beauty wearied them, if it was not new.
Asterion had offered me gold; he had put wine and dressed meat before me to the sound of music. But he had made my standing mean, and hurt my pride in myself when it was my whole estate. It is what any man will have blood for, who is half a man.
Man born of woman cannot outrun his fate. Better then not to question the Immortals, nor when they have spoken to grieve one's heart in vain. A bound is set to our knowledge, and wisdom is not to search beyond it. Men are only men.
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