“Surprising what you can dig out of books if you read long enough, isn’t it?”
This particular zinger can be found in the pages of The Wheel of Time series, a subject that, as one might expect with A Memory of Light now only half a year away, comes up often in discussion here in the Tor.com offices. The above quote isn’t the only line from the series that can be used to great effect in real life, and it occurred to us that The Wheel of Time is actually pretty unique in this regard in comparison to other high profile epic fantasy series.
Which makes us wonder… what are your favorite quotes from the series?
Some characters in the series have no shortage of great lines. Mat’s one-liners stack up right alongside iconic statements like “Time to toss the dice” and geuine emotional outbursts like, “Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today.”
Great lines are Thom Merrilin’s stock and trade in the series, as well. (Along with knife-throwing and juggling.) What about Rand and Perrin? Even Lan gets to be swoony from time to time: “I will hate the man you choose because he isn’t me, and love him if he makes you smile.” Surely the ta’averen have matched this?
For that matter, what about the Super-Women in the series: Egwene, Nynaeve, Moiraine, Elayne, Aviendha, and Min? These are all iconic characters at this point in the series, which makes us wonder if their utterances have become equally as iconic and defining. With most of them being Aes Sedai there must be some amazing truth-twisting hiding in their words, as well.
Let’s find out! Post your favorite quotes below.