GREAT QUOTES FROM GREAT BOOKS

“Doubt is your last shred of control. It is doubt that brings souls to you. Our need to konw that life has meaning. Man’s insecurity and need for an enlightenned soul assuring him everything is part of a master plan. But the church is not the only enlightenned sould on the planet! We all seek God in different ways. What are you afraid of? That God will show himself somewhere other than inside these walls. That people will find him in their own lives and leave your antiquated rituals behind? Religions Evolve! The mind finds answers, The heart grapples with new truths! God is not some omnipotent authority looking down from above, threatening to throw us into a pit of fire if we disobey. God is the energy that flows” — Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

“I merely observe that all living things are manipulate. As long as there is a will, it is bent and twisted constantly. Only the dead are allowed the luxury of freedom, and then only because they want nothing and therefore can’t be thwarted.” –Nniv from Songmaster by Orson Scott Card

“As ludwig know so well, if given a choice people always chose the less painful of their options. It was the task of an intelligent leader to limit and properly frame those options so that people could see those choices in stark terms”   – Severed Souls by Terry Goodkind

“A man’s emotions are what define him, and control is the hallmark of true strength. To lack feeling is to be dead, to act on every feeling is to be a child.” — The way of kings page 377

“I once saw a spindly man carrying a stone larger than his head upon his back. He stumbled beneath the weight, shirtless under the sun wearing only a loincloth. He tottered down a busy thoroughfare. People made way for him. Not because they sympathized with him, but because they feared the momentum of his steps. you dare not impede one such as this.

The monarch is like this man, stumbling along, the weight of a kingdom on his shoulders. Many give way before him, but so few are willing to step in and help carry the stone. They do no wish to attach themselves to the work, lest they condemn themselves to a life full of extra burdens.

I left my carriage that day and took up the stone, lifting it for the man. I believe my gaurds were embarrassed. one can ignore a poor shirtless wretch doing such labor, but none ignore a king sharing the load. Perhaps we should swithc places more often. If a king is seen to assume the burden of the poorest men, perhaps there will be those who will help him with his own load, so invisible yet so daunting.”

The way of kings

“You don’t have authority”, Gaz called. “you’re not some squadleader on the field. You’re a storming bridgeman. you hear me? You can’t have authority without rank!”……… “Authority dosn’t come from rank”, Kaladan said. “where does it come from” “From the men who give it to you, that’s the only way to get it”

“Ignorance is hardly unusual, Miss Davar. The longer I live, the more I come to realize that it is the natural state of the human mind. There are many who will strife to defend its sanctity and then expect you to be impressed with their efforts”   – Brightness Jasnah to Shallan, The Way of Kings page 87

“For the first time in my life, I found myself nearly as worried about what I might end up doing as I was about what someone might do to me. It was an uncomfortable situation. What we were doing was basically, terrorism. But we’re the good guys, I told myself, breaking open the wall and letting Megan slide through first. Of course, what terrorist didn’t think he or she was the good guy? We were doing something important, but what would that matter to the family of the cleaning woman accidentally killed? As I hastened through the next darkened room – this one was a lab chamber, with some beakers and other glass work set up – I had trouble shaking off these questions” —– David from Steelheart

“Love is no game! It is no flowery softness! It is hard work – A quest that never ends. It demands everything from you – especially the truth. Only then does it yield rewards.” —- Cupid from the House of Hades by Rick Riordan

“Annabeth decided the monsters wouldn’t kill her. Neither would the poisonous atmosphere, nor the treacherous landscape with its pits, cliffs and jagged rocks. Nope most likely she would die from an overload of weirdness that would make her brain explode. First she and Percy had to drink fire to stay alive. Then they were attacked by a gaggle of vampires, led by a cheer leader Annabeth and killed 2 years ago. Finally they were rescued by a titan janitor named bob who had einstein hair, silver eyes, and wicked broom skills” —– The House of Hades Rick Riordarn

Anything that happens, happens. Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen. Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again. It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though. —————— Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, A trilogy in 5 parts

“Oftentimes it’s easier for lunatics to attract impassioned followers than it is for sensible people to get people to listen to reason. People are often more willing to believe lies than the truth. Lies can be made to sound pleasant. The Truth, by its very nature, isn’t always so attractive….. That leaves peaceful people no choice but to fight for there lives or fall to the blades of madmen” ——————- The Third Kingdom

“Then you are the one in control. That evil may try to pull you toward it, but you have a free will and are able to resist that dark call. You make the choice not to be pulled in by evil” ———- Richard Rahl

“God in pity, made man beautiful and alluring after his own image, but my form is a filthy type of yours more horrid even from the very resemblance”———- Monster to Dr Frankenstein his creator

“A man might be respected ……. but is doomed to waste his powers for the profit of the chosen few” ———- Frankenstein monster

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact” —– Sherlock Holmes

Freedom – Taken to extremes – Is anarchy ——- Dragons of summer flame page 35

“Why does everything have to be so constricted by regulations? It drives me insane. If there’s a problem you fix it. You don’t set up fences around it and make rules about how it should be fixed. You fix it. Maybe that requires a little ingenuity and doing it a way that’s never been done before, but so what. If the problems solved, why does it matter how it’s done”          victor delgado, Earth Afire, page 217-218

“you can give up anything, just as your can take up anything, but once the choice is made there are consequences, and you cannot change those consequences. you can only live with them”           Blood fire qeust page 284

“We never know what we can be or do until the need is there and we are tested by it. I thought as you did. I was afraid, and I fled with my fear to where I thought I would be safe. But necessity will always find us, and our sense of right and wrong will always find a way to make what is seemingly impossible the reality of our lives” “No. Not here. Not with this” “Yes, Arlingfant Elessedil, with this and even more, should the need be there and the call sounded to embrace it. Yes, best of my chosen, strongest and bravest of my children”          Blood fire quest page 171

“If we deny love that is given to us, if we refuse to give love because we fear the pain of loss, then our lives will be empty, our loss greater.”          Chronicles Volume 2, Dragons of Winter Night page 142 Tanis to Alhana, discussing love:

Lost Legends Volume 1, Vinas Solamnus intro page Vinas Solamnus in a memoir letter: “For heroes – anyone who rises upon the face of Krynn to stand against evil – true greatness lies not in the adventures, but in honor….But thankfully, greatness is not limited to those with perfect character. Greatness embraces all those who struggle for perfect character.”

“We are animals, yet are expected to be so much more. Although honor requires us to make altruistic decisions, even acting for the benefit of other people keeps coming back to self-interest, no matter how much one attempts to conceal it.”          ― Brian Herbert, Sisterhood of Dune

“But the Butlerians turn fear into violence and panic into a weapon. By creating imaginary problems and raising the specter of nonexistent enemies, they transform common people into a wild herd that destroys everything they do not understand.”          ― Brian Herbert, Sisterhood of Dune

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”          ― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

“I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not “true” because we’re hungry for another kind of truth: the mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself. ”          ― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

“Remember, the enemy’s gate is down.”          ― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

“The story is one that you and I will construct together in your memory. If the story means anything to you at all, then when you remember it afterward, think of it, not as something I created, but rather as something that we made together. ”         ― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

“You want to beat Peter?” she asked “No,” he answered “Beat the buggers. Then come home and see who notices Peter Wiggen anymore. Look him in the eye when all the world loves and reveres you. That’ll be defeat in his eyes, Ender, thats how you win” “You don’t understand” he said “Yes i do” “No you don’t. I don’t want to beat Peter” “Then what do you want?” “I want him to love me”          ― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

“We can’t live our lives according to what might have been. We have to live by what is.”         ― Terry Goodkind, The First Confessor

“Standing for truth is everything. Truth is power. Don’t ever forget that.”          ― Terry Goodkind, The First Confessor

“But in the end, we can’t live our lives by ‘what if’ and ‘if only’. We can only do the best we can to the best of our ability based on what we know. That’s why the truth is so important.”         ― Terry Goodkind, The First Confessor

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”          ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.”         ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Because to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else’s music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly — that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to oneself. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never really had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion — these are the two things that govern us.”         ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Stories
Wizard’s First Rule

“People are stupid. They can be made to believe any lie because either they want to believe it’s true or because they are afraid it’s true.”
―Wizard’s First Rule: Chapter 36, page 397

Given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they’re afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.

In the book, Zedd instructs Richard on this rule.
Wizard’s Second Rule

“The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.”
―Stone of Tears: Chapter 63, page 886

Kindness and good intentions can be an insidious path to destruction. Sometimes doing what seems right is wrong, and can cause harm. The only counter to it is knowledge, wisdom, forethought, and understanding the First Rule. Even then, that is not always enough.

In the book, Nathan instructs Richard on this rule.
Wizard’s Third Rule

“Passion rules reason, for better or for worse.”
―Blood of the Fold: Chapter 43, page 360

Letting your emotions control your reason may cause trouble for yourself and those around you.

In the book, Koloblicin instructs Richard on this rule, by means of an entry in his journal.
Wizard’s Fourth Rule

“There is magic in sincere forgiveness; in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive.”
―Temple of the Winds: Chapter 41, page 318

In the book, the spirit of Kahlan’s Mother instructs Richard on this rule. Earlier, Shota relates it to Kahlan.
Wizard’s Fifth Rule

“Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie.”
―Soul of the Fire: Chapter 28, page 205

No matter what your affiliation is, either friend or foe, you should watch the person’s actions instead of the lies that they use to deceive you.

Kolo instructs Richard on this rule, again by means of a journal entry.
Wizard’s Sixth Rule

“The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.”
―Faith of the Fallen: Chapter 41, pages 459-460 (paperback)

The first law of reason is this: what exists, exists; what is, is; and from this irreducible bedrock principle, all knowledge is built. It is the foundation from which life is embraced.

Thinking is a choice. Wishes and whims are not facts nor are they a means to discover them. Reason is our only way of grasping reality; it is our basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss that we refuse to see. Faith and feelings are the darkness to reason’s light. In rejecting reason, refusing to think, one embraces death. Quoting Zedd: “…most important rule there is…The Sixth Rule is the hub upon which all rules turn. It is not only the most important rule, but the simplest. Nonetheless, it is the one most often ignored and violated, and by far the most despised. It must be wielded in spite of the ceaseless, howling protests of the wicked.”

Richard is by this point the embodiment of the rule. Although Zedd explains it to Kahlan, no one has to explain this to Richard.
Wizard’s Seventh Rule

“Life is the future, not the past.”
―Pillars of Creation: Chapter 60, page 549

The past can teach us, through experience, how to accomplish things in the future, comfort us with cherished memories, and provide the foundation of what has already been accomplished. But only the future holds life. To live in the past is to embrace what is dead. To live life to its fullest, each day must be created anew. As rational, thinking beings, we must use our intellect, not a blind devotion to what has come before, to make rational choices.

Richard learns the rule as stated in the ancient book (titled The Pillars of Creation, in-universe) sent to him by Nathan and carried to him by Friedrich. He states the rule to Jennsen and Kahlan in particular, but to the ‘crowd’ (e.g. Kahlan, Jennsen, Cara, Tom and Friedrich) in general.
Wizard’s Eighth Rule

“Talga Vassternich.”
―Naked Empire: Chapter 61, page 626

High D’Haran for “Deserve Victory”.

“Be justified in your convictions. Be completely committed. Earn what you want and need rather than waiting for others to give you what you desire.”

The ancient old war wizard, Kaja-Rang, imparts this lesson to Richard by means of an inscription on the base of the statue guarding Bandakar.
Wizard’s Ninth Rule

“A contradiction can not exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole.”
―Chainfire: Chapter 48, page 489

To believe in a contradiction is to abdicate your belief in the existence of the world around you and the nature of the things in it, to instead embrace any random impulse that strikes your fancy – to imagine something is real simply because you wish it were. A thing is what it is, it is itself. There can be no contradictions.

Faith is a device of self-delusion, a sleight of hand done with words and emotions founded on any irrational notion that can be dreamed up. Faith is the attempt to coerce truth to surrender to whim. In simple terms, it is trying to breathe life into a lie by trying to outshine reality with the beauty of wishes. Faith is the refuge of fools, the ignorant, and the deluded, not of thinking, rational men.

In reality, contradictions cannot exist. To believe in them you must abandon the most important thing you possess: your rational mind. The wager for such a bargain is your life. In such an exchange, you always lose what you have at stake.

Zedd imparts this lesson to Richard, Nicci and Cara when Richard refuses to believe that Kahlan was a myth, all evidence uncovered to that point contradicting his belief.
Wizard’s Tenth Rule

“Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one’s self.”
―Phantom: Chapter 12, page 127

The truth is what should motivate your life, not the lies, or you will fall victim to the first rule and if you ignore the truth you’re betraying everything that you believe in, because the lie is more convenient to you than reality.

Zedd states this rule to Richard, Shota, Nathan, Ann, Nicci and Cara when discussing Richard’s performance against the order to date, the activities of the witch woman Six, and various other ‘state of the world matters’ during the meeting of the world’s most powerful gifted.
Wizard’s Primordial Rule

“The rule of all rules. The rule unwritten. The rule unspoken since the dawn of history.”
―Confessor: Chapter 58, page 548

“Confessor power. First brought into existence in Magda Searus. The woman who had been married to Baraccus. But she had been married to Baraccus back during the great war, long before she became a Confessor. . . .

‘Dear spirits,’ Richard whispered to himself, icy realization flashing through his veins.”
―Confessor: Chapter 59, page 561

“Seek the truth not through others, but through yourself.”
Wizard’s Eleventh Rule

“You can destroy those who speak the truth, but you cannot destroy the truth itself.”
―The Omen Machine: Chapter 70, page 446

“Unsaid, but inferred.”
―Terry Goodkind’s website

While Zedd does confirm that this statement by the Omen Machine is a Wizard’s Rule, he does not say which number it is given.

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  1. Katherine says:

    There are some great quotes here!

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