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    If you fall, you fall," Elodin shrugged. "Sometimes falling teaches us things too." In dreams you often fall before you wake.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: dreams 
     
    Reading can almost be viewed as empathy training. Movies have better action scenes, sure. But books are uniquely suited to showing you the inside of another person's head. That is the root of empathy. That's the first step to understanding you're not alone in the world.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    Knowing your own ignorance is the first step to enlightenment.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    Bones mend. Regret stays with you forever.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: regret  forever 
     
    If I seem to wander, if I seem to stray, remember that true stories seldom take the straightest way
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: true  stories 
     
    Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: time  right 
     
    Don't get me wrong, magic is cool. But a nervous mother singing to her child at night while something moves quietly through the dark outside her house? That's a story. Handled properly, it's more dramatic than any apocalypse or goblin army could ever be.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    Could you help me catch the moon?" "I might be able to give you some advice," the old man said reluctantly. "But first you should think this over, boy. When you love something, you have to make sure it loves you back, or you'll bring about no end of trouble chasing it.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: men  help  boys 
     
    There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: men  anger  night  moon  wise 
     
    Only a fool worries over what he can't control.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: control  worries  fools 
     
    It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: time  stories 
     
    The cost of a loaf is a simple thing, and so a loaf is often sought, but some things are past valuing: laughter, land, and love are never bought.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: laughter  past 
     
    It was wise enough to know itself, and brave enough to be itself, and wild enough to change itself while somehow staying altogether true.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: true  wild  wise 
     
    The truth is that the world is full of dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we'd like to be. And that sucks. But when you're confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: truth  world  powerful  facts  dragon 
     
    Do not mistake me for my mask. You see light dappling on the water and forget the deep, cold dark beneath.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: dark  mistakes  water 
     
    Remember this son, if you forget everything else. A poet is a musician who can't sing. Words have to find a man's mind before they can touch his heart. And, some men's minds are woeful small targets. Music touches their hearts directly, no matter how small or stubborn the mind of the man who listens.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: men  heart  music  mind  poet  son 
     
    No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: travel  truth  men  people  medicine  year 
     
    When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    So yes. 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.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: time  pain  reality  insanity  mind 
     
    A lot of new writers assume you have to know the where the story is going and that it flows out as molten gold. But really, sometimes you think you are going to one place, but then you decide that is dumb idea. Then you go somewhere else and it is a worse idea. But then you switch again and you might have a beautiful accident.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: beautiful  stories  ideas 
     
    I spoke it soft, but close enough to brush against her lips. I spoke it quiet, but near enough so that the sound of it went twining through her hair. I spoke it hard and firm and dark and sweet.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: dark 
     
    Stories only happen to people who can tell them.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: people  stories 
     
    Anger can keep you warm at night, and wounded pride can spur a man to wondrous things.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: men  anger  night  pride 
     
    There is some conflict between religion and science in my world, but that's nothing new. Science, at its root, is a rational discipline. Religion, on the other hand, is fundamentally trans-rational. Both of them attempt to solve problems, but since their methodology is vastly different, they can't help but come into conflict.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    I've waited a long time to show these flowers how pretty you are.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: time  flowers 
     
    Each woman is like an instrument, waiting to be learned, loved, and finely played, to have at last her own true music made.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: women  true  music 
     
    It is quite a thing. There are so many men, all endlessly trying 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.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: men 
     
    Over the last month I had pulled a woman from a blazing inferno. I had called fire and lighting down on assassins and escaped to safety. I had even killed something that could have been either a dragon or a demon, depending on your point of view. But there in that room was the first time I actually felt like any sort of hero. If you are looking for a reason for the man I would eventually become, if you are looking for a beginning, look there.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: time  men  women  fire  hero  dragon  demon 
     
    I firmly believe that we're all good people, but sometimes it's hard to understand how to do good.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: people  believe 
     
    This is the nature of love." Vashet said. "To attempt to describe it will drive a woman mad. This is what keeps poets scribbling endlessly away. If one could pin it to paper all complete, the others would lay down their pens. But it cannot be done.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: nature  women  poet 
     
    I've always liked the moonless night best. It's easier to say things in the dark. It's easier to be yourself.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: dark  night 
     
    We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: dangerous 
     
    I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: fear  people  women  age  night  song  god  path  university 
     
    How about this?' Simmon asked me. "Which is worse, stealing a pie or killing Ambrose?" I gave it a moment's hard thought. "A meat pie, or a fruit pie?
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: thoughts  moment 
     
    ...hear rumors and go digging for the painful truth beneath the lovely lies. You believe you have a right to these things, but you don't. When someone tells you a piece of their life, they're giving you a gift, not granting you your due.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: truth  believe  lies  right  giving  gift 
     
    Too much truth confuses the facts. Too much honesty makes you sound insincere.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: truth  honesty  facts 
     
    Do you know what it's like to run spellcheck for six hours? It's like a party in purgatory. A party in purgatory where all they have to drink is sugar-free Kool-aid, and the only game to play is Monopoly, and none of your friends show up.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: friends  games 
     
    You see, women are like fires, like flames. Some women are like candles, bright and friendly. Some are like single sparks, or embers, like fireflies for chasing on summer nights. Some are like campfires, all light and heat for a night and willing to be left after. Some women are like hearthfires, not much to look at but underneath they are all warm red coal that burns a long, long while.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
    tags: women  night  fire  summer 
     
    To deem us simply enemies is to lose the true flavor of our relationship. It was more like the two of us entered into a business partnership in order to more efficiently pursue our mutual interest of hating each other.
    — Patrick Rothfuss
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