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The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss

(The Kingkiller Chronicle #2)

  • “There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.” 
  • “All the truth in the world is held in stories.” 
  • “It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers… That way, when he finds the answers, they’ll be precious to him. The harder the question, the harder we hunt. The harder we hunt, the more we learn.” 
  • “It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” 
  • “Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.”
  • “Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. 
    But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”
  • “Books are a poor substitute for female companionship, but they are easier to find.”
  • “I’ve waited a long time to show these flowers how pretty you are.”
  • “I thought of all the others who had tried to tie her to the ground and failed. So I resisted showing her the songs and poems I had written, knowing that too much truth can ruin a thing. And if that meant she wasn’t entirely mine, what of it? I would be the one she could always return to without fear of recrimination or question. So I did not try to win her and contented myself with playing a beautiful game. But there was always a part of me that hoped for more, and so there was a part of me that was always a fool.” 
  • “Knowing your own ignorance is the first step to enlightenment.” 
  • “There are so many men, all endlessly attempting to sweep me off my feet. And there is one of you, trying just the opposite. Making sure my feet are firm beneath me, lest I fall.”
  • “Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.
  • “I know,” she said. “You have a stone in your heart, and some days it’s so heavy there is nothing to be done. But you don’t have to be alone for it. You should have come to me. I understand.” 
  • “I swear I’ve never met a man who has your knack for lack of social grace. If you weren’t naturally charming, someone would have stabbed you by now.” 
  • “It’s not over if you’re still here,” Chronicler said. “It’s not a tragedy if you’re still alive.”
  • “That is how heavy a secret can become. It can make blood flow easier than ink.”
  • “When you love something, you have to make sure it loves you back, or you’ll bring about no end of trouble chasing it.”
  • “Only a fool worries over what he can’t control.”
  • “The desire for knowledge shapes a man.” 
  • “The seeds of the past bear fruit in the present.” 
  • “I am no poet. I do not love words for the sake of words. I love words for what they can accomplish. Similarly, I am no arithmetician. Numbers that speak only of numbers are of little interest to me.” 
  • “When someone tells you are a piece of their life, they’re giving you a gift, not granting you your due.” 
  • “It was more exciting when I didn’t know I had permission.”
  • “To be both rich and handsome was bad enough. But to have a voice like honey over warm bread on top of that was simply inexcusable.”
  • “Sometimes leaving is the only thing you can do.”