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"Life is a dream from which we must wake before we can dream again."

"It is the enemy you underestimate that kills you."

"You? No!"

"Death comes for all of us. We can only choose how to face it when it comes."

"Fate can kill you if it does not do worse."

"Some commands are too important to be known even by those who carry them out."
-Ba'alzamon, to Bors

"When you choose the fight, you must take the consequences, win or lose."
-Bain, to Faile Bashere

"I think the woman was born in Far Madding in a thunderstorm. She probably told the thunder to be quiet. It probably did."
-Basil Gill, referring to Lini

"If you must mount the gallows, give a jest to the crowd, a coin to the hangman, and make the drop with a smile on your lips."
-Birgitte Trahelion

"Do you have any idea how long it take to dig graves for twenty-three oak trees?"
-Davram Bashere

"I guess being ta'veren isn't all cheese and ale."
-Davram Bashere, to Rand al'Thor

"My mother always told me the best way to learn to deal with a man was to learn to ride a mule. She said they have about equal brains most of the time. Sometimes the mule is smarter."
-Egwene al'Vere

"Stopping a man from what he wants to do is like taking a sweet from a child. Sometimes you have to do it, but sometimes it just isn't worth the trouble."
-Egwene al'Vere

"If you fell head first into a pigsty, you'd try to convince everybody you did it on purpose."
-Egwene al'Vere, to Nynaeve al'Meara

"Sooner or later there's always trouble when there's two humans together."
-Elyas Machera

"Men fight when they should run, and fools fight when they should run. But I had no need to say it twice."
-Faile Bashere

"I'll not have you bleeding to death on me. That would be just like you, to die and leave me the work of burying you. You have no consideration."
-Faile Bashere, to Perrin Aybara

"I do have a sense of humor."
-Galad Damodred

"We all seek the coin of knowledge."
-Hadnan Kadere

"The dead belong to me!"

"I have seen a strong man break when I sent for a basket of figs and some mice."
-Juilin Sandar

"You can never know everything, and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyways."
-Lan Mandragoran

"The rose petal floats on water,
the kingfisher flashes above the pond.
Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death."
-Lan Mandragoran

"A man who trusts everyone is a fool, and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools if we live long enough."
-Lews Therin Telamon

"If it hurts too much, make it hurt someone else instead."
-Lews Therin Telamon

"Madness waits for some. It creeps up on others."
-Lews Therin Telamon

"Dead men should be quiet in their graves, but they never are."
-Lews Therin Telamon

"Nothing ever goes as you expect. Expect nothing, and you will not be surprised. Expect nothing. Hope for nothing. Nothing."
-Lews Therin Telamon

"Oh, Light, why do I have a madman in my head? Why? Why?"
-Lews Therin Telamon

"I would not mind you in my head, if you were not so clearly mad."
-Lews Therin Telamon, to Rand al'Thor

"I killed the whole world, and you can too, if you try hard."
-Lews Therin Telamon, to Rand al'Thor

"Tears are for after; they just waste time before."

"A secret spoken finds wings."

"It isn't the stone you see that trips you on your nose."

"Kittens tangle your yarn, men tangle your wits, and it's simple as breathing for both."

"At my age, if I make it up, it is still an old saying."

"He's human, so it could mean anything."

"Battles interest me."
-Mat Cauthon (TEotW quote)

"I seem to have luck with dice."
-Mat Cauthon

"Bad habits pay off in the long run."
-Mat Cauthon

"Luck is a horse to ride like any other."
-Mat Cauthon

"Never kiss a girl whose brothers have knife scars."
-Mat Cauthon

"I may be a fool, but I intend to be a live fool."
-Mat Cauthon

"What's life like if you don't take a chance now and then?"
-Mat Cauthon

"He knew what it took to get into the histories. A man could get killed doing that sort of thing."
-Mat Cauthon

"No wine for me. Strange enough things happen when my head is clear. I want to know the difference."
-Mat Cauthon

"I'm a gambler, a farmboy, and I'm here to take command of your bloody army."
-Mat Cauthon

"Halt here! Now! By the order of the Lord Dragon! Else he channel your head into your belly and feed you your own feet for breakfast!"
-Mat Cauthon

"I don't care who Nynaeve thumps so long as it is not me."
-Mat Cauthon, to Rand al'Thor

"Thom, if I ever look like acting the hero again, you kick me."
-Mat Cauthon, to Thom Merrilin

"Victors write history."
-Mazrim Taim

"Schemes within schemes. The Great Serpent is a good sign for you Aes Sedai, I think. Someday you may swallow yourselves by mistake."

"Better ten days of love, than years of regretting."
-Min Farshaw

"Go juggle something."
-Min Farshaw, to Thom Merrilin

"As the Wheel of Time turns, places wear many names. Men wear many names, many faces. Different faces, but always the same man. Yet no one knows the Great Pattern the Wheel weaves, or even the Pattern of an Age. We can only watch, and study, and hope."
-Moiraine Damodred

"I do not have to make sense."
-Nynaeve al'Meara

"Only a ninny thinks she can threaten people, Elayne, and still get anywhere."
-Nynaeve al'Meara, to Elayne Trakand ("Nynny" can be a nickname for Nynaeve...)

"If you get yourself killed I will skin you alive."
-Nynaeve al'Meara, to Lan Mandragoran

"Rand is the one who's supposed to go mad, and here I am, talking to an axe!"
-Perrin Aybara, to his axe

"I have heard it said you should believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see."
-Rand al'Thor

"Only an Aiel would wish you good night by saying they hope you don't die in your sleep."
-Rand al'Thor

"What kind of need would be great enough that we'd want the Dragon to save us from it? As well ask for help from the Dark One."
-Rand al'Thor (TEotW quote)

"I'm not Aiel, and I'm not of the royal line, either."
-Rand al'Thor (This is what we call "irony," children.)

"I was thinking. Sometimes I think too much."
-Rand al'Thor (Rand... thinks?)

"Trust was a knife, and the hilt was as sharp as the blade."
-Rand al'Thor

"Play 'March of Death'. Play it, unless you know a sadder. Play something to make your soul weep. If you have one still."
-Rand al'Thor, to Asmodean

"The Law of Unintended Consequences, stronger than any written Law. Whether or not what you do has the effect you want, it will have three at least you never expected, and one of those usually unpleasant."
-Siuan Sanche

"In my day, girls jumped when a Wise One said jump, and continued jumping until they were told to stop. As I am still alive, it is still my day. Need I make myself clearer?"
-Sorilea, to Aviendha and Egwene al'Vere

"I'm only an old gleeman. Who could I possibly be dangerous to?"
-Thom Merrilin

"I saw Elaida in the street the other day. If she knew I was here, she would peel my hide off in strips, and then she would stop being pleasant."
-Thom Merrilin

"I may be an old fool, but I will be an old fool in my own way."
-Thom Merrilin

"Oh, I do remember you. The one with the fla- the mouth. Ragan thought you could skin and butcher a blo- bull at ten paces with your tongue. Chaena and Nangu thought fifty."
-Uno, to Nynaeve al'Meara

"The Mistress of Novices thought I was too hard on my students. Her name was Sereille Bagand."
-Vandene (Scary... if you even remember who Sereille Bagand was, anyway.)

"Always plan for the worst, that way all your surprises will be pleasant ones."
-Verin Mathwin

"Till shade is gone, till water is gone,
into the Shadow with teeth bared,
screaming defiance with the last breath,
to spit in Sightblinder's eye on the last Day."
-Aiel Oath

"But trust is the color of a dark seed growing.
Trust is the color of a heart's blood flowing.
Trust is the color of a soul's last breath.
Trust is the color of death."
-ancient song

"The lions sing and the hills take flight.
The moon by day, and the sun by night.
Blind woman, deaf man, jackdaw fool.
Let the Lord of Chaos rule."
-chant from a children's game heard in Great Aravalon, the Fourth Age

"I will find the song, or another will find the song, but the song will be sung this year or in a year to come. As it once was, so shall it be again, world without end."
-farewell among the Tuatha'an

"Thus is our treaty written; thus is agreement made. Thought is the arrow of time; memory never fades. What was asked is given; the price is paid."
-inscription on Mat's ashan'darei

"My heart rises with the sun.
To the chime of swords
I die at sunset..."
-Saldaean poem

"Killing is as easy as dying, any fool can do either."
-saying among the Aiel

"An Aes Sedai never lies, but the truth she speaks may not be the truth you think you hear."
-saying concerning Aes Sedai

"Take what you want, and pay for it."
-saying in Cairhien

"Trust no one but yourself, and yourself not too much."
-saying in Lugard

"Death is lighter than a feather, duty heavier than a mountain."
-saying in Shienar

"Whether the bear beats the wolf or the wolf beats the bear, the rabbit always loses."
-saying in the Two Rivers

"The Creator made women to please the eye and trouble the mind."
-saying in the Two Rivers (Damn straight.)

"On the heights, the paths are paved with daggers."
-Seanchan saying

"We'll toss the dice however they fall,
and snuggle the girls be they short or tall,
then follow young Mat whenever he calls,
to dance with Jak o' the Shadows."
-song of the Band of the Red Hand

¤Quotes From Robert Jordan¤

"I like reading erotica, sometimes."

"Read and find out."

"It's going to be a trilogy."
-circa 1989

"I created these characters, and I am an Old Testament God with my fist in the middle of their lives."
-CNN Interview, 2000