The world's best swordsman doesn't fear the second best; he fears the worst swordsman, because he can't predict what the idiot will do.
quote from Honor Harrington (Take on Mark Twain's original quote)
My duty is not affected by what others may or may not do to discharge their own.David Weber
… Henke sensed her terrifying aptitude for destruction as never before. Henke had feared for her sanity; now she knew the truth was almost worse than that. Honor wasn't insane — she simply didn't care. She'd lost not only her sense of balance but any desire to regain it.David Weber
Son, you'll know you're in love when a woman's voice settles into your spine.David Weber
"No problem, kaja" Lara nodded with exaggerated obeisance. "You may lead, so long as we may follow."David Weber