some of my favorite quotes come from a series of books i dearly love.
from the sword of truth series:
wizard's first rule: people will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they're afraid it might be true.
wizard's sixth rule: the only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.-further continued=
The first law of reason is this: what exists, exists, what is, is and from this irreducible bedrock principle, all knowledge is built. It is the
foundation from which life is embraced.
Thinking is a choice. Wishes and whims are not facts nor are they a means to discover them. Reason is our only way of grasping reality; it is our
basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss that we
refuse to see. Faith and feelings are the darkness to reasons light. In rejecting reason, refusing to think, one embraces death.
wizard's ninth rule: a contradiction cannot exist in reality. not in part, nor in whole. further continued =
To believe in a contradiction is to abdicate your belief in the existence of the world around you and the nature of the things in it, to instead
embrace any random impulse that strikes your fancy - to imagine something is real simply because you wish it were. A thing is what it is, it is
itself. There can be no contradictions.
Faith is a device of self-delusion, a sleight of hand done with words and emotions founded on any irrational notion that can be dreamed up. Faith is
the attempt to coerce truth to surrender to whim. In simple terms, it is trying to breathe life into a lie by trying to outshine reality with the
beauty of wishes. Faith is the refuge of fools, the ignorant, and the deluded, not of thinking, rational men.
In reality, contradictions cannot exist. To believe in them you must abandon the most important thing you possess: your rational mind. The wager for
such a bargain is your life. In such an exchange, you always lose what you have at stake.
there are eleven wizards rules, one for each book, excluding Debt of Bones. they are profound and simple rules. i love that series.