Quotes by Brandon Sanderson

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Wikipedia Summary for Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson (born December 19, 1975) is an American author of epic fantasy and science fiction. He is best known for the Cosmere fictional universe, in which most of his fantasy novels, most notably the Mistborn series and The Stormlight Archive, are set. Outside of the Cosmere, he has written several young adult and juvenile series including The Reckoners, the Skyward series, and the Alcatraz series. He is also known for finishing Robert Jordan's high fantasy series The Wheel of Time and has created several graphic novel fantasy series including the White Sand and Dark One.

He created Sanderson's Laws of Magic and popularized the terms "hard and soft magic systems". In 2008, Sanderson started a podcast with author Dan Wells and cartoonist Howard Tayler called Writing Excuses, involving topics about creating genre writing and webcomics.

In 2016, the American media company DMG Entertainment licensed the movie rights to Sanderson's entire Cosmere universe.

Quote: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


Quote: It's easy to believe in something when you win all the time...The losses are what define a man's faith. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It's easy to believe in something when you win all the time...The losses are what define a man's faith.


Quote: I'm not really sure why. But… do you stop loving someone just because they betray you? I don't think so. That's what makes the betrayal hurt so much -- pain, frustration, anger… and I still loved her. I still do. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I'm not really sure why. But… do you stop loving someone just because they betray you? I don't think so. That's what makes the betrayal hurt so much -- pain, frustration, anger… and I still loved her. I still do.


Quote: Everyone knows that ice cream is worth the trouble of being cold. Like all things virtuous, you have to suffer to gain the reward. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Everyone knows that ice cream is worth the trouble of being cold. Like all things virtuous, you have to suffer to gain the reward.


Quote: Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being clever enough to organize the world. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being clever enough to organize the world.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being clever enough to organize the world. (p 2).


Quote: People can do great things. However, there are some things they just can't do. I, for instance, have not been able to transform myself into a Popsicle, despite years of effort. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

People can do great things. However, there are some things they just can't do. I, for instance, have not been able to transform myself into a Popsicle, despite years of effort.


Quote: A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us.


Quote: It was rather difficult to throw a game when you had no idea what you were doing to win it in the first place. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It was rather difficult to throw a game when you had no idea what you were doing to win it in the first place.


Quote: You're like a potato, in a minefield! by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You're like a potato, in a minefield!

Longer Version/[Notes]:

You're like a potato, in a minefield!"
"A potato.


Quote: Mocking a woman is like drinking too much wine. It may be fun for a short time, but the hangover is hell. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Mocking a woman is like drinking too much wine. It may be fun for a short time, but the hangover is hell.


Quote: It takes a fine sense of pessimism to brood with any sort of respectability. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It takes a fine sense of pessimism to brood with any sort of respectability.


Quote: The beggar knows much that the king can only guess. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The beggar knows much that the king can only guess.


Quote: I froze, shocked. (And don't try to claim that you did anything different the first time a government bureaucrat pulled a gun on you.). by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I froze, shocked. (And don't try to claim that you did anything different the first time a government bureaucrat pulled a gun on you.).


Quote: Regardless, I still do not believe that your duty is to do as the people wish. Your duty is to lead as best you can, following the dictates of your conscience. You must be true. Your Majesty, to the man you wish to become. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Regardless, I still do not believe that your duty is to do as the people wish. Your duty is to lead as best you can, following the dictates of your conscience. You must be true. Your Majesty, to the man you wish to become.


Quote: Act with honor, and Honor will aid you. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Act with honor, and Honor will aid you.


Quote: They're afraid of our ability to hear the stars. ... And to them it makes us alien. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

They're afraid of our ability to hear the stars. ... And to them it makes us alien.


Quote: That was one attribute in a man that Zane respected above all others. Especially since he had trouble displaying it himself. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

That was one attribute in a man that Zane respected above all others. Especially since he had trouble displaying it himself.


Quote: If you spend your life knocking people down, you eventually find they won't stand up for you. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If you spend your life knocking people down, you eventually find they won't stand up for you.




Quote: Pride doesn't win battles. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Pride doesn't win battles.


Quote: If nobody asked questions, then we would never learn anything. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If nobody asked questions, then we would never learn anything.


Quote: Be a man and not a beast. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Be a man and not a beast.


Quote: You don't stop loving someone just because they hurt you. It would certainly make things easier if you did. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You don't stop loving someone just because they hurt you. It would certainly make things easier if you did.


Quote: And Vin liked solitude. When you're alone, no one can betray you. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

And Vin liked solitude. When you're alone, no one can betray you.


Quote: It has always seemed to me that a coward is a person who cares more about what people say than about what is right. Bravery isn't about what people call you, Spensa. It's about who you know yourself to be. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It has always seemed to me that a coward is a person who cares more about what people say than about what is right. Bravery isn't about what people call you, Spensa. It's about who you know yourself to be.


Quote: Doesn't matter how good your bullets are if you don't aim carefully. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Doesn't matter how good your bullets are if you don't aim carefully.


Quote: It is not at all polite to point out a crusty old pessimist's dark inner secret. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It is not at all polite to point out a crusty old pessimist's dark inner secret.


Quote: I have no idea what you just said, child,' Breeze said. 'So I'm simply going to pretend it was coherent, then move on. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I have no idea what you just said, child,' Breeze said. 'So I'm simply going to pretend it was coherent, then move on.


Quote: A man is what he has passion about. If you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you'll end up miserable. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

A man is what he has passion about. If you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you'll end up miserable.


Quote: This is going to take a while. I'm a fantasy author. We have trouble with the concept of brevity. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

This is going to take a while. I'm a fantasy author. We have trouble with the concept of brevity.


Quote: There was nothing more bitter than a soul who had had its chance and thrown it away. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

There was nothing more bitter than a soul who had had its chance and thrown it away.


Quote: I have to say, old friend, you were supposed to help train her, not drop her off a cliff. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I have to say, old friend, you were supposed to help train her, not drop her off a cliff.


Quote: The only point in creating something is to watch it die. Like a story that must come to a climax, what I have done will not be fulfilled until the end has arrived. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The only point in creating something is to watch it die. Like a story that must come to a climax, what I have done will not be fulfilled until the end has arrived.


Quote: Shallan, weren't you supposed to be reading?
I ... had trouble concentrating.
So you came up on deck, Jasnah said, to sketch pictures of young men working without their shirts on. You expected this to help your concentration? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Shallan, weren't you supposed to be reading?
I ... had trouble concentrating.
So you came up on deck, Jasnah said, to sketch pictures of young men working without their shirts on. You expected this to help your concentration?


Quote: Clothing doesn't really change a man. But it changes how others react to him. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Clothing doesn't really change a man. But it changes how others react to him.


Quote: I am mountains that crush. I am waves that crash. I am storms that shatter. I am the end. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I am mountains that crush. I am waves that crash. I am storms that shatter. I am the end.


Quote: You must love him enough to trust his wishes, even if you disagree with them. You must respect him -- no matter how wrong you think he may be, no matter how poor you think his decisions, you must respect his desire to make them. Even if one of them includes loving you. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You must love him enough to trust his wishes, even if you disagree with them. You must respect him -- no matter how wrong you think he may be, no matter how poor you think his decisions, you must respect his desire to make them. Even if one of them includes loving you.


Quote: I will sing to you. As your ship burns and your soul flees, I will sing. To the contest we had. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I will sing to you. As your ship burns and your soul flees, I will sing. To the contest we had.


Quote: I think you underestimate the stubbornness a crown can press into a man or woman's mind. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I think you underestimate the stubbornness a crown can press into a man or woman's mind.


Quote: You want to be competent? she thought. You want to learn to be in control of what goes on around you, rather than just being pushed around? Then you'll have to learn to deal with failure. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You want to be competent? she thought. You want to learn to be in control of what goes on around you, rather than just being pushed around? Then you'll have to learn to deal with failure.


Quote: Vin looked down at the handkerchief. When a nobleman wants to court a lady seriously, he gives her a handkerchief. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Vin looked down at the handkerchief. When a nobleman wants to court a lady seriously, he gives her a handkerchief.


Quote: To their simple, degenerate minds there was only one thing to do when faced by a God more powerful than their own: Convert.
Brandon Sanderson(Elantris). by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

To their simple, degenerate minds there was only one thing to do when faced by a God more powerful than their own: Convert.
Brandon Sanderson(Elantris).


Quote: Surround yourself with people too afraid to speak, and you left yourself to only your own ideas. That could be disastrous. It was important to have men who would question you and see flaws in your plans, so long as you could control them. It was all about control. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Surround yourself with people too afraid to speak, and you left yourself to only your own ideas. That could be disastrous. It was important to have men who would question you and see flaws in your plans, so long as you could control them. It was all about control.


Quote: A pox of unique human diseases -- many of which cause an uncomfortable swelling -- come upon you! by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

A pox of unique human diseases -- many of which cause an uncomfortable swelling -- come upon you!


Quote: I'm not crazy, I'm compratmentalized. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I'm not crazy, I'm compratmentalized.


Quote: It was nice to be reminded that, for all their differences, there were occasional things that she and Jasnah shared.
She just wished that ignorance weren't at the top of the list. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It was nice to be reminded that, for all their differences, there were occasional things that she and Jasnah shared.
She just wished that ignorance weren't at the top of the list.


Quote: I'm sorry, Father, Kaladin said.
Sorry? For... for what?
I thought your way might be correct, Kaladin said. And that I'd been wrong. But I don't think it's that simple. I think we're both correct. For us. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I'm sorry, Father, Kaladin said.
Sorry? For... for what?
I thought your way might be correct, Kaladin said. And that I'd been wrong. But I don't think it's that simple. I think we're both correct. For us.


Quote: When I finally lie down, I find sleep elusive. The same thoughts that trouble me during the day are only compounded by the stillness of night. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

When I finally lie down, I find sleep elusive. The same thoughts that trouble me during the day are only compounded by the stillness of night.


Quote: But it was important to be rational at all times, not just when calm. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

But it was important to be rational at all times, not just when calm.


Quote: I swear, my dear. Sometimes our conversations remind me of a broken sword.

She raised an eyebrow.

Sharp as hell, Lightsong said, but lacking a point. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I swear, my dear. Sometimes our conversations remind me of a broken sword.

She raised an eyebrow.

Sharp as hell, Lightsong said, but lacking a point.


Quote: Err on the side of awesome. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Err on the side of awesome.




Quote: Expectation wasn't just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Expectation wasn't just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself.


Quote: I had Eondel teach me, Raoden said. Back when I was trying to find ways to prove that my father's laws were foolish. Eondel chose fencing becausehe thought it would be most useful to me, as a politician. I never figured I'd end up using it to keep my wife from slicing me to pieces. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote: I had Eondel teach me, Raoden said. Back when I was trying to find ways to prove that my father's laws were foolish. Eondel chose fencing becausehe thought it would be most useful to me, as a politician. I never figured I'd end up using it to keep my wife from slicing me to pieces.- black text on quotes background

I had Eondel teach me, Raoden said. Back when I was trying to find ways to prove that my father's laws were foolish. Eondel chose fencing becausehe thought it would be most useful to me, as a politician. I never figured I'd end up using it to keep my wife from slicing me to pieces.


Quote: If the wind stops blowing, it is not a wind. It is nothing. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If the wind stops blowing, it is not a wind. It is nothing.


Quote: Never underestimate the simple intimidating force of a man who won't back down. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Never underestimate the simple intimidating force of a man who won't back down.




Quote: He fought as he wished he had all those years ago, for the chance he had missed. In that moment between storms -- when the rain stilled and the winds drew in their breaths to blow -- he danced with the slayer of kings, and somehow held his own. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He fought as he wished he had all those years ago, for the chance he had missed. In that moment between storms -- when the rain stilled and the winds drew in their breaths to blow -- he danced with the slayer of kings, and somehow held his own.


Quote: The finest defense of character is correct action. Acquaint yourself with virtue, and you can expect proper treatment from those around you. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The finest defense of character is correct action. Acquaint yourself with virtue, and you can expect proper treatment from those around you.


Quote: We're all freaks sometimes, Melody, he replied. You're just... well, better at it than most. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

We're all freaks sometimes, Melody, he replied. You're just... well, better at it than most.


Quote: The body needs many different foods to remain healthy. And the mind needs many different ideas to remain sharp. Wouldn't you agree? And so if I were to read only these silly romances you presume that my ambition can handle, my mind would grow sick. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The body needs many different foods to remain healthy. And the mind needs many different ideas to remain sharp. Wouldn't you agree? And so if I were to read only these silly romances you presume that my ambition can handle, my mind would grow sick.


Quote: Not every quick-tongued fool was a hero in disguise. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Not every quick-tongued fool was a hero in disguise.


Quote: But since then you've acted like I was a gorilla at your buffet.
A...what?
Gorilla at your buffet. You know... eating all your food? Making you annoyed? That kind of thing? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

But since then you've acted like I was a gorilla at your buffet.
A...what?
Gorilla at your buffet. You know... eating all your food? Making you annoyed? That kind of thing?


Quote: Doing something brave is much like saying something stupid. You rarely plan on it happening. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Doing something brave is much like saying something stupid. You rarely plan on it happening.


Quote: So, when people try to give you some book with a shiny round award on the cover, be kind and gracious, but tell them you don't read fantasy, because you prefer stories that are real. Then come back here and continue your research on the cult of evil Librarians who secretly rule the world. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote: So, when people try to give you some book with a shiny round award on the cover, be kind and gracious, but tell them you don't read fantasy, because you prefer stories that are real. Then come back here and continue your research on the cult of evil Librarians who secretly rule the world.- black text on quotes background

So, when people try to give you some book with a shiny round award on the cover, be kind and gracious, but tell them you don't read fantasy, because you prefer stories that are real. Then come back here and continue your research on the cult of evil Librarians who secretly rule the world.


Quote: Oh, I'm just a happy person. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Oh, I'm just a happy person.


Quote: The law is made by men, so it is not perfect either. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The law is made by men, so it is not perfect either.


Quote: They're trying to be good. But they're, you know, Alethi. Conquering folks is basically their primary cultural heritage. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

They're trying to be good. But they're, you know, Alethi. Conquering folks is basically their primary cultural heritage.




Quote: You don't really get to choose. We worship you, and that makes you our God. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You don't really get to choose. We worship you, and that makes you our God.


Quote: What else will we do? I asked, turning to leave. This is the only plan we have.
This isn't a plan, Prof said. It's hormones. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

What else will we do? I asked, turning to leave. This is the only plan we have.
This isn't a plan, Prof said. It's hormones.


Quote: The whole world could be going wrong, but seeing her made him forget. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The whole world could be going wrong, but seeing her made him forget.


Quote: Though, if you think about it, hostile, dethroned pseudodeities probably make disagreeable neighbors. You'll have to figure out something to do with him. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Though, if you think about it, hostile, dethroned pseudodeities probably make disagreeable neighbors. You'll have to figure out something to do with him.


Quote: Being unkillable, so long as one had some healing power stored up, could do strange things to a person's sense of self-preservation. Of course, Wayne had probably been drunk at the time. That also tended to do strange things to a person's sense of self-preservation. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Being unkillable, so long as one had some healing power stored up, could do strange things to a person's sense of self-preservation. Of course, Wayne had probably been drunk at the time. That also tended to do strange things to a person's sense of self-preservation.


Quote: I'd be offended if I could be offended, he said. Maybe I should start calling you a cow, since you have four limbs, are made of meat, and have rudimentary biological mental capacities. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I'd be offended if I could be offended, he said. Maybe I should start calling you a cow, since you have four limbs, are made of meat, and have rudimentary biological mental capacities.


Quote: Sometimes Vin imagined she was like the ash, or the wind, or the mist itself. A thing without thought, capable of simply being, not thinking, caring, or hurting. Then she could be...free. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Sometimes Vin imagined she was like the ash, or the wind, or the mist itself. A thing without thought, capable of simply being, not thinking, caring, or hurting. Then she could be...free.


Quote: 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. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.


Quote: I don't want to stifle information, but I do want to organize it! I don't want to rule the world, but I do want to bring it order! I don't want everything to be the same, but I do want to understand! by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I don't want to stifle information, but I do want to organize it! I don't want to rule the world, but I do want to bring it order! I don't want everything to be the same, but I do want to understand!


Quote: We follow the codes not because they bring gain, but because we loathe the people we would otherwise become. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

We follow the codes not because they bring gain, but because we loathe the people we would otherwise become.


Quote: You're still human, Shallan said, reaching across, putting her hand on Navani's knee. We can't all be emotionless chunks of rock like Jasnah.

Navani smiled. She sometimes had the empathy of a corpse, didn't she? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You're still human, Shallan said, reaching across, putting her hand on Navani's knee. We can't all be emotionless chunks of rock like Jasnah.

Navani smiled. She sometimes had the empathy of a corpse, didn't she?


Quote: Once one becomes a man, he can and must make his own decisions. But I do offer warning. Even a good thing can become destructive if taken to excess. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Once one becomes a man, he can and must make his own decisions. But I do offer warning. Even a good thing can become destructive if taken to excess.




Quote: It is you! the man exclaimed. We thought you weren't coming for another week! Ashe, Sarene mumbled, who is this lunatic and what does he want with me? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It is you! the man exclaimed. We thought you weren't coming for another week! Ashe, Sarene mumbled, who is this lunatic and what does he want with me?




Quote: I grunted, hauling the rope hand over hand. A plaintive squeak came from the pulley system with each draw, as if I had strapped some unfortunate mouse to a torture device and was twisting with glee. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I grunted, hauling the rope hand over hand. A plaintive squeak came from the pulley system with each draw, as if I had strapped some unfortunate mouse to a torture device and was twisting with glee.


Quote: All of the best motives boiled down to a single, driving emotion. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

All of the best motives boiled down to a single, driving emotion.


Quote: Life before Death.
Strength before Weakness.
Journey before Destination. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Life before Death.
Strength before Weakness.
Journey before Destination.


Quote: She was those women, those girls, every one of them. And none of them were her. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

She was those women, those girls, every one of them. And none of them were her.


Quote: It strikes me that religion seeks to take natural events and ascribe supernatural causes to them. I, however, seek to take supernatural events and find the natural meanings behind them. Perhaps that is the final dividing line between science and religion. Opposite sides of a card. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote: It strikes me that religion seeks to take natural events and ascribe supernatural causes to them. I, however, seek to take supernatural events and find the natural meanings behind them. Perhaps that is the final dividing line between science and religion. Opposite sides of a card.- black text on quotes background

It strikes me that religion seeks to take natural events and ascribe supernatural causes to them. I, however, seek to take supernatural events and find the natural meanings behind them. Perhaps that is the final dividing line between science and religion. Opposite sides of a card.


Quote: Definitely not--you optimists just can't understand that a depressed person doesn't want you to try and cheer them up. It makes us sick. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Definitely not--you optimists just can't understand that a depressed person doesn't want you to try and cheer them up. It makes us sick.


Quote: The Shaod, it was called. The Transformation... When it came, the fortuante person's life ended and began anew; he would discard his old, mundane existence and move to Elantris. Elantris, where he could live in bliss, rule in wisdom, and be worshiped for eternity.
Eternity ended ten years ago. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote: The Shaod, it was called. The Transformation... When it came, the fortuante person's life ended and began anew; he would discard his old, mundane existence and move to Elantris. Elantris, where he could live in bliss, rule in wisdom, and be worshiped for eternity.
Eternity ended ten years ago.- black text on quotes background

The Shaod, it was called. The Transformation... When it came, the fortuante person's life ended and began anew; he would discard his old, mundane existence and move to Elantris. Elantris, where he could live in bliss, rule in wisdom, and be worshiped for eternity.
Eternity ended ten years ago.


Quote: Eternity ended ten years ago. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Eternity ended ten years ago.


Quote: Perhaps I am an insensitive rich woman. That doesn't change the fact that you can be downright mean and offensive, Kaladin Stormblessed. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Perhaps I am an insensitive rich woman. That doesn't change the fact that you can be downright mean and offensive, Kaladin Stormblessed.




Quote: I know the second oath I am to make. I don't need to be told it. I will unite instead of divide, Stormfather. I will bring men together. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I know the second oath I am to make. I don't need to be told it. I will unite instead of divide, Stormfather. I will bring men together.


Quote: I hadn't been a nerd, mind you. I'd just been the type of guy who spent a lot of time by himself, focused entirely on a single consuming interest. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I hadn't been a nerd, mind you. I'd just been the type of guy who spent a lot of time by himself, focused entirely on a single consuming interest.


Quote: Why do they call it research if I've only done it this one time? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Why do they call it research if I've only done it this one time?


Quote: I'm fully aware that so much of me is difficult for any one woman to handle. My majesty confuses them. It's the only explanation for why they often run away. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I'm fully aware that so much of me is difficult for any one woman to handle. My majesty confuses them. It's the only explanation for why they often run away.


Quote: My outlines are always very goal-based. What do I want to have happen by the ending and how can I earn that. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

My outlines are always very goal-based. What do I want to have happen by the ending and how can I earn that.


Quote: Time tends to pass you by more quickly when you take no notice of it, my dear. In that, it's remarkably similar to most women I know. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Time tends to pass you by more quickly when you take no notice of it, my dear. In that, it's remarkably similar to most women I know.


Quote: I'm sorry that your mystical, godlike powers do not instantly work as you would like them to. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I'm sorry that your mystical, godlike powers do not instantly work as you would like them to.


Quote: Can something be almost an accident?' Pattern asked, genuinely curious. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Can something be almost an accident?' Pattern asked, genuinely curious.


Quote: I wasn't complaining', Pattern complained. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I wasn't complaining', Pattern complained.


Quote: We certainly are an odd bunch.
Yes. Seven people. Odd. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

We certainly are an odd bunch.
Yes. Seven people. Odd.




Quote: He'd had a year to think about what to say. And if he failed, he'd have an eternity to think about what he'd done wrong. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He'd had a year to think about what to say. And if he failed, he'd have an eternity to think about what he'd done wrong.


Quote: I will protect those who cannot protect themselves. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I will protect those who cannot protect themselves.


Quote: Fantasy has had some problems with being too repetitive, in my opinion. I try to read what other people are doing -- and say, 'How can I add to this rather than just recycle it? How can I stand on Tolkien's shoulders rather than stand tied to his kneecaps? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Fantasy has had some problems with being too repetitive, in my opinion. I try to read what other people are doing -- and say, 'How can I add to this rather than just recycle it? How can I stand on Tolkien's shoulders rather than stand tied to his kneecaps?

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Fantasy has had some problems with being too repetitive, in my opinion. I try to read what other people are doing -- and say, 'How can I add to this rather than just recycle it? How can I stand on Tolkien's shoulders rather than stand tied to his kneecaps?'


Quote: Saints ans Stars... I´d built my entire gut response to this person on the fact that they couldn´t smile right. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Saints ans Stars... I´d built my entire gut response to this person on the fact that they couldn´t smile right.


Quote: Though, when I'm proven wrong and the underprivileged masses storm my palace and burn me at the stake, I'll be sure to inform them that you were right all along. You'll get the last laugh. Or...well, the last scream, since you'll probably be tied up beside me. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Though, when I'm proven wrong and the underprivileged masses storm my palace and burn me at the stake, I'll be sure to inform them that you were right all along. You'll get the last laugh. Or...well, the last scream, since you'll probably be tied up beside me.


Quote: The Hallandren sent those soldiers in to kill. Kill the poor that they created. We're going to stop them from doing things like that. I don't care what it takes. I'm tired of being pretty and nice and ignoring ostentation. I want to DO something. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The Hallandren sent those soldiers in to kill. Kill the poor that they created. We're going to stop them from doing things like that. I don't care what it takes. I'm tired of being pretty and nice and ignoring ostentation. I want to DO something.


Quote: Reckoner Super Plan for Killing Regalia...

Step One: find Regalia, then totally explode her. Lots and Lots.

Step Two: put Val on decaf.

Step Three: Mizzy gets a cookie. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Reckoner Super Plan for Killing Regalia...

Step One: find Regalia, then totally explode her. Lots and Lots.

Step Two: put Val on decaf.

Step Three: Mizzy gets a cookie.


Quote: XinWey's Doctrine states that the most essential morality of mankind is to create the greatest amount of happiness among the greatest number of people while using the least amount of resources. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

XinWey's Doctrine states that the most essential morality of mankind is to create the greatest amount of happiness among the greatest number of people while using the least amount of resources.


Quote: But he'd found that imaginary things were often the only items of real substance in people's lives. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

But he'd found that imaginary things were often the only items of real substance in people's lives.


Quote: Well done, Spin, Cobb said over a private line. You have the passion. Now you're showing restraint. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Well done, Spin, Cobb said over a private line. You have the passion. Now you're showing restraint.


Quote: They're scared of you. Zahel's voice, drifting again above the crowd. Do you see it in them? Show them why. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

They're scared of you. Zahel's voice, drifting again above the crowd. Do you see it in them? Show them why.


Quote: Jasnah was different. She gave Shallan a topic and the freedom to pursue it as she wished. Jasnah offered encouragement and speculation, but nearly all of their conversations turned to topics like the true nature of scholarship, the purpose of studying, the beauty of knowledge and its application. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote: Jasnah was different. She gave Shallan a topic and the freedom to pursue it as she wished. Jasnah offered encouragement and speculation, but nearly all of their conversations turned to topics like the true nature of scholarship, the purpose of studying, the beauty of knowledge and its application.- black text on quotes background

Jasnah was different. She gave Shallan a topic and the freedom to pursue it as she wished. Jasnah offered encouragement and speculation, but nearly all of their conversations turned to topics like the true nature of scholarship, the purpose of studying, the beauty of knowledge and its application.


Quote: This is insanity!
No, this is scholarship! by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

This is insanity!
No, this is scholarship!


Quote: You see, that is the sad, sorry, terrible thing about sarcasm.

It's really funny. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You see, that is the sad, sorry, terrible thing about sarcasm.

It's really funny.


Quote: The trick is to never stop looking. There's always another secret. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The trick is to never stop looking. There's always another secret.




Quote: The truth is, most people who do what you'd call 'wrong' do it for what they call 'right' reasons. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The truth is, most people who do what you'd call 'wrong' do it for what they call 'right' reasons.


Quote: Ah,the outdoors, Shallan said. I visited that mythical place once. It was so very long ago, I've nearly forgotten it. Tell me, does the sun still shine, or is that just my dreamy recollection'

'Surely your studies aren't that bad. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Ah,the outdoors, Shallan said. I visited that mythical place once. It was so very long ago, I've nearly forgotten it. Tell me, does the sun still shine, or is that just my dreamy recollection'

'Surely your studies aren't that bad.




Quote: People need stories, child. They bring us hope, and that hope is real. If that's the case, what does it matter whether people in them actually lived? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

People need stories, child. They bring us hope, and that hope is real. If that's the case, what does it matter whether people in them actually lived?


Quote: Standing out like a punk guitarist in a mariachi band. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Standing out like a punk guitarist in a mariachi band.




Quote: They kill you with fear first and the sword second. Stand your ground. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

They kill you with fear first and the sword second. Stand your ground.


Quote: The Shardblade, as always, glistened silver and clean. When one killed with a Blade, there was no blood. That seemed like a sign. The Shardblade was just a tool; it could not be blamed for the murders. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The Shardblade, as always, glistened silver and clean. When one killed with a Blade, there was no blood. That seemed like a sign. The Shardblade was just a tool; it could not be blamed for the murders.




Quote: You. Cannot. Have. My. SACRIFICE! by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You. Cannot. Have. My. SACRIFICE!


Quote: Oh, Obliteration continued, I think that you'll find a man can do many things thought impossible, if he tries hard enough. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Oh, Obliteration continued, I think that you'll find a man can do many things thought impossible, if he tries hard enough.


Quote: You could not stop times from changing, his mother said, no more than you could stop the surf from rolling. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You could not stop times from changing, his mother said, no more than you could stop the surf from rolling.


Quote: But merely being tradition does not make something worthy. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

But merely being tradition does not make something worthy.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

But merely being tradition does not make something worthy, Kadash. We can't just assume that because something is old it is right.


Quote: We can't just assume that because something is old it is right. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

We can't just assume that because something is old it is right.


Quote: Sazed, I've raised some fifteen daughters, Tindwyl said, entering the room. No teenage girl is stable. Some are just better at hiding it than others. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Sazed, I've raised some fifteen daughters, Tindwyl said, entering the room. No teenage girl is stable. Some are just better at hiding it than others.


Quote: Stealing regular stuff was no fun. She wanted a real challenge. Over the last two years, she'd picked the most difficult places to enter. Then she'd snuck in.

And eaten their dinners. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Stealing regular stuff was no fun. She wanted a real challenge. Over the last two years, she'd picked the most difficult places to enter. Then she'd snuck in.

And eaten their dinners.


Quote: What is more one try, then? Her voice was soft, yet somehow stronger than the storm. What could it hurt? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

What is more one try, then? Her voice was soft, yet somehow stronger than the storm. What could it hurt?


Quote: She stuck her tongue out at him. A totally rational and reasonable way to fight a demigod. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

She stuck her tongue out at him. A totally rational and reasonable way to fight a demigod.


Quote: The only 'unseemly' thing is to not channel your intelligence usefully. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The only 'unseemly' thing is to not channel your intelligence usefully.


Quote: Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone. Trust me, I've practiced. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone. Trust me, I've practiced.


Quote: Well, best to remain vigilant. It's when everything is calm that you need to be most alert. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Well, best to remain vigilant. It's when everything is calm that you need to be most alert.


Quote: Where there are villains, there will be heroes. Just wait. They will come. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Where there are villains, there will be heroes. Just wait. They will come.


Quote: It does strange things to you to realize that the conservative establishment is forcing you to be a progressive liberal fighter for universal rights. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It does strange things to you to realize that the conservative establishment is forcing you to be a progressive liberal fighter for universal rights.


Quote: Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don't get up for a third. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don't get up for a third.


Quote: This is life, and I will not lie to you saying every day will be sunshine. But there will be sunshine again, and that's a very different thing to say. That is truth. I promise you, Kaladin: you will be warm again. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

This is life, and I will not lie to you saying every day will be sunshine. But there will be sunshine again, and that's a very different thing to say. That is truth. I promise you, Kaladin: you will be warm again.


Quote: A person needed to experience real danger or they would never find joy in excelling. There had to be a risk of failure, the chance to die. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

A person needed to experience real danger or they would never find joy in excelling. There had to be a risk of failure, the chance to die.




Quote: More wars are lost to lack of information than are lost to lack of courage. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

More wars are lost to lack of information than are lost to lack of courage.


Quote: I find nothing more frighening than a man trying to do what he has decided is important. Very little in the world has ever gone astray -- at least on a grand scale -- because a person decided to be frivolous. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I find nothing more frighening than a man trying to do what he has decided is important. Very little in the world has ever gone astray -- at least on a grand scale -- because a person decided to be frivolous.


Quote: I find nothing more frightening than a man trying to do what he has decided is important. Very little in the world has ever gone astray -- at least on a grand scale -- because a person decided to be frivolous. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I find nothing more frightening than a man trying to do what he has decided is important. Very little in the world has ever gone astray -- at least on a grand scale -- because a person decided to be frivolous.


Quote: He cringed,. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He cringed,.




Quote: The rest of the time, I don't do so much thinkin'. 'Cuz if I did, I'd go running back to where things is simple. You see? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The rest of the time, I don't do so much thinkin'. 'Cuz if I did, I'd go running back to where things is simple. You see?


Quote: Our weakness makes us strong. For we had to carry it all these years. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Our weakness makes us strong. For we had to carry it all these years.


Quote: The Gottschalk was a fine weapon.
You, I said to it, are on probation. You'd better impress me.
Great. Now I was talking to guns. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The Gottschalk was a fine weapon.
You, I said to it, are on probation. You'd better impress me.
Great. Now I was talking to guns.


Quote: Deal with your own stupid planet, you idiot. Don't make me come over there and slap you around again. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Deal with your own stupid planet, you idiot. Don't make me come over there and slap you around again.


Quote: One can have a wit, but not a witless. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

One can have a wit, but not a witless.


Quote: 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. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Expectation. That is the true soul of art. If you can give a man more than he expects, then he will laud you his entire life. If you can create an air of anticipation and feed it properly, you will succeed. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Expectation. That is the true soul of art. If you can give a man more than he expects, then he will laud you his entire life. If you can create an air of anticipation and feed it properly, you will succeed.


Quote: If you want to understand a people, learn their weapons. The way men kill one another says far more about a culture than any scholar's ethnography. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If you want to understand a people, learn their weapons. The way men kill one another says far more about a culture than any scholar's ethnography.


Quote: If nobody changes the world, if nobody works to make it better, then we stagnate. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If nobody changes the world, if nobody works to make it better, then we stagnate.


Quote: Only expectation has value as currency,. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Only expectation has value as currency,.


Quote: Cleaning the wound is often more painful
than the cut itself. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Cleaning the wound is often more painful
than the cut itself.


Quote: Elend smiled, preparing his next argument. He could keep this discussion going for quite sometime. For, if there was one thing in particular that he had learned by growing up in his father's house it was this: how to annoy people. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Elend smiled, preparing his next argument. He could keep this discussion going for quite sometime. For, if there was one thing in particular that he had learned by growing up in his father's house it was this: how to annoy people.


Quote: For now, I only wish to make a simple acknowledgement of the woman who held the power just before me. Of all of us who touched it, I feel she was the most worthy. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

For now, I only wish to make a simple acknowledgement of the woman who held the power just before me. Of all of us who touched it, I feel she was the most worthy.




Quote: Do not be so hard on the child. She is a product of her upbringing, just as you are. If you judge her worth based on frivolities, then you are doing the same as those who judge you based on your simple clothing. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Do not be so hard on the child. She is a product of her upbringing, just as you are. If you judge her worth based on frivolities, then you are doing the same as those who judge you based on your simple clothing.


Quote: All right, M-Bot, I said. We have a problem. We might need to hijack that entire carrier ship.
Excellent, M-Bot said. Would you like your corpse cremated or ejected into space? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

All right, M-Bot, I said. We have a problem. We might need to hijack that entire carrier ship.
Excellent, M-Bot said. Would you like your corpse cremated or ejected into space?


Quote: If there was one thing in particular that he had learned by growing up in his father's house it was this: how to annoy people. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If there was one thing in particular that he had learned by growing up in his father's house it was this: how to annoy people.


Quote: Back in my State, I'm very close to being able to control the weather. I'll be all-powerful, once I've figured that out. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Back in my State, I'm very close to being able to control the weather. I'll be all-powerful, once I've figured that out.


Quote: Sometimes it is very useful to have a reputation for being a reclusive, amoral jerk. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Sometimes it is very useful to have a reputation for being a reclusive, amoral jerk.


Quote: Spensa, I hear no more footfalls. Have you temporary stopped being bipedal? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Spensa, I hear no more footfalls. Have you temporary stopped being bipedal?


Quote: The look of disbelief that ran across the boy's face was somehow more disturbing than the despair it had replaced. This creature had given up hope long ago; he probably begged out of habit rather than expectation. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The look of disbelief that ran across the boy's face was somehow more disturbing than the despair it had replaced. This creature had given up hope long ago; he probably begged out of habit rather than expectation.


Quote: We'll fight so well, the Krell will raise lamentations to the sky like smoke above a pyre, crying in desperation at our advent! by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

We'll fight so well, the Krell will raise lamentations to the sky like smoke above a pyre, crying in desperation at our advent!


Quote: Thus you know the fury of my anger, fell beast. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Thus you know the fury of my anger, fell beast.


Quote: That was the nature of the waters. You never knew what lurked below. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

That was the nature of the waters. You never knew what lurked below.


Quote: If you knew the history of that flute, it would make your brain flip upside-down. And by that, I mean that I would shove you off the carriage for having spied on me. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If you knew the history of that flute, it would make your brain flip upside-down. And by that, I mean that I would shove you off the carriage for having spied on me.


Quote: Ideas are never original, Kelsier said. Only one thing is.
And what is that?
Style, Kelsier said.
Then he punched Ruin across the face. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Ideas are never original, Kelsier said. Only one thing is.
And what is that?
Style, Kelsier said.
Then he punched Ruin across the face.


Quote: Everyone gets scared, Princess. Even brave men sometimes run the first time they see battle. In armies, that's why there's so much training. The ones who hold aren't the courageous ones, they're the well-trained ones. We have instincts like any other animal. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Everyone gets scared, Princess. Even brave men sometimes run the first time they see battle. In armies, that's why there's so much training. The ones who hold aren't the courageous ones, they're the well-trained ones. We have instincts like any other animal.




Quote: Janala is a fool, just bright enough to be proud of the wits she has, but stupid enough to be unaware of how outmatched they are. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Janala is a fool, just bright enough to be proud of the wits she has, but stupid enough to be unaware of how outmatched they are.




Quote: Aspiring Asimovs! by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Aspiring Asimovs!


Quote: That, after all, was his job. The title of emperor carried with it only a single duty.
To make everything better. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

That, after all, was his job. The title of emperor carried with it only a single duty.
To make everything better.


Quote: He found himself weeping. Not for the future or for the emperor. These were the tears of a man who saw before himself a masterpiece. True art was more than beauty; it was more than technique. It was not just imitation. It was boldness, it was contrast, it was subtlety. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He found himself weeping. Not for the future or for the emperor. These were the tears of a man who saw before himself a masterpiece. True art was more than beauty; it was more than technique. It was not just imitation. It was boldness, it was contrast, it was subtlety.


Quote: So, there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

So, there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians.


Quote: I wasn't a nerd, mind you, but I'd spent a lot of my youth studying Epics, so I'd had limited experience with social interaction. I mixed with ordinary people about the same way that a bucket of paint mixed with a bag of gerbils. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I wasn't a nerd, mind you, but I'd spent a lot of my youth studying Epics, so I'd had limited experience with social interaction. I mixed with ordinary people about the same way that a bucket of paint mixed with a bag of gerbils.


Quote: I was thinking that work is like fertilizer in that I'm glad it exists; I just don't ever want to get stuck in it. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I was thinking that work is like fertilizer in that I'm glad it exists; I just don't ever want to get stuck in it.


Quote: My behavior is nonetheless, deplorable. Unfortunately, I'm quite prone to such bouts of deplorability -- take for instance, my fondness for reading books at the dinner table. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

My behavior is nonetheless, deplorable. Unfortunately, I'm quite prone to such bouts of deplorability -- take for instance, my fondness for reading books at the dinner table.


Quote: What a pair they were -- a Mistborn who felt guilty wasting coins to jump and a nobleman who thought balls were too expensive. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

What a pair they were -- a Mistborn who felt guilty wasting coins to jump and a nobleman who thought balls were too expensive.


Quote: The more limitations you put on a character often times the better a character you'll make them, the more interesting the story becomes because the character can't simply wave a hand and make something happen. They have to work within the framework. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The more limitations you put on a character often times the better a character you'll make them, the more interesting the story becomes because the character can't simply wave a hand and make something happen. They have to work within the framework.


Quote: That's the funny thing about arriving somewhere, Vin, he said with a wink. Once you're there, the only thing you can really do is leave again. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

That's the funny thing about arriving somewhere, Vin, he said with a wink. Once you're there, the only thing you can really do is leave again.


Quote: And don't waste time worshipping Harmony. Doing good was the worship. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

And don't waste time worshipping Harmony. Doing good was the worship.


Quote: I never grew beyond that man; I just hid him away. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I never grew beyond that man; I just hid him away.


Quote: They were people. They were all just… people. With strange carapaces or odd life cycles. They lived, and they loved. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

They were people. They were all just… people. With strange carapaces or odd life cycles. They lived, and they loved.


Quote: I don't talk to myself because I'm crazy.
No?
I do it because I'm awesome. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I don't talk to myself because I'm crazy.
No?
I do it because I'm awesome.


Quote: Shai knelt on the floor amid a pattern of scattered pages, each filled with cramped script or drawings of seals. Behind her, morning opened her eyes, and sunlight seeped through the stained glass window, spraying the room with crimson, blue, violet. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Shai knelt on the floor amid a pattern of scattered pages, each filled with cramped script or drawings of seals. Behind her, morning opened her eyes, and sunlight seeped through the stained glass window, spraying the room with crimson, blue, violet.


Quote: Life before Death. Strength before Weakness. Journey before Destination. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Life before Death. Strength before Weakness. Journey before Destination.


Quote: The mists seemed to draw back. Waxillium stood there, wearing a large, dusterlike coat, cut into strips below the waist. A pair of revolvers gleamed in holsters at his hips, and he rested a shotgun on each shoulder. His face was bloodied, but he was smiling. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The mists seemed to draw back. Waxillium stood there, wearing a large, dusterlike coat, cut into strips below the waist. A pair of revolvers gleamed in holsters at his hips, and he rested a shotgun on each shoulder. His face was bloodied, but he was smiling.


Quote: She wore trousers, because skirts were stupid, and boots, 'cuz stuff needed to be kicked. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

She wore trousers, because skirts were stupid, and boots, 'cuz stuff needed to be kicked.


Quote: The best performances, are those that can be performed once. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The best performances, are those that can be performed once.


Quote: Logically, Shallan said, the bright side is the only side you can look on, because the other side is dark. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Logically, Shallan said, the bright side is the only side you can look on, because the other side is dark.






Quote: Here, in Alethkar, men often spoke of the legends -- of mankind's hard-won victory over the Voidbringers. But when weapons created to fight nightmares were turned against common soldiers, the lives of men became cheap things indeed. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Here, in Alethkar, men often spoke of the legends -- of mankind's hard-won victory over the Voidbringers. But when weapons created to fight nightmares were turned against common soldiers, the lives of men became cheap things indeed.


Quote: I froze, shocked. (And don't try to clam that you did anything different the first time a government bureaucrat pulled a gun on you.). by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I froze, shocked. (And don't try to clam that you did anything different the first time a government bureaucrat pulled a gun on you.).


Quote: The right belief is like a good cloak, I think. If it fits you well, it keeps you warm and safe. The wrong fit however, can suffocate. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The right belief is like a good cloak, I think. If it fits you well, it keeps you warm and safe. The wrong fit however, can suffocate.








Quote: The need for clean clothing outlived disasters. The end of the world could come, but that would only mean more bloodstains to wash. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The need for clean clothing outlived disasters. The end of the world could come, but that would only mean more bloodstains to wash.




Quote: My dear, did you just try to prove the existence of God with your cleavage? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

My dear, did you just try to prove the existence of God with your cleavage?


Quote: Honestly, for an evil god of darkness, he certainly can be dull. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Honestly, for an evil god of darkness, he certainly can be dull.


Quote: He's got the emptiness, bad as I do. I can see it in him. We all can. But he gets up anyway. We're trapped in here, and we all want to do something to help. We can't, but somehow he can. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He's got the emptiness, bad as I do. I can see it in him. We all can. But he gets up anyway. We're trapped in here, and we all want to do something to help. We can't, but somehow he can.


Quote: Remember, despite the fact that this book is being sold as a 'fantasy' novel, you must take all of the things it says extremely seriously, as they are quite important, are in no way silly, and always make sense. Rutabaga. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Remember, despite the fact that this book is being sold as a 'fantasy' novel, you must take all of the things it says extremely seriously, as they are quite important, are in no way silly, and always make sense. Rutabaga.


Quote: It's interesting that the woman who wrote that treatise -- the one you all practically worship in Alethkar -- decided that all of the feminine tasks involve sitting around having fun while all the masculine ones involve finding someone to stick a spear in you. Telling, eh? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It's interesting that the woman who wrote that treatise -- the one you all practically worship in Alethkar -- decided that all of the feminine tasks involve sitting around having fun while all the masculine ones involve finding someone to stick a spear in you. Telling, eh?


Quote: It is a writer's greatest pleasure to hear that someone was kept up until the unholy hours of the morning reading one of their books. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It is a writer's greatest pleasure to hear that someone was kept up until the unholy hours of the morning reading one of their books.




Quote: Tobias took the photograph. At least, that's what I saw. Most likely I still had the photograph in my hand, but I couldn't feel it there, now I perceived Tobias holding it. It's strange, the way the mind can change perception. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Tobias took the photograph. At least, that's what I saw. Most likely I still had the photograph in my hand, but I couldn't feel it there, now I perceived Tobias holding it. It's strange, the way the mind can change perception.


Quote: Is human nature to believe that other places and other times are better than the here and now. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Is human nature to believe that other places and other times are better than the here and now.


Quote: If men should read these words, let them know that power is a heavy burden. Seek not to be bound by its chains. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If men should read these words, let them know that power is a heavy burden. Seek not to be bound by its chains.


Quote: I think something innate in us understands that seeking the good of society is usually best for the individual as well. Humankind is noble, when we give it the chance to be. That nobility is something that exists independent of any God's decree. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I think something innate in us understands that seeking the good of society is usually best for the individual as well. Humankind is noble, when we give it the chance to be. That nobility is something that exists independent of any God's decree.


Quote: Impossible things are really rough to do, you know. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Impossible things are really rough to do, you know.


Quote: Imaginary things were often the only items of real substance in people's lives. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Imaginary things were often the only items of real substance in people's lives.


Quote: I don't suppose you'd want to go destroy some evil, would you? the voice said. I'm not really sure what that means, to be honest. I'll just trust you to decide. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I don't suppose you'd want to go destroy some evil, would you? the voice said. I'm not really sure what that means, to be honest. I'll just trust you to decide.


Quote: He felt a swelling of pride. Ridiculous, of course. He had endangered the kindgdom -- how would people react if they knew the Blackthorn himself had broken before a crisis of conscience? They'd laugh. In that moment, he didn't care. So long as he could be a hero to this woman. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He felt a swelling of pride. Ridiculous, of course. He had endangered the kindgdom -- how would people react if they knew the Blackthorn himself had broken before a crisis of conscience? They'd laugh. In that moment, he didn't care. So long as he could be a hero to this woman.


Quote: Yes, Bastille. I keep trying to get killed because it's inconvenient for you. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Yes, Bastille. I keep trying to get killed because it's inconvenient for you.


Quote: He was running through mists again. Walls, people, buildings faded. Nothing but dark, swirling mists. But the mists had never been his enemy. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He was running through mists again. Walls, people, buildings faded. Nothing but dark, swirling mists. But the mists had never been his enemy.


Quote: He was a man.Just a man. Yet, you always knew he'd succeed. He made you be what he wanted you to be. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He was a man.Just a man. Yet, you always knew he'd succeed. He made you be what he wanted you to be.


Quote: He was a man. Just a man. Yet, you always knew he'd succeed. He made you be what he wanted you to be. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He was a man. Just a man. Yet, you always knew he'd succeed. He made you be what he wanted you to be.


Quote: I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope -- Kelsier. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope -- Kelsier.


Quote: Life as a human being is about posturing and influence. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Life as a human being is about posturing and influence.


Quote: You blessed lunatic … you blessed genius!

Kelsier smiled wryly. I appreciate both compliments. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You blessed lunatic … you blessed genius!

Kelsier smiled wryly. I appreciate both compliments.




Quote: How do you do that? Mennis asked, frowning.
What?
Smile so much.
Oh, I'm just a happy person. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

How do you do that? Mennis asked, frowning.
What?
Smile so much.
Oh, I'm just a happy person.


Quote: I am the one thing you can never kill. I am Hope. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I am the one thing you can never kill. I am Hope.


Quote: She remembered timidly standing atop the Luthadel city wall, afraid to use her Allomancy to jump off, despite Kelsier's coaxing. Now she could step off a cliff and muse thoughtfully to herself on the way down. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

She remembered timidly standing atop the Luthadel city wall, afraid to use her Allomancy to jump off, despite Kelsier's coaxing. Now she could step off a cliff and muse thoughtfully to herself on the way down.


Quote: Vin: I don't know -- and it's all your fault, you know. I used to understand everything. Now it's all confused. Kelsier: Yes, we've messed you up right properly. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Vin: I don't know -- and it's all your fault, you know. I used to understand everything. Now it's all confused. Kelsier: Yes, we've messed you up right properly.


Quote: Every action we take has consequences, Vin, Kelsier said. I've found that in both Allomancy and life, the person who can best judge the consequences of their actions will be the most successful. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Every action we take has consequences, Vin, Kelsier said. I've found that in both Allomancy and life, the person who can best judge the consequences of their actions will be the most successful.


Quote: But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.


Quote: If you're always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing. -Kelsier. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If you're always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing. -Kelsier.


Quote: Each time I came crashing down into the ocean porpoiselike, water hit my face like the slap of a jilted lover. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Each time I came crashing down into the ocean porpoiselike, water hit my face like the slap of a jilted lover.


Quote: I killed you once, the Lord Ruler said, turning back to Kelsier. You tried, Kelsier replied, his voice loud and firm, carrying across the square. But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that thing you've never been able to kill no matter how hard you try. I am hope. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I killed you once, the Lord Ruler said, turning back to Kelsier. You tried, Kelsier replied, his voice loud and firm, carrying across the square. But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that thing you've never been able to kill no matter how hard you try. I am hope.


Quote: Overcome your guilt. Care, but not too much. Take responsibility, but don't blame yourself. Protect, save, help- but know when to give up. They're precarious ledges to walk. How do I do it? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Overcome your guilt. Care, but not too much. Take responsibility, but don't blame yourself. Protect, save, help- but know when to give up. They're precarious ledges to walk. How do I do it?


Quote: I think given the choice between loving Mare -- betrayal included -- and never knowing her, I'd chose love. I risked, and I lost, but the risk was still worth it. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I think given the choice between loving Mare -- betrayal included -- and never knowing her, I'd chose love. I risked, and I lost, but the risk was still worth it.


Quote: The nature of morality must be considered, and preferably before one is exposed to situations where a moral decision is required. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The nature of morality must be considered, and preferably before one is exposed to situations where a moral decision is required.


Quote: How do you 'accidentally' kill a noble man in his own mansion? With a knife in the chest. Or, rather, a pair of knives in the chest. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

How do you 'accidentally' kill a noble man in his own mansion? With a knife in the chest. Or, rather, a pair of knives in the chest.


Quote: I will protect even those I hate,' Kaladin whispered through bloody lips, 'So long as it is right. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I will protect even those I hate,' Kaladin whispered through bloody lips, 'So long as it is right.




Quote: Are there any religions on your list that include the slaughter of noblemen as a holy duty? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Are there any religions on your list that include the slaughter of noblemen as a holy duty?


Quote: It had been like discovering that Santa Claus was secretly a Nazi. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

It had been like discovering that Santa Claus was secretly a Nazi.


Quote: There has to be a balance, Vin, Elend said. Somehow, we'll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. He sighed. But for now, he said, nodding to the side, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

There has to be a balance, Vin, Elend said. Somehow, we'll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. He sighed. But for now, he said, nodding to the side, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.


Quote: The koloss he'd attacked did not rise. Its companions stood, looking unconcerned, though their eyes were focused on him. They seemed to want something.
He ate my horse, Elend said, saying the first thing that came to his clouded mind.
The group of koloss nodded. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The koloss he'd attacked did not rise. Its companions stood, looking unconcerned, though their eyes were focused on him. They seemed to want something.
He ate my horse, Elend said, saying the first thing that came to his clouded mind.
The group of koloss nodded.


Quote: You're a sword not a palm tree. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You're a sword not a palm tree.


Quote: He found insanity no excuse, however, for irrational behavior. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

He found insanity no excuse, however, for irrational behavior.


Quote: To be human is to seek beauty, Shallan. Do not despair, do not end the hunt because thorns grow in your way. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

To be human is to seek beauty, Shallan. Do not despair, do not end the hunt because thorns grow in your way.




Quote: People can do great things. However, there are some things they just CAN'T do. I, for instance, have not been able to transform myself into a Popsicle, despite years of effort. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

People can do great things. However, there are some things they just CAN'T do. I, for instance, have not been able to transform myself into a Popsicle, despite years of effort.


Quote: The world seemed quite willing to accept misunderstood artists, misunderstood thieves, and even peasants who dreamed of royalty. But nobody knew what to do with a misunderstood philologist. Other than run him out of town for bringing the dragons down on them. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The world seemed quite willing to accept misunderstood artists, misunderstood thieves, and even peasants who dreamed of royalty. But nobody knew what to do with a misunderstood philologist. Other than run him out of town for bringing the dragons down on them.


Quote: The number 1 thing that I don't want to see in a story is when characters exist simply to be proven wrong. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

The number 1 thing that I don't want to see in a story is when characters exist simply to be proven wrong.


Quote: Do not dash if you only have the strength to walk, and do not waste your time pushing on the walls that will not give. More importantly, don't shove where a pat would be sufficient. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Do not dash if you only have the strength to walk, and do not waste your time pushing on the walls that will not give. More importantly, don't shove where a pat would be sufficient.


Quote: Remember, the past need not become our future as well. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Remember, the past need not become our future as well.


Quote: Let me guess, Mat. I'm a traveling merchant who once trained with the Aiel and who has come to the village because he's heard there's a trout that lives in the lake who insulted his father. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Let me guess, Mat. I'm a traveling merchant who once trained with the Aiel and who has come to the village because he's heard there's a trout that lives in the lake who insulted his father.




Quote: There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives, and those who take lives. And what of those who protect and defend? Those who save lives by taking lives? That's like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives, and those who take lives. And what of those who protect and defend? Those who save lives by taking lives? That's like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing.


Quote: You are so much more than you are willing to accept, child. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You are so much more than you are willing to accept, child.


Quote: How do you fight someone smarter than yourself?' Rand Whispered. 'The answer is simple. You make her think that you are sitting down across the table from her, ready to play her game. Then you punch her in the face as hard as you can. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

How do you fight someone smarter than yourself?' Rand Whispered. 'The answer is simple. You make her think that you are sitting down across the table from her, ready to play her game. Then you punch her in the face as hard as you can.


Quote: Ham shook his head, sitting down, pouring himself something to drink. I don't get it, El. Why'd she attack him? She's loony, Spook said. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Ham shook his head, sitting down, pouring himself something to drink. I don't get it, El. Why'd she attack him? She's loony, Spook said.


Quote: Somebody has to start. Somebody has to step forward and do what is right, because it is right. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Somebody has to start. Somebody has to step forward and do what is right, because it is right.




Quote: Ruin still used Reen's voice-it was familiar, something that had always seemed a part of her. Discovering that it belonged to that thing...it was like finding out that her reflection really belonged to someone else, and that she'd never actually seen herself. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Ruin still used Reen's voice-it was familiar, something that had always seemed a part of her. Discovering that it belonged to that thing...it was like finding out that her reflection really belonged to someone else, and that she'd never actually seen herself.


Quote: Faith isn't about logic, son, Haddek said. Perhaps that's your problem. You cannot 'disprove' the things you study, any more than we can prove to you that the Hero will save us. We simply must believe it, and accept the things Preservation has taught us. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Faith isn't about logic, son, Haddek said. Perhaps that's your problem. You cannot 'disprove' the things you study, any more than we can prove to you that the Hero will save us. We simply must believe it, and accept the things Preservation has taught us.




Quote: Llarimar had told him to do his best. That sounded like an awful lot of work. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Llarimar had told him to do his best. That sounded like an awful lot of work.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Llarimar had told him to do his best. That sounded like an awful lot of work. Unfortunately, doing nothing was beginning to seem like even MORE work.


Quote: Seen like that, he was just a shadow; darkness, a nothingness, before real power. The men of this world, epics included, would pass from time. I might be a worm to him, but he was a worm himself in the grand scheme of the universe. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Seen like that, he was just a shadow; darkness, a nothingness, before real power. The men of this world, epics included, would pass from time. I might be a worm to him, but he was a worm himself in the grand scheme of the universe.


Quote: What is it we value? Innovation. Originality. Novelty. But most importantly...timeliness. I fear you may be too late, my confused, unfortunate, friend. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

What is it we value? Innovation. Originality. Novelty. But most importantly...timeliness. I fear you may be too late, my confused, unfortunate, friend.


Quote: Unknowing ignorance is preferable to informed stupidity. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Unknowing ignorance is preferable to informed stupidity.




Quote: If you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you'll end up miserable. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you'll end up miserable.




Quote: There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was an ending. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was an ending.




Quote: You've managed -- in our short three years together -- to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiance. That's kind of like a homicidal hat trick. It's a strange foundation for a relationship, wouldn't you say? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You've managed -- in our short three years together -- to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiance. That's kind of like a homicidal hat trick. It's a strange foundation for a relationship, wouldn't you say?


Quote: People see in stories what they're looking for, my young friend. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

People see in stories what they're looking for, my young friend.


Quote: Stop moping, sule, galladon said with a grunt.It doesn't suit you-it takes a fine sense of pessimism to brood with any sort of respectability. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Stop moping, sule, galladon said with a grunt.It doesn't suit you-it takes a fine sense of pessimism to brood with any sort of respectability.


Quote: Today, I know what death is. Why do I know what death is, Kaladin? by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Today, I know what death is. Why do I know what death is, Kaladin?




Quote: You can't get headaches. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You can't get headaches.


Quote: 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. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: I couldn't help grinning at the sight of her. Megan, in turn, raised a nine-millimeter square at my chest.
Well, that was familiar, at least. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I couldn't help grinning at the sight of her. Megan, in turn, raised a nine-millimeter square at my chest.
Well, that was familiar, at least.


Quote: If you don't believe what I'm telling you, then ask yourself this: would any decent, kind-hearted individual become a writer? Of course not. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

If you don't believe what I'm telling you, then ask yourself this: would any decent, kind-hearted individual become a writer? Of course not.








Quote: Now, I had been frightened on several different occasions in my life. The most frightening of these involved an elevator and a mime. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

Now, I had been frightened on several different occasions in my life. The most frightening of these involved an elevator and a mime.


Quote: You're a mean old man, Your Grace.
And that is the way it should be. Roial informed. Mean young men are trivial, and kindly old men boring. Here, let me get us something to drink. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

You're a mean old man, Your Grace.
And that is the way it should be. Roial informed. Mean young men are trivial, and kindly old men boring. Here, let me get us something to drink.


Quote: I'm Galladon, from the sovereign realm of Duladel. I'm most recently from Elantris, land of sludge, insanity, and eternal perdition. Nice to meet you. by author Brandon Sanderson overlaid on photo of Brandon Sanderson quote; white text on black background

I'm Galladon, from the sovereign realm of Duladel. I'm most recently from Elantris, land of sludge, insanity, and eternal perdition. Nice to meet you.


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Gratitude

Hope

Productivity

Creativity

 


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