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September 20, 2012

In the game of thrones

"Don't you ever do anything that isn't motivated by politics?" Garion asked him. For some reason, Zakath's flippant explanation of his act irritated him.
"Not that I can think of," Zakath said. "Politics is the greatest game in the world, Garion, but you have to play it all the time to keep your edge."
Silk laughed. "I've said the exact same thing about commerce," he said. "About the only difference I can see is that in commerce you have money as a way of keeping score. How do you keep score in politics?"
Zakath's expression was peculiarly mixed - half amused and half deadly serious. "It's very simple, Kheldar," he said. "If you're still on the throne at the end of the day, you've won. If you're dead, you've lost - and each day is a complete new game."

- David Eddings, Demon Lord of Karanda (1988); this quote from the first paperback edition, pg. 108 (1989).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 20, 2012 10:27 AM