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These are quotes from the books about the Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey.
I collected these quotes while taking notes for the Pern Encyclopedia.
The page book/references are to the copies Elrhan owns.
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There are several sections of quotes:
Dragon and Threadfighting related | Weyr life related | Hold life related | General
 

Dragon and Threadfighting related quotes

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"A weyr is where a dragon is, no matter how it's constructed."

Brekke to F'nor in Dragonquest, page 67.

"And so we must arm ourselves with tongues of flame."

Tarvi Andiyar, in Dragonsdawn, page 170

"As I was told, so I tell you. No more, no less. (…) Turn out fear and do not let her overeat."

F’lar lecturing Lessa on Hatching according to the Ancient Laws, in Dragonflight, chapter 1, section 7, page 77

"As long as Thread falls from Pernese skies, we won't be out of business"

Telgar Weyrwoman Zulaya to her mate Weyrleader K'vin, referring to the importance of the Tubberman grubs
in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 15, page 361

"Dragonkind was no less cruel than mankind. The dragon, at least, acted from bestial need rather than bestial greed."

A thought by Lessa, in Dragonflight, chapter 1, section 7, page 69

"Green dragons are… how do I put it, kindly? Eager, loving, willing, too friendly for their own good…"

Debera, rider of green Morath to the Artist Iantine on First Day 258 at the Telgar Weyr celebration,
in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 14, page 347

"I think we're all going to find out that being a dragonrider is not just sitting on its neck and going wherever we want to."

Debera, rider of green Morath, in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 5, page 133

"Now she knew what was needed: to fly fast, far and long, away from the Weyr, away from these puny, wingless ones, far in advance of those rutting bronzes."

Ramoth’s thoughts just before her first mating flight, in Dragonflight, chapter 2, section 2, page 121

"One of our main functions is to keep a dragon from excessive eating."

F’lar to Lessa on the day she arrived at Benden Weyr, in Dragonflight, chapter 1, section 7, page 71

"The dragons could never understand why they generated such abject fear in common folk."

Dragonflight, chapter 1, section 1, page 6

"This was no amiable, trusting dragon child. This was a violent demon."

Lessa observing Ramoth feeding just before her first mating flight, in Dragonflight, chapter 2, section 2, page 121

"We're dragonmen, aren't we, bred to fight Threads?  Let's go hunting...four hundred Turns ahead!

T'ton (T'ron) in Dragonflight, page 268, when the oldtimers decide to go forward 400 Turns 


Weyr life related quotes

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"Dragonmen were forever men apart once First Impression had been made. And to ride a fighting dragon, blue, green, brown or bronze, was worth the risks, the unending alertness, the isolation from the rest of mankind."

Dragonflight, chapter 1, section 3, page 24

"Look around you Lessa of Pern, look around the Weyr with unveiled eyes. Old and hallowed is the Weyr? Yes, but shabby and worn – and disregarded. Yes, you were elated to sit in the Weyrwoman’s great chair at the Council Table, but the padding is thin and the fabric dusty. Humbled to think your hands rest where Moreta’s and Torene’s had rested? Well, the stone is ingrained with dirt and needs a good scrubbing. And your rump may rest where theirs did – but that’s not where you have your brains."

Lessa’s thoughts, in Dragonflight, chapter 2, section 1, page 99

"R’gul’s current course of inaction as Weyrleader was based on the idea that if no one, Lord or holder, saw a dragonrider, no one could be offended."

Dragonflight, chapter 2, section 1, page 88

"…we of the Lower Caverns have learned to disregard the ties of blood and affection."

Manora to Lessa, in Dragonflight, chapter 2, section 1, page 97


Hold life related quotes

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"Being a Lord Holder doesn't keep you from making mistakes: just make the right wrong ones!"

Lord Paulin of Fort to Gallian, heir to High Reaches Hold, in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 11, pages 286-287


General quotes

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"But our glorious past…", Sallisha began.
"Is past", Sheledon said forcefully…

Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 7, page 194

"Children's voices - even those who couldn't carry the tune - are always appealing"

A thought of Lord Paulin of Fort, in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 16, page 390

"Clearly the truth is being pulled in many directions. But it lies there, limpid as usual, to the eye that sees and the ear that hears."

Lord Azury of Southern Boll Hold after interviewing refugees and imprisoned border guards from Bitra,
involved in the Bitran exodus of 257, in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 10, page 244

"Do you know how dangerous it was to be a teacher on old Earth?"
"Nonsense, our civilization (…) revered professors and instructors on every level."
"Only after they were allowed class-room discipline…"
"And the use of stunners."

Discussion between teachers Sheledon, Sallisha and Shulse, in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 7, page 195

"Harpers were not simply tellers of tales and singers of songs; they were arbiters of justice, confidants of Holders and Craftmasters, and molders of the young."

Dragonsong, chapter 4, page 45.

"Ours is not to wonder what were fair in life"

Sheledon, quoting to himself shortly after the New Year celebrations of 258, probably from an old Terran source,
in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 15, page 352

"Renewable resources make more sense than erudite or exotic imports."

Head Engineer Kalvi, in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 7, page 189

"They have worked hard and well. That is in itself a reward and an end."

Aivas, in All The Weyrs of Pern, page 428

"This planet was settled with the idea that there was room enough for everyone willing to work land that was his or hers by Charter-given birthright."

The private thoughts of Lord Paulin of Fort Hold, in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 9, page 224

"Time, time, time", railed Lessa, "It’s always the wrong time. When is now the time?"

Lessa to F'nor, in Dragonflight, chapter 2, section 2, page 117

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven."

Aivas, quoting from the Bible (Eccl. 3:1), in All the Weyrs of Pern, page 428

"True portraits are never realistic."

Master Domaize, in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye, chapter 5, page 136

"Were not ballads constructed to inform? To teach those who could not read and write? So that the young Pernese, whether he be dragonman, Lord, or holder, might learn his duty toward Pern and rehearse Pern’s bright history?"

Dragonflight, chapter 2, section 1, page 92

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