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Sometimes a hypocrite is nothing more than a man in the process of changing.
To love the journey is to accept no such end. I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.
If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man.
The question,’ she replied, ‘is not whether you will love, hurt, dream, and die. It is what you will love, why you will hurt, when you will dream, and how you will die. This is your choice. You cannot pick the destination, only the path.
Ten spears go to battle," he whispered, "and nine shatter. Did the war forge the one that remained? No, Amaran. All the war did was identify the spear that would not break.
You tried to help the people of the market. You mostly failed. This is life. The longer you live, the more you fail. Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone. Trust me, I've practiced.
Such as … dividing by zero?.
Life breaks us, Teft. Then we fill the cracks with something stronger.
The trick to happiness wasn’t in freezing every momentary pleasure and clinging to each one, but in ensuring one’s life would produce many future moments to anticipate.
One can believe in a story without believing it happened.
The most important word a man can say are, "I will do better.
But merely being tradition does not make something worthy, Kadash. We can't just assume that because something is old it is right.
Love wasn’t about being right or wrong, but about standing up and helping when your partner’s back was bowed.
As long as you keep trying, there's a chance. When you give up? That's when the dream dies.
Power was an illusion of perception, as Jasnah had said. The first step to being in control was to see yourself as capable of being in control.
Plan every battle as if you will inevitably retreat, but fight every battle like there is no backing down.
Life was about momentum. Pick a direction and don't let anything—man or storm— turn you aside.
Drehy likes other guys. That’s like … he wants to be even less around women than the rest of us. It’s the opposite of feminine. He is you could say extra manly.
Your name is Lift, right?" "Right." "And your order?" "More food.
I will protect those I hate. Even if the one I hate most is myself.
You want to change the world, Shallan. That’s well and good. But be careful. The world predates you. She has seniority.
The question is not whether you will love, hurt, dream, and die. It is what you will love, why you will hurt, when you will dream, and how you will die. This is your choice. You cannot pick the destination, only the path.
You are not a heretic, Dalinar Kholin. You are a king, a Radiant, and a father. You are a man with complicated beliefs, who does not accept everything you are told. You decide how you are defined. Don’t surrender that to them. They will gleefully take the chance to define you, if you allow it.
He felt good lots of days. Trouble was, on the bad days, that was hard to remember. At those times, for some reason, he felt like he had always been in that darkness, and always would be.
Is there anyone who actually is? I mean, is there really someone out there who looks at relationships and thinks, ‘You know what, I’ve got this’? Personally, I rather think we’re all collectively idiots about it.
The most important step a person can take is always the next one.
Life was so much harder, but potentially so much more fulfilling, when you found the courage to choose.
If you could explain something perfectly, then you’d never need art.
Such as . . . dividing by zero?.
This is life. The longer you live, the more you fail. Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone. Trust me, I’ve practiced.
Don’t worry dear one. The Lopen is vast enough to be possessed by many, many forces both terrestrial and celestial! I must soar to the air, for if I were to remain only on the ground, surely my growing magnitude would cause the land to crack and break.
Do you wish," Wit asked, "that you could go back to not being able to see?" "No," she whispered. "Then live. And let your failures be part of you.
Every moment in our lives seems trivial," Zahel said. "Most are forgotten while some, equally humble, become the points upon which history pivots.
Your face defies description, but only because it nauseated all the poets. You are what parents use to frighten children into obedience. I’d tell you to put a sack over your head, but think of the poor sack! Theologians use you as proof that God exists, because such hideousness can only be intentional.
Oh, but I’m a scholar. I enjoy things with curious properties, and stupidity is most interesting. The more you study it, the further it flees—and yet the more of it you obtain, the less you understand about it!.
If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man.
In all the history of mankind, has any conqueror decided they had enough? Has any man just said, ‘This is good. This is what I wanted,’ and gone home?.
You should try to understand what they want out of life, and respect that, rather than projecting onto them what you think they should want out of life.
You are not a heretic, Dalinar Kholin. You are a king, a Radiant, and a father. You are a man with complicated beliefs, who does not accept everything you are told. You decide how you are defined. Don’t surrender that to them. They will gleefully take the chance to define you, if you allow it.
Of course. He’s probably their leader now or something. Storming bridgeboy.
And I would weep, every night, for having done it.
the bright side is the only side you can look on, because the other side is dark.
Turned out that the end of the world had to actually arrive before people would take it seriously.
You don't fly, you fall the wrong way.
I like to live every day like it's my last." Shallan nodded. "And by that I mean lying in a puddle of my own urine, calling for the nurse to bring me more pudding.
Bad? No. Abhorrent, depressing, ghastly. Having power is a terrible burden, the worst thing imaginable, except for every other alternative.
The best indication of what human beings will do is not what they think, but what the record says similar groups have done in the past.
I’d refer him to a physician, because obviously something is wrong with his eyes.
It was simply the way of human beings, subtly changing the past in their minds to match their current beliefs.
The most important words a man can say are, "I will do better.
No. For you see, it flows the other direction. You are not worse for your association with the world, but it is better for its association with you.
It is my solemn and important duty to bring happiness, light, and joy into your world when you’re being a dour idiot.
Once the soul grows accustomed to the wound, it’s much harder to fix.
You could not arrive at excellence by the average of these people. Excellence was an individual quest, not a group effort.
Oh, I’m not objecting, I’d let a confused dishwasher marry us.
Sequels always have to be bigger.
If the journey itself is indeed the most important piece, rather than the destination itself, then I traveled not to avoid duty—but to seek it.
The old Words must be spoken again.
That a thing is hated is not proof that it’s great art, but the lack of hatred is certainly proof that it is not.
Love wasn't about being right or wrong, but about standing up and helping when your partner's back was bowed.
Is very manly.
He needed more than vague explanations and abstract ideas—but those were the very soul of art. If you could explain something perfectly, then you’d never need art. That was the difference between a table and a beautiful woodcutting. You could explain the table: its purpose, its shape, its nature. The woodcutting you simply had to experience.
The question," she replied, "is not whether you will love, hurt, dream, and die. It is what you will love, why you will hurt, when you will dream, and how you will die. This is your choice. You cannot pick the destination, only the path.
Sometimes, a hypocrite is nothing more than a man who is in the process of changing.
Other men … other men, as they age, merely grow stranger. I fear that I am one of those. I am the bones of a foreign species left drying on the plain that was once, long ago, a sea. A curiosity, perhaps a reminder, that all has not always been as it is now.
You learn more from bad art than you do from good art, as your mistakes are more important than your successes. Plus, good art usually evokes the same emotions in people—most good art is the same kind of good. But bad pieces can each be bad in their own unique way. So I’m glad we have bad art, and I’m sure the Almighty agrees.
Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone.
Loud. Stubborn. Oblivious to our attempts to fix it. The Almighty gave us messy hair to prepare us for living with men.