So the other day someone asked me what my favorite quote was from The Wise Man’s Fear. I stopped to think about it. And thought.
It took me a long while to think of any quotes at all from the book. Which seems odd to me, as I’ve spent the better part of the last year revising it.
For some reason, this isn’t a problem with The Name of the Wind. I have to know a hundred little quotable bits from that book. I can probably do a dozen off the top of my head right now.
There’s the classic ones:
“It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.”
“You may have heard of me.”
Kvothe obviously has a bunch of good lines, as he’s not only the protagonist, but the narrator for most of the book as well:
“The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”
“We are more than the parts that form us.”
“Metal rusts, music lasts forever.”
A few from Bast:
“We all become what we pretend to be.”
“You are not wise enough to fear me as I should be feared.”
“You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.”
A few from Elodin:
“Blue! Blue! Blue!”
“You lack the requisite spine and testicular fortitude to study under me.”
“Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
And from some of the supporting characters:
“Yes I am, isn’t it wonderful?”
“All stories are true.”
“A poet is a musician who can’t sing.”
I could go on and on….
Despite this, I have a hard time thinking of The Wise Man’s Fear in terms of quotes. I think it might be because I’ve been focusing on it in terms of plot, character development, story arcs, etc etc. Not in terms of tidy little quotable soundbites.
Or maybe it’s just that The Wise Man’s Fear isn’t as quotable is The Name of the Wind.
So I’m curious, do y’all have some favorite quotes from The Wise Man’s Fear?
And since I’m asking, I wouldn’t mind knowing what some of your favorite quotes are from The Name of the Wind, too….
If so, would you mind posting them in the comments below?
P.S. Also, a little attribution wouldn’t hurt. By which I mean it would be nice if you mentioned which book your quote was from, and who exactly said it….