THE WHEEL OF TIME QUOTES





The Eye of the World The Great Hunt The Dragon Reborn

The Shadow Rising The Fires of Heaven Lord of Chaos

A Crown of Swords The Path of Daggers Winter's Heart Crossroads of Twlight

Quotes from The Fires of Heaven


(Hard Cover page numbers)



With his coming are the dead fires born again. The hills burn, and the land turns sere. The tides of men run out, and the hour dwindles. The wall is pierced, and the veil of parting raised. Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth. There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death.




Han p.64-"The prophecy said you would break us, and you have made a good beginning. But we will follow you. 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."


Asmodean p.76-"I came across a saying in Arad Doman. 'The more women there are about, the softer a wise man steps.' It would not be bad to remember it."


Moiraine p.120-"It is terrible Rand. Why do you think even the Forsaken feared to use it? Think of the effect on the Pattern of a single thread, one man, removed from hours, or days, that have already been woven, like one thread picked partly out of a piece of cloth. Fragments of manuscripts remaining from the War of Power say several entire cities were destroyed with balefire before both sides realized the danger. Hundreds of thousands of threads pulled from the Pattern, gone for days aldready past; whatever those people had done, now no longer had been done, and neither had what others had done because of their actions. The memories remained, but not actions. The ripples were incalculable. The pattern itself nearly unraveled. It could have been the destruction of everything."


Rand p.123-"You were always ambitous Mierin. Why do you think I turned away from you? It wasn't Ilyena, whatever you like to think. You were out of my heart long before ever I met her. Ambition is all there is to you. Power is all you ever wanted. You disgust me!"


Juilin p.162-"I do not know. But they did not, either. That is the trick of it; their minds made up worse than I ever could. I have seen a tough man break when I sent for a basket of figs and some mice."



Nynaeve p.184-"A wise woman, Lini. We may learn more if I see another bunch of yellow flowers hanging upside down, but until then I think we should behave as though the Black Ajah itself has control of the Tower."


Egwene's dream p.214-"..while Thom Merrilin put his hand into a fire to draw out the small blue stone that now dangled on Moiraine's forehead."


Min to Siun p.343-"You can spare one minute to listen. When Bryne came in, I had a viewing. An aura, and a bull ripping roses from around its neck, and. . . . None of it matters except the aura. If you want to stay alive, you had better stay close to him."



Avienda p.373-"Do you think I released them? They are you renemies, Rand al'Thor. You must be hard with your enemies, not soft."


Elayne p.401-"Nynaeve, Birgitte is alive. You did everything you could for her, and the Light willing she will live. It was Moghedien who did this to her, not you. A soldier who takes blame for comrades who fall in battle is a fool. You and I are soldiers in a battle, but you are not a fool, so stop behaving like one."


Mat p.473-" Everything always changes. The best plan lasts until the first arrow leaves the bow."


Mat's men p.513-
"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."


Lini p.563-"An open sack hides nothing, and an open door hides little, but an open man is surely hiding something."


Moiraine p.473-"We all do as we must, as the Pattern decrees. For some there is less freedom than fo others. It does not matter whether we choose or are chosen, What must be, must be."


Rand's observation of one of the 7 seals p.627-"He felt the Dark One's taint strongly here; it almost seemed to come from the casks, a faint miasma as from something rotting in a hidden place."


Moiraine's letter p.473-"These words will fade within moments after this leaves your hand - a warding attuned to you - so be careful of it. That you are reading this means that the events have fallen out at the docks as I hoped...

Since the first day I reached Rhuidean, I have known - it need not trouble you how; some secrets belong to others, and I will not betray them - that a day would come in Cairhien when news would arrive of Morgase. I did not know what that would be - if what we heard is true, the Light have mercy on her soul; she was willful and stubborn, with a temper of a lioness at times, but for all that a true, good and gracious queen - but each time that news led to the docks on the following day. There were three branches from the docks, but if you are reading this, I am gone, and so if Lanfear."

The other two paths were much worse. Down one, Lanfear killed you. Down the other, she carried you away, and when next we saw you, you called yourself Lews Therin Telamon and were her devoted lover.

I hope that Egwene and Avienda have survived unharmed. You see, I do not know what happens in the world after, except perhaps for one small thing which does not concern you.

I could not tell you, for the same reason I could not tell Lan. Even given the choices, I could not be sure which you would pick. Men of the Two RIvers, it seems, retain much of storied Manertheren in them, traits shared with men of the Borderlands. It is said that a Borderlander will take a dagger's wound to avoid harm to a woman and count it fair trade. I dared not risk that you would place my life above your own, certain that somehow you could sidestep fate. Not a risk, I fear, but a foolish certainty, as today has surely proved....

A few final Points

If Lan has not already gone, tell him that what I did to him, I did for the best. He will understand one day, and I hope, bless me for it.

Trust no woman fully who is now Aes Sedai. I do not speak simply of the Black Ajah, though you must always be watchful for them. Be as suspicious of Verin as you are of Alviarin. We have made the world dance as we sang for three thousand years. That is a difficult habit to break, as I have learned while dancing to your song. You must dance free, and even the best intentioned of my sisters may well try to guide your steps as I once did.

Please deliver Thom Merrilin's letter safely when you meet him again. There is a small matter that I once told him of which I must make clear for his peace of mind

Lastly, be wary, too of Mast Jasin Natael. I cannot approve wholly, but I understand. Perhaps it was the only way. Yet be careful of him. He is the same man now that he always was. Remember that always.

May the Light illumine and protect you. You will do well."




And the Glory of the Light did shine upon him.
And the Peace of the Light did he give men
Binding nations to him. Making one of many.
Yet shards of hearts did give wounds.
And what was once did come again
-in fire and in storm
splitting all in twain.
For his peace...
- for his peace...
.... was the peace ....
.... was the peace ....
.... of the sword.
And the Glory of the Light did shine upon him.