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Do not be so hard on the child. She is a product of her upbringing, just as you are. If you judge her worth based on frivolities, then you are doing the same as those who judge you based on your simple clothing. -- Brandon Sanderson
He is a good man - despite it all, he is a good man. A sacrificing man. In truth, all of his actions - all of the deaths, destructions, and pains that he has caused - have hurt him deeply. All of these things were, in truth, a kind of sacrifice for him. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's funny, Vasher thought, How many things begin with my getting thrown into prison. -- Brandon Sanderson
This is going to take a while. I'm a fantasy author. We have trouble with the concept of brevity. -- Brandon Sanderson
Never ask of your men a sacrifice you wouldn't make yourself. Never make them fight in conditions you would refuse to fight in yourself. Never ask a man to perform an act you wouldn't soil your own hands doing. -- Brandon Sanderson
I'm so storming pure I practically belch rainbows. -- Brandon Sanderson
Back in my State, I'm very close to being able to control the weather. I'll be all-powerful, once I've figured that out. -- Brandon Sanderson
Men like you preach change, but I wonder. Is this a battle we can really fight?"
"You're fighting it already, Goodman Mennis. You're just losing horribly. -- Brandon Sanderson
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. -- Brandon Sanderson
Whenever I'm thinkin' my life is miserable, I remember him, and tell myself, 'Well, Wayne. At least you ain't a broke, dickless feller what can't even pick his own nose properly.' And I feels better. -- Brandon Sanderson
You're not enjoying yourself," Syl said. "You're starting to sound a lot like my mother." "Captivating?" Syl said. "Amazing, witty, meaningful?" "Repetitive." "Captivating?" Syl said. "Amazing, witty, meaningful?" "Very funny." "Says the man not laughing," she replied, folding her arms. -- Brandon Sanderson
His brother, dead. His wife, dead. Family, friends, and heroes. All dead. You push me to seek revenge? he thought. Well, you shall have it! -- Brandon Sanderson
Perhaps I am an insensitive rich woman. That doesn't change the fact that you can be downright mean and offensive, Kaladin Stormblessed. -- Brandon Sanderson
My Megan is a sunrise, always changing, but beautiful the entire time. -- Brandon Sanderson
Glass broke and metal tools clattered to the ground.
"Have you any idea what all of that is worth?" Shezler growled, lowering his arm and advancing.
"Your soul, apparently," Kelsier whispered. -- Brandon Sanderson
The more hungry she got, the less other worries bothered her. Eating was a problem for now. Being killed by Denth or Vasher was a problem for later. -- Brandon Sanderson
The surest way to stay alive in the underworld was to make yourself indispensable. -- Brandon Sanderson
Don't make trouble at the pub tonight, Wayne," the man intoned in response. "My temper is really short." "Temper?" Wayne said, passing him. "That's a funny name for it, mate, but if the ladies like you givin' silly names to your body parts, I ain't gonna say nothin'. -- Brandon Sanderson
The only point in creating something is to watch it die. Like a story that must come to a climax, what I have done will not be fulfilled until the end has arrived. -- Brandon Sanderson
Reckoner Super Plan for Killing Regalia ...
Step One: find Regalia, then totally explode her. Lots and Lots.
Step Two: put Val on decaf.
Step Three: Mizzy gets a cookie. -- Brandon Sanderson
I had Eondel teach me," Raoden said. "Back when I was trying to find ways to
prove that my father's laws were foolish. Eondel chose fencing becausehe
thought it would be most useful to me, as a politician. I never figured I'd end up using it to keep my wife from slicing me to pieces. -- Brandon Sanderson
It frightens me," Shallan said, "because we all see the world by some kind of light personal to us, and that light changes perception. I don't see clearly. I want to, but I don't know if I ever truly can. -- Brandon Sanderson
The steel skull of your archnemesis. Now, -- Brandon Sanderson
I didn't say Tvlakv isn't a bastard. He's just a likable bastard." He hesitated, then grimaced. "Those are the worst kind. When you kill them, you end up feeling guilty for it. -- Brandon Sanderson
You learned this," Kabsal said, lifting up her drawing of Jasnah, "from a book."
"Er ... yes?"
He looked back at the picture. "I need to read more. -- Brandon Sanderson
The more she thought of it, the more that luck seemed the opposite of being awesome. One was something you did; the other was something that happened to you no matter what you did. Course, -- Brandon Sanderson
Combat begins with the legs," Kaladin said as he evaded the attacks. "I don't care how fast you are with a jab, how accurate you are with a thrust. If your opponent can trip you, or make you stumble, you'll lose. Losing means dying. -- Brandon Sanderson
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. -- Brandon Sanderson
You live lies," Pattern said. "It gives you strength. But the truth . . . Without speaking truths you will not be able to grow, Shallan. I know this somehow. -- Brandon Sanderson
You like lies?" Shallan asked. "Good lies," Pattern said. "That lie. Good lie." "What makes a lie good?" Shallan asked, taking careful notes, recording Pattern's exact words. "True lies." "Pattern, those two are opposites." "Hmmmm . . . Light makes shadow. Truth makes lies. Hmmmm. -- Brandon Sanderson
And don't waste time worshipping Harmony. Doing good was the worship. -- Brandon Sanderson
But learn to take a little pride in yourself, kid! If there's anything I can teach you, it's how to be self-confident. -- Brandon Sanderson
Elend started. "Vin!" Then, he smiled. "What took you so long?"
"I got delayed by an Inquistor and a dark god," she said. "Now hustle. -- Brandon Sanderson
Spook, child. You want to be like me? Really like me? Then fight when you are beaten! -- Brandon Sanderson
Raised a finger, pointing out a door. Wax gave her a nod and crouched -- Brandon Sanderson
Once, maybe I would have thought you a fool, but ... well, that's kind of what trust is, isn't it? A willful self-delusion? You have to shut out that voice that whispers about betrayal, and just hope that your friends aren't going to hurt you. -- Brandon Sanderson
He'd been convinced that if he could just explain his condition to the city, they would all listen to reason and let him control their lives perfectly. -- Brandon Sanderson
Unlike a sword, scorn has only the bite you give it. -- Brandon Sanderson
You don't have to believe in my miracles. You can call them accidents or coincidences, if you must. But don't pity me for my faith. And don't presume that you're better, just because you believe something different. -- Brandon Sanderson
Why do they call it research if I've only done it this one time? -- Brandon Sanderson
Suspicion is healthy in our profession - but only to an extent. I'd rather trust my men than worry about what will happen if they turn on me." "That sounds foolish," Vin said. "Is happiness foolish? -- Brandon Sanderson
Not contradicting a point and proving it are different things. -- Brandon Sanderson
I think something innate in us understands that seeking the good of society is usually best for the individual as well. Humankind is noble, when we give it the chance to be. That nobility is something that exists independent of any god's decree. -- Brandon Sanderson
Perhaps he should have been annoyed at the young man's tone, but it was only the truth. -- Brandon Sanderson
He felt an immediate spike of panic - which he shot in the head and dumped in a lake. -- Brandon Sanderson
He found insanity no excuse, however, for irrational behavior. -- Brandon Sanderson
To their simple, degenerate minds there was only one thing to do when faced by a God more powerful than their own: Convert.
Brandon Sanderson(Elantris) -- Brandon Sanderson
Live, David," he said softly. "Live your life."
"I'm doing that," I grumbled.
"No. You are letting Steelheart live your life for you. He controls it, each step of the way. Live your own life. -- Brandon Sanderson
You see, that is the sad, sorry, terrible thing about sarcasm.
It's really funny. -- Brandon Sanderson
No job security," Denth said, leaning back in his chair. "The kinds of things we do, they tend to be dangerous and unpredictable. Our employers have a habit of dying off on us."
"Though usually not from the chills," Tonk Fah noted. "Swords tend to be the method of choice. -- Brandon Sanderson
Isn't that tough?" Wayne called. "Like ... I once hadda eat twenty sausages for a bet. Won five notes, but spent an hour on the ground moaning like a fellow on the pot tryin' to force a mango through -- Brandon Sanderson
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. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's good by comparison only! Yes, there are worse places, but so long as this hellhole is considered the ideal, we'll never get anywhere. We cannot let them convince us this is normal! -- Brandon Sanderson
Anything that is possible is actually reality, given infinity. -- Brandon Sanderson
Nonsense. Balderdash. Figgldygrak. Isn't it odd that gibberish words are often the sounds of other words, cut up and dismembered, then stitched into something like them - yet wholly unlike them at the same time? -- Brandon Sanderson
At each corner, you expect to turn and see the withered, skeletal remains of some poor researcher who got lost in the stacks and never found his way out. -- Brandon Sanderson
Holding your brain hostage against your own stupidity - that was how to get stuff done. -- Brandon Sanderson
So far as he was concerned, this had been a bang-up night. Dynamite, a nice brawl, free brandy, and getting to scare the piss out of someone. It was the simple things that made his life worth living. -- Brandon Sanderson
Can you feel it? Something just changed. I believe that's the sound the world makes when it pisses itself. -- Brandon Sanderson
When I finally lie down, I find sleep elusive. The same thoughts that trouble me during the day are only compounded by the stillness of night. -- Brandon Sanderson
The two great constants of life. Food and death. -- Brandon Sanderson
[ ... ] What's wrong with her?"
"Chronic competence, I should guess. She's been so successful in life that she has unrealistic expectations of others. -- Brandon Sanderson
For a second," Megan added, "I thought you were going to be forced into the bathroom there with me. Too bad. It would have been amusing to watch you squirm. -- Brandon Sanderson
Remember why we live. Remember warmth, remember good food. Remember friends, and song, and evenings spent around the hearth. -- Brandon Sanderson
Anonymity. Hiding, even when you're with others. Being quiet, unobtrusive. Forcing yourself to stay apart - emotionally, at least. It's a way of life. A protection. -- Brandon Sanderson
Cody had said it was magic, and had told me not to ask any questions lest I anger the wee daemons inside who make the gloves work and our coffee taste good -- Brandon Sanderson
It was a boat. Of course, the common word "boat" didn't do the thing justice. Wayne stared at the massive construction, searching for a better description. One that would capture the majesty, the incredible scale, of the thing he was seeing. "That's a damn big boat," he finally whispered. -- Brandon Sanderson
The law is there to keep us from ruining everyone else's ability to explore. Without law, there's no freedom. -- Brandon Sanderson
Remember, despite the fact that this book is being sold as a 'fantasy' novel, you must take all of the things it says extremely seriously, as they are quite important, are in no way silly, and always make sense.
Rutabaga. -- Brandon Sanderson
The book was written to embody an ideal. It was given to people who already had momentum in doing what was right. That was my mistake. Before any of this can work, our people need to have a minimum level of honor and dignity. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's easy to believe in something when you win all the time ... The losses are what define a man's faith. -- Brandon Sanderson
Protecting ten innocents is not worth killing one. -- Brandon Sanderson
Are there any religions on your list that include the slaughter of noblemen as a holy duty? -- Brandon Sanderson
I doubt hell has this much Kool-Aid -- Brandon Sanderson
I feel like a brick made of porridge. -- Brandon Sanderson
Majesty," Dockson said, "we've already worked on that problem for a bit." "Oh?" Elend asked, -- Brandon Sanderson
The skaa called Sazed holy, but at that moment he realized that he was the most profane of men. He was a creature who knew three hundred religions, yet had faith in none of them. -- Brandon Sanderson
Yes, well, you're supposed to. Men never do as they're told. Case in point, this moment, where you have the startling rudeness to refuse being consumed. -- Brandon Sanderson
Being unkillable, so long as one had some healing power stored up, could do strange things to a person's sense of self-preservation. Of course, Wayne had probably been drunk at the time. That also tended to do strange things to a person's sense of self-preservation -- Brandon Sanderson
An adult can take a principle and adapt it to his needs. But we're not ready for that yet. We're children. And when you're teaching a child, you require him to do what is right until he grows old enough to make his own choices. -- Brandon Sanderson
I still doubt it will work."
"You'd doubt the sun's rising if you weren't proven wrong each day," Raoden
said with a smile. -- Brandon Sanderson
We're not moments, Megan, you and me. We're events. You say you might not be the same person you were a year ago? Well, who is? I'm sure not. We change, like swirling clouds around a rising sun. -- Brandon Sanderson
know you think I'm stupid; I guess you're probably right. But if you really cared, I figured that you wouldn't make me feel stupid, too. Jewels -- Brandon Sanderson
It was rather difficult to throw a game when you had no idea what you were doing to win it in the first place. -- Brandon Sanderson
Progress is learning to control your world. -- Brandon Sanderson
As she'd left, I'd glanced at her gun.
This time, when she'd pointed it at me, she'd flicked the safety on. If that wasn't true love, I don't know what was. -- Brandon Sanderson
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."
"No. The Way of Kings."
"That storming book. -- Brandon Sanderson
Wayne held back a smile, tucking it into his pocket for later use. -- Brandon Sanderson
- in case Wayne failed." "Which never happens." Wayne grinned and took a bite of his apple, hopping off his steps to walk beside Waxillium. "Except that one time. And that other one time. But those don't matter, onnacount of my getting hit to the head enough times that I can't remember them. -- Brandon Sanderson
Mocking a woman is like drinking too much wine. It may be fun for a short time, but the hangover is hell. -- Brandon Sanderson
Eventually, after seven crop rotations or so, they reached the front of the line. -- Brandon Sanderson
I'll have more than that." He tapped the windowsill. "I'm going to refound the Knights Radiant. -- Brandon Sanderson
That hat looks ridiculous."
"Fortunately, I can change hats," Wayne said, "while you, sir, are stuck with that face. -- Brandon Sanderson
Heavens, no," Wax said. "If I approved of half the thngs Wayne does, Harmony would probably strike me on the spot. -- Brandon Sanderson
The world is progressing. One man cannot slow it, no matter how determined he is.
He stopped in the path.
You cannot stop the tides from changing, Dusk. No matter how determined you are. His mother's words. -- Brandon Sanderson
Vin shook her head. "No, not me. I'm not a good person or a bad person. I'm just here to kill things."
OreSeur watched her for a moment, then settled back down. "Regardless," he said, "you are not my worst master. That is, perhaps, a compliment among our people. -- Brandon Sanderson
Parents are unpredictable when their children are involved," Harding said. "I'd much rather fight a squadron of Forgotten than deal with an affluent mother who thinks her son is in danger. -- Brandon Sanderson
Like I said," MeLaan said. "He's set it up so that you have no choice - so far as you see it."
"You see it differently?"
"I've been a lot of people, Ladrian. Seen through a lot of eyes. There's always another perspective, if you look hard enough. -- Brandon Sanderson
Exhaustion," Dalinar said, "pain, suffering. This is what victory usually feels -- Brandon Sanderson
They looked so dangerous, like alligators. Really fast alligators wearing black. Ninja alligators. I decided not to use that one on Megan. -- Brandon Sanderson
The door slammed open. Vivenna jumped, putting a hand to her chest.
Vasher walked in. 'Start reaching for that sword when you're startled,' he said. 'There's little reason to grab your shirt, unless you're planning to rip it off. -- Brandon Sanderson
Keeping him in here is like snuggling up to a bomb, content that it's not going to explode simply because you can still hear it ticking. -- Brandon Sanderson
When you can't have both freedom and safety, boy, which do you choose?" Elend was silent. "I make my own choice," he finally said. "And I leave the others to make their own as well. -- Brandon Sanderson
Galladon paused for a moment, then laughed. "Does nothing frighten you, sule?"
"Actually, pretty much everything here does - I'm just good at ignoring the fact
that I'm terrified. If I ever realize how scared I am, you'll probably find me trying to hide under those cobblestones over there. -- Brandon Sanderson
Dragons were dangerous in the sky. Of course, they were dangerous on the ground too. Just less dangerous. In the same way that a sword is less dangerous so long as it's pointed at someone else. -- Brandon Sanderson
The less we see chaos, and the more we see the pattern, the better we're going to be at understanding just what we fight
and just how to defeat it. -- Brandon Sanderson
Vin, Vin. Why can't you see? This isn't about good or evil. Morality doesn't even enter into it. Good men will kill as quickly for what they want as evil men - only the things they want are different. -- Brandon Sanderson
The man was watching the nearby fish tank, which stood beneath a depiction of Tindwyl, Mother of Terris, perched on the walls during her last stand against the darkness. In the tank, tiny octopuses moved across the glass. -- Brandon Sanderson
Sometimes, people just have to die. -- Brandon Sanderson
You cannot keep all men confined all the time," Abraham said, "not without creating a strong prison. So instead you allow some measure of freedom for those who really, really want it. That way, they do not become rebels. If you do it right. -- Brandon Sanderson
Why, if you only knew the secrets to which I'm privy!"
"My dear Lifeblesser, please trust me when I say the I have no desire to know any secrets which involve you and a privy. -- Brandon Sanderson
Wayne claimed to have memorized the names of all of the different possible combinations of Twinborn. Of course, Wayne also claimed to have once stolen a horse that belched in perfect musical notes, so one learned to take what he said with a pinch of copper. -- Brandon Sanderson
You want to be a better person? Go listen to someone you disagree with. don't argue with them just listen. It's remarkable what interesting things people will say if you take the time to not be a jerk. -- Brandon Sanderson
No, not me.I'm not a good person or a bad person.I'm just here to kill things. -- Brandon Sanderson
Not having ice cream," she proclaimed, "is the culmination of all disasters! -- Brandon Sanderson
It's all right Wayne," Waxillium said softly. "I've made a promise. I told Lord Harms I'd return Steris to him. And I will. That is that."
"Then I will remain and help," Marasi said. "That is that."
"And I could really use some food," Wayne added. "Fat is fat. -- Brandon Sanderson
She didn't know if she was speaking to Grandmother or the God Beyond. So often, they were the same in her mind. Had she ever realized that before? -- Brandon Sanderson
Ten people, with Shardblades alight, standing before a wall of black and white and red. -- Brandon Sanderson
What a pair they were - a Mistborn who felt guilty wasting coins to jump and a nobleman who thought balls were too expensive. -- Brandon Sanderson
Vin looked down at the handkerchief. Whena nobleman wants to court a lady seriously, he gives her a handkerchief. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's actually a rather romantic and dramatic story
one I would eagerly tell you, except for the fact that I recently forgot it, based on it being far too long and having not enough decapitations. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's just that it was difficult to remember a world on sunshine when darkness was all you saw each day. -- Brandon Sanderson
The Shaod, it was called. The Transformation ... When it came, the fortuante person's life ended and began anew; he would discard his old, mundane existence and move to Elantris. Elantris, where he could live in bliss, rule in wisdom, and be worshiped for eternity.
Eternity ended ten years ago. -- Brandon Sanderson
You're young," Teft said. "I'm old."
"That makes you wiser, presumably?"
"Damnation no. The only thing it proves is that I've more experience staying alive than you. -- Brandon Sanderson
Here, in Alethkar, men often spoke of the legends
of mankind's hard-won victory over the Voidbringers. But when weapons created to fight nightmares were turned against common soldiers, the lives of men became cheap things indeed. -- Brandon Sanderson
Perhaps he had been looking for that branching point in his life where he had stepped down the wrong path. He -- Brandon Sanderson
You know, I was a nerdy kid going through high school, and then I got to college and that all vanished. I mean, a lot of my good friends - when we were in high school, we would never have been able to hang out together because we were in such different cliques or whatever. Now, who cares? -- Brandon Sanderson
The hallmark of insecurity is bravado. -- Brandon Sanderson
This is insanity!"
"No, this is scholarship! -- Brandon Sanderson
Wasing not of wasing is," Quentin added. -- Brandon Sanderson
She was old enough to be stately, yet young enough to be known for her remarkable beauty. In short, she was the type of woman Sarene would normally hate - if she weren't also the kindest, most intelligent woman in the court. After -- Brandon Sanderson
Some people - like a festering finger or a leg shattered beyond repair - just needed to be removed. -- Brandon Sanderson
A scholar knows not to waste time rediscovering information already known. -- Brandon Sanderson
Oh, storms. That was awful."
"No it was funny. You seem to get those two mixed up a lot. Don't worry. I'm here to help. -- Brandon Sanderson
Silence took one of the burlap sacks from her pack and handed it to William Ann, then removed her hammer. It wasn't some war weapon, like her grandfather had spoken of. Just a simple tool for pounding nails. Or other things. -- Brandon Sanderson
Can you beat them on your own? Marasi half whispered, half mouthed at Wayne.
He grinned and mouthed back, Does a guy wif no hands got itchy balls? -- Brandon Sanderson
Because he knew we'd never rebel on our own, so he gave us no choice. -- Brandon Sanderson
The world seemed quite willing to accept misunderstood artists, misunderstood thieves, and even peasants who dreamed of royalty. But nobody knew what to do with a misunderstood philologist. Other than run him out of town for bringing the dragons down on them. -- Brandon Sanderson
The definition of a lawman, Uncle, is easy," Wax said, feeling blood from a dozen cuts trickle down his face. He lifted Suit by the front of his clothing, bringing him close. "He's the man who takes the bullet so nobody else has to. -- Brandon Sanderson
Be warned - Hammond does tend to be a bit optimistic about these kind of things. If the army were made up of one-legged mutes, he would praise their balance and their listening skills. -- Brandon Sanderson
We're all freaks sometimes, Melody," he replied. "You're just ... well, better at it than most. -- Brandon Sanderson
Waxillium found himself nodding. "You can be very wise sometimes, Wayne."
"It's onnacount of my thinkin', mate," Wayne said, tapping his head, increasing the thickness of his accent. "It's what I do wif my brain. Somma the time, at least. -- Brandon Sanderson
The way of kings / Brandon Sanderson. - 1st ed. p. cm. "A Tom Doherty Associates book." ISBN 978-1-4299-9280-0 (e-book) I. Title. PS3619.A533W375 2010 813'.6 - dc22 2010034369 -- Brandon Sanderson
He wasn't sure which side of the argument he came down on, but at least he wasn't going around melting people for an audience. Besides, for the moment he figured he'd choose the side that wasn't actively trying to kill him. He strolled and stuck -- Brandon Sanderson
The world's gone mad: joining it is the only solution. -- Brandon Sanderson
She didn't see death, she saw life. She saw faith. -- Brandon Sanderson
We're going to kill them, aren't we?" William Ann asked.
"How much are they worth?"
"Sometimes, child, it's not about what a man is worth. -- Brandon Sanderson
Plan?" Marasi asked.
"Anything more detailed than that?"
"Not dyin' ... today? -- Brandon Sanderson
You do not agree with my quest. I understand that, so much as it is possible to understand someone with whom I disagree so completely. -- Brandon Sanderson
I'm Galladon, from the sovereign realm of Duladel. I'm most recently from Elantris, land of sludge, insanity, and eternal perdition. Nice to meet you. -- Brandon Sanderson
You really think you can buy some rope without drawing attention?"
Lopen lounged back against the wall. "My cousin's never failed me."
"How many cousins do you have, anyway?" Earless Jaks asked.
"A man can never have enough cousins," Lopen said. -- Brandon Sanderson
More wine," Lightsong said, raising his cup.
"You can't get drunk, Your Grace," Llarimar noted. "Your body is immune to all toxins."
"I know," Lightsong said as a lesser servant filled his cup. "But trust me - I'm quite good at pretending. -- Brandon Sanderson
Most people are surprised to hear how they really sound, as the American media uses the call of the red-tailed hawk when showing an eagle. They don't think the eagle sounds regal enough. And so we lie to ourselves about the very identity of our national icon ... -- Brandon Sanderson
The man who wants you to trust him is the one you must fear the most. -- Brandon Sanderson
Were those still tears in his eyes? Would that they could hide his crimes. -- Brandon Sanderson
You're wonderful. So full of life and excitement. The priests and servants of the palace, they wear colors, but there's no color inside of them. They just go about their duties, eyes down, solemn. You've got color on the inside, so much of it that it bursts out and colors everything around you. -- Brandon Sanderson
I spent years convincing myself that regular people could fight, and I still think we can. But we need the same weapons our enemies have." Megan -- Brandon Sanderson
Dockson held some of that same hardness. Kell and Dox weren't evil men, but there was an edge of vengefulness to them. Oppression had changed them in ways that no amount of peace, reformation, or recompense could redeem. Dockson -- Brandon Sanderson
You don't wallow or mope. You aren't allowed that luxury; guilt is for lesser men. You simply need to do what is expected. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's always a dangerous thing for a writer to resurrect a character. It threatens to undermine the consequences in a story, and minimizes the risks characters take. At the same time, I knew Kelsier's story - in specific - was not yet finished. Readers sensed this. There was more to be told. -- Brandon Sanderson
As accurate as a blind man pissing during an earthquake."
"Wow ... ," I breathed.
She frowned at me.
"That was a great metaphor," I said.
"I need to write that down," I said, ignoring her complaints, fishing for my new mobile to type it out. -- Brandon Sanderson
Do not deride someone's faith simply because you do not share it, Lord Cladent, Sazed said quietly. -- Brandon Sanderson
Once we have our atium, we'll be happy."
"Not to mention rich," Ham added.
"The two words are synonyms, Hammond," Breeze said. -- Brandon Sanderson
Vin: I don't know
and it's all your fault, you know. I used to understand everything. Now it's all confused.
Kelsier: Yes, we've messed you up right properly. -- Brandon Sanderson
Everywhere I step, I find only corners," Father whispered. "Slowly, they trap me. -- Brandon Sanderson
White clothing for a killer was a tradition among the Parshendi. Although Szeth had not asked, his masters had explained why.
White to be bold. White to not blend into the night. White to give warning.
For if you were going to assassinate a man, he was entitled to see you coming. -- Brandon Sanderson
I should have known better than to assume you'd been corrupted by the rest of them. Perhaps you'll be able to corrupt them instead. -- Brandon Sanderson
I don't care what it takes. I'm tired of being pretty and nice ... I want to DO something. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's horribly unfair you managed that on your first try," Kaladin noted. "It took me forever. -- Brandon Sanderson
Well, I guess this works too, Nightblood noted, voice feeling distant now. -- Brandon Sanderson
Reason like a sphere? What type of reasoning does a wooden sphere do?"
"The circular type, I should think. And, by coincidence, it is my favorite type as well. Perhaps that's why I'm so good at the game. -- Brandon Sanderson
When men perceive the world as being right, we are content. But if we see a hole - a deficiency - we scramble to fill it. -- Brandon Sanderson
You ask why I smile, Goodman Mennis? Well, the Lord Ruler thinks he has claimed laughter and joy for himself. I'm disinclined to let him do so. This is one battle that doesn't take very much effort to fight. -- Brandon Sanderson
My little Jasnah, insufferable and wonderful. -- Brandon Sanderson
The human mind was very clever at tricking itself, at keeping the despair of inevitability at bay. -- Brandon Sanderson
Well, best to remain vigilant. It's when everything is calm that you need to be most alert. -- Brandon Sanderson
Mizzy obligingly wrote on the board, Step One: find Regalia, then totally explode her. Lots and lots. -- Brandon Sanderson
He could accept people with failings - even forgive them - but if he glossed over the problems, then they would never change. -- Brandon Sanderson
That smile forced back the gloom, made the aches and soreness fade. Kaladin's father had described that kind of smile. Those smiles weren't why Lirin had become a surgeon, but they were why he'd remained one. -- Brandon Sanderson
It is not at all polite to point out a crusty old pessimist's dark inner secret. -- Brandon Sanderson
The banker didn't seem convinced - but then, in Wayne's estimation, he didn't seem completely human either. He was at least part dolphin. -- Brandon Sanderson
There is something beyond. Though perhaps my belief is merely my own desire wishing it to be so."
"You are not encouraging me. Aren't You omnipotent?"
"Hardly," Harmony said, smiling. "But I believe that parts of me could be. -- Brandon Sanderson
You're late, Kell", Dockson said, still not looking up from his ledgers.
"I strive for nothing if not consistency" - Kelsier -- Brandon Sanderson
Hard times make people willing to accept a man who preaches change. -- Brandon Sanderson
The continued reading led to her second conclusion: The Lord Ruler was far more whiny than any god had a right to be. When -- Brandon Sanderson
The Shardblade, as always, glistened silver and clean. When one killed with a Blade, there was no blood. That seemed like a sign. The Shardblade was just a tool; it could not be blamed for the murders. -- Brandon Sanderson
Great, Elend thought. I've filled my inner council with a bunch of thrill-seeking masochists. Even worse, I've decided to join them. -- Brandon Sanderson
Men rarely see their own actions as unjustified. -- Brandon Sanderson
XinWey's Doctrine states that the most essential morality of mankind is to create the greatest amount of happiness among the greatest number of people while using the least amount of resources. -- Brandon Sanderson
Lightsong had never bothered to learn the rules.
He found it more amusing to play when he had no idea what he was doing. -- Brandon Sanderson
You must love him enough to trust his wishes, even if you disagree with them. You must respect him - no matter how wrong you think he may be, no matter how poor you think his decisions, you must respect his desire to make them. Even if one of them includes loving you. -- Brandon Sanderson
My lord. There is great importance to tea. It should never merely be 'whatever. -- Brandon Sanderson
The haze cleared. My finger twitched, but I had not pulled the trigger. A figure stood from a crouch in the dust; he had fallen from above. He wore a black coat-thin, like a lab coat-dark trousers, black boots, and a pair of goggles over his eyes. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's ironic, in a way. I've spent a lifetime controlling the emotions of others. Now I'm so afraid, I can't even function. -- Brandon Sanderson
Surround yourself with people too afraid to speak, and you left yourself to only your own ideas. That could be disastrous. It was important to have men who would question you and see flaws in your plans, so long as you could control them. It was all about control. -- Brandon Sanderson
You're too untrusting, Susebron wrote. I keep telling you. My priests are good people. She regarded him flatly, catching his eyes. Except for removing my tongue, he admitted. -- Brandon Sanderson
Keep forgetting that y'all are freakishly informed about this stuff. -- Brandon Sanderson
Scared to go onward," Kaladin said, "but terrified to go back to what you were. -- Brandon Sanderson
The world isn't fair? What a huge revelation! Some people in power abuse those they have power over? Amazing! When did this start happening? -- Brandon Sanderson
You see, it has been my experience that no matter where you go, you will find some who abuse their power. -- Brandon Sanderson
He had failed. No, his faith had failed him. Nothing was left to him. It was all. Just. Gone. -- Brandon Sanderson
It is you!" the man exclaimed. "We thought you weren't coming for another
"Ashe," Sarene mumbled, "who is this lunatic and what does he want with me? -- Brandon Sanderson
Did people what got killed in a flood expect an apology from God? God did as God wished. You simply hoped to not get on His worse side. Kinda like the bouncer at the club with the pretty sister. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's been a long day. I got shot at, got a water tower dumped on my head, and had my wedding fall apart. Now Wayne is dropping broken walnut shells all over my chair. Honestly, I think I just need a drink. -- Brandon Sanderson
Being polite to a person is not a sign of respect for them. It is merely a sign of a good upbringing and a balanced nature. -- Brandon Sanderson
We can rob the unrobbable and fool the unfoolable. We know how to take an incredibly large task and break it down to manageable pieces, then deal with each of those pieces. That day, -- Brandon Sanderson
Downtown Newcago spread out before me, its surfaces reflecting starlight. Everything was steel here. Like a cyborg from the future with the skin ripped off. Only, you know, not murderous. Or, well, alive at all.
Man, I thought. I really do suck at metaphors. -- Brandon Sanderson
I can't decide if you're a fool, Vin thought toward it, or if you simply exist in a way that makes you incapable of considering some things. -- Brandon Sanderson
What if you need to poop?" she asked instead. -- Brandon Sanderson
When this is finished, I think I should like to live where it is warm all year. -- Brandon Sanderson
It is beautiful because it could have been. It should have been. -- Brandon Sanderson
Actually, no," Shallan said. "I'm just fond of hyperbole."
"I'm not," he said. "It's a real bastard to spell"
"Kabsal! -- Brandon Sanderson
In a three-way negotiation, the weakest party actually has the most power - because his allegiance added to either of the other two will choose the eventual winner. -- Brandon Sanderson
So the gods," Moash said, nursing his own drink, "were pleased that you solved problems on your own ... by going to other gods and begging them for help instead?"
"Hush," Rock said. "Is good story. -- Brandon Sanderson
Brightlord Adolin insisted. So long as you were in here, he wouldn't leave. We tried to stop him, but the man's a prince. We can't storming make him do anything, not even leave. He locked himself away in the cell and we just had to live with it. -- Brandon Sanderson
An easy life taught one very little. -- Brandon Sanderson
Reading was hardly as practical a skill as being able to handle a dagger or use Allomancy? -- Brandon Sanderson
The strong lines of the woman's
face bespoke hard-won wisdom and courage, and somehow that made watching
her more difficult. If such a woman could be defeated by Elantris, what hope was there for Raoden? -- Brandon Sanderson
At night, when all melted into a uniform blackness, Hrathen could almost see Elantris's grandeur. -- Brandon Sanderson
Oh my lovely princess,"Raoden whispered. "You probably mean well, but handing these people food is the worst thing you could do to them."
-Brandon Sanderson(Elantris) -- Brandon Sanderson
There was nothing more bitter than a soul who had had its chance and thrown it away. -- Brandon Sanderson
My lady, don't you think you might be over-extending yourself? You've decided to confront the gyorn, liberate the court women from masculine oppression, save Arelon's economy, and feed Elantris. Perhaps you should just let this man's subterfuge go unexplored. -- Brandon Sanderson
Ten years was not enough. Stone should
not crumble after just a decade of neglect. The filth should not have piled up so quickly - not with so few inhabitants, most of whom were incapacitated. It was as if Elantris were intent on dying, a city committing suicide. -- Brandon Sanderson
Elantris was the one place where she could remember feeling unconditional acceptance. She had not been a princess, she had been something far better - a member of a community where every individual was vital. -- Brandon Sanderson
Pain lost it's power when other things became more important.Kahar didn't need a potion or an Aon to save him-he just needed something to do.-Brandon sanderson(Elantris) -- Brandon Sanderson
Stop moping, sule," galladon said with a grunt."It doesn't suit you-it takes a fine sense of pessimism to brood with any sort of respectability. -- Brandon Sanderson
Definitely not - you optimists just can't understand that a depressed person doesn't want you to try and cheer them up. It makes us sick. -- Brandon Sanderson
Did I hear your correctly, my dear?" Ahan asked with a shaky voice. "You're going to go into Elantris?"
"Yes." Sarene said.
"I need something to drink," Ahan decided, unstoppering his wine flask. -- Brandon Sanderson
Men protect things they find important," Galladon said with a shrug. "If you object, you shouldn't have made yourself so irreplaceable.Kolo?"
(Elantris) -- Brandon Sanderson
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. -- Brandon Sanderson
To be young is about action. To be a scholar is about informed action. -- Brandon Sanderson
It made sense. But rich folk, they had a different word for the crapper. They'd call it a "commode" or a "washroom." That way, when someone asked for the crapper, they knew it was a person they needed to oppress. -- Brandon Sanderson
CONTENTS Endpaper Title Page Copyright Notice Dedication Acknowledgments Prologue: To Question Part One: Alight 1. Santhid 2. Bridge Four -- Brandon Sanderson
Though, if you think about it, hostile, dethroned pseudodeities probably make disagreeable neighbors. You'll have to figure out something to do with him. -- Brandon Sanderson
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
is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. THE -- Brandon Sanderson
Please," she whispered, sounding more frantic. "Don't leave me down in these chasms alone."
He smiled wryly. "Is it really this hard for you to let me win one single argument?"
"Yes! -- Brandon Sanderson
I hate them," Sebarial said. "But I try to hate everyone. That way, I don't risk leaving out anyone who is particularly deserving. -- Brandon Sanderson
I watched with disturbed fascination as the corpses decomposed, flesh turning to a pale tan goo. The bones melted after, and then the clothing. In seconds, each corpse was just a pile of colored gunk, and even that seemed to be evaporating. -- Brandon Sanderson
They're all Allomancers," Waxillium guessed. "More than that," Wayne said. "They're all relatives." "It's only been three hundred years since the Originators, Wayne. We're all relatives." "Does that mean you'll take responsibility for me?" "No. -- Brandon Sanderson
You are inexperienced. So was I, once. So is every man. The measure of a person is not how much they have lived ... It's in how they make us of what life has shown them. -- Brandon Sanderson
Ruthlessness is the most practical of emotions, Reen's voice whispered. She ignored it. -- Brandon Sanderson
You keep walking through the middle of J.C.," I said. "It's very disturbing for him; he hates being reminded he's a hallucination." "I'm not a hallucination," J.C. snapped. "I have state-of-the-art stealthing equipment. -- Brandon Sanderson
Yet if she returned home without trying every avenue, could she face her brothers? They depended on her. For once in her life, someone needed Shallan. That responsibility excited her. And terrified her. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's good for you to think of this, son. Ponder. Worry. Stay up nights, frightened for the casualties of your ideology. It will do you good to realize the price of fighting. -- Brandon Sanderson
To Parlin's mind, nothing showed affection like a hunk of something dead and bleeding on the table. -- Brandon Sanderson
God: "There is no way out of this."
"That's a terrible attitude," Kelsier Said. "We'll never get anything done if you talk like that. -- Brandon Sanderson
But I'd like you however you were, Vin. I love you. The question is, how do you like yourself? -- Brandon Sanderson
Kaladin hoped for something else. Hoped. Yes, he'd discovered that he could still hope. A spear in his hands. An enemy to face. He could live like that. -- Brandon Sanderson
The first step in taking control of a nation, Arteth, is the simplest. You find someone to hate. -- Brandon Sanderson
You could not stop times from changing, his mother said, no more than you could stop the surf from rolling. -- Brandon Sanderson
A person needed to experience real danger or they would never find joy in excelling. There had to be a risk of failure, the chance to die. -- Brandon Sanderson
Wait," Dion said. "You just defeated an assassin with a hostile takeover?" "I use the cards dealt to me. -- Brandon Sanderson
Wasing the where of needing, she read, forming the unfamiliar words. The lofty tongue was used for old documents dating to the time of the Origin, and occasionally for government ceremony. -- Brandon Sanderson
I don't want to make people mad. I just ... well, how can people get better if you don't tell them what you honestly think? -- Brandon Sanderson
Because if I accept that Elend bears no guilt for what his people did to mine, then I must admit to being a monster for the things that I did to them. -- Brandon Sanderson
Why must you choose the only dignified person in this crew as the butt of your mockery?"
"Because, my dear man," Ham said, imitating Breeze's accent, "you are, by far, the best butt we have. -- Brandon Sanderson
Do you enjoy stories, young lady?" "What kind of stories?" "The best kind, of course," Slowswift said, tapping his book. "The kind about monsters and myths. Longtales, some call them - stories told by skaa around the fires, whispering of mistwraiths, sprites, and brollins and such. -- Brandon Sanderson
Somehow in the chaos and mess she'd discovered who she was. Not a girl of the streets, though that was where she'd been raised. Not a woman of the court, though she appreciated the beauty and the grace of the balls. Someone else. Someone she liked. -- Brandon Sanderson
I know, better than anyone else, that there are no heroes coming to save us. There are no good Epics. None of them protect us. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We -- Brandon Sanderson
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely
from Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
by Brandon Sanderson -- Brandon Sanderson
Yes," Wyndle said, "you should do just that! Let us pop over to the market and pick up a legendary, all-powerful weapon of myth and lore, worth more than many kingdoms! I hear they sell them in bushels, following spring weather in the east. -- Brandon Sanderson
Something is either right or it's wrong," Dalinar said, feeling stubborn. "The Almighty doesn't come into it."
"God," Navani said flatly, "doesn't come into whether his commands are right or wrong."
"Er. Yes. -- Brandon Sanderson
Prince Adolin," he said flatly, "is engaged to a Horneater? -- Brandon Sanderson
A woman's mind is her most precious weapon. It must not be employed clumsily or prematurely. Much like the aforementioned knife in the back, a clever gibe is most effective when it is unanticipated. -- Brandon Sanderson
Like it or not, you are a part of the workings of this kingdom - and you produce effects even if you stay in bed. If you do nothing, then the problems are as much your fault as if you had instigated them. -- Brandon Sanderson
Abandon the guilt," Prof said. "Abandon the denial. Steelheart did this to her. He's our goal. That has to be your focus. We don't have time for grief; we only have time for vengeance. -- Brandon Sanderson
He picked up the candelabra, pocketed the doily underneath, then put the candelabra back in place with the pocket watch hanging from it. -- Brandon Sanderson
Somehow the old philosophers could make even the most salacious topics seem boring. -- Brandon Sanderson
Never call this land hell, he had said. Respect the land as you would a dangerous beast, but do not hate it. -- Brandon Sanderson
The world would find them anyway. It was good at these kinds of games. -- Brandon Sanderson
A man will find a single coin in the mud and talk about it for days, but when his inheritance comes and is accounted one percent less than he expected, then he will declare himself cheated. -- Brandon Sanderson
A tyrant needs no real reason for what he does, Quellion said. He was a young man, but not foolish. At times, he sounded like other men Spook had known. Wise men. The difference, then, was one of extremity. Or, perhaps, timing? -- Brandon Sanderson
Kelsier said haughtily. "What's this?" "From your brother," Dockson said, pointing at a large map laid across the desk. "It arrived this afternoon in the hollow of a broken table leg that the Canton of Orthodoxy hired Clubs to repair. -- Brandon Sanderson
His muscles glistened, wet as if he'd just swum a great distance. To his side, he carried a massive Shardblade, point down, sticking about a finger's width into the stone, his hand on the hilt. The Blade reflected torchlight; it was long, narrow, and straight, shaped like an enormous spike. -- Brandon Sanderson
Do not dash if you only have the strength to walk, and do not waste your time pushing on the walls that will not give. More importantly, don't shove where a pat would be sufficient. -- Brandon Sanderson
Sometimes Vin imagined she was like the ash, or the wind, or the mist itself. A thing without thought, capable of simply being, not thinking, caring, or hurting. Then she could be ... free. -- Brandon Sanderson
I grunted, hauling the rope hand over hand. A plaintive squeak came from the pulley system with each draw, as if I had strapped some unfortunate mouse to a torture device and was twisting with glee. -- Brandon Sanderson
If men should read these words, let them know that power is a heavy burden. Seek not to be bound by its chains. -- Brandon Sanderson
Will I be remembered as the man who protected mankind from a powerful evil? Or, will I be remembered as a tyrant who arrogantly tried to make himself a legend? -- Brandon Sanderson
What did it mean to be called "lord"? I'll assume you've never had the honor, since I doubt any of you happen to be British royalty. (And, if by chance you are, then let me say, "Hello, Your Majesty! Welcome to my stupid book. Can I borrow some cash?") -- Brandon Sanderson
Ruin still used Reen's voice - it was familiar, something that had always seemed a part of her. Discovering that it belonged to that thing ... it was like finding out that her reflection really belonged to someone else, and that she'd never actually seen herself. -- Brandon Sanderson
Is there some kind of subtext to our current conversation? Because, as you might know, I am absolutely terrible with subtext. It gives me a headache."
"You can't get headaches,"
"Well I can't get subtext either. Far too subtle for me. -- Brandon Sanderson
Oh," Obliteration continued, "I think that you'll find a man can do many things thought impossible, if he tries hard enough. -- Brandon Sanderson
Finally he spoke. "You love them that much, 'Ene?"
"They have become my people, Father."
"It has been less than two months."
"Love is independent of time, Father.(...) -- Brandon Sanderson
Names didn't mean a whole lot in the Forests. Or maybe they meant everything. The right ones, that was. -- Brandon Sanderson
At his neck, hanging outside his clothing, Demoux wore a necklace that bore a small silver spear: the increasingly popular symbol of the Church of the Survivor. It seemed odd to her that the weapon that killed Kelsier would become the symbol of his followers. -- Brandon Sanderson
Small things were important. Secods were small things, and if you heaped enough of those on top of one another, they became a man's life. -- Brandon Sanderson
I'm Teoish," Sarene said, successfully spearing something that looked like a
marinated piece of shrimp. "We're all this tall."
"Father's Teoish too, Kaise," Daorn said. "And you know how tall he is."
"But father's fat," Kaise pointed out. "Why aren't you fat too, Sarene? -- Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy has had some problems with being too repetitive, in my opinion. I try to read what other people are doing - and say, 'How can I add to this rather than just recycle it? How can I stand on Tolkien's shoulders rather than stand tied to his kneecaps?' -- Brandon Sanderson
The God King's wrath, she thought drowsily, is decidedly less wrathful than reported. -- Brandon Sanderson
My dear, did you just try to prove the existence of God through the use of your cleavage? -- Brandon Sanderson
Have you finally grown so jealous of my impeccable fashion sense that you've decided to have me disposed of? -- Brandon Sanderson
She remembered timidly standing atop the Luthadel city wall, afraid to use her Allomancy to jump off, despite Kelsier's coaxing. Now she could step off a cliff and muse thoughtfully to herself on the way down. -- Brandon Sanderson
The purpose of youth is to experience variety while it is still interesting. -- Brandon Sanderson
Tough, and square-jawed, J.C. is a cold-blooded killer. Or so he claims. I think it means he likes to murder amphibians. -- Brandon Sanderson
Being given it so easily seemed to devalue the years she had spent relishing her brief moments of solitude. -- Brandon Sanderson
Sometimes we must fall, sometimes we will rise - some must be hurt while others have fortune, for that is the only way we can learn to rely on one another. As one is blessed, it is his privilege to help those whose lives are not as easy. Unity comes from strife, child. -- Brandon Sanderson
Strength does not make one capable of rule; it makes one capable of service. -- Brandon Sanderson
The religions in my portfolio weren't useless after all, he thought, the power flowing from him and remaking the world. None of them were. They weren't all true.
But they all had truth. -- Brandon Sanderson
Oh, Wax has always been solemn, but when he's at his best, there's a smirk underneath. -- Brandon Sanderson
The immortal demigod took a throaty slurp of her beer, then slammed the mug down onto the table, grinning like a four-year-old who had been paid in cookies to rat out her sister. -- Brandon Sanderson
A man is what he has passion about," Breeze said. "I've found that if you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you'll just end up miserable. -- Brandon Sanderson
Money is behind every war, religion is but an excuse, or perhaps a justification -- Brandon Sanderson
Sarene laughed wryly. You love me, Father - no parent wants to admit that is daughter is unattractive. The truth of the matter is, no man wants an intelligent wife. -- Brandon Sanderson
The law is not something holy, son. It's just a reflection of the ideals of those lucky enough to be in charge. -- Brandon Sanderson
Each time I came crashing down into the ocean porpoiselike, water hit my face like the slap of a jilted lover. -- Brandon Sanderson
Faith means that it doesn't matter what happens. You can trust that somebody is watching. Trust that somebody will make it all right. -- Brandon Sanderson
what I feel is that spending my life trying to earn the favor of an unseen, unknown, and unknowable being who watches me from the sky is an exercise in sheer futility. -- Brandon Sanderson
Wayne shrugged. Guess anytime I find a corpse and it ain't my fault they're dead, I feel a little relieved. -- Brandon Sanderson
Vin isn't ... like other women."
Tindwyl raised an eyebrow, her voice softening slightly.
"I think that the more women you come to know, Your Majesty, the more you'll find that statement applies to all of them. -- Brandon Sanderson
To live was to be a fragment of the cosmere that was experiencing itself. -- Brandon Sanderson
I take two hours off for my family every day. And then I write fourteen hours. -- Brandon Sanderson
Animals lived out there, but fort surveyors declared that there were no predators. The shades had gotten those long ago, drawn by the shedding of blood. -- Brandon Sanderson
Laugh when good things happen. Laugh when bad things happen. Laugh when life is so plain boring that you can't find anything amusing about it beyond the fact that it's so utterly unamusing. -- Brandon Sanderson
Everyone gets scared, Princess. Even brave men sometimes run the first time they see battle. In armies, that's why there's so much training. The ones who hold aren't the courageous ones, they're the well-trained ones. We have instincts like any other animal. -- Brandon Sanderson
Thank you. For being willing to talk. For not turning me in. For ... being you.'
'I'm pretty good at being me,' I said. 'I've had all these years to practice
I hardly ever get it wrong these days. -- Brandon Sanderson
So, when people try to give you some book with a shiny round award on the cover, be kind and gracious, but tell them you don't read "fantasy," because you prefer stories that are real. Then come back here and continue your research on the cult of evil Librarians who secretly rule the world. -- Brandon Sanderson
Spook: No, I'm not troubled. In fact, I actually think everything is going to be all right. Finally. -- Brandon Sanderson
Not that he was a fool. No, the book was full of insight. Disturbing insight. The Lord Mistborn advocated gathering the Metalborn who were elderly or terminally ill, then asking them to sacrifice themselves to make these ... spikes, which could in turn be used to create individuals of great power. -- Brandon Sanderson
The other one knelt and rammed a long, thin knife right into Jasnah's chest. Shallan heard it hit the wood of the floor beneath the body. -- Brandon Sanderson
I wonder if you could do that to a man. Pull him apart, emotion by emotion, bit by bit, bloody chunk by bloody chunk. Then combine them back together into something else, -- Brandon Sanderson
I wanna kiss you!" I shouted. "Like the wind kisses the ra-i-ain! -- Brandon Sanderson
Humans don't make sense."
"If you're only now learning that," Kaladin said, "then you haven't been paying attention. -- Brandon Sanderson
Chana knows, I wondered sometimes how I raised that child without strangling her. By age six, [Jasnah] was pointing out my logical fallacies as I tried to get her to go to bed on time. -- Brandon Sanderson
What?" Adolin asked. "You don't get women coming to watch while you spar, bridgeboy? Little darkeyed ladies, missing seven teeth and afraid of bathing . . . -- Brandon Sanderson
Priests are always easy to blame. They make convenient scapegoats - after all, anyone with a strong faith different from your own must either be a crazy zealot or a lying manipulator. -- Brandon Sanderson
How quickly we come around,' Sazed whispered. 'It wasn't long ago that men were forced to watch the Lord Ruler cut the heads from innocent people. Now we do it to ourselves. -- Brandon Sanderson
What? Is that boy crazy?"
"Most young men his age are somewhat crazy, I think," Sazed said with a smile. "However, this is hardly unexpected. Haven't you noticed how he stares at you when you enter a room?"
"I thought he was just creepy. -- Brandon Sanderson
My job is not to save 'The Wheel of Time', to fix 'The Wheel of Time', or anything like that. My job is not to screw it up. -- Brandon Sanderson
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. -- Brandon Sanderson
Elend: I kind of lost track of time ...
Breeze: For two hours?
Elend: There were books involved. -- Brandon Sanderson
You know," he said, "it amazes me sometimes that we even try. With everything they've done to us - the deaths, the tortures, the agonies - you'd think that we would just give up on things like hope and love. But we don't. -- Brandon Sanderson
Using a fetching face to make men do as you wish is no different from a man using muscle to force a woman to his will. Both are base, and both will fail a person as they age. -- Brandon Sanderson
But since then you've acted like I was a gorilla at your buffet."
"A ... what?"
"Gorilla at your buffet. You know ... eating all your food? Making you annoyed? That kind of thing? -- Brandon Sanderson
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. -- Brandon Sanderson
He'd drafted a law requiring that all people of less than average intellect be required to commit suicide for the good of the city. It had seemed reasonable. -- Brandon Sanderson
The comment quieted the room, like a sudden shout of "Who wants extra bacon?" at a bar mitzvah. -- Brandon Sanderson
My name is David Charleston.
I kill people with super powers. -- Brandon Sanderson
I was ten," I said. "Give me a little credit."
"To a boy with aspirations like that, I would extend my respect - but not credit. Or life insurance." Abraham sounded amused. "You are an interesting man, David Charleston, but you sound like you were an even more interesting child. -- Brandon Sanderson
However, if we strike quickly - while Iadon is still ignorant of our intentions - we could get my legion into the palace and take the king hostage. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's not my intention to let go of you," I mumbled. "Not ever. -- Brandon Sanderson
Stupid water, ruining my enjoyment of swimming. -- Brandon Sanderson
Why, Elend! That's almost romantic - in a twisted 'I'm going to make my wife want to kill me' sort of way. -- Brandon Sanderson
Shallan, weren't you supposed to be reading?"
"I ... had trouble concentrating."
"So you came up on deck," Jasnah said, "to sketch pictures of young men working without their shirts on. You expected this to help your concentration? -- Brandon Sanderson
I set the coffee aside and got a cup of water instead. I could never see why people drank that stuff. It tasted like soil boiled in mud, wit a topping of dirt. -- Brandon Sanderson
Alcatraz actually knows a person named Brandon Sanderson. That man, however, is a fantasy writer and is therefore prone to useless bouts of delusion in literary form. -- Brandon Sanderson
A man should never pull a trigger unless he's willing to kill. And if the other fellow is armed, I'm going to aim for the chest. That way, when people do die around me, it's the right ones. -- Brandon Sanderson
Do I need to wriggle my breasts at you again?"
"No, please. I don't know if I'd be able to stand the theological debate that would follow. -- Brandon Sanderson
Don't tell anyone I said it?"
I smiled. "I'll be quiet as a buttered snail sneaking through a Frenchman's kitchen. -- Brandon Sanderson
The lack of color in these places is what keeps people sick so long. -- Brandon Sanderson
Doing something brave is much like saying something stupid. You rarely plan on it happening. -- Brandon Sanderson
I didn't have all the answers, but at least I had a goal. Revenge. Who cared if it would eat me up inside and leave me hollow? -- Brandon Sanderson
Personally, I say, "Out of the frying pan and into the deadly pit filled with sharks who are wielding chainsaws with killer kittens stapled to them." However, that one's having a rough time catching on. -- Brandon Sanderson
Ear demons are totally real," Cody said. "They're what make microphones like these ones work. They're also what tell you to eat the last slice of pie when you know Tia wanted it. -- Brandon Sanderson
Owning things of value is secondary to creating things of value where none once existed. The -- Brandon Sanderson
Need. That word had strange effects on men. Some ran when you used it. Others grew nervous. -- Brandon Sanderson
Identify yourselves. You on the left, who are you?"
"My name is Gagaril," the man said.
"I'm sorry," Lightsong said.
The man flushed. "I was named after my father, Your Grace."
"After he what? Spent an unusual amount of time at the local tavern? -- Brandon Sanderson
That's the point, isn't it? We have to live on, no matter how hard it gets. We'll win in the end. -- Brandon Sanderson
Somebody tell me that I should just go speak to the kings again."
"uh," Sing said, "didn't I just do that?"
"I need to her it again, Sing," Grandpa Smedry said. "I'm old and stubborn! -- Brandon Sanderson
From the way he inspected her, it almost seemed that he didn't trust her. Did he know about her meeting with Liss? He turned away without saying more and pushed back into the party, his guard following. What is going on in this palace? -- Brandon Sanderson
That was a tall order for Ivy. Sarcasm was kind of her native tongue, though she was fluent in "stern disappointment" and "light condescension" as well. She was also a good friend. Well, imaginary friend. -- Brandon Sanderson
Are you kidding? You just told her that an invisible man who tells you to kill people just showed up when you didn't want him to." "Not one of our smoothest interactions," Tobias agreed. -- Brandon Sanderson
As for being young," I said, kneeling down, "yeah, I'm aware. Doesn't mean I haven't figured out a few things. -- Brandon Sanderson
You talk about hunger and pain as if they are forces which can't be resisted. Anything is acceptable, as long as the hunger made you do it-remove our comforts, and we become animals. -- Brandon Sanderson
The sun peeked over the horizon like the head of a giant radioactive manatee. -- Brandon Sanderson
You can't just avoid the game by saying you don't want to play. -- Brandon Sanderson
You're a good shot, it doesn't matter how much stopping power a gun has." "If you're a good shot," I said solemnly, raising a hand to my breast, "you're probably already using a rifle. -- Brandon Sanderson
Funny, how quickly someone can stop calling you a miscreant and a rogue when they want your help, -- Brandon Sanderson
How can she believe?" Vivenna said. Denth shrugged. "Seems like a good enough religion to me. I mean, you can go and see her gods. Talk to them, watch them shine. It isn't all that tough to understand. -- Brandon Sanderson
Megan looked at me and blushed. A blush looked really good on her. Of course, so would soup, mud, or elephant earwax. Megan on a bad day outshined anyone else I'd ever known. -- Brandon Sanderson
How totally unexpected, he declared, then proceeded to faint from blood loss. -- Brandon Sanderson
Does one deserve to have evil done to her by consequence of putting herself where evil can reach her? -- Brandon Sanderson
If people can't tell when I'm being an idiot and when I'm being a genius, perhaps they'll assume my blunders are brilliant political maneuvers. -- Brandon Sanderson
You must find the most important words a man can say. -- Brandon Sanderson
They were the lowest in the army, and yet they bore the weight of kings. -- Brandon Sanderson
He grinned, then winked at her as the waiter finally stepped over. "You wanted - " the waiter began. "Liquor," Wayne said. "Would you care to be a little more specific, sir?" "Lots of liquor. -- Brandon Sanderson
It's just another war. If they weren't fighting one another, they'd find others to attack. It's what we do. Vengeance, honor, riches, religion - the reasons all just produce the same result. -- Brandon Sanderson
Marasi found it invigorating to work by candlelight. Perhaps it was the primordial danger of it. Electric lights felt safe, contained, harnessed - but an open flame, well, that was something raw. Alive. A little spark of fury which, if released, could destroy her and everything she worked on. -- Brandon Sanderson
The sudden and abrupt removal of my all-consuming goal ... well, it was like I was a donut, and somebody had sucked all the jelly out of me. But I could stuff new jelly in there. It would just get my hands a little sticky in the process. -- Brandon Sanderson
To be human is to seek beauty, Shallan. Do not despair, do not end the hunt because thorns grow in your way. -- Brandon Sanderson
In a way, she'd rather trust him and be wrong than deal with the worry of mistrust. -- Brandon Sanderson
I like cutting off toes," Tonk Fah noted.
"That's different," Denth said. "You wouldn't do it simply because your contract ran out, would you?"
"Nah," Tonk Fah said. "Toes is toes. -- Brandon Sanderson
If you're always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing. -- Brandon Sanderson
Put two men together, and they will find something to argue about. Gather them into groups, and one group will find reason to oppress or attack another. -- Brandon Sanderson
Don't hedge bets with your life, Kaladin, Durk had always said. Don't put in a chip when you have a pocket full of marks. Bet them all or leave the table. -- Brandon Sanderson
If you can read the book and say, 'Space Marines, YEEEAAAHHH!' That's Military Science Fiction." (Brigham Young writing lecture, March 2012) -- Brandon Sanderson
Nonsense. The sword is worth far more than that. I'll throw in a pair of penis. -- Brandon Sanderson
To be of use in even a single burst of flame and sound is worth more than a lifetime of achieving nothing. -- Brandon Sanderson
It is better for one man to sin than for a people to be destroyed, wouldn -- Brandon Sanderson
It seems that the rebels found the chaos of transition more difficult to accept than the tyranny they had known before. They joyfully welcomed back authority-even oppressive authority-for it was less painful for them than uncertainty. -- Brandon Sanderson
I've got an idea," Marasi said.
"How crazy is it?"
"Less crazy than tossing Wayne off a cliff."
"Not a high bar, but all right. How do we start? -- Brandon Sanderson
I trust her, Tindwyl. Part of trust is belief. -- Brandon Sanderson
Joel, lad, school is about learning to learn. If you don't practice studying things you don't like, then you'll have a very hard time in life. -- Brandon Sanderson
Onward, then! To glory and some such nonsense. -- Brandon Sanderson
History, by definition, cannot be experienced directly. As it is happening, it is the present, and that is philosophy's realm. -- Brandon Sanderson
Our accents are clothing for our thoughts, my dear," Wayne said. "Without them, everything we say would be stripped bare, and we might as well be screaming at one another. Oh -- Brandon Sanderson
That left me room to work some seductive magic. I wished I knew some. -- Brandon Sanderson
Conversations with some people remind me of a broken sword. Sharp as hell, but lacking a point. -- Brandon Sanderson
Just because you've had misfortune in your past doesn't mean you have to give up on your future. -- Brandon Sanderson
Coincidence", he finally said. "Statisticans looking for connections can always find odd coincidences and statistical anomalies, if they try hard enough. -- Brandon Sanderson
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. -- Brandon Sanderson
We got there without being spotted. I pulled her in, then shut the door, pressing my back to it and exhaling like an epileptic pilot who'd just landed a cargo plane full of dynamite. -- Brandon Sanderson
That's what trust is, Sazed thought. It's about giving someone else power over you. Power to hurt you. -- Brandon Sanderson
Everyone hates being wrong, Adolin thought. Except my father said he'd rather be wrong, if it would be better for Alethkar. Adolin doubted many lighteyes would rather be proven mad than right. -- Brandon Sanderson
I hate you," I muttered. "Ach, now, don't be like that. Ghosts are drawn to negative emotions, you see. -- Brandon Sanderson
Maybe you should spend a little less time with your thing and more with your gun." "Now that sounded dirty." "Good. I hate being crass by accident. -- Brandon Sanderson
Vasher stood and began to run again, hoping that this distraction would earn him time. Indeed, a few moments later he heard cries coming from the doorway. Clangs and screams followed. Lifeless could be difficult to stop, particularly a fresh one with orders to bite. -- Brandon Sanderson
Atheism is not a disease, Your Majesty," Jasnah said dryly. "It's not as if I've caught a foot rash. -- Brandon Sanderson
That's the funny thing about arriving somewhere, Vin," he said with a wink. "Once you're there, the only thing you can really do is leave again. -- Brandon Sanderson
All stories told have been told before. We tell them to ourselves, as did all men who ever were. And all men who ever will be. The only things new are the names. -- Brandon Sanderson
Some grow very attached to a modern diversion known as the 'Crossword Puzzle.' We've had several come -- Brandon Sanderson
She had to stop judging people. But was that possible? Wasn't interaction based, in part, on judgments? A person's background and attitudes influenced how she responded to them. -- Brandon Sanderson
I couldn't help grinning at the sight of her. Megan, in turn, raised a nine-millimeter square at my chest.
Well, that was familiar, at least. -- Brandon Sanderson
Death isn't better. Oh, it's easy to say that now. But when you stand on the ledge and look down into that dark, endless pit, you change your mind. Just like Hobber did. Just like I've done. I think you've seen it too. -- Brandon Sanderson
Good men don't become legends," he said quietly.
"Good men don't need to become legends." She opened her eyes, looking up at him. "They just do what's right anyway. -- Brandon Sanderson
Don't you know how to use chopsticks?" Joel asked. Melody grimaced. "I've never been one for European food. A fork works just fine. -- Brandon Sanderson
You didn't promise to kill me," Wayne said, pulling on his socks. "You promised to have killed me. That there be the present perfect tense. -- Brandon Sanderson
Manipulation works so well on a personal level, I don't see why it wouldn't be an equally viable national policy." "That's actually how most rulership works," Ham mused. "What is a governement but an institutionalized method of making sure somebody else does all the work? -- Brandon Sanderson
We may feel in control, but we never truly are unless we understand people. Controlling our environment is no longer about blocking the wind, it's about knowing why the serving lady was crying last night, or why a particular guard always loses at cards. -- Brandon Sanderson
The heroes from the legends weren't necessarily the polite types. Killing people and fancy talking didn't always go together, old Jarel had once told him. -- Brandon Sanderson
Too many of us," she said, "take great pains with what we ingest through our mouths, and far less with what we partake of through our ears and eyes. Wouldn't you say? -- Brandon Sanderson
Some people take lives. Other people save lives. -- Brandon Sanderson
Not all of my missions involve terrorists or the fate of the world. Some are far more simple and mundane. Like locating a teleporting cat. -- Brandon Sanderson
I thought I'd gotten over feeling like I need to strangle members of this team. Turns out my desire to murder Cody in a violent, dehumanizing fashion had nothing to do with the darkness. It was completely natural. -- Brandon Sanderson
He left ruin in his wake, but it was forgotten, Sazed thought, turning to watch her fly. He created kingdoms, and then destroyed them as he made the world anew. We had the wrong gender all along. THE -- Brandon Sanderson
It does strange things to you to realize that the conservative establishment is forcing you to be a progressive liberal fighter for universal rights. -- Brandon Sanderson
That was one attribute in a man that Zane respected above all others. Especially since he had trouble displaying it himself. -- Brandon Sanderson
Pain los[es] its power when other things bec[o]me more important. -- Brandon Sanderson
Ignorance may reside in a man hiding from intelligence, but scholarship can seem ignorance hidden behind intelligence. -- Brandon Sanderson
Behold!" I bellowed. "'Tis a foul beast of the nether-hells. Stand behind me and I shall slay it!"
"Oh, Alcatraz," Bastille breathed. "Thou art awesomish and manlyish. -- Brandon Sanderson
Yes, Bastille. I keep trying to get killed because it's inconvenient for you. -- Brandon Sanderson
He fought as he wished he had all those years ago, for the chance he had missed. In that moment between storms
when the rain stilled and the winds drew in their breaths to blow
he danced with the slayer of kings, and somehow held his own. -- Brandon Sanderson
Honestly, for an evil god of darkness, he certainly can be dull. -- Brandon Sanderson
Practice," Shallan said. "I should suspect that is how everyone learns, eventually. -- Brandon Sanderson
We exist to be killed," Kaladin said. He blinked, glancing at the other few members of Bridge Four sitting apathetically in the rain. "If we're not dead already. -- Brandon Sanderson
I like words. And I always learn a few new ones when Father gets angry. I shouldn't neglect my education, now should I? -- Brandon Sanderson
The only time you seem honest is when you're insulting someone!"
"The only honest things I can say to you are insults. -- Brandon Sanderson
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? -- Brandon Sanderson
It's not imitating anything; it has become a better version of itself. -- Brandon Sanderson
What do you know?"
"Almost everything. That almost part can be a real kick in the teeth sometimes."
"What do you want, then?"
"What I can't have." Wit turned to him, eyes solemn. "Same as everyone else, Kaladin Stormblessed. -- Brandon Sanderson
New tastes are like new ideas, young man
the older you get, the more difficult they are for you to stomach. -- Brandon Sanderson
So they put the gold in bags and slung them on the ponies, who were not at all pleased about it. -- Brandon Sanderson
Shallan sat down on the plush, white bed, and sank almost down to her neck. What had they made the thing out of? Air and wishes? It felt luxurious. -- Brandon Sanderson
I learned it many, many years ago from a man who didn't know who he was, Your Majesty. It was a distant place where two lands meet and gods have died. But that is unimportant. -- Brandon Sanderson
THE BEST WAY TO FOOL SOMEONE, in Vin's estimation, was to give them what they wanted. Or, at the very least, what they expected. As long as they assumed that they were one step ahead, they wouldn't look back to see if there were any steps that they'd completely missed. -- Brandon Sanderson
To age truly was to suffer the ultimate treason, that of one's body against oneself. -- Brandon Sanderson
Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself. -- Brandon Sanderson
I trust you with their lives,' Prof said, still writing, 'and them with yours. Don't betray that trust, son. Keep your impulses in check. Don't just act because you can; act because it's the right thing to do. If you keep that in mind, you'll be all right. -- Brandon Sanderson
If you took half the energy you devote to being witty and channeled it into your work, I daresay you could be one of the greatest scholars of our age. -- Brandon Sanderson
A good king is one who is trusted by his people- and one who deserves that trust. -- Brandon Sanderson
Life was a tempest, whether you were a milkmaid or a queen. The queens were simply better at projecting control in the middle of that storm. -- Brandon Sanderson
I can't ever come up with any logical reason why she would want to be with me. I just ... have to trust her judgment. -- Brandon Sanderson
Her aunt Sol had once told Shai to smile at the worst insults and snap at the minor ones. That way, no man would know your heart. -- Brandon Sanderson
To live is to have worries and uncertainties. Keep them inside, and they will destroy you for certain
leaving behind a person so callused that emotion can find no root in his heart. -- Brandon Sanderson
I'm like that," she said. "Wild mood swings. It makes me more interesting. -- Brandon Sanderson
I'm going to destroy you, little man!" Sourcefield yelled after me. "I'll rip you apart like a piece of tissue paper in a hurricane!"
"Wow," I said, reaching an intersection and taking cover by an old mailbox.
"What?" Tia asked.
"That was a really good metaphor. -- Brandon Sanderson
Sparks. Good metaphor. Walking on crumpled tinfoil. I'd have to remember that one. -- Brandon Sanderson
A leader did not slump. A leader was in control. Even when he least felt like he controlled anything. Especially then. -- Brandon Sanderson
He holds the most frightening and terrible of all of the Shards. Ponder on that for a time, you old reptile, and tell me if your insistence on nonintervention holds firm. Because I assure you, Rayse will not be similarly inhibited. -- Brandon Sanderson
Metal. In some ways, that was the true mark of mankind. Man tamed the stones, the bones of the earth below. Man tamed the fire, that ephemeral, consuming soul of life. And combining the two, he drew forth the marrow of the rocks themselves, then made molten tools. -- Brandon Sanderson
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. -- Brandon Sanderson
I named you, Spook. You were named my friend.
Isn't that enough?"
... "No -- Brandon Sanderson
You want to fight a god? You'd better have one on your side too. -- Brandon Sanderson
In anteverdant days. The soul of the Coinshot, his will made -- Brandon Sanderson
Not all librarians are evil cultists. Some librarians are instead vengeful undead who want to suck your soul. -- Brandon Sanderson
I want you to go back into the barrack and tell the men to come out after the storm. Tell them to look up at me tied here. Tell them I'll open my eyes and look back at them, and they'll know hat I survived. -- Brandon Sanderson
I'm from southern Arelon, Princess," Ahan said, reaching for some more clams. "To us, round is beautiful. Not everyone wants their women to look like starving schoolboys. -- Brandon Sanderson
One can have a wit, but not a witless -- Brandon Sanderson
It wasn't time for a show. It was time for a beating. -- Brandon Sanderson
Respect the people you lie to, Tao had taught her. Steal from them long enough, and you will begin to understand them. -- Brandon Sanderson
He found himself weeping.
Not for the future or for the emperor. These were the tears of a man who saw before himself a masterpiece. True art was more than beauty; it was more than technique. It was not just imitation.
It was boldness, it was contrast, it was subtlety. -- Brandon Sanderson
True art was more than beauty; it was more than technique. It was not just imitation. -- Brandon Sanderson
But even a ninety-year-old blind priest would stop and stare at this woman. If -- Brandon Sanderson
Everything's going to change, Sazed, and I can't stop it." Sazed smiled fondly. "Then, Mistress," he said quietly, "simply enjoy what you have. The future will surprise you, I think. -- Brandon Sanderson
The more limitations you put on a character, often times the better a character you'll make them, the more interesting the story becomes because the character can't simply wave a hand and make something happen. They have to work within the framework. -- Brandon Sanderson
Oh, blessed Domi!" the Aon exclaimed, approaching quickly.
"Ashe!" she said, wiping her eyes with a quivering hand, numbed by shock.
"You never use the Lord's name!"
"If He has brought me to you, then He has His first Seon convert," Ashe said,
pulsing excitedly. -- Brandon Sanderson
When she drew, she didn't feel as if she worked with only charcoal and paper. In drawing a portrait, her medium was the soul itself. -- Brandon Sanderson
Of course not. I'd have shot you right in the head, Wayne."
"You're a good friend," Wayne said. "Thanks, Wax."
"You're the only person I know that I can cheer up by promising to kill him. -- Brandon Sanderson
Control is the basis of all true power. Authority and strength are matters of perception -- Brandon Sanderson
Start writing the things that you are reading or that you want to be published doing. -- Brandon Sanderson
You people are all insane. How I ended up with you, I'll never know."
Breeze laughed. "Now, that's a lie, Cett. You know exactly how you ended up joining with us. We
threatened to kill you if you didn't! -- Brandon Sanderson
Who... who are you?"
"I am what you will soon be. I am a survivor. -- Brandon Sanderson
Who had time for morals in a world like this? -- Brandon Sanderson
What wonders could be achieved, what progress could be made, if mankind were to permanently set aside its squabblings and join together? -- Brandon Sanderson
That was why he'd come back. It was about Tien, it was about Dalinar, and it was about what was right - but most of all, it was about protecting people. This was the man he wanted to be. -- Brandon Sanderson
We were like deaf people trying to dance to a beat we couldn't hear, long after the music actually stopped. -- Brandon Sanderson
The Gottschalk was a fine weapon.
"You," I said to it, "are on probation. You'd better impress me."
Great. Now I was talking to guns. -- Brandon Sanderson
We remember the good times and the bad ones, forgetting that most times are neither good nor bad. They just are. -- Brandon Sanderson
Clubs spoke so bluntly ... so callously. But that was Clubs. He wasn't even really a pessimist; he just said the things that he didn't think others wanted to acknowledge. -- Brandon Sanderson
You promised me I could measure your ... particular abilities."
"Promised?" Kaladin asked. "I don't remember a promise."
"You grunted -- Brandon Sanderson
A man's emotions are what define him, and control is the hallmark of true strength. -- Brandon Sanderson
You cannot tempt the hearts of men who are pure. -- Brandon Sanderson
The stupid line was so long that aluminum could have rusted in the time it took them to reach the halfway point. -- Brandon Sanderson
Jasnah was never wrong."
"This would be a storming bad time for her to break her record, -- Brandon Sanderson
On an individual basis, in most interactions, this thing we call power - authority - exists only as it is perceived. -- Brandon Sanderson
No, freedom was not lack of responsibilities - it was being able to do what was right, without having to worry if it was also wrong. -- Brandon Sanderson
Stealing regular stuff was no fun. She wanted a real challenge. Over the last two years, she'd picked the most difficult places to enter. Then she'd snuck in.
And eaten their dinners. -- Brandon Sanderson
The best performances, are those that can be performed once. -- Brandon Sanderson
You could even scan to the end and read the last page. Know that by doing so, however, you would violate every holy and honorable storytelling principle known to man, thereby throwing the universe into chaos and causing grief to untold millions. -- Brandon Sanderson
All right. Maybe I can get you one soul. Perhaps a tax collector...'cept they ain't human. Would they work? Or would you need, like, three of them to make up one normal person's soul? -Lift -- Brandon Sanderson
You want to be competent? she thought. You want to learn to be in control of what goes on around you, rather than just being pushed around? Then you'll have to learn to deal with failure. -- Brandon Sanderson
Long ago, there was only One. One knew everything, but had experienced nothing. And so, One became many - us, people. The One, who is both male and female, did so to experience all things. -- Brandon Sanderson
I'm not going more mad," I said. "I've stabilized. I'm practically normal. Even my non-hallucinatory psychiatrist acknowledges that. -- Brandon Sanderson
The problem with being clever, Serene thought with a sigh, is that everyone assumes you're always planning something. -- Brandon Sanderson
Memories of my youth carried a lot of baggage. -- Brandon Sanderson
All things must progress, and progression is not always a steady incline. -- Brandon Sanderson
Storms, woman," [Kaladin] said. "I don't know what to make of you."
"Preferably not a corpse."
"I'm surprised someone hasn't already done that. -- Brandon Sanderson
When did you get so peppy?" she shouted.
"Ever since I assumed I was dead, then I suddenly wasn't."
"Then remind me to try to kill you once in a while," she snapped. "If I succeed, it will make me feel better, and if I fail, it will make you feel better. Everyone wins! -- Brandon Sanderson
Kaladin followed [Shallan]. What else could he do? Explain to Adolin? Yes, princeling. I let your betrothed wander off alone in the darkness to get eaten by a chasmfiend. No, I didn't go with her. Yes, I'm a coward. -- Brandon Sanderson
What do you trust when your own thoughts and emotions seem to hate you? -- Brandon Sanderson
Why do they treat us so, Moash? Because they know they should be better than they are. Because they see discipline in bridgemen, and it embarrasses them. Rather than bettering themselves, they take the easier road of jeering at us. -- Brandon Sanderson
The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones. -- Brandon Sanderson
Now, I had been frightened on several different occasions in my life. The most frightening of these involved an elevator and a mime. -- Brandon Sanderson
The best liars are those who tell the truth most of the time. -- Brandon Sanderson
People see in stories what they're looking for, my young friend. -- Brandon Sanderson
My dear friend, the entire point of life is to find ways to get others to do your work for you. Don't you know anything about basic economics? - Breeze -- Brandon Sanderson
If you perpetuate the dreams of the past, you stifle your own dreams of the future. -- Brandon Sanderson
Some important decisions were made on a battlefield or in a conference room. But others happened quietly, unseen by others. That didn't make the decision any less important to Sazed. He would believe. Not because something had been proven to him beyond his ability to deny. But because he chose to. -- Brandon Sanderson
In the end, all men die. How you lived will be far more important to the Almighty than what you accomplished. -- Brandon Sanderson
It was the teaching itself that I loved. At least, I loved it back when I thought it would be enough to change things. -- Brandon Sanderson
Sometimes it was daunting, knowing how easily I could break things. This one simple curse seemed to dominate my entire life. -- Brandon Sanderson
A story doesn't exist until its imagined in someones mind. -- Brandon Sanderson
All right," Spook said. He reached to the ground, scooping up a pile of ash. "Let's just rub this into your clothing and on your face ... "
Breeze froze. "I'll meet you back ath the lair," he finally said. -- Brandon Sanderson
If you are anything like me
Clever, fond of goat cheese, and devilishly handsome
then you have undoubtedly read many books. -- Brandon Sanderson
The day had finally arrived, a day I'd been awaiting for ten years. A glorious day, a momentous day, a day of import and distinction.
It was time to buy a hot dog. -- Brandon Sanderson
Some of us fought back with guns and assassinations. Others fought back with a little hot dog stand on the corner. -- Brandon Sanderson
We may not be the ones to kill Steelheart. But even if we fail, we might be the cause of his death. Someday. -- Brandon Sanderson
I wasn't complaining', Pattern complained. -- Brandon Sanderson
Though most expect young men to be fools, I've noticed that just a little bit of age can make a man far more foolish than he was as a child. -- Brandon Sanderson
Dalinar forced himself to be calm. "Roion, we cannot continue to treat this war as a game."
"All wars are games. The greatest kind, with the pieces lost real lives, the prizes captured making for real wealth! This is the life for which men exist. To fight, to kill, to win. -- Brandon Sanderson
Idle words. From foolish people. -- Brandon Sanderson
He gritted his teeth, frustrated with himself, but there was nothing he could do about years past. Perhaps he could change the future. -- Brandon Sanderson
Regardless, I still do not believe that your duty is to do as the people wish. Your duty is to lead as best you can, following the dictates of your conscience. You must be true. Your Majesty, to the man you wish to become ... -- Brandon Sanderson
He didn't recruit me," Cett pointed out. "I got pulled by my balls into this little fiasco."
"I wish I cared enough to apologize," Elend said, staring at them. -- Brandon Sanderson
Vin closed her eyes, simply feeling the warmth of being held. And realized that was all she had ever really wanted. -- Brandon Sanderson
Frailty, thy name is Alcatraz -- Brandon Sanderson
There is a saying in the Steel Ministry," Yomen finally said. " 'Sit down to dine with evil, and you will ingest it with your meal. -- Brandon Sanderson
Well, I didn't wanna kill someone in cold blood - " "That's good, I suppose." " - but there weren't no fire around to light her with first. -- Brandon Sanderson
Your emotions are your own business. -- Brandon Sanderson
The life of a person is more than the chaos of its passing. -- Brandon Sanderson
People think I know a lot about women. The truth is, I know how to get them, how to make them laugh, how to make them interested. I don't know how to keep them." He hesitated. "I really want to keep this one. -- Brandon Sanderson
Journey Before Destination. -- Brandon Sanderson
What was the purpose, then, of everything they taught in here? If it couldn't prevent men from acting like monsters? -- Brandon Sanderson
There are two ways to stay safe, Reen's voice whispered to her. Either be so quiet and harmless that people ignore you, or be so dangerous that they're terrified of you. -- Brandon Sanderson
He's like a rash. The more you scratch him, the more irritating he gets. -- Brandon Sanderson
You can't immerse yourself in something," Prof said softly, "without coming to respect it. -- Brandon Sanderson
You don't need to use your hand to Push," Gemmel grumbled at him. "Wastes time. -- Brandon Sanderson