posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 09:01 AM
Wizard's First Rule
People are stupid, they will believe something because they want it to be true; or they're afraid it's true.
Given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe
its true, or because they're afraid it might be true. Peoples' heads are full of knowledge, facts and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they
think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and
so are all the easier to fool.
Wizard's First Rule: Chapter 36, page 397
Wizard's Second Rule
The greatest harm can result from the best intentions
Kindness and good intentions can be an insidious path to destruction. Sometimes doing what seems right is wrong, and can cause harm. The only counter
to it is knowledge, wisdom, forethought, and understanding the First Rule. Even then, that is not always enough.
Stone of Tears: Chapter 63, page 886
Wizard's Third Rule
Passion overrules reason, For better or for worse.
Letting your emotions control your reason may cause trouble for yourself and those around you."
Blood of the Fold: Chapter 43, page 360
Wizard's Fourth Rule
There is magic in sincere forgiveness; in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive.
Temple of the Winds: Chapter 41, page 318
Wizard's Fifth Rule
Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie.
No matter what your affiliation is, either friend or foe, you should watch the person's actions instead of the lies that they use to decieve you.
Soul of the Fire: Chapter 28, page 205
Wizard's Sixth Rule
The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
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 reason's light. In rejecting reason, refusing to think, one embraces death.
Quoting Zedd: "...most important rule there is...The Sixth Rule is the hub upon which all rules turn. It is not only the most important rule, but the
simplest. Nonetheless, it is the one most often ignored and violated, and by far the most despised. It must be wielded in spite of the ceaseless,
howling protests of the wicked."
Faith of the Fallen: Chapter 41, pages 459-460 (paperback)
Wizard's Seventh Rule
Life is the future, not the past.
The past can teach us, through experience, how to accomplish things in the future, comfort us with cherished memories, and provide the foundation of
what has already been accomplished. But only the future holds life. To live in the past is to embrace what is dead. To live life to its fullest, each
day must be created anew. As rational, thinking beings, we must use our intellect, not a blind devotion to what has come before, to make rational
Pillars of Creation: Chapter 60, page 549
Wizard's Eighth Rule
Translation: Deserve Victory.
Explanation: "Be justified in your convictions. Be completely committed. Earn what you want and need rather than waiting for others to give you what
Naked Empire: Chapter 61, page 626
Wizard's Ninth Rule
A contradiction can not exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole.
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.
Chainfire: Chapter 48, page 489
Wizard's Tenth Rule
Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one's self.
Explanation: The truth is what should motivate your life, not the lies, or you will fall victim to the first rule and if you ignore the truth you're
betraying everything that you believe in, because the lie is more convenient to you than reality.
Phantom: Chapter 12, page 127
Wizard's Eleventh and Final Rule
The "Rule Unspoken", the "Rule Unwritten", "The rule from the beginning of time."
The final rule can not directly be quoted, yet using the final book of the series "Confessor" it can be understood. In Confessor, Richard goes
through great struggle to obtain a book left for him by Baraccus, a great wizard from the past. Richard believes this book entitled Secrets to a War
Wizard's Power will be a means for him to finally understand how to use his gift and therefore in essence be the solution to major problems. Once he
obtains the book however, its pages are blank and his grandfather Zedd informs him that Baraccus left it blank to illustrate the meaning of the rule
unwritten. Using this knowledge Richard reasons that "The Book of Counted Shadows" could not possibly be the key to the boxes of orden, and that in
fact the Sword of Truth was the only way to harness Orden's power of life itself. Incalculable effort had been put into obtaining the knowledge
contained in "The Book of Counted Shadows" by Jagang and the Sisters of the Dark, and in the past that it was well protected, yet when the Sisters
of the Dark finally used it that effort was all for nothing. As far as the knowledge within the book was concerned, there was 'nothing in it', much
like Secrets to a War Wizard's Power. The Sword of Truth, representative of its namesake, was key to life. The secret to Richard's power is that he
seeks the truth. In seeking truth he turns a blind eye to corrupt ideas and embraces that which is the essence of life itself. The Sisters of the Dark
assumed the truth to be what they had always been told by others and never thought to verify it themselves. The price they paid for such an oversight
was their lives. Moreover, the sisters would never have been able to access the power of life even with the sword because they were acting through
hate. Richard, on the other hand, intended to use the power to help those he cared about and thus had the ability to harness the power of life.
"those who have come here to hate should leave now, for in their hatred they only betray themselves" - translated from The Book of Life. That book
too was empty to the sisters because of the path they followed.
One must always seek the truth in life for themselves, rather than simply believing that which they are told without their own rational understanding
and justification for that belief. Failure to do so can lead to a life of clinging to empty promises and following trails of false hope. The knowledge
gained through seeking the truth, if used for the purposes of good, is the key to enjoying life to its fullest. Those who use the truth for hate
however, only betray themselves.