Quotes from The Rithmatist

Brandon Sanderson ·  353 pages

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“... everyone knows that ice cream is worth the trouble of being cold. Like all things virtuous, you have to suffer to gain the reward.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“Joel, lad, school is about learning to learn. If you don't practice studying things you don't like, then you'll have a very hard time in life.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“The most dangerous kind of man is not the one who spent his youth shoving others around. That kind of man gets lazy, and is often too content with his life to be truly dangerous. The man who spent his youth being shoved around, however … When that man gets a little power and authority, he often uses it to become a tyrant on par with the worst warlords in history.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“we're all freaks sometimes, Melody," he replied. "You're just... well, better at it than most.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“That was terribly thoughtless of you. What good is having friends if they don’t put you in mortal peril every once in a while?”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist



“Not having ice cream,” she proclaimed, “is the culmination of all disasters!”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“It's going to be painful."
"It's a fun tradition."
"So was witch-burning," Melody said. "Unless you were the witch.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“My life," Melody declared, "is a tragedy.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“It had been eight years. The pain of loss was still there. It never went away. It just got buried in time, like a rock slowly being covered over by dirt.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“Well, that’s because they’re wrong and I’m right. No more reading for you. Let’s go get some ice cream.”

“I don’t know if the kitchen has any,” Joel said. “It’s hard to get in the summers, and—”

“Not from the kitchen, stupid,” Melody said, rolling her eyes. “From the parlor out on Knight Street.”

“Oh. I’ve … never been there.”

“What! That’s a tragedy.”

“Melody, everything is a tragedy to you.”

“Not having ice cream,” she proclaimed, “is the culmination of all disasters! That’s it. No more discussion. We’re going. Follow.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist



“Tantrums are a noble and time-tested strategy,she said airily. Particularly if you have a good set of lungs and are facing down a crotchety old priest. I know Stewart; he always bends if you make enough noise.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“I'm like that," she said. "Wild mood swings. It makes me more interesting.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“Librarians seemed to have a sixth sense for noticing when students were doing things they weren't supposed to.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“He gritted his teeth, frustrated with himself, but there was nothing he could do about years past. Perhaps he could change the future.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“Parents are unpredictable when their children are involved,” Harding said. “I’d much rather fight a squadron of Forgotten than deal with an affluent mother who thinks her son is in danger.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist



“What’s wrong with unicorns?” she demanded from behind him, her chalk sounding as it scraped the ground. “They’re a noble and—”

“They’re a noble and incredibly girly animal,” Joel said. “I’ve got my masculine reputation to think of.”

“Oh hush, you,” she said. “You’ll deal with unicorns—maybe some flower people and a pegasus or two—and you’ll like it. Otherwise, you can just go draw your own circle, thank you very much.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“So much about life was disappointment. He often wondered how humankind endured so long, and if the few moments when things went right really made up for all the rest.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“-Es una tradición de lo más divertida.
-La quema de brujas también lo era -replicó Melody-. A menos que fueras una bruja.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“school is about learning to learn. If you don’t practice studying things you don’t like, then you’ll have a very hard time in life.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“Don’t you know how to use chopsticks?” Joel asked. Melody grimaced. “I’ve never been one for European food. A fork works just fine.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist



“What! That’s a tragedy.” “Melody, everything is a tragedy to you.” “Not having ice cream,” she proclaimed, “is the culmination of all disasters! That’s it. No more discussion. We’re going. Follow.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“It won’t be cold in the parlor,” she said. “Or … well, maybe it will. But everyone knows that ice cream is worth the trouble of being cold. Like all things virtuous, you have to suffer to gain the reward.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“I don't know what to say," Joel said. "I figure that if you are there, you'll be angry if I claim to believe when I don't. The truth is, I'm not sure I don't believe, either. You might be there. I hope you are, I guess.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


“Though I believe it's beyond the power of any mortal to completely relieve my prose of typos.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from The Rithmatist


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Brandon Sanderson
Born place: in Lincoln, Nebraska, The United States
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