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A Celebration of Enticing Quotes from Winter’s Heart

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Whether Novice, nursemaid, or Noble, Robert Jordan gives his characters enticing dialogue. We ship our favorites’ romance, wisdom, and ineptitude, and the books make for delicious reading, such is the choice of words. It’s why I continue to write this series of posts, and today, I will celebrate the best quotes from Winter’s Heart.

I’ll serve up the dialogue, thoughts, and prose that make Book 9 one of the most enjoyable. It also includes my favorite quotation from the entire series.

For anyone conscious of spoilers, I will state who said what and when and summarize the context. I assume you’ve read up to and including The Path of Daggers. Nothing here will ruin the book for you if you haven’t, though.

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Best Quotes from Winter’s Heart

The Wheel of Time has many characters who possess abundant knowledge and wisdom. It is often derived from their culture, environment, or background. The advice an Aiel Wise One gives will not marry with the words of an Aes Sedai, and warriors have backstories to make the heart weep.

Our once-innocent heroes from Emond’s Field are now blessed with knowing the harsh realities of this world while keeping the impulses they brought from home. It all blends together to create healthy debates and exchanges inherent in the great clash of personalities Robert Jordan’s series provides.

You’ll see pearls of wisdom in my selections below, including some from Lews Therin Telamon, whose voice is increasingly persistent. There are observational quotes, too, from characters that possess innate skills or have just traveled the world enough to understand it better. And some are just plain funny.

I love this particular selection and hope you’ll treasure it, too. These are the most enticing quotes from Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan:

Wise Quotes from Winter’s Heart

Wise Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “Your body is only clothing. Your flesh will wither, but you are your heart and mind, and they do not change except to grow stronger.”
Viendre. Winter’s Heart, Prologue – Snow.

Viendre, a beautiful Wise One in her own right, is giving Elayne and Aviendha lessons to make them blush. “Your body is only clothing,” she says of getting older. “Your flesh will wither, but you are your heart and mind, and they do not change except to grow stronger.”

Wise Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “You can never know everything, and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyway.”
Lan Mandragoran. Winter’s Heart, Chapter 32 – A Portion of Wisdom.

After Rand shares his plan and frustrations in finding a way to deal with Cadsuane, Lan gives sage advice. “You can never know everything,” the Warder says, “and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyway.”

Lews Therin Quotes from Winter’s Heart

Lews Therin Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “We are dead men. Dead men should be quiet in their graves, but they never are.”
Lews Therin Telamon. Winter’s Heart, Chapter 22 – Out of Thin Air.

Rand is in a hurry after an ambush, but Min is concerned that she felt no rage or worry in him during the assassination attempt. In his head, Lews Therin has other concerns. “We are dead men,” the dead man murmurs. “Dead men should be quiet in their graves, but they never are.”

Lews Therin Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “A man who trusts everyone is a fool and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools if we live long enough.”
Lews Therin Telamon. Winter’s Heart, Chapter 25 – Bonds.

Rand recognizes he has been blinded by fear of Aes Sedai manipulation, and Lews Therin’s voice echoes his thoughts. “A man who trusts everyone is a fool,” the dead man says, “and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools if we live long enough.”

Lews Therin Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “Battles can alter history. The trouble is, sometimes you cannot say how history will be changed until it is too late.”
Lews Therin Telamon. Winter’s Heart, Chapter 32 – A Portion of Wisdom.

Verin Mathwin, an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah, confesses that she passes over battles in history as they don’t change much in the long run. Lews Therin disagrees. “Battles can alter history,” he murmurs unhappily. “The trouble is, sometimes you cannot say how history will be changed until it is too late.”

Observational Quotes from Winter’s Heart

Observational Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “People often did not like hearing about their futures, even when they said they wanted to.”
Min Farshaw (thought). Winter’s Heart, Chapter 12 – A Lily in Winter.

Min Farshaw’s talent allows her to see what the future holds for others if she can interpret her visions. She holds back from telling Aviendha a startling premonition but without any malice. “People often did not like hearing about their futures,” she understands, “even when they said they wanted to.”

Observational Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “Stories have power. Gleemen’s tales, and bards’ epics, and rumors in the street alike. They stir passions and change the way men see the world.”
Thom Merrilin. Winter’s Heart, Chapter 29 – Another Plan.

My favorite quote from The Wheel of Time series is by Thom Merrilin. Mat, Juilin, and Thom are in discussion with knowledge of the male a’dam as the thrust of their debate.

“Stories have power,” Thom tells the men. “Gleemen’s tales, and bards’ epics, and rumors in the street alike. They stir passions and change the way men see the world.”

More Enticing Quotes from Winter’s Heart

Favorite Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “The seals that hold back night shall weaken, and in the heart of winter shall winter’s heart be born amid the wailing of lamentations and the gnashing of teeth, for winter’s heart shall ride a black horse, and the name of it is Death.”
Prose. Winter’s Heart, Preface – The Karaethon Cycle: The Prophecies of the Dragon.

Robert Jordan makes full use of symbolism and prophecy in his passage from The Karaethon Cycle, which we find in the preface:

“The seals that hold back night shall weaken, and in the heart of winter shall winter’s heart be born amid the wailing of lamentations and the gnashing of teeth, for winter’s heart shall ride a black horse, and the name of it is Death.”

The Bowl of the Winds has ended the Dark One’s control of the weather, and the drought has been replaced by a deep winter. The seals on Shai’tan’s prison are weakening, and the Dragon Reborn has become cold.

Best Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “I think the woman was born in Far Madding in a thunderstorm. She probably told the thunder to be quiet. It probably did.”
Basel Gill. Winter’s Heart, Chapter 6 – The Scent of Madness.

The former innkeeper, Basel Gill, is not keen to act on Perrin’s suggestion that he disabuses Lini Eltring of rumors in camp. The nursemaid is not one for taking orders. “I think the woman was born in Far Madding in a thunderstorm,” Basel says. “She probably told the thunder to be quiet. It probably did.”

Best Quotes from Winter’s Heart - a white parchment reads, “Great captains earned their reputation not just for laying brilliant plans, but for still being able to find victory after those plans began to fall apart.”
Mat Cauthon (thought). Winter’s Heart, Chapter 29 – Another Plan.

Mat Cauthon chooses to sleep in Tylin’s bed for the comfort of its feather mattress and goose-down pillows rather than any sense of nostalgia. He tells himself that, at least, before considering his grand plot.

“Great captains earned their reputation not just for laying brilliant plans,” he thinks, “but for still being able to find victory after those plans began to fall apart.”

This is a fine sample of the great lines that make Book 9 delightful. There must be lots more to add, too, so what are your favorite quotes from Winter’s Heart? Add them in the comments, and I’ll promote the best of your selections to the main post.

Where Does the Wind Rise in Winter’s Heart?

Winter’s Heart Quotes - a white 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 Aryth Ocean. 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. Winter’s Heart, Chapter 1 – Leaving the Prophet.

You’ll warm to the familiar beats of the opening paragraph to Chapter 1 in each book of The Wheel of Time series. It grabs at the story’s heart, the cyclical nature of time and rebirth, and beats with futility.

The passage of the wind always differs, though, rising at different landmarks as often as not. In Winter’s Heart, it rises above the Aryth Ocean.

This vast expanse of water, also called the Eastern Sea or World Sea by the Seanchan, thrashes against the west coast of the mainland. It must be crossed from the Westlands to reach the Isles of the Sea Folk, the Mad Lands, and Seanchan.

The Dead Sea and the Sea of Storms run into the Aryth Ocean, with polar ice caps to the north and south.

Quotes from Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time

This is one small article in my catalog of posts celebrating favored quotes from The Wheel of Time. You can enjoy more of Robert Jordan’s literary genius by tapping the image links below:

Listen to Winter’s Heart

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If you think this post is tainted by lacking your favorite quotes from Winter’s Heart, let me know in the comments. I’ll do my best to remedy the situation. We can cleanse this list together! Your feedback is always appreciated, and I’ll act on all sensible contributions.

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

Russell

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