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Wheel of Time Quotes

Aiel | Egwene | Elayne | Lan | Lews | Mat | Moiraine | Nynaeve | Perrin | Rand | Siuan | Misc.

The Aiel

"Life is a dream from which we all must wake before we can dream again." - from Amys, Aiel Wise One, in The Fires of Heaven

"Till shade is gone, till water is gone,
into the Shadow with teeth bared,
screaming defiance with the last breath,
to spit in Sightblinder’s eye on the last Day."

- an Aiel Oath on p.179 of The Guide



"...she was Egwene al’Vere, and whatever the secret histories would say of her faults and virtues, the Light only knew, but they would be hers, not copies of some other woman’s." - on her resolve to be a quoo Amyrlin on pgs.388-9 of The Path of Daggers



"Tears are for after; they just waste time before." - thinking of Lini’s wisdom on p.71 of Path of Daggers

"Kittens tangle your yarn, men tangle your wits, and it’s simple as breathing for both." - more of Lini's advice in her head on p.81 of path of dags

"It isn’t the stone you see that trips you on your nose." - Lini again, page 397 of Path of Dags

"A secret spoken finds wings." - Elayne quoting Lini, page 405 of Path of Dags

"Now, what do you intend about the Dragon Reborn?"... Her brother fought for Elaida, and her half-brother was a Whitecloak ...The strongest threat she faced...stood behind a woman who said SHE supported Elayne. The world was quite mad. She might as well add her bit. "I mean to bond him my Warder... I also hope to marry him..." - Elayne’s conversation w/ Dyelin on page 551 of Path of Dags

"I’ll put YOU in their charge, and tell them to slap you down if you say boo to a GOOSE!" - When Merilille suggests that the Kin may be Darkfriends on Path of Dags on p.93... hee hee, wouldn’t want to be Merilille...

"She stifled a chuckle, but not before it sent a stab through her side. So instead of chuckling, she moaned through her teeth. She thought some of them might be loose." - painful experience after her "nuke" on p.152, Path of Dags



"The Dark One take Rand al’Thor and the Amyrlin Seat both," he grated, pressing something into her hand. "I will make you a gift and you will take it if I have to chain it around your neck." - Lan hitting on Nynaeve on p.135 of The Great Hunt

"There is peace in the mother’s last embrace." - Lan, p.641 of New Spring

"Wondering whether a man wearing the hadori really would kill at the drop of a pin." - Domani woman wondering about Lan, p.645 of New Spring

"Always she liked standing in the heart of the storm." - on his carneira, p.646 of New Spring

"To stand against the Shadow so long as iron is hard and stone abides.
To defend the Malkieri while one drop of blood remains.
To avenge what cannot be defended."
- an oath sworn in Lan’s name, p.648 of New Spring

"Women had still called him beautiful then, enjoying his blushes..." - on Lan's youth, pages 648-9 of New Spring--Can you believe it - LAN, of all people?

"Your carneira wears part of your soul as a ribbon in her hair forever." - page 649 of New Spring, an old saying among Malkieri men

"Unwise to try separating a man from his sword." - Lan to Moiraine after dunking her, page 676 New Spring

"I’d sooner trust an Aes Sedai, Bukama. Go to sleep." - page 679 of New Spring, on trusting Moiraine (before he knew she was Aes Sedai)

"A Cairhienin AND an Aes Sedai? There could be no worse combination." - commenting on Moiraine, page 680 of New Spring

"The fourth night. . .He could not understand how she managed to make ants crawl into his smallclothes, or to make them all bite at once." - What Moiraine did to him, HAHAH page 681 of New Spring

"You are no longer beautiful, I fear, sweetling...I think you may even be ugly when you are older. But I always enjoyed your eyes more than your face. And your hands." - oohlala!! Edeyn, Lan’s carneira, on his appearance, p.685 of New Spring

"Never watch a death you don’t have to." - Lan to Moiraine in New Spring


Lews (frakay...)

"I would not mind you in my head," Lews Therin said, sounding almost sane, "if you were not so clearly mad." - Lews calling RAND insane on p.455 of Path of Dags

"Madness waits for some," Lews Therin whispered. "It creeps up on others." - Lews again page 470 path of dags


Mat, the Awesomest Guy of All =)

"We’ll drink the wine till the cup is dry,
and kiss the girls so they’ll not cry,
and toss the dice until we fly
to dance with Jak o’ the Shadows.
We’ll dance all night while the moon runs free,
and dandle the lasses upon our knee,
and then you’ll ride along with me,
to dance with Jak o’ the Shadows.
We’ll sing all night, and drink all day,
and on the girls we’ll spend our pay,
and when it’s gone, then we’ll away,
to dance with Jak o’ the Shadows.
There’re some delight in ale and wine,
and some in girls with ankles fine
but my delight, yes, always mine,
is to dance with Jak o’ the Shadows.
We’ll toss the dice however they fall,
and snuggle the girls be they short or tall,
then follow young Mat whenever he calls,
to dance with Jak o’ the Shadows."
- Mat's war-song in The Great Hunt

"Sene sovya caba'donde ain dovienya." (Luck is a horse to ride like any other.) - Mat, in the Old Tongue, Fires of Heaven

"Dovie'andi se tovya sagain ... Time to roll the dice." From FoH, Mat Cauthon

"Blood and Bloody ashes" - the infamous quote

"Sa souvraya niende misain ye," he said aloud. "I am lost in my own mind." - from The Shadow Rising

"I have no intention of marrying. And I have no intention of dying, either, whether I am supposed to live again or not..." - in his conversation w/ the snake people, The Shadow Rising, p. 281

"Before I knew what was happening, I had a fistful of spears around my neck like a collar. I could have shaved myself with one sneeze." - on his Maidens' Kiss experience..heheh, pg. 48 of The Shadow Rising



"She channeled fine flows of the Power, of Air, and the fellow’s baggy breeches dropped to his turned-down boots, the laces undone...Let him see how he liked cold breezes and rowdy jokes!" - naughty Moiraine, p.656 of New Spring

"Novice and Accepted, she was sent to my study more often than any three other girls." Merean on naughty Moiraine, SHAME SHAME!! p.662 of New Spring

"...with those two, one was never sent to me without the other. The last time the very night after passing for the shawl... Instead of spending the night in contemplation, they tried to sneak mice into a sister’s bed—Elaida a’Roihan—and were caught. I doubt any other women have been raised Aes Sedai while still too tender to sit from their last visit to the Mistress of Novices." Merean on Moiraine and Siuan, p.662 of New Spring

"Your lady love need have no fear of me...For one thing, you are much too tall, and for another, I prefer men with at least a modicum of charm. And manners." - why Edeyn need not care if she found her in the same room as Lan, p.697 in New Spring



"If you get yourself killed, I swear I’ll skin you alive!" - from all the books she appears in



"I’m Perrin Aybara, and your precious Lord Dragon SENT me here. You spread the word. He sent me, and if I find a man with... TROPHIES...he hangs! If I find a man burning a farm, he hangs! If one of you looks at me cross-eyed, he hangs! And you can tell Masema I said so, too!" - mad and taking charge, Path of Dags, page 171


THE Rand

"Egwene, if you don’t get off" - he lowered his voice ominously - "I’ll do something to you. You know what I am." He added a glare for good measure. - heheh...Young Rand threatening Young Eggie on p.37 of The Great Hunt

"All that came before was dust sliding down the mountainside. The avalanche was about to descend." - commentator on Rand’s coming, page 125 of the Guide

"Do you intend to go hit rabbits over the head, or do you still insist that club is a bow?" Ragan, on Rand’s giant long bow, p.24 of The Great Hunt



"...the Law of Unintended Consequences, stronger than any written Law. 'Whether or not what you do has the effect you want, it will have three at least you never expected, and one of those usually unpleasant.'" - Siuan’s advice to Egwene, Path of Dags, p.313

"I’m not in the habit of letting my tongue flap like a torn sail, Mother." - Siuan again, after Egwene realizes she’s in love w/ Gareth Bryne and tells her not to tell him anything he mustn’t know, p.322 in Path of Dags

"Any other way to look at it is tossing the slop bucket into the wind and hoping for the best." - a younger, pessimistic Siuan on page 670 of New Spring

"Siuan had a stubborn streak as wide as the Erinin." Moiraine commenting on Siuan, p.671 of New Spring



"Duty is heavy as a mountain, death is light as a feather."

"Loial, didn't you say there isn't any wind in the ways?" - from The Eye of the World

"I harvested that blackberry bush myself. A small bush, and thorny, but a surprising number of berries for the size."Mazrim Taim, on the Black Tower (p.299, path of dags)

"Mordero daghain pas duente cuebiyar." (My heart holds no fear for death.) - Birgitte

"Give me your trust, said the Aes Sedai
For on my shoulders, I support the sky
Trust me to know, and to do what is best,
And I will take care of the rest.

  But trust is the color of a dark seed growing,
  Trust is the color of a heart’s blood flowing,
  Trust is the color of a soul’s last breath,
  Trust is the color of death.

Give me your trust, said the queen on her throne
For I must bear the burden all alone
Trust me to know, and to judge, and to rule
And no man will think you a fool.

  But trust is the sound of a grave-dog's bark,
  Trust is the sound of betrayal in the dark,
  Trust is the sound of a soul's last breath,
  Trust is the sound of death."

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