The Wheel of Time Quotes | Poems, sayings about love, men and women, humor and more!

The Wheel of Time quotes can fit any situation – from fantastic poems, to beautiful descriptions of love, to funny, to providing sound advice. Which are your favorite Wheel of Time quotes?

Wheel of Time Quotes

All was shattered, and all but memory lost, and one memory above all others, of him who brought the Shadow and the Breaking of the World. And him they named Dragon.

The Dark One stirs in Shayol Ghul. The Shadow lies across the Patten, and the future is balanced on the point of a pin. This one is dangerous.

Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan, The Eye of the World

He is born again! I feel him! The Dragon takes his first breath on the slope of Dragonmount! He is coming! He is coming! Light help us! Light help the world! He lies in the snow and cries like the thunder! He burns like the sun!

Gitara Moroso, New Spring

The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. No eye can see the Pattern until it is woven.

Moiraine Damodred, The Eye of the World

You cannot escape so easily, Dragon. It is not done between us. It will not be done until the end of time.

Ishamael, The Eye of the World

What was, what will be, and what is may yet fall under the shadow. For what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not.

The Eye of the World

As the Wheel of Time turns, places wear many names. Men wear many names, many faces. Different faces, but always the same man. Yet no one knows the Great Pattern the Wheel weaves, or even the Pattern of an Age. We can only watch, and study, and hope.

Moiraine Damodred, The Eye of the World

Some men […] choose to seek greatness, while others are forced to it. It is always better to choose than to be forced. A man who is forced is never completely his own master. He must dance on the strings of those who forced him.

The Great Hunt

Duty is heavy as a mountain, death is light as a feather.  

Saying in Sheinar, The Great Hunt (Originally from the Japanese Imperial Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors)

He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.

New Spring

Kneel and swear to the Lord Dragon, or you will be knelt

Mazrim Taim, The Lord of Chaos

The Wheel of Time beginning quote

The Wheel of Time beginning quote appears at the start of each book, beginning with The Eye of the World

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.

Wheel of Time Poetry and Songs

Robert Jordan wrote elegant poetry and songs for The Wheel of Time. Here are some of our favorite verses:

Weep for Manetheren

We walk the footsteps of our fathers

The trail blazed by our mothers

They bought the land with their blood

Long ago

Long ago 

Oh, sing

Sing of Manetheren

Oh, weep

Weep for the blood of Aemon

Oh, cry

Cry for Manetheren

Long ago

Long ago

Season 1, Episode 2

Rand, Egwyne, Perrin, and Mat sing this song in Season 1, Episode 2 while they are traveling with Moiraine. Afterwards, she explains the history of Manetheren to them

He Can’t Forget

The colors of his morning

The darkness of his night

Little graves that gave no warning

A sun that brought no light

He saw his whole world breaking

That tortured soul I met

In the prison of his making

The man who can’t forget 

I can still hear the way that he cried

for the ones he was missing

I can still hear the way that he cried

for the ones he had lost 

He saw them in the rivers

He felt them in the rain

In dreams he heard them whisper

The truth that is his pain

He caused the whole world’s breaking

That tortured soul I met

In a prison of his making

The man who can’t forget

Thom, Season 1, Episode 3

Aiel Oath

Till shade is gone, till water is gone,

into the Shadow with teeth bared,

screaming defiance with the last breath,

to spit in Sightblinder’s eye on the last Day.

Aiel Oath, The Eye of the World

Children’s Chant

The lions sing and the hills take flight.

The moon by day, and the sun by night.

Blind woman, deaf man, jackdaw fool.

Let the Lord of Chaos rule.

Chant from a children’s game heard in Great Aravalon, the Fourth Age

The Color of Trust

Give me your trust, said the Aes Sedai

For on my shoulders, I support the sky

Trust me to know, and to do what is best,

And I will take care of the rest.

But trust is the color of a dark seed growing,

Trust is the color of a heart’s blood flowing,

Trust is the color of a soul’s last breath,

Trust is the color of death.

Give me your trust, said the queen on her throne

For I must bear the burden all alone

Trust me to know, and to judge, and to rule

And no man will think you a fool.

But trust is the sound of a grave-dog’s bark,

Trust is the sound of betrayal in the dark,

Trust is the sound of a soul’s last breath,

Trust is the sound of death.

ancient song, Lord of Chaos

The Fox and the Ravens

Fortune rides like the sun on high

with the fox that makes the ravens fly.

Luck his soul, the lightning his eye,

He snatches the moons from out of the sky.

The Prophecies of the Dragon

Twice and twice shall he be marked,

Twice to live, and twice to die.

Once the heron, to set his path.

Twice the heron, to name him true.

Once the Dragon, for remembrance lost.

Twice the Dragon, for the price he must pay.

Twice dawns the day when his blood is shed.

Once for mourning, once for birth.

Red on black, the Dragon’s blood stains the rock of Shayol Ghul.

In the Pit of Doom shall his blood free men from the Shadow.

The unstained tower breaks and bends knee to the forgotten sign.

The seas rage, and the storm clouds gather unseen.

Beyond the horizon, hidden fires swell, and serpents nestle in the bosom.

What was exalted is cast down; what was cast down is raised up.

Order burns to clear his path.

The Prophecies of the Dragon, translation by Jeorad Manyard, Governor of the Province of Andor for the High King, Artur Paendrag Tanreall

The Prophecies of the Dragon

There can be no health in us, nor any good thing grow, for the land is one with the Dragon Reborn, and he one with the land. Soul of fire, heart of stone, in pride he conquers, forcing the proud to yield. He calls upon the mountains to kneel and the seas to give way, and the very skies to bow. Pray that the heart of stone remembers tears, and the soul of fire, love.

From a much-disputed translation of The Prophecies of the Dragon by the poet Kyera Termandal, of Shiota, believed to have been published between FY 700 and FY 800

The Song of the Band of the Red Hand

We’ll toss the dice however they fall,

and snuggle the girls be they short or tall,

then follow young Mat whenever he calls,

to dance with Jak o’ the Shadows.

Song of the Band of the Red Hand, The Fires of Heaven

We Rode on the Winds

We rode on the winds of the rising storm, We ran to the sounds of the thunder. We danced among the lightning bolts, and tore the world asunder

Soon Comes

Soon comes the day all shall be free.

Even you, and even me.

Soon comes the day all shall die.

Surely you, but never I.

Padan Fain, The Great Hunt, Chapter 3: Friends and Enemies

Wisdom and Advice

Small hopes can grow surprising fruit.

Knife of Dreams

The fact that the price must be paid is proof it is worth paying.

The Eye of the World

I’ve seen men die because they were sure that what should not happen, would not.

The Eye of the World

In wars, boy, fools kill other fools for foolish causes.   

Thom Merrilin, The Eye of The World

If you must mount the gallows, give a jest to the crowd, a coin to the hangman, and make the drop with a smile on your lips.

Birgitte Silverbow, The Fires of Heaven

The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.

The Fires of Heaven

A man who trusts everyone is a fool and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools if we live long enough.

Lews Therin Telamon, Winter’s Heart

Run when you have to, fight when you must, rest when you can.

Elyas Machera, The Eye of the World

But men often mistake killing and revenge for justice. They seldom have the stomach for justice.

The Great Hunt

“Small things were important. Seconds were small things, and if you heaped enough of those on top of one another, they became a man’s life.”

Androl, Towers of Midnight

“Death comes for us all. We can only choose how to face it when it comes.”


The worst sin a general can commit, worse than blundering, worse than losing, worse than anything, is to desert the men who depend on him.

Faile Bashere, The Shadow Rising

Small increases in chaos are as important as large.

Sammael, A Crown of Swords

Killing is as easy as dying, any fool can do either.

saying among the Aiel, The Fires of Heaven

Remember the flame, lad, and the void.

Tam al’Thor, The Eye of the World

Grey hairs don’t mean our brains have curdled.

Tam al’Thor, The Eye of the World

Teach him how you will, a pig will never play the flute.

Thom Merillin, The Eye of the World

I may be an old fool, but I will be an old fool in my own way.

Thom Merillin, The Eye of the World

I’m only an old gleeman. Who could I possibly be dangerous to?

Thom Merillin, The Eye of the World


The grave is no bar to my call.

inscription on the Horn of Valere, The Eye of the World

Thus is our treaty written; thus is agreement made. Thought is the arrow of time; memory never fades. What was asked is given; the price is paid.

inscription on Mat’s ashandarei, The Shadow Rising

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Wheel of Time quotes about love

These Wheel of Time quotes about love are perfect for any occasion. In fact, some people have even used them to inspire anniversary and wedding gifts.

Each time we live, we get to love again…. It all swept over him, lives lived, mistakes made, love changing everything. He saw the entire world in his mind’s eye, lit by the glow in his hand. He remembered lives, hundreds of them, thousands of them, stretching to infinity. He remembered love, and peace, and joy, and hope.

Rand al’Thor

We rode the winds of the rising storm

We ran to the sound of thunder

We danced among the rain

We tore the world asunder

Crossroads of Twilight

When you wish for so long that you could hear something, and then suddenly, without warning, you do, it is like a lightning strike and rain on parched ground. You’re stunned but you cannot hear enough.

The light of her eyes is my Light

Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven inscription

You are more precious to me than life. Never think I have abandoned you. When the sun shines on you, it is my smile. When you hear the breeze stir through the apple blossoms, it is my whisper that I love you. My love is yours forever

I’d burn the world and use my soul as tinder to hear her laugh again

Lews Therin Telamon, Fires of Heaven

“You have made a place in my heart where I thought there was no room for anything else. You have made flowers grow where I cultivated dust and stones.

Lan Mandragoran, The Shadow Rising

What I love, I destroy. What I destroy, I love.

Lews Therin Telamon, Lord of Chaos

I will hate the man you choose because he is not me, and love him if he makes you smile. No woman deserves the sure knowledge of widow’s black as her brideprice, you least of all.

Lan Mandragoran, The Eye of the World

Wheel of Time quotes about fear and bravery

It was easier to be brave when someone needed your protection.

The Eye of the World

We are always more afraid than we wish to be, but we can always be braver than we expect.

Lord of Chaos

Wheel of Time Greetings and Sayings

  • Mother’s milk in a cup! (curse)
  • Blood and bloody ashes (curse)
  • The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills.
  • Thank the Light
  • Shade of my heart (Aiel term of endearment)
  • It’s time to toss the dice.
  • May you always find water and shade (Aiel farewell)
  • Sleep well and wake
  • You woolheaded sheepherder
  • You anvil-headed blacksmith

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Quotes about Stories and Reading

Stories have power. Gleemen’s tales, and bards’ epics, and rumors in the street alike. They stir passions, and change the way men see the world.

Winter’s Heart 

Surprising what you can dig out of books if you read long enough, isn’t it?

A Memory of Light

I do read sometimes.

Mat Cauthon, The Shadow Rising

Read and find out.”

Robert Jordan

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Wheel of Time quotes in the Old Tongue

Sa souvraya niende misain ye (I am lost in my own mind)

Mat Cauthon, The Shadow Rising

Carai an Ellisande! Al Ellisande! Mordero daghain pas duente cuebiyar! Al Ellisande!

Mat Cauthon, The Eye of the World

Dovie’andi se tovya sagain (It’s time to toss the dice).

Mat Cauthon

Sene sovya caba’donde ain dovienya (Luck is a horse to ride like any other) 

Carai an Caldazar! Carai an Ellisande! Al Ellisande! (For the honor of the Red Eagle! For the Honor of the Rose of the Sun! The Rose of the Sun!)

Mat Cauthon

Mia ayende, Aes Sedai! Caballein misain ye! Inde muagdhe Aes Sedai misain ye! (Release me, Aes Sedai! I am a free man, Aes Sedai! I am no Aes Sedai meat! Release me!)

Mat Cauthon

Tia mi aven Moridin isande vadin (The grave is no bar to my call)

The inscription on the Horn of Valere

Deyeniye, dyu ninte concion ca’lyet ye (Majesty, by your summons do I come)

Mat Cauthon

Mia dovienya nesodhin soende (Luck carry me through)

Carai an manshimaya ayendan (Honor of my blade for the fallen)

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Aes Sedai Quotes

Browns seek knowledge, Blues meddle in causes, and Whites consider the questions of truth with implacable logic. We all do some of it all, of course. But to be Green means to stand ready. In the Trolloc Wars, we were often called the Battle Ajah. All Aes Sedai helped where and when they could, but the Green Ajah alone was always with the armies, in almost every battle. We were the counter to the dreadlords. The Battle Ajah. And now we stand ready, for the Trollocs to come south again, for Tarmon Gai’don. The Last Battle. We will be there. That is what it means to be Green. -Alanna

If the White Tower dies, hope dies. I shouldn’t have to tell you that again.

Egwene al’Vere, Crossroads of Twilight

Never anger an Aes Sedai. Better to embrace the sun than to anger an Aes Sedai.

Loial, The Dragon Reborn

What was, what will be, and what is may yet fall under the shadow. For what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not.

The Eye of the World

The Oaths hold us together, a stated set of beliefs that bind us all, a single thread running through every sister, living or dead, back to the first to lay her hands on the Oath Rod. They are what make us Aes Sedai, not saidar.

Siuan Sanche, The Path of Daggers

They don’t lie, not right out, but the truth an Aes Sedai tells you is not always the truth you think it is.

Tam al’Thor, The Eye of the World

And I make a point of never knowing anything about Aes Sedai. Much safer that way.

Thom Merrilin, The Eye of the World

Cairhienin may play Daes Dae’mar, but it was the White Tower that made the Great Game in the first place.

Thom Merrilin, The Great Hunt

Funny Wheel of Time Quotes

Anyone who claimed that old age had brought them patience was either lying or senile. —The Gathering Storm

Go juggle something.

Min Farshaw, to Thom Merrilin, The Eye of the World

If you meet a woman – the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen – run!

Min Farshaw, to Perrin Aybara

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What is a nine horse hitch, anyway?

Min Farshaw, The Fires of Heaven

I guess being ta’veren isn’t all cheese and ale.

Davram Bashere, The Path of Daggers

“I’d name you Darkfriend as well, but I suspect the Dark One would perhaps be embarrassed to associate with you”

Egwene al’Vere

Kick her? Elayne really was becoming violent, spending so much time with Aviendha. Someone ought to slap some sense into that pair.


If you fell head first into a pigsty, you’d try to convince everybody you did it on purpose.

Egwene al’Vere, The Fires of Heaven

I’ll not have you bleeding to death on me. That would be just like you, to die and leave me the work of burying you. You have no consideration.

Faile Bashere, The Shadow Rising

You’ve seen the tiganza, have you? Someday, if you are good, I may dance the sa’sara for you, and show you what a dance really is.

Faile Bashere, The Shadow Rising

At my age, if I make it up, it is still an old saying.

Lini, The Fires of Heaven

“I don’t know. They could put up a warning sign or something. Hello. Welcome to Hinderstap. We will murder you in the night and eat your bloody face if you stay past sunset. Try the pies. Martna Baily makes them fresh daily.”

Mat Cauthon, The Gathering Storm

“Some said Delana was successful as a mediator because both sides would agree just to make her stop staring at them.”

“How do you fight someone smarter than yourself?’ Rand whispered. ‘The answer is simple. You make her think that you are sitting down across the table from her, ready to play her game. Then you punch her in the face as hard as you can.”

I want to get drunk as a drowned mouse, and fast!

Min Farshaw, Winter’s Heart

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Wheel of Time quotes about men and women

“Nobody tells us how to be men. We just are.”

“That,” Egwene said, “is probably why you make such a bad job of it.

Perrin and Egwene, The Eye of the World 

Fall in love with a man, and you end up doing laundry, even if it does belong to another man.

Min Farshaw, The Fires of Heaven

“Do you know why Maidens use handtalk? Because even when they are not talking, they cannot stop talking.”

Men are strange. I think it has something to do with the hair on their chins.”


Why is it, when you reason things out logically, a man always does something completely illogical and gains the upper hand?

Aviendha, The Path of Daggers

“Often you don’t know whether a woman is friend, enemy or lover until it is too late. Sometimes, she is all three.”


Kittens tangle your yarn, men tangle your wits, and it’s as easy as breathing for both.

Lini, The Path of Daggers

When a young woman’s cheeks redden for no apparent reason, there is usually a man involved.

Sorilea, to Egwene al’Vere, Lord of Chaos

It was a simple truth; the Creator made women so men would not find life too easy.”

Matrim Cauthon

The woman never wanted much. Just her own way. Like just about every other woman he had ever known.

Mat, Knife of Dreams

“A woman will kill you for half the reason of a man, but cry twice as hard afterward.” 


Never prod at a woman unless you must. She will kill you faster than a man and for less reason, even if she weeps over it after.

Lews Therin, Lord of Chaos

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Wrap Up – Wheel of Time Quotes 

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