“A beautiful battle is one you don't have to fight”
“Lan told me once that Malkier lives so long as one man wears the hadori in pledge that he will fight the Shadow, so long as one woman wears the ki'sain in pledge that she will send her sons to fight the Shadow. I wear the ki'sain, Master Aldragoran. My husband wears the hadori. So do you. Will Lan Mandragoran ride to the Last Battle alone?”
“The Golden Crane flies for Tarmon Gai'don!”
“The sweetness of victory and the bitterness of defeat are alike a knife of dreams.
-From Fog and Steel by Madoc Comadrin”
“A woman's love can be violent.
Sometimes they hurt a man worse than they think they have, worse than they mean to.
Sometimes, they're even sorry afterwards.”
“When the Wolf King carries the hammer, thus are the final days known. When the fox marries the raven, and the trumpets of battle are blown.”
“Some people thought scars a sign of toughness. It seemed to Perrin that fewer scars meant that you knew what you were doing.”
“Beware the fox that makes the ravens fly.”
“My name is Nynaeve ti al’Meara Mandragoran. The message I want sent is this. My husband rides from World’s End toward Tarwin’s Gap, toward Tarmon Gai’don. Will he ride alone?”
“But only a fool thought he knew what was in a woman’s head just because she had a smile on her face.”
“That had the irritating sound of an old saying.”
“Small hopes can grow surprising fruit.”
“In any trade, you needed to make the other fellow think he was getting something extra,”
“It looks a good plan to me. As good as any till the arrows start flying.”
“she knew that showing nerves could infect others with them.”
“Small courtesies were the lubricant of daily life.”
“Women could compress a great deal into one look.”
“The woman never wanted much. Just her own way. Like just about every other woman he had ever known.”
“only a complete woolhead looked at a woman while with another.”
“If someone offers him enough gold, it becomes a toss of the dice, and not even Mat Cauthon could say how they’ll land.”
“Logic is always applicable to the real world,” Miyasi said dismissively, “but only a novice would think the real world can be applied to logic. Ideals must be first principles. Not the mundane world.”
“Lews Therin hummed even harder, making Rand wish the man had a face so he could hit him.”
“You're not my enemy, but your Empire is.”
“when a dangerous path was your only route to safety, you had to take it.”
“Light’s truth, if you got a woman to feed you on a regular basis, she was halfway won.”
“Pain was as much a part of life as breathing.”
“Thieves are always the most careful of their purses.”
“quietly as they waited. Mandarb danced in circles”
“It was always a mistake to choose a pillow-friend who did not wear the shawl. Especially if you were fool enough to let her take the lead.”
“Fathers are always so proud the first time they see their sons in uniform," she said.
"I know Big John Karpinski was," I said. He is my neighbor to the north, of course. Big John's son Little John did badly in high school, and the police caught him selling dope. So he joined the Army while the Vietnam War was going on. And the first time he came home in uniform, I never saw Big John so happy, because it looked to him as though Little John was all straightened out and would amount to something.
But then Little John came home in a body bag.”
O soft embalmer of the still midnight,
Shutting, with careful fingers and benign,
Our gloom-pleas'd eyes, embower'd from the light,
Enshaded in forgetfulness divine:
O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close
In midst of this thine hymn my willing eyes,
Or wait the "Amen," ere thy poppy throws
Around my bed its lulling charities.
Then save me, or the passed day will shine
Upon my pillow, breeding many woes,—
Save me from curious Conscience, that still lords
Its strength for darkness, burrowing like a mole;
Turn the key deftly in the oiled wards,
And seal the hushed Casket of my Soul.”
“My despair is less despair than boredom and loneliness.”
“Perchance, I would listen. Have you said anything?”
“Mr. Beaumaris, who had picked Ulysses up, paid no heed to all these attempts at self-justification, but addressed himself to his adorer. "What a fool you are!" he observed. "No, I have the greatest dislike of having my face licked, and must request you to refrain. Quiet, Ulysses! quiet! I am grateful to you for your solicitude, but you must perceive that I am in the enjoyment of my customary good health. I would I could say the same of you. You have once more reduced yourself to skin and bone, my friend, a process which I shall take leave to inform you I consider as unjust as it is ridiculous. Anyone setting eyes on you would suppose that I grudged you even the scraps from my table!" He added, without the slightest change of voice, and without raising his eyes from the creature in his arms. "You would also appear to have bereft my household of its sense, so that the greater part of it, instead of providing me with the breakfast I stand in need of, is engaged in excusing itself from any suspicion of blame and - I may add - doing itself no good thereby.”
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