Brandon Sanderson

«Everything is a contest. All dealings among men are a contest in which some will succeed and others fail. And some are failing quite spectacularly.»

Brandon Sanderson


«The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.»

Brandon Sanderson


«Elend, my dearest Elend who brings a pile of books to each ball he attends and ignores everybody in favour of having a nice read. Elend who has to grow up rather suddenly in the face of the revolution he has read extensively about, but never thought would come to pass.»

Brandon Sanderson


«Attacking a provincial lord in his manor house, surrounded by guards...Honestly, Kell, I'd nearly forgotten how foolhardy you can be.»

Brandon Sanderson


«Llarimar had told him to do his best. That sounded like an awful lot of work. Unfortunately, doing nothing was beginning to seem like even MORE work.»

Brandon Sanderson


«People with passion are people who will destroy - for a man's passion is not true until he proves how much he's willing to sacrifice for it.»

Brandon Sanderson


«Elend: "Each moment you fight is a gift to those in this cavern. Each second we fight is a second longer that thousands of people can draw breath. Each stroke of the sword, each koloss felled, each breath earned is another victory! It is a person protected for a moment longer, a life extended, an enemy frusturated!"»

Brandon Sanderson


«You should try not to talk so much, friend. You'll sound far less stupid that way.»

Brandon Sanderson


«If you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you'll end up miserable.»

Brandon Sanderson


«Are there any religions on your list that include the slaughter of noblemen as a holy duty?»

Brandon Sanderson


«We create things to watch them grow, Ruin, she said. To take pleasure in seeing that which we love become more than it was before.»

Brandon Sanderson


«It is not the destination that matters, but how one arrives there.»

Brandon Sanderson


«Kelsier smiled. 'It means that you, Vin, are a very special person. You have a power that most high noblemen envy. It is a power that, had you been born an aristocrat, would have made you one of the most deadly and influential people in all of the final empire.'»

Brandon Sanderson


«I wish that I could know you. Not your soul, but you. I've read about you; I've seen into your heart. I've rebuilt your soul, as best I could. But that isn't the same. It isn't knowing someone, is it? That's knowing about someone.»

Brandon Sanderson


«That was not a glare. That was a dignified look of measured contempt.»

Brandon Sanderson


«All people are musicians" Wit countered. "The question is whether or not they share their songs.»

Brandon Sanderson


«What did you put in the fire?" Kaladin said. "To make that special smoke?"»

Brandon Sanderson


«People can do great things. However, there are some things they just CAN'T do. I, for instance, have not been able to transform myself into a Popsicle, despite years of effort.»

Brandon Sanderson


«You think they’re superstitious fools," Shallan said softly, watching the sailor leave.»

Brandon Sanderson


«To their simple, degenerate minds there was only one thing to do when faced by a God more powerful than their own: Convert.»

Brandon Sanderson


«Belief isn't simply a thing for fair times and bright days, I think. What is belief - what is faith - if you don't continue in it after failure ?»

Brandon Sanderson


«Personally, I like it much better when someone else does the decision making. That way you have legitimate grounds to whine and complain. I tend to find both whining and complaining quite interesting and amusing, though sometimes--unfortunately--it's hard to choose which one of the two I want to do.»

Brandon Sanderson


«a depressed person doesn't want you to try and cheer them up. It makes us»

Brandon Sanderson


«... reading was hardly as practical a skill as being able to handle a dagger or use Allomancy?»

Brandon Sanderson


«A person knows when they’re in darkness, even when they can’t see. -Nightblood»

Brandon Sanderson


«Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.»

Brandon Sanderson


«What is belief - what is faith - if you don't continue it after failure?»

Brandon Sanderson


«Wayne's a little attached to that hat," Waxillium said. "He thinks it's lucky."»

Brandon Sanderson


«Marsh: Our best efforts were never even a mild annoyance to the Lord Ruler."»

Brandon Sanderson


«I’m sorry that your mystical, godlike powers do not instantly work as you would like them to.»

Brandon Sanderson