Quotes from Red Rising

Pierce Brown ·  382 pages

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“You do not follow me because I am the strongest. Pax is. You do not follow me because I am the brightest. Mustang is. You follow me because you do not know where you are going. I do.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“The measure of a man is what he does when he has power.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“Love and war are two different battlefields.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising



“Funny thing, watching gods realize they’ve been mortal all along.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“I am the Reaper and death is my shadow.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“I live for the dream that my children will be born free. That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.'
'I live for you,' I say sadly.
She kisses my cheek. 'Then you must live for more.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“Funny how a single word can change everything in your life."
"It is not funny at all. Steel is power. Money is power. But of all the things in all the worlds, words are power.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“My love, my love
Remember the cries
When winter died for spring skies
They roared and roared
But we grabbed our seed
And sowed a song
Against their greed

And
Down in the vale
Hear the reaper swing, the reaper swing
the reaper swing
Down in the vale
Hear the reaper sing
A tale of winter done

My son, my son
Remember the chains
When gold ruled with iron reins
We roared and roared
And twisted and screamed
For ours, a vale
of better dreams”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising



“She is something new, something hopeful. Like spring to my deep winter.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“Sharpened by hate. Strengthened by love.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“Personally, I do not want to make you a man. Men are so very frail. Men break. Men die. No, I’ve always wished to make a god.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“I'm a sheep wearing wolves' clothing in a pack of wolves.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“Without me, she would not eat. Without her, I would not live.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising



“Look into yourself, Darrow, and you’ll
realize that you are a good man who will have to do bad things."....
“See. That’s what I don’t get. If I am a good man, then why do I want to do bad
things?”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“Promises are just chains," she rasps. "Both are meant for breaking.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“They pushed and pushed for so long. They knew I was something dangerous, something different. Sooner or later, they had to know I would snap and come to cut them down. Or perhaps they think I'm still a child. The fools. Alexander was a child when he ruined his first nation.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“We grew together, and now are grown. In her eyes, I see my heart. In her breath, I hear my soul. She is my land. She is my kin. My love.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“In the face of cold power, she is fire.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising



“Death isn't empty like you say it is. Emptiness is life without freedom, Darrow. Emptiness is living chained by fear, fear of loss, of death. I say we break those chains. Break the chains of fear and you break the chains that bind us to the Golds, to the Society. Could you imagine it? Mars could be ours. It could belong to the colonists who slaved here, died here." Her face is easier to see as the night fades through the clear roof. It is alive, on fire. "If you led the others to freedom. The things you could do, Darrow. The things you could make happen." She pauses and I see her eyes are glistening. "It chills me. You have been given so, so much, but you set your sights so low."
"You repeat the same damn points," I say bitterly. "You think a dream is worth dying for. I say it isn't. You say it's better to die on your feet. I say it's better to live on our knees."
"You're not even listening!" she snaps. "We are machine men with machine minds, machine lives …"
"And machine hearts?" I ask. "That's what I am?"
"Darrow …"
"What do you live for?" I ask her suddenly. "Is it for me? Is it for family and love? Or is it just for some dream?"
"It's not just some dream, Darrow. I live for the dream that my children will be born free. That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."
"I live for you," I say sadly.
She kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“Tactics win battles. Strategy wins wars," I say.
"Oooo. I am Reaper. God of wolves. King of strategy." Mustang pinches my cheek. "You are just too adorable.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“ 'I killed their pack leader,' Sevro says when I ask why the wolves follow him. He looks me up and down and flashes me an impish grin from beneath the wolf pelt. 'Don't worry, I wouldn't fit in your skin.' ”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“I look at him for a moment. Words are a weapon stronger than he knows. And songs are even greater. The words wake the mind. The melody wakes the heart. I come from a people of song and dance. I don’t need him to tell me the power of words. But I smile nonetheless.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“I am no martyr. I am not vengeance. I am Eo's dream.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising



“Manage your temper" he reminds me, his small voice darkening. "Manners, manners, then burn their bloodydamn house to the ground.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“There is a flower that grows on Mars. It is red and harsh and fit for our soil. It is called haemanthus. It means
“blood blossom.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


“All wounds heal. Even these."
"That's a lie." I tell him.
I'll never be healed of Eo. That pain will last forever.
"Some things do not fade. Some things can never be made right.”
― Pierce Brown, quote from Red Rising


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