The Final Empire

Brandon Sanderson

New tastes are like new ideas—the older you get, the more difficult they are for you to stomach.

I consider myself to be a man of principle. But what man does not? Even the cutthroat, I have noticed, believes his actions to be moral after a fashion.

Power is a heavy burden. Seek not to be bound by its chains.

People are attracted to vision.

The entire point of life is to find ways to get others to do the work for you. Don't you know anything about basic economics?

A successful leader needs to know how to divide labor.

The person who can best judge the consequences of their actions will be the most successful.

Camon had been skilled at impersonating noblemen, but his self-importance had always struck Vin as a bit juvenile. While there were noblemen like Camon, the more impressive ones were like this Lord Renoux: calm and self-confident. Men whose nobility was in their bearing rather than their ability to speak scornfully to those around them.

People are valuable, and so—therefore—are their beliefs.

Manipulating others is something that all people do. In fact, manipulation is at the core of our social interaction.

That's the funny thing about arriving somewhere. Once you're there, the only thing you can really do is leave again.

The best liars are those who tell the truth most of the time.

"My brother said that anyone would betray you, if they had the right chance and a good enough motive."

Sazed frowned. "Even if such a thing were true, I would not want to live believing it."

During the last four weeks, her every whim and desire had been met. Servants cleaned up after her, primped her, fed her, and helped bathe her. Renoux saw that anything she asked for was given her, and she certainly wasn't expected to do anything strenuous, dangerous, or even slightly inconvenient.

In other words, her life was maddeningly boring.

Do you stop loving someone just because they betray you? I don't think so. That's what makes the betrayal hurt so much—pain, frustration, anger... and I still loved her. I still do.

Men rarely see their own actions as unjustified.

Sometimes we have to be what the job requires.

Though most expect young men to be fools, I've noticed that a little bit of age can make a man far more foolish than he was as a child.

If you're always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.

Our belief is often strongest when it should be weakest. That is the nature of hope.

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?

Anyone can believe in someone, or something, that always succeeds. But failure... now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value, I think.

It does me well to remember that there are those who abhor me. My place is not to seek popularity or love; my place is to ensure mankind's survival.