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A Celebration of Inspiring Quotes from The Fires of Heaven

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Whether in hubris, horror, or humor, Robert Jordan’s pen honors us with finely written words. They enthuse me to celebrate his use of language and how it makes The Wheel of Time a remarkable feat of literature. I pay homage to the most inspiring quotes from The Fires of Heaven in this article.

Book 5 is my favorite, and I hope you find the dialogue and prose I’ve highlighted here just as engaging as I do. There’s room for more, so read the novel and tell me what’s missing.

Before you begin, let me give a spoiler warning for anyone who hasn’t read The Fires of Heaven. I will quote from the book and state who said what and when. I add straightforward context after each extract, but nothing particularly revelatory about the plot. Enjoy.

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Best Quotes from The Fires of Heaven

Robert Jordan masters inner monologue in The Wheel of Time. His characters have a lot going on, and they ruminate all the while from their varied perspectives. It makes for an emotional and fascinating read.

In this post, we get inside the heads of Rand, Nynaeve, and Mat – 3 fan favorites who are a joy to follow throughout the series. I think it’s fair to say that their personalities are the strongest we get to enjoy overall, and I’m invested in this trio from pulsating start to bitter-sweet finish.

The Fires of Heaven isn’t a universal favorite, but it is mine, and I hope this post gives some indicators as to why. Enough of my preamble, though. Let’s enjoy the best quotes from The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan instead.

Rand al’Thor Quotes from The Fires of Heaven

Rand Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “Who would rule a nation when he could have easier work, such as carrying water uphill in a sieve?”
Rand al’Thor (thought). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 51 – News Comes to Cairhien.

Rand’s humor is often dark, and this line is no exception. “Who would rule a nation when he could have easier work, such as carrying water uphill in a sieve?” he thinks while in Cairhien. He knows he should try to control his temper, having deliberately alarmed a noblewoman.

Rand Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “He could end it. Only, he could not. He was going to die, perhaps the world would die, but he could not make himself kill another woman.”
Rand al’Thor (thought). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 52 – Choices.

Rand struggles to act when faced with a decision he is sensitive about. “He could end it. Only, he could not,” he argues to himself. “He was going to die, perhaps the world would die, but he could not make himself kill another woman.”

Rand Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “Take what you can have. Rejoice in what you can save, and do not mourn your losses too long.”
Rand al’Thor (thought). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 55 – The Threads Burn.

In despair of the tragic aftermath, Rand finds his own counsel through words that aren’t his own. “Take what you can have. Rejoice in what you can save,” he reminds himself, “and do not mourn your losses too long.”

Nynaeve al’Meara Quotes from The Fires of Heaven

Nynaeve Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “The thief-catcher looked as if he would rather clean the cages with his bare hands. The lions’ cages, with the lions inside.”
Nynaeve al’Meara (thought). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 17 – Heading West.

Nynaeve is watching Elayne demonstrate a skill (and not entirely honorably). The daughter heir volunteers Juilin Sandar, who she says also has the talent. “The thief-catcher looked as if he would rather clean the cages with his bare hands,” Nynaeve observes. “The lions’ cages, with the lions inside.”

Nynaeve Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “She supposed it was one way to find money for the poor. Simply rob anyone who was not poor. Of course, that would just make everyone poor in the end, but it might work for a time.”
Nynaeve al’Meara (thought). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 39 – Encounters in Samara.

Nynaeve reflects on the Prophet’s methods in Ghealdan. “She supposed it was one way to find money for the poor. Simply rob anyone who was not poor,” she reckons to herself. “Of course, that would just make everyone poor in the end, but it might work for a time.”

Nynaeve Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “He was not as she remembered. His features were the same, but his face was hard. Blue ice made his eyes. The bloody rips in his coat and breeches, the blood on his face, seemed to suit that face.”
Nynaeve al’Meara (thought). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 55 – The Threads Burn.

Nynaeve sees Rand for the first time in a while. The boy has entered the Dreamworld in the flesh, against all advice. “He was not as she remembered,” Nynaeve thinks on seeing him. “His features were the same, but his face was hard. Blue ice made his eyes. The bloody rips in his coat and breeches, the blood on his face, seemed to suit that face.”

Mat Cauthon Quotes from The Fires of Heaven

Mat Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today.”
Matrim Cauthon (thought). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 45 – After the Storm.

This one is definitely in my top ten favorite quotes from the whole series. Unlike ourselves with these inspiring words, Mat Cauthon is in no mood for celebrating. “One more time they had walked under the Dark One’s nose and survived to tell the tale,” he ruminates. “One more dance along the razor’s edge finished. Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today.”

Best Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “We’ll toss the dice however they fall, and snuggle the girls be they short or tall, then follow young Mat whenever he calls, to dance with Jak o’ the Shadows.”
Tairens & Cairhienin (singing). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 45 – After the Storm.

Dance with Jak o’ the Shadows is a popular song amongst soldiers, and Matrim Cauthon discovers a new verse has been invented to celebrate his leadership. “We’ll toss the dice however they fall,” the Tairens and Cairhienin sing, “and snuggle the girls be they short or tall, then follow young Mat whenever he calls, to dance with Jak o’ the Shadows.”

Mat Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “Hero! He was no hero! What did a hero get? An Aes Sedai patting you on the head before she sent you out like a hound to do it again.”
Matrim Cauthon (thought). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 51 – News Comes to Cairhien.

The rooms given to Mat are befitting for a battle hero, and his thoughts are typical of his reactions to such a title. “Hero!” he cusses to himself. “He was no hero! What did a hero get? An Aes Sedai patting you on the head before she sent you out like a hound to do it again.”

More Inspiring Quotes from The Fires of Heaven

Best Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “With his coming are the dread fires born again. The hills burn, and the land turns sere. The tides of men run out, and the hours dwindle. The wall is pierced, and the veil of parting raised. Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth. There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death.”
Prose. The Fires of Heaven, Preface – The Prophecies of the Dragon.

The prophecies of the Dragon are one of the highlights of the scriptures we glimpse in the prefaces. This is what we get in The Fires of Heaven (just in case my choice of color and font size in the image above doesn’t sit well with you):

“With his coming are the dread fires born again. The hills burn, and the land turns sere. The tides of men run out, and the hours dwindle. The wall is pierced, and the veil of parting raised. Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth. There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death.”

Favorite Quotes from The Fires of Heaven - a red parchment reads, “At my age, if I make it up, it’s still an old saying.”
Lini Eltring (as recalled by Morgase Trakand). The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 19 – Memories.

Discussing the fit of her dress with her former nursemaid, Morgase isn’t happy that the old woman used the term “displaying wares you did not mean to sell.”

When challenged about the adage’s derivation, Lini had responded – “At my age, if I make it up, it’s still an old saying.”

I’m excited to add more delicious quotes from The Fires of Heaven, so do share your favorites in the comments. The best will be accommodated here, so your next visit might be even better.

Where Does the Wind Rise in The Fires of Heaven?

The Fires of Heaven Quotes - a red 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 on the great plain called the Caralain Grass. 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. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 1 – Fanning the Sparks.

The repeated opening paragraph for each of The Wheel of Time books sets the tone and premise for the whole series. It is stirring and emphatic in its divinity, yet somehow sorrowful and dour in its resignation. The turning of the Wheel is inevitable.

The wind, however, is less mechanical and rises in different places in Chapter 1 of each book. In The Fires of Heaven, it “rose in the great forest called Braem Wood.”

Braem Wood lies on the south-eastern edge of the Caralain Grass and north of Caemlyn. It is where the Borderland rulers meet later in the series and also features in the Last Battle.

Celebrate More Quotes from The Wheel of Time

This is a tiny part of my series celebrating quotes from The Wheel of Time. There are plenty more inspiring lines in my similar posts for each of the 15 books (including the prequel). Use the image links below to discover more:

Listen to The Fires of Heaven

Audiobooks are brilliant for anyone who likes to hear their favorite books out loud, especially when the language is as powerful and diverse as in The Wheel of Time. With talented voice performers like Kate Reading and Michael Kramer narrating, Robert Jordan’s words are in capable hands.

The Fires of Heaven audiobook is golden and my favorite in the series. The link will take you to my article for anyone interested in an audio version of Book 5. Tapping the image below does the same.

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You can also go to Amazon, where you can listen to a sample from the audiobook. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Well, I’m out of words for now, but if you’d like your friends and acquaintances to read the ones I’ve written, please share this post on your social media. I have buttons below to make it quick for you to link this article on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Reddit.

If you do that, it would be fantastic for The Shining Walls, but I’d also appreciate your comments below this post. What quotes from The Fires of Heaven should I be scourged for leaving out? Let me know, and I’ll be sure to respond.

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

Russell

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