“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon. Too often, we forget that.”
A man’s emotions are what define him, and control is the hallmark of true strength. To lack feeling is to be dead, but to act on every feeling is to be a child.”
“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 strive to defend its sanctity and then expect you to be impressed with their efforts.”
But expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.
“The finest defense of character is correct action. Acquaint yourself with virtue, and you can expect proper treatment from those around you.”
‘And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived.
Sometimes we find it hardest to accept in others that which we cling to in ourselves.
Strength does not make one capable of rule; it makes one capable of service.
The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.”
‘Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination.’ ”
“When we are young,” Jasnah said, “we want simple answers. There is no greater indication of youth, perhaps, than the desire for everything to be as it should. As it has ever been.”
“It strikes me that religion—in its essence—seeks to take natural events and ascribe supernatural causes to them. I, however, seek to take supernatural events and find the natural meanings behind them. Perhaps that is the final dividing line between science and religion. Opposite sides of a card.”
Bitterness is repaid more often than kindness.
“Well, I myself find that respect is like manure. Use it where needed, and growth will flourish. Spread it on too thick, and things just start to smell.”
“I will protect those who cannot protect themselves,” he whispered. The Second Ideal of the Knights Radiant.
The body needs many different foods to remain healthy. And the mind needs many different ideas to remain sharp.
“Authority doesn’t come from a rank,” Kaladin said, fingering the spheres in his pocket. “Where does it come from?” “From the men who give it to you. That’s the only way to get it.”
But weakness can imitate strength if bound properly, just as cowardice can imitate heroism if given nowhere to flee.”
It was the warmth of decisions made and purpose seized. It was responsibility.
“Too many scholars think of research as purely a cerebral pursuit. If we do nothing with the knowledge we gain, then we have wasted our study. Books can store information better than we can—what we do that books cannot is interpret. So if one is not going to draw conclusions, then one might as well just leave the information in the texts.”