The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson

My notes from the truly awesome book The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. This is a huge book, but nevertheless packed with action. As a matter of a fact, Brandon Sanderson along with Patrick Rothfuss is now my favorite fantasy author.

The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.

Life before Death. Strength before Weakness. Journey before Destination.

Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.

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

To lack feeling is to be dead, but to act on every feeling is to be a child.

In the end, all men die. How you lived will be far more important to the Almighty than what you accomplished.

Somebody has to start. Somebody has to step forward and do what is right, because it is right.

Too many of us take great pains with what we ingest through our mouths, and far less with what we partake of through our ears and eyes.

Authority doesn’t come from a rank. Where does it come from? From the men who give it to you. That’s the only way to get it.

There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives, and those who take lives. And what of those who protect and defend? Those who save lives by taking lives? That’s like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can’t protect by killing.

Written by Nikola Brežnjak