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Quotes from The Eye of the World




And the Shadow fell upon the land, and the world was riven stone from stone. The oceans fled, and the mountains were swallowed up, and the nations were scattered to the eight corners of the World. The moon was as blood, and the sun was as ashes. The seas boiled, and the living envied the dead. All was shattered, and all but memory lost, and one memory above all others, of him who brought the Shawdow and the Breaking of the World. And him they named Dragon.

And it came to pass in those days, as it had come before and would come again, that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men, and the green things failed, and hope died. And men cried out to the Creator, saying, O Light of the Heavens, Light of the World, let the Promised One be born of the mountain, according to the prophecies, as he was in ages past and will be in ages to come. Let the Prince of the Morning sing to the land that green things will grow and the valleys give forth lambs. Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark, and the great sword of justice defend us. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.


Ishamael p. xiii-"Remember, you fool! Remember your futile attack on the Great Lord of the Dark! Remember his counterstroke! Remember! Even now the Hundred Companions are tearing the world apart, and every day a hundred men more join them. What hand slew Ilyena Sunhair, Kinslayer? Not mine. Not mine. What hand struck down every life that bore a drop of your blood, everyone who loved you, everyone you loved? Not mine, Kinslayer. Not mine. Remember, and know the price of opposing Shai'tan!"


Tam al'Thor p.84-"They came over the Dragonwall like a flood, and washed the land with blood. How many died for Laman's Sin."

Tam al'Thor p.87-"Avendesora. It's said it makes no seed, but they brought a cutting to Cairhein, a sapling. A royal gift of wonder for the king. They never make peace. Never. But they brought a sapling, as a sign of peace. Five hundred years it grew. Five hundred years of peace with those who make no peace with strangers. Why did he cut it down? Why? Blood was the price for Avendesora. Blood the price for Laman's pride."


Moiraine p.135-" Never again did Manethern rise. Its soaring spires and splashing fountains became as a dream that slowly faded from the minds of its people. But they, and their children, and their children's children, held the land that was theirs. They held it when the long centuries had washed the why of it from their memories. They held until, today, there is you. Weep for Manetheren. Weep for what is lost forever."


Moiraine p.171-"You may go far. Perhaps even the Amyrlin Seat one day, if you study hard and work hard."


Egwene p.179-"After she saved the village? After she saved your father? Grow up, Rand! Forget the stories and use your eyes."


Avin, telling of Logain and his followers p.188-"They say he's named them the People of the Dragon."


Thom p.189-"One of the Prophecies says that the stone of Tear will never fall until the People of the Dragon come to the Stone. Another says the Stone will never fall till the Sword That Cannot Be Touched is wielded by the Dragon's hand. The fall of the Stone will be one of the major proofs that the Dragon has been reborn. May the Stone stand till I am dust."


Ba'alzamon p.205-"When men such as these could not stand against me, what chance do you have, a toad crouching beside a forrest puddle. You will serve me, or you will dance on Aes Sedai strings until you die. And then you will be mine. The dead belong to me!"


Thom p.234-"Whitecloak Questioners assume you're guilty before they start, and they have only one sentence for that kind of guilt. Best you remember some secrets are too dangerous for saying aloud, even when you think you know who hears."



Nynaeve p.236-"Whether the bear beats the wolf or the wolf beats the bear, the rabbit always loses."


Moiraine p.274-"It was called Aridhol. In the days of the Trolloc Wars, it was an ally of Manetheren. Later Aridhol died, and this place was called by another name, Shadar Logoth. It is called Shadar Logoth.

Narration p.284-"Suddenly Rand realized what had been nagging at him about the man. The scattered torches in the hallway had given each of them a ring of shadows, just as the torches in the treasure room did. Only...He was so shocked he sait it out loud. 'You don't have a shadow.'"

Moiraine p.288/9-"Late in the Trolloc Wars, an army camped within these ruins-Trollocs, Darkfriends, Myrddrall, Dreadlords, thousands in all. When they did not come out, scouts were sent inside the walls. The scouts found weapons, bits of armor, and blood splattered everywhere. And messages scratched on walls in the Trolloc tonuge, calling on the Dark One to save them in their last hour. Men who came later found no trace of the blood or the messages. They had been scoured away. Halfmen and Trollocs remember still. That is what keeps them outside this place."

Moiraine p.290-"How the armies of Manetheren came to avenge Caar and found the gates of Aridhol torn down, no living theing inside the walls, but something worse than death. No enemy had come to Ardhol but Aridhol. Suspicion and hate had given birth to something that fed on that which created it, something locked in the bedrock on which the city stood. Mashador waits still, hungering. Men spoke of Aridhol no more. They named it Shadar Logoth, The Place Where the Shadow Waits."


Perrin p.330-"Moiraine could be dead, too. All of them could be. No, Egwene. I'm sorry, but they could be. I hope they are all safe. I hope they'll walk up to this fire any minute. But hope is like a piece of string when you're drowning; it just isn't enough to get you out safe by itself."




A dieing Maiden of the Spear talking to a Tuatha'an p.375-"Leafblighter means to blind the Eye of the World, Lost One. He means to slay the Great Serpent. Warn the people, Lost One. Sightburner comes. Tell them to stand ready for He Who Comes With the Dawn, Tell them..."


Thom reciting part of "The Great Hunt of the Horn" p.389-
In the last, lorn fight
'gainst the fall of long night
the mountains stand guard,
and the dead shall be ward,
for the grave is no bar to my call."


Elyas p.403-"Relax lad. Take life as it comes. Run when you have to, fight when you must, rest when you can."


Moiraine p.418-"The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. No eye can see the Pattern until it is woven."


Elyas p.440-"You'll use it boy, and as long as you hate using it, you will use it more wisely than most men would. Wait. If ever you don't hate it any longer, then will be the time to throw it as far as you can and run the other way."


Egwene p.442-"Why should they bother us? We're supposed to be safe here. It's supposed to be safe. Light, there has to be some safe place."


Lan p.507-"Strange to see a heron -mark blade in the hands of a sheepherder. Are you worthy of it? You had better be. You're alone now, Nothing to hold to behind you, and nothing before, and anyone can be a Darkfriend. Anyone."


Rand and Loial p.552-
"The Great Trees, are the like Avendesora?"
"You know better than that. You of all people."
"Me? How would I know?"
"Are you playing a joke on me? Sometimes you Aielmen think the oddest things are funny."
"What? I'm not an Aielman! I'm from the Two Rivers. I never even saw an Aielman!"



Lan p.580-"In these times many things are dissolving, and breaking between what is and what was, between what is and what will be. The walls of the Dark One's prision. This may be the end of an Age. We may see a new Age born before we die. Or perhaps the end of Ages, the end of time itself. The end of the world."


Elaida p.614-"This I Fortell, and swear under the Light that I can say no clearer. From this day Andor marches towards pain and division. The Shadow has yet to darken to it's blackest, and I cannot see if The Light comes after it. Where the world has wept one tear, it will weep thousands. This I Foretell. This too, I Foretell. Pain and division come to the whole world and this man stands at the heart of it. I obey the Queen, and spoke clearly."


Loial p.622-"You truly are ta'veren, Rand. The Pattern weaves itself around you, and you stand in the heart of it."


Loial p.646-9-"During the Time of Maddness, while the world was still being broken, the earth was in upheaval, and humankind was being scattered like dust on the wind. We Ogier were scatter, too, driven from the stedding, into the Exile and the Long Wandering, when the Longing was graven on our hearts. Those few Ogiers who held in their stedding while around them the world was tearing apart. And of the Aes Sedai, the male Aes Sedai who were dying even as they destroyed the world in their maddness. It was to those Aes Sedai, those who had so far managed to avoid the maddness, that the stedding first made the offer of sanctuary. Many accepted for in the stedding they were protected from the tain of the Dark One that was killing their kind. But they were cut off from the True Source. It was not just that they could not wield the One Power, or touch Source; they could no longer sense that the Source existed. In the end none could accept that isolation, and one by one they left the stedding, hoping that by that time the Taint was gone. It never was. But before they went, they gave a gift to the Ogier in thanks for our sanctuary. The Ways. Enter the Waygate, walk for a day, and you depart through another Waygate a hundred miles from where you started. Or five hundred. It was a marvelous gift, made more so by the times. Not only did Ogier so gifted not have to travel through the world, where even after the Breaking men fought like animals to live, in order to reach another stedding, but within the Ways there was no Breaking. The Ways were made by men weilding Power fouled by the Dark One. About a thousand years ago, during what you humans call the War of the Hundred Years, the Ways began to change. So slowly in the beginning that none really noticed they grew dark and dim. Then darkness fell along the bridges. Some who went in were never seen again. Travlers spoke of being watched from the dark. The numbers who vanished grew and some who came out had gone mad, raving about Machin Shin, the Black Wind. Aes Sedai healers could aid some, but even with Aes Sedai help they were never the same. And they never remembered anything of what had occurred. Yet it was as if the darkness had sunken into their bones They never laughed again. They feared the sound of the wind."

Moiraine p.680-"Trollocs. Or Fades, THose are Trolloc runes. The Trollocs have discovered how to enter the Ways. That must be how they got to the Two Rivers undiscovered; through the Waygate at Manetheren."

Narration (Rand) p.682- Later there was a distand wind, too, off in the black somewhere. He could not say in what direction. At first he thought it was his imagination, but with time he became sure. It'll be good to feel the wind again, even if it's cold. Suddenly he blinked. "Loial, didn't you say there isn't any wind in the Ways?"


Lan p.702"The rose petal floats on water. The kingfisher flashes above the pond. Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death."



Moiraine p.703"Darkfriends know neither border nor blood. They are found in every land, and are of none. I, too, would like to see this man. The Pattern is forming a Web, Lord Agelmar, but the final shape of the Web is not yet set. It may yet entangle the world, or unravel and set The Wheel to a new weaving. At this point even small things can change the shape of the Web. At this point I am wary of small things out of the ordinary."


The Green Man p.739-"This place, is always where it is. All that changes is where those who need it are."


The Green Man p.740-"Strange clothes you wear, Child of the Dragon. Has the Wheel turned so far? Do the People of the Dragon return to the First Covenant? But you wear a sword. That is neither now nor then."


Aginor p.205-"Some of us are bound no longer. The seals weaken, Aes Sedai. Like Ishamael, we walk the world again, and soon the rest of us will come."



Moiraine p.782"The Prophecies will be fulfilled. The Dragon is Reborn.