Novels aren’t just happy escapes; they are slivers of people’s souls, nailed to the pages, dripping ink from veins of wood pulp. Reading the right one at the right time can make all the difference.

— Brandon Sanderson

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The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.


Marsh: Our best efforts were never even a mild annoyance to the Lord Ruler.

" Kelsier: Ah, but being an annoyance is something that I am very good at. In fact, I'm far more than just a 'mild' annoyance--people tell me I can be downright frustrating. Might as well use this talent for the cause of good, eh?


The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.


Women? Women are like...thunderstorms. They're beautiful to look at, and sometimes they're nice to listen to-but most of the time they're just plain inconvenient.


Mocking a woman is like drinking too much wine.

It may be fun for a short time, but the hangover is hell.


I'm not really sure why. But... do you stop loving someone just because they betray you? I don't think so. That's what makes the betrayal hurt so much - pain, frustration, anger... and I still loved her. I still do.


My dear, did you just try to prove the existence of God with your cleavage?


Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.


I try to avoid having thoughts. They lead to other thoughts, and—if you’re not careful—those lead to actions. Actions make you tired. I have this on rather good authority from someone who once read it in a book.


We follow the codes not because they bring gain, but because we loathe the people we would otherwise become.


Personally, I like it much better when someone else does the decision making.

That way you have legitimate grounds to whine and complain. I tend to find both whining and complaining quite interesting and amusing, though sometimes--unfortunately--it's hard to choose which one of the two I want to do. Sigh. LIfe can be so tough sometimes.


Life before Death. Strength before Weakness. Journey before Destination.


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Those who take lightly promises they make to those they love are people who find little lasting satisfaction in life. This is not an easy time in which to live. That does not mean that it has to be a difficult time to love, but it does mean that you will find unusual stresses upon your lives and your relationship.


If I should die,” Dalinar said, “then I would do so having lived my life right. It is not the destination that matters, but how one arrives there.” “The Codes?” “No. The Way of Kings.” “That storming book.


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 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.


imaginary things were often the only items of real substance in people's lives.


I've always been very confident in my immaturity.


I think given the choice between loving Mare - betrayal included - and never knowing her, I'd chose love. I risked, and I lost, but the risk was still worth it.


Those candle flames were like the lives of men.

So fragile. So deadly. Left alone, they lit and warmed. Let run rampant, they would destroy the very things they were meant to illuminate. Embryonic bonfires, each bearing a seed of destruction so potent it could tumble cities and dash kings to their knees.


If you don't believe what I'm telling you, then ask yourself this: would any decent, kind-hearted individual become a writer? Of course not.


For now, I only wish to make a simple acknowledgement of the woman who held the power just before me. Of all of us who touched it, I feel she was the most worthy.


You see the dilemma?” Ham asked. “I see an idiot,” Breeze mumbled.


If you are anything like me --- Clever, fond of goat cheese, and devilishly handsome --- then you have undoubtedly read many books.


Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being clever enough to organize the world. (p 2)


What is it we value? Innovation. Originality. Novelty. But most importantly...timeliness. I fear you may be too late, my confused, unfortunate, friend.


There has to be a balance, Vin," Elend said.

"Somehow, we'll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be." He sighed. "But for now," he said, nodding to the side, "we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.


A man can only lead when others accept him as their leader, and he has only as much authority as his subjects give to him. All of the brilliant ideas in the world cannot save your kingdom if no one will listen to them.


My name is Stephen Leeds, and I am perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad.


I killed you once", the Lord Ruler said, turning back to Kelsier.

"You tried", Kelsier replied, his voice loud and firm, carrying across the square. "But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that thing you've never been able to kill no matter how hard you try. I am hope.


Overcome your guilt. Care, but not too much. Take responsibility, but don't blame yourself. Protect, save, help- but know when to give up. They're precarious ledges to walk. How do I do it?


You see, that is the sad, sorry, terrible thing about sarcasm. It's really funny.


I'm an amalgamation of what I've needed to be.

Part scholar, part rebel, part nobleman, part Mistborn, and part soldier. Sometimes I don't even know myself. I had a devil of a time getting all those pieces to work together. And, just when I'm starting to get it figured out, the world up and ends on me.


There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was an ending.


So, using his pride like a shield against despair, dejection, and-most important— self-pity, Raoden raised his head to stare damnation in the eyes.


Oh, Wax has always been solemn, but when he's at his best, there's a smirk underneath.


The hallmark of insecurity is bravado.


If you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you'll end up miserable.


Remember, the past need not become our future as well.


Not all librarians are evil cultists.

Some librarians are instead vengeful undead who want to suck your soul.


Llarimar had told him to do his best.

That sounded like an awful lot of work. Unfortunately, doing nothing was beginning to seem like even MORE work.


Are there any religions on your list that include the slaughter of noblemen as a holy duty?


I've found you can ignore half of what Dox tells you and not miss much-except for maybe they occasional complaint that you're spending too much.


Breeze turned to look out the window.

"You were always the best of us, Sazed," he said quietly. "Because you believed in something.


Men rarely see their own actions as unjustified.


When I do research, I cast my net very widely and then snatch what feels right out of that. Occasionally I'll read a specific book for a specific book, but usually I'm trying to increase my general understanding.


Eternity ended ten years ago.


The problem with being clever, Serene thought with a sigh, is that everyone assumes you're always planning something.


It is a writer's greatest pleasure to hear that someone was kept up until the unholy hours of the morning reading one of their books


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.