Barry Eisler’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Barry Eisler Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles  we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Barry Eisler, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Barry Eisler you will find my ten favourites of Barry Eisler’s quotes. 

Popular Quotes

“If you focus on the risks, they’ll multiply in your mind and eventually paralyze you. You want to focus on the task, instead, on doing what needs to be done.”
― Barry Eisler 

“I wandered the earth a mercenary, daring the gods to kill me but surviving because part of me was already dead.”
― Barry Eisler,  A Clean Kill in Tokyo

“…savoring the sense of loneliness and freedom that comes only from solitary sojourns in strange lands…”
― Barry Eisler

 “Some people just need killing.”
― Barry Eisler,   The Night Trade

“Most people are like sheep. Nice, harmless creatures who want nothing more than to be left alone so they can graze. But then of course there are wolves. Who want nothing more than to eat the sheep.

But there’s a third kind of person. The sheepdog. Sheepdogs have fangs like wolves. But their instinct isn’t predation. It’s protection. All they want, what they live for, is to protect the flock.”
― Barry Eisler,  Livia Lone

“I thought of an old poker players’ expression: If you look around the table and can’t spot the sucker, the sucker is you.”
― Barry Eisler, A Lonely Resurrection

“It’s a strange thing, having a child,” he said. It completely alters your most fundamental priorities. When my eldest daughter was born, I realized that I would do anything – anything – to protect her. If I had to set myself on fire to save her from something, I would do it with the utmost relief and gratitude. It’s quite a thing, quite a privilege, to care about someone so much that the measure of worth of your own life is changed so much.”


― Barry Eisler,  Redemption Games

“She remembered something her mother had told her when she was a teenager: “The boy you date is different from the boy you’re engaged to, the boy you’re engaged to is different from the man you marry, the man you marry is different from the father of your children.” She might have added, “And your ex-husband is going to be different than all of them, too.”
― Barry Eisler, The God’s Eye View

“A monk awoke from a dream that he was a butterfly, then wondered whether he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man.”
― Barry Eisler, A Clean Kill in Tokyo

“In my unpleasant experience, unarmed against a knife, you’ve basically got four options. Your best bet is to run like hell, if you can. Next best is to do something immediately that prevents the attack from getting started. Third is to create distance so you can deploy a longer-range weapon. Fourth is to go berserk and hope not to get fatally cut going through and over your attacker. I don’t care how much training you’ve had, these are your only realistic options, and none of them is particularly good except maybe the first. Unarmed techniques against the knife are a crapshoot, and against a determined attacker with a live blade, they offer piss-poor odds.”

― Barry Eisler, A Lonely Resurrection

10 Famous Quotes by Author Barry Eisler

So there you have it my ten favourite quotes by Barry Eisler, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Barry Eisler.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Barry Eisler. 

One Final Bonus – Longer – Barry Eisler Quote 

“People have rituals for communing with the dead, rituals that depend more on the idiosyncrasies of the individual than on the influence of culture. Some visit gravesites. Some talk to portraits, or mantelpiece urns. Some go to spots favored by the deceased during life, or mouth silent prayers in houses of worship, or have trees planted in memory in some far-off land. The common denominator, of course, is a sense beyond logic that the dead are aware of all this, that they can hear the prayers and witness the deeds and feel the ongoing love and longing. People seem to find that sense comforting. I don’t believe any of it. I’ve never seen a soul depart from a body. I’ve never been haunted by a ghost, angry or loving. I’ve never been rewarded or punished or touched by some traveler from the undiscovered country. I know as well as I know anything the dead are simply dead.”

― Barry Eisler, A Lonely Resurrection

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