Quotable Moments from Embassytown

“This is what I excelled at: the life-technique of aggregated skill, luck, laziness and chutzpah that we call floaking.”

– Avice Benner Cho, Embassytown, China Mieville

“What I saw there was dissent, and I understood it.”

– Avice Benner Cho, Embassytown, China Mieville

“Language was the unit of Ariekene thought and truth: asserting my sentience in it, YlSib made a powerful claim. They told them that I was speaking, and Language insisted then that there must be other kinds of language than Language.”

– Avice Benner Cho, Embassytown, China Mieville

“I don’t want to be a simile anymore. I want to be a metaphor.”

– Avice Benner Cho, Embassytown, China Mieville

“We want to decide what to hear, how to live, what to say, what to speak, how to mean, what to obey. We want Language to put to our use.”

– The Ariekei, Embassytown, China Mieville


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