Quotes from Words of Radiance

Brandon Sanderson ·  1087 pages

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“Why hasn't anyone killed him yet?”
“Dumb luck,” Wit said. “In that I’m lucky you’re all so dumb.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“Honor is dead. But I'll see what I can do.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“He saw it in her eyes. The anguish, the frustration. The terrible nothing that clawed inside and sought to smother her. She knew. It was there, inside. She had been broken.

Then she smiled. Oh, storms. She smiled anyway.

It was the single most beautiful thing he’d seen in his entire life.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“The only time you seem honest is when you’re insulting someone!”
“The only honest things I can say to you are insults.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“I ain't grouchy,” Teft snapped. “I just have a low threshold for stupidity.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance



“You sent him to the sky to die, assassin," Kaladin said, Stormlight puffing from his lips, "but the sky and the winds are mine. I claim them, as I now claim your life.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“As I fear not a child with a weapon he cannot lift, I will never fear the mind of a man who does not think.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“I don't talk to myself because I'm crazy."
"No?"
"I do it because I'm awesome.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“A woman's strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses to be, but in the power to choose that role.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“Kaladin frowned. “Wait. Are you wearing cologne? In prison?”
“Well, there was no need to be barbaric, just because I was incarcerated.”
“Storms, you’re spoiled,” Kaladin said, smiling.
“I’m refined, you insolent farmer,” Adolin said. Then he grinned. “Besides, I’ll have you know that I had to use cold water for my baths while here.”
“Poor boy.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance



“Onward, then! To glory and some such nonsense.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“Words are where most change begins.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


Hello, a cheerful voice said in his mind. Would you like to destroy some evil today?
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“I’m so storming pure I practically belch rainbows.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


What is a woman's place in this modern world? Jasnah Kholin's words read. I rebel against this question, though so many of my peers ask it. The inherent bias in the inquiry seems invisible to so many of them. They consider themselves progressive because they are willing to challenge many of the assumptions of the past.

They ignore the greater assumption--that a 'place' for women must be defined and set forth to begin with. Half of the population must somehow be reduced to the role arrived at by a single conversation. No matter how broad that role is, it will be--by-nature--a reduction from the infinite variety that is womanhood.

I say that there is no role for women--there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself. For some, it will be the role of scholar; for others, it will be the role of wife. For others, it will be both. For yet others, it will be neither.

Do not mistake me in assuming I value one woman's role above another. My point is not to stratify our society--we have done that far to well already--my point is to diversify our discourse.

A woman's strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. It is amazing to me that I even have to make this point, as I see it as the very foundation of our conversation.

― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance



“I can see what you’re up to.”
“Five foot six inches,” Shallan said. “I suspect that’s all I will ever be up to, unfortunately.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“I like visiting people in prison. I can say whatever I want to them, and they can’t do anything about it.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“Power is an illusion of perception.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“When did you get so peppy?” she shouted.
“Ever since I assumed I was dead, then I suddenly wasn't.”
“Then remind me to try to kill you once in a while,” she snapped. “If I succeed, it will make me feel better, and if I fail, it will make you feel better. Everyone wins!”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“Two blind men waited at the end of an era, contemplating beauty.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance



“Do not let your assumptions about a culture block your ability to perceive the individual, or you will fail.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“All stories told have been told before. We tell them to ourselves, as did all men who ever were. And all men who ever will be. The only things new are the names.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“How . . .” Dalinar said. “You fell into a chasm!”
“I fell face-first, sir,” Kaladin said, “and fortunately, I’m particularly hard-headed.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“What do you know?”
“Almost everything. That almost part can be a real kick in the teeth sometimes.”
“What do you want, then?”
“What I can’t have.” Wit turned to him, eyes solemn. “Same as everyone else, Kaladin Stormblessed.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“The world isn't fair? What a huge revelation! Some people in power abuse those they have power over? Amazing! When did this start happening?”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance



“For glory lit, and life alive, for goals unreached and aims to strive. All men must try, the wind did see. It is the test, it is the dream.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“Expectation wasn't just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“Storms, woman,” [Kaladin] said. “I don’t know what to make of you.”
“Preferably not a corpse.”
“I’m surprised someone hasn't already done that.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


“I say that there is no role for women—there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself.”
― Brandon Sanderson, quote from Words of Radiance


About the author

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