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<random> Men listened closer to calm tones than to the loudest shouts, so long as firmness and certainty accompanied the calm - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 1) Prophecies did not turn aside for the wishes of Accepted. Not for the prayers of nations. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 3) "Change what you can if it needs changing, but learn to live with what you can't change" - Siuan (NS, Ch. 3) The Tower taught its students to live with what they could not change, too. But some things were important enough to try even if you were sure to fail. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 3) Fear was a poor tool, and one that always cut the user eventually. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 5) He would need to know as much of politics as any queen, ans much of war as any general. As much of history as any scholar. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 5) "When a man believes he may die, he wants to leave something of himself behind. When a woman believes her man may die, she wants that part of him desperately. The result is a great many babies born during wars. It's illogical, given the hardship that comes if the man does die, or the woman, but the human heart is seldom logical." - Meilyn (NS, Ch. 5) There were times when the rules could be broken. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 6) Never a straight answer when mystery would do, and perhaps do better. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 8) "I tell you, once I gain the shawl, if she ever tries to harm me again, I'll make her pay." - Siuan on Elaida (NS, Ch. 8) To be shared in silence, and only then with the women who had shared it with you. How long since they two had failed to share everything? Even here, the shawl brought separations. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 10) The Blue sought to right wrongs, which was not always the same as seeking justice, like Greens and Grays. "Seekers after Causes," Verin had called Blues, and the capitals were there to be heard in her voice. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 11) Some wars could not be won, yet they still must be fought. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 12) Power often grew from others deciding that you already had power, and an appearance of wealth could give that. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 13) "Just be glad neither of us needs a hairdresser. The best hairdressers are true tyrants, nearly as bad as perfumers." - Moiraine (NS, Ch. 13) She was not superstitious, but failure to do so always brought ill luck to someone you cared for, so it was said. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 14) The Blight meant death to most men. Death and the Shadow, in a rotting land tainted by the Dark One's breath, where anything at all could kill, an insect bite, the prick of the wrong thorn, a touch of the wrong leaf. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 15) Respect or caution, awe or fear, there were sufficient reasons for a king to step aside for a sister. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 15) The dead could not be returned to life, a land any more than a man. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 16) In his cradle he had been given four gifts. The ring in his hands and the locket that hung around his neck, the sword on his hip and an oath sworn in his name. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 16) "To stand against the Shadow so long as iron is hard and stone abides. To defend the Malkeiri while one drop of blood remains. To avenge what cannot be defended." - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 16) Your carneira wears part of your soul as a ribbon in her hair forever. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 16) "We cannot always see the reason, yet we can take some comfort in knowing there is one. The Wheel of Time weaves us into the Pattern as it wills, but the Pattern is the work of the Light." - Moiraine (NS, Ch. 17) "I suspect you'll want to take as much care choosing your first man as you do your first Warder." - Cadsuane to Moiraine (NS, Ch. 17) "You still haven't learned the first real lesson, that the shawl means you are ready to truly begin learning. The second lesson is caution. I know better than most how hard that is to find when you're young and have saidar at your fingertips and the world at your feet. As you think." - Cadsuane to Moiraine (NS, Ch. 17) "Heed carefully what I say. And do as I say. I will check your bed tonight, and if you are not in it, I will find you and make you weep as you did for those mice. You can dry your tears afterward on that shawl you believe makes you invincible. It does not." - Cadsuane to Moiraine (NS, Ch. 17) Once was happenstance, twice might be coincidence, but thrice or more indicated the actions of your enemies. - Moiraine PoV NS, Ch. 18 "We swore we'd find beautiful young princes to bond, too, and marry them besides." - Siuan to Moiraine (NS, Ch. 18) She did not mind a man wanting to see her unclothed, only his telling others about it. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 19) Only a fool believed women less dangerous than men, but women often seemed to think men fools when it came to women. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 20) An Aes Sedai, if she really was one, and a Cairhienin? There could be no worse combination. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 20) A man's past belonged to himself and the people who had lived it with him. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 21) She would bring him properly to heel. Not to tame him utterly - a completely tame man was no use to himself or anyone else - but to make certain he recognized his mistakes right down to his bones. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 21) The man had an arrow pulled out of his body, and he blinked! Why that should irritate her, she did not know, but it surely did. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 21) He was drowning in a sea of other people's expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 22) The only way was forward, whatever lay at the end. - Lan PoV (NS, Ch. 22) "Even the mountains will be worn down with time." - Lan (NS, Ch. 22) "And I will obey my king. But as the saying goes, a king is not a king, alone with his carneira." - Edeyn to Lan (NS, Ch. 22) Sometimes justice came from other than laws or swords. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 23) Yet every time one man was lifted from penury, another seemed to fall into it. That might not be fair, but it was the way of the world. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 23) She was missing something, and that worried her. What she did not know could kill her. Worse, it could kill the Dragon Reborn in his cradle. - Moiraine PoV (NS, Ch. 25) "You surrender after you're dead." - Lan to Moiraine (NS, Ch. 26) "I cannot lie about what happened here, but I can be silent. Will you be silent, or will you do the Shadow's work?" - Moiraine to Lan (NS, Ch. 26) "By my mother's name, I will draw as you say 'draw' and sheathe as you say 'sheathe'. By my mother's name, I will come as you say 'come' and go as you say 'go'." - Lan to Moiraine NS, Epilogue "In war, you say a prayer for your dead and ride on, because there is always another fight over the next horizon." - Lan to Moiraine (NS, Epilogue) </random>