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Sayings of the Fool is a work by Thenys Bule.

First known excerpt Edit

Appears in Gardens of the Moon, at the beginning of book (section) three 'The Mission' just before the epigraph for chapter 8. (UK MMPB p.254)

"Marionettes dance afield
beneath masterly hands —
I stumble among them
crossed by the strings
in tangled two-step
and curse all these fools
in their mad pirouette —
I shall not live as they do
oh, no, leave me in my
circled dance —
these unbidden
twitchings you see
I swear on Hood's Grave
is artistry in motion
"
―Sayings of the Fool
Theny Byle (b.?)[src]

Second known excerpt Edit

Appears in Deadhouse Gates, at the beginning of book (section) one 'Raraku' just before the epigraph for chapter 1, (UK MMPB p.40)

"He swam at my feet,
Powerful arms in broad strokes
Sweeping the sand.
So I asked this man,
What seas do you swim?
And to this he answered,
'I have seen shells and the like
On this desert floor,
So I swim this land's memory
Thus honouring its past,'
Is the journey far, queried I.
'I cannot say,' he replied,
'For I shall drown long before
I am done.'
"
―Sayings of the Fool
Thenys Byle[src]

Third known excerpt Edit

Appears in Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.602. It is not certain whether this is a quote from 'Sayings of the Fool' of whether Leoman was simply making a comparison between Karsa's comment and the poem.

"Madness is simply a state of mind."
―Conversation between Leoman and Karsa [src]

Fourth known excerpt Edit

Appears in Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 12, UK MMPB p.519. It is not certain whether Kalam Mekhar is quoting from the poem or if 'Saying of the Fool' has become an expression in itself, used for sayings similar to those in the poem.

"Time makes of us believers. Timelessness makes of us unbelievers."
―Quoted by Kalam[src]

Fifth known excerpt Edit

Appears in Deadhouse Gates as epigraph to chapter 15, (UK MMPB p.607)

"A god walking mortal earth trails blood."
―Sayings of the Fool
Thenys Bule[src]

Sixth known excerpt Edit

Appears in The Bonehunters as epigraph to chapter 7, (UK MMPB p.327)

"Never bargain with a man who has nothing to lose."
―Sayings of the Fool[src]

Seventh known excerptEdit

Appears in Return of the Crimson Guard, book two, chapter three. Quoted by Jhardin in conversation with Ghelel Rhik Tayliin (UK lg PB p.352)

"While travelling I met a man dressed in rags, his feet and shoulders bare. Take this coin, I offered him, yet he refused my hand. You see me poor, hungry, and cold, he said -- yet I am rich in dreams."
―Quoted by Jhardin[src]


QuotesEdit

Ghelel: "I am not sure what to take from that, Marquis..."
Marquis Jhardin: "Yes, well. The man was a fool after all."
―Ghelel reacting to a reading from Sayings of the Fool[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

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