Quotes from Faith of the Fallen

Terry Goodkind ·  785 pages

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“Your life is your own. Rise up and live it.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“The first law of reason is that what exists, exists; what is, is, and that from this ineducible, bedrock principle, all knowledge is built...that is the foundation from which life is embraced... thinking is a choice...wishes and whims are not facts, nor are they a means to discover them... reason is our only way of grasping reality--it's our basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking--to reject reason--but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see... Reason is the very substance of truth itself. The glory that is life is wholly embraced through reason. In rejecting reason one embraces death.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Knowing when to fight is just as important as knowing how.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Once committed to fight, cut. Everything else is secondary. Cut. That is your duty, your purpose, your hunger. There is no rule more important, no commitment that overrides that one. Cut. Cut from the void, not from bewilderment. Cut the enemy as quickly and directly as possible. Cut decisively, resolutely. Cut into the enemy’s strength. Flow through the gaps in his guard. Cut him. Cut him down utterly. Don’t allow him a breath. Crush him. Cut him without mercy to the depths of his spirit."
-Richard Rahl”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen



“The most important rule there is, the Wizard's Sixth Rule: the only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“In the darkest hours we must believe in ourselves.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Faith and feelings are the warm marrow of evil. Unlike reason, faith and feelings provide no boundary to limit any delusion, any whim. They are virulent poison, giving the numbing illusion of moral sanction to every depravity ever hatched.

Faith and feelings are the darkness to reason’s light.

Reason is the very substance of truth itself. The glory that is life is wholly embraced through reason. In rejecting it, in rejecting reason, one embraces death.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“If you care about yourself, you should care about learning - even learning simple things. You come to have pride in yourself only by accomplishing things, even from fixing some old stairs...Others can't grant you self-respect, even others who care about you. You have to earn self-respect yourself.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Honor is honesty to what is, not blind duty to what you wish to be.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen



“Laugh all you want. I know my own worth and don't need to prove it to someone who doesn't know theirs.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“The only sovereign I can allow to rule me is reason. The first law of reason is this: what exists exists; what is is. From this irreducible, bedrock principle, all knowledge is built. This is the foundation from which life is embraced. Reason is a choice. Wishes and whims are not facts, nor are they a means to discovering them. Reason is our only way of grasping reality–it is our basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see." -Richard”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Evil is not one large entity, but a collection of countless, small depravities brought up from the muck by petty men. Many have traded the enrichment of vision for a gray fog of mediocrity--the fertile inspiration of striving and growth, for mindless stagnation and slow decay--the brave new ground of the attempt, for the timid quagmire of apathy. Many of you have traded freedom not even for a bowl of soup, but worse, for the spoken empty feelings of others who say that you deserve to have a full bowl of soup provided by someone else. Happiness, joy, accomplishment, achievement . . . are not finite commodities, to be divided up. Is a child’s laughter to be divided and allotted? No! Simply make more laughter! Every person’s life is theirs by right. An individual’s life can and must belong only to himself, not to any society or community, or he is then but a slave. No one can deny another person their right to their life, nor seize by force what is produced by someone else, because that is stealing their means to sustain their life. It is treason against mankind to hold a knife to a man’s throat and dictate how he must live his life. No society can be more important than the individuals who compose it, or else you ascribe supreme importance, not to man, but to any notion that strikes the fancy of the society, at a never-ending cost of lives. Reason and reality are the only means to just laws; mindless wishes, if given sovereignty, become deadly masters. Surrendering reason to faith in unreasonable men sanctions their use of force to enslave you--to murder you. You have the power to decide how you will live your life. Those mean, unreasonable little men are but cockroaches, if you say they are. They have no power to control you but that which you grant them!”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“There were those who loved liberty, who cried out to live their own lives, to strive, to rise above, to achieve, and those bent on the mindless equality of stagnation brought about through the enforcement of an artificial, arbitrary, gray uniformity--those who wanted to transcend through their own effort, and those who wanted others to think for them and were willing to pay the ultimate price.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“There would be nothing I could do to you that would harm you more than what you're already doing to harm yourself...You are never going to amount to anything. You will always be the worthless muck people scrape from their shoes. You only get one life and you are wasting yours. That's a terrible shame. I doubt you will ever know what it is to be truly happy, to achieve anything of worth, to have genuine pride in yourself. You bring it all on yourself, and I could do no worse to you.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen



“It's only some rice and beans Captain. It's not like I'm giving you Cara's hand in marriage." - Richard”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“You have one Mord-Sith and one Mother Confessor, here, both in very bad moods. I would suggest you not give us an excuse to lose our temper, or we may never find it again in your lifetime.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Freedom requires effort if it is to be won and vigilance if it is to be maintained. People just don't value freedom until it is taken away.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“This was life as it should be lived—proud, reasoned, and a slave to no other man.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“That's why your lot in life isn't fate. I don't have any say in much of my life, but I make whatever choices I can make in my own rational best interest. It's my choice to fix those stairs and make the place I live a little better instead of whining and waiting and hoping for someone else to do something for me. I have pride that I know how to do that for myself.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen



“To question me once is a simple mistake, Lieutenant. Twice is treason. We execute traitors.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Every person's life is theirs by right. An individual's life can and must belong only to himself, not to any society or community, or he is then but a slave. No one can deny another person their right to life nor seize by force what is produced by someone else, because that is stealing their means to sustain their life. It is treason against mankind to hold a knife to a man's throat and dictate how he must live his life. No society can be more important than individuals who compose it, or else you ascribe supreme importance, not to man, but any notion that strikes the fancy of that society, at a never-ending cost of lives. Reason and reality are the only means to just laws; mindless wishes, if given sovereignty, becomes deadly masters.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Your life is yours alone, rise up and live it.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“The only sovereign we could allow to rule us is reason.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Faith and feelings are the darkness to reason’s light. “Reason is the very substance of truth itself. The glory that is life is wholly embraced through reason, through this rule. In rejecting it, in rejecting reason, one embraces death.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen



“Zedd truly did scowl,now, "You've a thing or two to learn, dear one, if you don't know how important fussing is."

"That be right," Adie said, "Fussing keeps you sharp. When you get old, you need to stay sharp.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“The revolt. It will come. The Order cannot stand—evil cannot stand, not forever, anyway. In my homeland, when I was young, there used to be beauty, and there used to be freedom. They were shamed into giving up their lives, their freedom, bit by bit, to the cause of fairness to all men. People didn’t know what they had, and let freedom slip away for nothing but the hollow promise of a better world, a world without effort, without struggle to achieve, without productive work. It was always someone else who would do these things, who would provide, who would make their lives easy.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“He slipped the baldric over his head, laying the leather across his shoulder and the scabbard at his hip. Knowing the weapon a little more intimately, now, he had a new respect for it.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“The ruby is meant to represent a drop of blood. It is the symbolic representation of the way of the primary edict. It means only one thing and everything. Cut. Once committed to the fight, cut. Everything else is secondary. Cut. That is your duty, your purpose, your hunger. There is no rule more important, no commitment that overrides that one. Cut. The lines are a portrayal of the dance. Cut from the void, not from bewilderment. Cut the enemy as quickly and directly as possible. Cut with certainty. Cut decisively, resolutely. Cut into his strength. Flow through the gap in his guard. Cut him. Cut him down utterly. Don’t allow him a breath. Crush him. Cut him without mercy to the depths of his spirit. It’s the balance of life: death. It is the dance with death.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen


“Don’t try to fix the past, dear one—it can’t be done.”
― Terry Goodkind, quote from Faith of the Fallen



About the author

Terry Goodkind
Born place: in Omaha, Nebraska, The United States
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