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A Celebration of Devastating Quotes from The Gathering Storm

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In this post, I touch on Brandon Sanderson’s contribution to the dialogue, thoughts, and prose that make The Wheel of Time series a titan of fantasy fiction. We are looking at the best quotes from The Gathering Storm, and there are lots to share.

I want to give a spoiler warning as we move toward the series’ final moments. This article will tell you who said what and when in The Gathering Storm. Although my contextual commentary for each quote is deliberately vague, I recommend you save reading it until you’ve at least finished Knife of Dreams.

I’m erring on the side of caution as I don’t want to spoil the book for you. Some iconic lines have been omitted for that reason alone, so this post is as safe as I can hope for at this stage. Tread lightly, though, pilgrims.

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Best Quotes from The Gathering Storm

In vengeance, vitriol, and violence, Brandon Sanderson paints a story of despair with words that will have you weeping. Where men dare not hope for their own salvation, and doom spreads across the land, there are moments in The Gathering Storm to chill the coldest hearts.

Rand al’Thor’s words and thoughts are understandably prominent in this selection of quotes from Book 12. They are perhaps the darkest I’ve celebrated in these posts, but are moving and worthy of praise.

Moridin is a complicated character. The reincarnation of Ishamael is a megalomaniac with delusions of godliness, which means he gets some delightful lines from Brandon Sanderson. You’ll find Moridin quotes from The Gathering Storm here, and I hope you can hear them in your head as I do.

I’m also delighted to include more quotes from Thom Merrilin and Egwene al’Vere. They can always be trusted with eloquent words and thoughts. The books are getting dark by this stage, and the language is often devastating, but I trust you’ll enjoy these selections. These are amongst the best quotes from The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson:

Rand al’Thor Quotes from The Gathering Storm

Rand al’Thor Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “Light! I can’t keep this up. My eyes see as if in a fog, my hand is burned away, and the old wounds in my side rip open if I do anything more strenuous than breathe. I’m dry, like an overused well. I need to finish my work here and get to Shayol Ghul. Otherwise, there won’t be anything left of me for the Dark One to kill.”
Rand al’Thor (thought). The Gathering Storm, Chapter 1 – Tears from Steel.

Rand’s desperate outburst has him talking out loud to Lews Therin. Min is fraught with worry while Cadsuane sips on her wine. Rand is breaking up inside, but his heart is steel.

“Light! I can’t keep this up,” he thinks. “My eyes see as if in a fog, my hand is burned away, and the old wounds in my side rip open if I do anything more strenuous than breathe. I’m dry, like an overused well. I need to finish my work here and get to Shayol Ghul. Otherwise, there won’t be anything left of me for the Dark One to kill.”

Rand al’Thor Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “I see it now. I will not live through this, and so I don’t need to worry about what might happen to me after the Last Battle. I don’t need to hold back, don’t need to salvage anything of this beaten-up soul of mine.”
Rand al’Thor. The Gathering Storm, Chapter 33 – A Conversation with the Dragon.

Rand speaks to Nynaeve about the fate that awaits him after Tarmon Gai’don. The former Wisdom hopes to find a way for the Dragon Reborn to live beyond his final confrontation with the Dark One, but Rand can’t be tempted to contemplate the thought.

“I see it now. I will not live through this, and so I don’t need to worry about what might happen to me after the Last Battle. I don’t need to hold back, don’t need to salvage anything of this beaten-up soul of mine.”

Rand al’Thor Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “Before condemning me, let us first determine if my sins have achieved anything beyond my own damnation.”
Rand al’Thor. The Gathering Storm, Chapter 37 – A Force of Light.

Rand has gone to an extreme his friends can’t stomach in a bid to rid the world of Graendal, the Forsaken housed in Natrin’s Barrow. “Before condemning me,” Rand asks Nynaeve, “let us first determine if my sins have achieved anything beyond my own damnation.”

Rand al’Thor Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “How do you fight someone smarter than yourself? The answer is simple. You make her think that you are sitting down across the table from her, ready to play her game. Then you punch her in the face as hard as you can.”
Rand al’Thor. The Gathering Storm, Chapter 37 – A Force of Light.

Graendal’s Compulsion on the ill-fated Ramshalan has been erased. Min Farshaw is dismayed at Rand’s actions, and Nynaeve is appalled at the abomination. Before they leave the scene through a Gateway, Rand whispers to Ramshalan.

“How do you fight someone smarter than yourself?” he says, “The answer is simple. You make her think that you are sitting down across the table from her, ready to play her game. Then you punch her in the face as hard as you can.”

Rand al’Thor Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “Two hands. One to destroy, the other to save. Which had he lost?”
Rand al’Thor (thought). The Gathering Storm, Chapter 47 – The One He Lost.

Rand walks in the Stone of Tear in contemplation, and Brandon Sanderson does a poetic job of composing the man’s thoughts.

“Never mind his heart of a man long dead, his shoulders created to bear the weight of prophecy, his soul crushed by the needs, wants and hopes of a million people.

Two hands. One to destroy, the other to save. Which had he lost?”

Moridin Quotes from The Gathering Storm

Moridin Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “The end is near. The Wheel has groaned its final rotation, the clock has lost its spring, the serpent heaves its final gasps.”
Moridin. The Gathering Storm, Prologue – What the Storm Means.

Graendal thinks Moridin looks like Rand al’Thor when he stands with his back to her, staring at the wall. He has ordered Graendal to prevent the Dragon Reborn from restoring order in Arad Doman.

Moridin, the Forsaken whose name means “Death,” has some final words before he leaves Graendal. “The end is near,” he says. “The Wheel has groaned its final rotation, the clock has lost its spring, the serpent heaves its final gasps.”

Moridin Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “I doubt you can understand the magnitude of the stupidity in your statement.”
Moridin. The Gathering Storm, Chapter 15 – A Place to Begin.

Rand and Moridin find themselves in each other’s company. Moridin goads Rand about the Dark One’s inevitable victory, but the Dragon is defiant. “I mean to kill him,” Rand says. “Slay the Dark One. Let the Wheel turn without his constant taint.”

Moridin doesn’t react but speaks of his connection to Rand and retorts, “I doubt you can understand the magnitude of the stupidity in your statement.”

More Devastating Quotes from The Gathering Storm

Best Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “These have been our days. They rain upon us beneath a dead sky, crushing us with their fury, until as one we beg, ‘Let it begin!’”
Prose. The Gathering Storm, Preface – Journey of the Unknown Scholar.

Brandon Sanderson provides a tantalizing preface for The Gathering Storm, though the book title doesn’t get a reference as was Robert Jordan’s wont. The extract is from Journal of the Unknown Scholar, with an entry for the Feast of Freia, dated 1000 NE. The text speaks of oddities and fear of the night as the Last Battle beckons. It ends with:

“These have been our days. They rain upon us beneath a dead sky, crushing us with their fury, until as one we beg, ‘Let it begin!’”

Best Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “Rage did her no good. You didn’t get mad at the weasel who was sneaking into your yard and eating your hens. You simply laid a trap and disposed of the animal. Anger was pointless.”
Egwene al’Vere (thought). The Gathering Storm, Chapter 2 – The Nature of Pain.

Elaida has just ordered Egwene to report herself to the Mistress of Novices, Silviana Brehon, and receive a severe strapping. She also threatens to lock Egwene away if she spills another drop of soup. Egwene wonders if the Amyrlin Seat has ever been a true Aes Sedai – in charge of her emotions – though she also recognizes the fault in herself. She is angry, after all.

“Rage did her no good,” Egwene tells herself, “You didn’t get mad at the weasel who was sneaking into your yard and eating your hens. You simply laid a trap and disposed of the animal. Anger was pointless.”

Favorite Quotes from The Gathering Storm - a gray parchment reads, “The Wheel has turned, for better or worse. And it will keep on turning, as lights die and forests dim, storms call and skies break. Turn it will. The Wheel is not hope, and the Wheel does not care, the Wheel simply is. But so long as it turns, folk may hope, folk may care. For with light that fades, another will eventually grow, and each storm that rages must eventually die. As long as the Wheel turns.”
Thom Merrilin. The Gathering Storm, Chapter 27 – The Tipsy Gelding.

Thom and Mat reflect on their early days together with Rand, traveling down the river Arinelle. They consider those days better, though the gleeman knows they can’t return.

“The Wheel has turned, for better or worse,” Thom acknowledges. “And it will keep on turning, as lights die and forests dim, storms call and skies break. Turn it will. The Wheel is not hope, and the Wheel does not care, the Wheel simply is. But so long as it turns, folk may hope, folk may care. For with light that fades, another will eventually grow, and each storm that rages must eventually die. As long as the Wheel turns.”

That’s your lot for now, though I will add to this collection as I receive your suggestions. What are your favorite quotes from The Gathering Storm? Let me know in the comments, and we can build this list together.

Where Does the Wind Rise in The Gathering Storm?

The Gathering Storm Quotes - a gray 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 around the alabaster spire known as the White Tower. 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 Gathering Storm, Chapter 1 – Tears from Steel.

Robert Jordan fanatics are put at ease when they discover Brandon Sanderson also uses the iconic opening paragraph in his 3 contributions to the series.

Chapter 1 always begins with the turning of the Wheel and the passing of ages. Each book has a nuance in the wind’s direction, though. In The Gathering Storm, the wind rises around the alabaster spire known as the White Tower. This is, of course, home to the Aes Sedai in Tar Valon.

The Wheel of Time Companion tells us that the White Tower was a collaboration between Aes Sedai designers and Ogier builders. It took one hundred years to complete.

The central portion of the Tower has 40 floors and is almost 600 feet tall. There are 2 side wings, which accommodate Novices and the Accepted. The White Tower was built to house more than 3,000 Aes Sedai and hundreds of trainees at any one time.

More Delightful Quotes from The Wheel of Time

You can find more beautiful quotes from The Wheel of Time by exploring my series of posts that indulge them. I have the best quotations from all 14 books and the prequel. To enjoy them, choose your book of splendors and tap the appropriate image below:

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

Russell

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