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A Celebration of Refined Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight

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It hasn’t been long since my last foray into the dialogue, thoughts, and prose written by Robert Jordan. In this batch, I’ll draw on the best quotes from Crossroads of Twilight. A novel that lacks story progression does not whimper for linguistic genius. The author delivers again.

You’ll get my usual heads-up before we get to the selections, and this is my customary spoiler warning. I will be sharing who said what and when in Crossroads of Twilight.

I also add a few words of context with an assumption you’ve read as far as Winter’s Heart, though I keep my revelations soft to avoid damaging your enjoyment of the book. You’re unlikely to go away shaking your head that I’ve ruined the plot for you.

This celebratory series of favored quotes from The Wheel of Time intends to be collaborative. Your suggestions will be warmly welcomed and included where possible. To that end, use the comments section below this post, and I’ll read your contributions.

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Best Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight

Whether in poetry, parley, or prayer, Robert Jordan keeps his writing clean, crisp, and salient. We mustn’t assume the language is any less powerful just because Book 10 is considered the weakest entry in The Wheel of Time series. The truth is far from it, as remarkable phrasing exudes from the pages of Crossroads of Twilight as much as from his other books.

I have shared poetic words from the novel, typical of Robert Jordan’s writing. They create atmosphere and pageantry, giving layers of intrigue to prophecies and prayers. It’s only fair to salute them in this celebration of Wheel of Time quotations.

For more down-to-earth fare, Lini Eltring’s wise quotes continue to do the rounds in these posts. They are full of frank advice and humor and always bring a smile to fans of the series. Egwene al’Vere’s inner monologues are usually more severe, and we shall dive into her mind with Egwene’s considered thoughts making my list.

Let’s take a look at the refined words of Robert Jordan as I delve into the best quotes from Crossroads of Twilight:

Lini Eltring Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight

Lini Eltring Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “When you ask questions, then you have to hear the answers whether you want to or not.”
Elayne Trakand (recollection). Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 13 – High Seats.

Elayne, not for the first time, recalls a saying of her old nursemaid. Aviendha has done an excellent job of humiliating the daughter-heir and Birgitte, though Elayne doesn’t know what has caused her Warder to suffer a crushing embarrassment, too. “When you ask questions,” she reasons as Lini Eltring had taught her, “then you have to hear the answers whether you want to or not.”

Lini Eltring Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “Always plan ahead, but worry too hard over next year, and you can trip over tomorrow.”
Elayne Trakand (recollection). Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 14 – What Wise Ones Know.

Lini is remembered again as Elayne wonders what to do about an Aes Sedai informer while worrying about the consequences of so many channelers staying in the palace. “Always plan ahead,” she recalls Lini used to say, “but worry too hard over next year, and you can trip over tomorrow.”

Egwene al’Vere Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight

Egwene al’Vere Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “Change came so slowly you never noticed it creeping up on you, or far too fast for comfort, but it came.”
Egwene al’Vere (thought). Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 16 – The Subject of Negotiations.

Egwene compares the farms outside Tar Valon to those she knew at home in the Two Rivers, knowing that the latter has changed since she was a mayor’s daughter in Emond’s Field. “Change came so slowly you never noticed it creeping up on you,” she thinks with a degree of nostalgia, “or far too fast for comfort, but it came.”

Egwene al’Vere Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “Truth almost always did come out in the end, but by the end, truth was often so wrapped around with rumors and speculation and absolute lies that most people never did believe it.”
Egwene al’Vere (thought). Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 17 – Secrets.

Egwene has laid out her terms of negotiation with the White Tower after a heated discussion and reflects on how Delana has covered herself from any blame in the fallout. “Truth almost always did come out in the end,” she ruminates, “but by the end, truth was often so wrapped around with rumors and speculation and absolute lies that most people never did believe it.”

Poetic Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight

Poetic Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “And it shall come to pass, in the days when the Dark Hunt rides, when the right hand falters and the left hand strays, that mankind shall come to the Crossroads of Twilight and all that is, all that was, and all that will be shall balance on the point of a sword, while the winds of the Shadow grow.”
Prose. Crossroads of Twilight, Preface – The Prophecies of the Dragon.

The Wheel of Time books always come with a preface of sorts. They are usually quotable sections from a historical text, which is why they appear so often in these posts and often capture the significance of a book’s title.

In Crossroads of Twilight, the quote comes from The Prophecies of the Dragon, translated by Jain Farstrider. It reads:

“And it shall come to pass, in the days when the Dark Hunt rides, when the right hand falters and the left hand strays, that mankind shall come to the Crossroads of Twilight and all that is, all that was, and all that will be shall balance on the point of a sword, while the winds of the Shadow grow.”

Poetic Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “We rode on the winds of the rising storm, We ran to the sounds of the thunder. We danced among the lightning bolts and tore the world asunder.”
Prose. Crossroads of Twilight, Epilogue – An Answer.

At the end of the book, we are treated to another verse derived from a Third Age poem, sometimes attributed to the Dragon Reborn but otherwise anonymous. Robert Jordan goes epic with his phrasing in this masterpiece:

“We rode on the winds of the rising storm. We ran to the sounds of the thunder. We danced among the lightning bolts and tore the world asunder.”

More Favorite Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight

Favorite Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “The innocent died along with the guilty. And if you did nothing, then only the innocent died.”
Mat Cauthon. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 1 – Time to Be Gone.

Mat Cauthon finds himself responsible for the dead bodies being found on the far side of the River Eldar, but there is nothing he can do about it. “The innocent died along with the guilty,” he tells himself, “And if you did nothing, then only the innocent died.”

Best Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “People never really changed, yet the world did, with disturbing regularity. You just had to live with it, or at least live through it. Now and then, with luck, you could affect the direction of the changes, but even if you stopped one, you only set another in motion.”
Cadsuane Melaidhrin. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 23 – Ornaments.

Cadsuane ponders the boundaries between an Aes Sedai and her Warder, finding examples now that trouble the established relationship. An Aes Sedai commanded, and her Warder obeyed, but she thinks the lines may need to be altered. “People never really changed,” Cadsuane reasons, “yet the world did, with disturbing regularity. You just had to live with it, or at least live through it. Now and then, with luck, you could affect the direction of the changes, but even if you stopped one, you only set another in motion.”

Favorite Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “The Creator had made the world and then left humankind to make of it what they would, a heaven or the Pit of Doom by their choosing. The Creator had made many worlds, watched each flower or die, and gone on to make endless worlds beyond. A gardener did not weep for each blossom that fell.”
Rand al’Thor (thought). Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 24 – A Strengthening Storm.

Logain Ablar has given Rand a stark warning about Mazrim Taim, but instead, Rand’s thoughts are incredulous that the man doesn’t believe his miracle. Perhaps he thought the Creator was playing a part!

“The Creator had made the world and then left humankind to make of it what they would, a heaven or the Pit of Doom by their choosing. The Creator had made many worlds, watched each flower or die, and gone on to make endless worlds beyond. A gardener did not weep for each blossom that fell.”

Best Quotes from Crossroads of Twilight - a green parchment reads, “If your enemy offers you two targets, strike at a third.”
Davram Bashere. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 24 – A Strengthening Storm.

I’ve attributed this quote to Davram Bashere, Marshal-General to Queen Tenobia of Saldaea (amongst other titles), but Rand speaks the first part in this scene. “If your enemy offers you two targets,” Rand says, reciting advice Bashere once gave him before the General finishes the sentence, “…strike at a third.”

I’ve paused while waiting to learn about your favorite quotes from Crossroads of Twilight. Share them in the comments, and I’ll add the best ones to this post, like a tree singer.

Where Does the Wind Rise in Crossroads of Twilight?

Crossroads of Twilight Quotes - a green parchment reads, “The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose above the Rhannon Hills. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning."
Prose. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 1 – Time to Be Gone.

The Wheel of Time boasts a unique opening paragraph that repeats itself in each of the 14 books comprising the main series. While other authors fret over their opening lines in urgency to capture our attention, Robert Jordan already has us in the palms of his writing hands.

It’s a boon to reread the opening, marking as it does our progression through the series, and we’re keen to know where the wind will rise from next. In Crossroads of Twilight, that is in the Rhannon Hills. This range can be found beyond the Rahad to the east of Ebou Dar and runs from the Eastpoint Lighthouse to the Illian Road.

You’ll be familiar with the Rahad if you’ve read this far. It is the roughest district in Ebou Dar, where knives and muggings are commonplace. Even an Aes Sedai might choose to run to the Rhannon Hills if they found trouble in the Rahad.

Explore More Quotes from The Wheel of Time

You’ll find I have a lot of celebratory posts about quotes from The Wheel of Time. If you want to explore more of Robert Jordan’s finest words, check out the best from each of the 15 books (I’ve included the prequel). You can reach them by tapping an image below for your preferred book:

Listen to Crossroads of Twilight

To capture the atmosphere and depth of The Wheel of Time, I highly recommend listening to the audiobooks narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. They add a lot to the series.

You can find out more about the Crossroads of Twilight audiobook by visiting my dedicated post, which is linked if you want to go ahead and tap the image below:

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Alternatively, you can go directly to Amazon and listen to a sample recording from the book. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

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Until next time, may the Light shine on you, my friends!

Russell

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