In the intro page I say that my morality, manner of speech, style of writing, and building blocks of thought may all be traced to Fantasy books I have read. Well, perhaps I ought to compile some of that morality to show, in sum, what said fantastical literature can do for a person. Naturally I am limited to what I have long called "nuggets of wisdom" within books and a more complete set of quotes (not limited to Fantasy literature) can be found on the Quotes page. Yet there is something to be said for conciseness, a simple set of strictures to go by, and this, or near enough as makes no matter, is mine:
The sentiment of the
Abhorsens: "For everyone and everything, there is a time to die."
From Ogion of Gont, Wizard of Re Albi: "To hear, one must be silent."
Faramir on purpose of war: "I do not love the bright sword for it's sharpness, nor the arrow for
it's swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which
Silvia of Innail: "The law is that the hungry must be fed, and the homeless must be housed, and the sick must be healed. That is the way of the Light."
Chrodechild of the Blades of Night's Veil: "The
responsibility of rulers is to protect their country and their people.
To that end, naturally, they must employ various techniques. Different
faces that depend on the time, the situation and the people with which
they are dealing."
The last words of The King under the Mountain: "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
Landen, Prince and slave and swordmaster: "Killing
the strong to prove your strength is foolish weakness. Killing fools is
easy weakness. Killing the weak is evil weakness. Accomplished your
ends without killing, mastering your mind when you want to kill - that
Cadvan of Lirigon: "To love is never wrong. It may be disastrous; it may never be possible; it may be the deepest agony. But it is never wrong."
Gandalf on legends: "Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep
in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know."
Herald Dirk of Valdemar: "There's no such
thing as 'one, true way'; the only answers worth having are the ones
you find for yourself; leave the world better than you found it. Love,
freedom, and the chance to do some good – they're the things worth
living and dying for, and if you aren't willing to die for the things
worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human
From the witty and not quite moral scholar: "A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."
Kerowyn the merc: "Make someone a devout, fanatical anything, and his brain turns to mulch."
Merriman Lyon, sometimes called Great Uncle Merry: "For ever and ever, we say when we are young, or in our prayers. Twice,
we say it. Old One, do we not? For ever and ever ... so that a thing may
be for ever, a life or a love or a quest, and yet begin again, and be
for ever just as before. And any ending that may seem to come is not
truly an ending, but an illusion. For Time does not die, Time has
neither beginning nor end, and so nothing can end or die that has once
had a place in Time."
Od: "Power shaped by wonder and curiosity; even love. Not by fear and laws that shut out instead of inviting it."
Hall of Fantasy
- The Spirit of Tolkien
- Types of Fantasy
- The Nine Magics
- I am Ian (the Riddle Maker)
- The Bookshelf
- Hidden Gems
- Song Triad
- Riddle Mastery
- Heroes of Light
- Females in Fantasy
- The Role and Proper Usage of Magic Thingamajigs
- GRRM the Anti-Tolkien
- The Final Lesson
- Artist vs. the Art
- The History (and Golden Age) of Fantasy
- How to make your own System of Magic