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Sandry's Book 1

Niko: "Hop in. The landlady says you don't sleep in one of her beds until you've bathed. I have to admit, I would welcome the change myself."
Briar: "That stuff's unhealthy. Maybe you wouldn't be so bony if you stopped doing this all the time."
Niko: "My thinness has nothing to do with bathing. Do you undress yourself, or must we do it for you?"
Niko and Briar concerning Briar's initial aversion to bathing[src]

Sandry's Book 2

Sandry: "I am silly, now and then. My mother said I was, anyway."
Daja: "If you know, you can stop it."
Sandry: "Then you've never been silly or you'd know it just creeps up without any warning."
Sandry and Daja on their first day at Discipline cottage[src]

Sandry's Book 3

Niko: "I am pleased to meet you, young lady."
Tris: "You'll change your mind before long. Everyone does."
Tris and Niko when he first meets her in Stone Circle Temple in Ninver, Capchen[src]

Sandry's Book 4

Lark: "Her bark is worse than her bite."
Daja: "I bet her bite's poisonous."
Tris: "Just with the bark, you die slow."
Lark, Daja and Tris refering to Rosethorn on the children's first day at Discipline cottage[src]

Sandry's Book 5

Niko: "I wish that by now you could trust me."
Tris: "Everyone I ever trusted sent me away."
Niko and Tris[src]

Tris's Book 1

Tris: "Let me be. My feelings are none of your affair."
Daja: "They are if you burn this house down around us."
Tris and Daja the morning after Aymery's death[src]

Tris's Book 2

"We can't just act without thinking anymore, Tris. They've been trying to teach as that all along. I guess if we're mages, we can't exactly be kids, can we?"
Sandry to Tris during the pirate attack[src]

Tris's Book 3

Niko: "Have you any ideas about what area of your talents we should concentrate on?"
Tris: "I need to learn control, Niko--for real. With everything. I think the rest has to wait. I don't want this to happen again. Not ever."
Niko: "At least you know it. You could have been another Enahar, living off human pain."
Niko and Tris after the pirate attack[src]

Tris's Book 4

Daja: "How do you know it will be cooler?"
Tris: "Am I the weather-witch around here or not? I know."
Daja Kisubo and Trisana Chandler on a hot day at Discipline cottage[src]

Tris's Book 5

"He doesn't need my help coming up with pranks. He's got too many ideas of his own."
Daja referring to Briar in their first year at Discipline cottage[src]

Daja's Book 1

Tris: "What if I don't want to cut up aloe leaves?"
Rosethorn: "Ask me if I care what you want."
Trisana Chandler and Rosethorn after the dedicate set Tris and Briar Moss to making burn salve in Gold Ridge[src]

Daja's Book 2

Sandry: "There has to be something we can do."
Lark: "We're mages. We do what we can, but some problems are too big to fix."
Sandry: "Then I wish I weren't a mage. What good is magic, if you can't use it to help people."
Sandrilene fa Toren and her teacher Dedicate Lark refering to the drought in Gold Ridge[src]

Daja's Book 3

Daja: "I don't want to go there. It's cold. It won't like me."
Briar: "It's just ice."
Daja: "And ice and smiths are supposed to mix? I'll freeze and go all brittle and break."
Daja Kisubo and Briar Moss when they first discovered the Dalburz Glacier with their magical selfes.[src]

Daja's Book 4

Briar: "The people bargaining in Deadman's District never shared. They'd let us watch, though."
Polyam: "Let us say I have a soft spot for dogs, then. And children."
Briar Moss and Polyam after she had invited Daja's friends to share their bargaining meal.[src]

Daja's Book 5

Sandry: "Daja doesn't exactly need to be tested on whether she's honorable or not."
Niko: "Doesn't she? Don't all of you? This is your first taste of the things which may come from your being powerful mages. People will offer you gold, status, even love. I want to know how you will react. If want to know if your teachers will release greedy, thoughtless monsters into the world."
Sandry and Niko after he proposed that Daja might sell her living metal creation behind Polyam's back[src]

Briar's Book 1

Tris: "I was reading."
Sandry: "You're always reading. The only way people can ever talk to you is to interrupt."
Tris: "Then maybe they shouldn't talk to me."
Trisana Chandler and Sandrilene fa Toren[src]

Briar's Book 2

Daja: "He and Rosethorn work together? They hate each other."
Lark: "I didn't say they liked it."
Daja and Lark referring to Rosethorn and Crane's cooperation on finding the cures for new diseases[src]

Briar's Book 3

Lark: "You shouldn't yell at her."
Frostpine: "Of course I should. Gods bless us all, Lark, but our Water dedicates would try the patience of a stone."
— Dedicates Lark and Frostpine when the latter found out that the Water Temple had run out of warded boxes[src]

Briar's Book 4

"Sometimes there's nothing you can do. [...] Sometimes they don't have enough to fight with."
Henna to Briar when he worried for his sick friend Flick[src]

Briar's Book 5

Guard: "We're to give you a ride to Winding Circle. Honored Moonstream asked us, if you turned out to be well."
Rosethorn: "I don't have the blue pox. I don't know if I'm well."
— After Rosethorn and Briar had been found out not to have the disease[src]

Magic Steps 1

"Well. Knowing that he will assist you makes all the difference. Now, instead of wishing to throw Winding Circle's mage council into the harbor, I will do so. Immediately."

Magic Steps 2

"My dear, before you begin to rearrange his life did you introduce to this poor lad?"

Street Magic 1

Briar: "So I guess I was the last to know."
Rosethorn: "Of course you are. You're a man, aren't you?"
Briar and Rosethorn when Evvy moves in with them in Chammur[src]

Street Magic 2

Evvy: "Is she going to eat Jooba-hooba? She looks like she's going to bite him, at least."
Briar: "No — if she bit him, he'd die."
Evumeimei Dingzai and Briar Moss about Rosethorn's visiting Jebilu Stoneslicer after he refused to teach Evvy when Briar first told him that she had to be taught[src]

Street Magic 3

"There are only two ways for us, Ikrum. Victory or death. I will not live halfway in this world. Neither will my Vipers. Here is what you will do." She spoke quietly, making sure that he understood every word ... "Crush our foes, Ikrum. Give me victories."
—Lady Zenadia doa Attaneh to Ikrum Fazhal[src]

Street Magic 4

Briar: "You're more trouble than you're worth."
Evvy: "I'm a girl. That's my job."
Briar Moss and Evumeimei Dingzai after she refused to be taught by Jebilu Stoneslicer[src]

Street Magic 5

Briar: "They never tell you some things. They tell you mages have wonderful power and they learn all kinds of secrets. Nobody ever mentions that some secrets you don't ever want to learn."
Rosethorn: "All you can do is learn good to balance the bad. Learn and do all the good within your reach. Then, if you wake in a sweat, you have something to set against the dream."
Briar and Rosethorn concerning the nightmares Briar had from the corpses in Lady Zenadia's garden[src]

Cold Fire 1

"The bravest person I know is afraid of the dark. She sleeps with a night lamp always, but if her friends are threatened? She suddenly thinks she's a bear twelve feet tall and attacks whoever scared her friends."
Daja Kisubo referring to Sandry in a conversation with Niamara Bancanor about courage[src]

The Will of the Empress 1

Briar: "I made it for us. All right, I made it for me first, but it was us. It is us."
Circle: "It's always us."
Briar, Tris, Daja and Sandry on Briar's mind-Discipline[src]

The Will of the Empress 2

Ishabal: "If you may correct your vision as you like, why do you wear spectacles?"
Tris: "Because I like them. Because I have better things to do with my magic than fixing my vision when ordinary glass will do."
Ishabal Ladyhammer and Trisana Chandler the first day at the Namornese court[src]

Melting Stones 1

Rosethorn: "Evvy and I have an understanding. She tells me the truth, and I don't hang her in the first well we come to. It's a solution that works tolerably well for both of us."
Azaze: "Is this Evvy such a handful? She seemed well enough last night."
Rosethorn: "As much as my student -- her former teacher -- Briar was a handful. He and I had a similar understanding."
Rosethorn to Headwoman Azaze before the council meeting[src]

Melting Stones 2

"I'm not so fond of people myself, Evvy, but I took my vows for a reason. There are two classes of people in the world, the destroyers and the builders. I want to build, not destroy. You need to ask yourself who you're going to be."
Rosethorn to Evvy after Evvy discovered that Mount Grace was actually a volcano[src]

Melting Stones 3

"You looked like you were going to do something magelike. One more of those times when I might learn something useful."
Oswin to Evvy[src]

Melting Stones 4

"The first thing every mage should learn is that magic makes fools of us. Now you may call yourself a mage. You have learned the most important lesson."
—Dedicate Myrrhtide to Evvy[src]


Alanna: The First Adventure 1

"You have good taste in enemies, even if you do make them your first day here."
Prince Jonathan to Alanna of Trebond, disguised as a boy, after her first fight with Ralon of Malven[src]

Alanna: The First Adventure 2

Thom: "I don't want to be a knight! I want to be a sorcerer! I want to slay demons and walk with the gods--"
Alanna: "D'you think I want to be a lady? 'Walk slowly, Alanna. Sit still, Alanna. Shoulders back, Alanna.' As if that's all I can do with myself! There has to be another way."
Alanna and Thom of Trebond after their father told them they were sent away[src]

Alanna: The First Adventure 3

Maude: "Have you thought of the lives you'll take when you go off performing those great deeds?"
Alanna: "No"
Maude: "I didn't think so. You see only the glory. But there's lives taken and families without fathers and sorrow. Think before you fight. Think on who you're fighting, if only because one day you must meet your match. And if you want to pay for those lives you do take, use your healing magic. Use it all you can, or you won't cleanse your soul of death for centuries. It's harder to heal than it's to kill. The Mother knows why, but you've a gift for both."
Maude Tanner and Alanna of Trebond shortly before the girl left Trebond to become a knight[src]

Alanna: The First Adventure 4

"[F]ree time is an illusion. It's what you get when you die and the gods reward you for a life spent working from dawn until midnight."
Gary to the new page "Alan"[src]

Alanna: The First Adventure 5

Gary: "I like you--for all you're a thief."
George: "And I like you, Gary--for all you're a noble. Friends, then?"
Gary and George becoming friends[src]

Alanna: The First Adventure 6

Alanna: "I'll be fine."
Coram: "You're sure?"
Alanna: "Of course. Would I have said so, if I wasn't?"
Coram: "Yes."
Alanna and Coram at her first evening at the palace[src]

Alanna: The First Adventure 7

Raoul: "I'd like to see him mess with our Alan. I'd pound him to a pulp."
Alanna: "I do my own fighting, thanks."
Jonathan: "Raoul just wants an excuse. He likes hitting Ralon."
Raoul, Alanna and Jonathan after Ralon tried to make Alanna do his chores the first time.[src]

In the Hand of the Goddess 1

Myles: "You didn't kill him. He would have killed you, but you didn't kill him."
Alanna: "So? He was stupid. If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn't have time to sleep."
Myles of Olau and Alanna of Trebond after her duel with Dain[src]

In the Hand of the Goddess 2

Alanna: "Where were you when I needed you? As a chaperone you aren't much."
Faithful: "I'm not here as a chaperone. Besides, I didn't want to interrupt. You seemed to be enjoying yourself."
Alanna and Faithful after George kissed her for the first time when she was still a squire[src]

In the Hand of the Goddess 3

Myles: "You're to tell me why Alan of all people should not be left among enemies for very long. I would rather hear it from Alan, when he's ready to tell me."
Jon: "You already know."
Myles: "Let's say I've formed an educated guess. I can wait to have it confirmed."
Myles of Olau and Prince Jonathan after Alanna was captured by the enemy in the Tusaine War[src]

In the Hand of the Goddess 4

Mistress Cooper: "Hold still. You're worse than a city lad getting fitted into his first pair of long breeches."
Alanna: "It doesn't look right. It looks like Squire Alan in a girl's dress."
Mistress Cooper: "That's because we've done nothing with Squire Alan's hair. Hold still!"
Eleni Cooper and Alanna when Alanna comes to Eleni asking her to teach her womanly things.[src]

In the Hand of the Goddess 5

Alanna: "I'm a girl. My--my real name is Alanna. I come from Trebond, and Lord Thom really is my twin brother."
Gary: "That's not funny."
Alanna: "Of course it's not funny; it's the truth!"
Alanna and Gary when she tells him the truth about her sex shortly before her Ordeal of Knighthood[src]

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man 1

"You two have given me the death I did not hope to have, lying at peace among friends. Halef Seif sent you? I prayed he could help. Never think you came too late. My life was over when they laid hands on me a week ago. How could I live knowing the ones I had brought into the world and cared for wanted me dead?"
—The sorceress of Alois to Alanna of Trebond and Olau and Coram Smythesson[src]

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man 2

Alanna: "Jon? Why d'you want to be the Voice? You're already restless."
Jon: "I need to be the Voice. If I can do this thing, become the leader of the Bazhir, there should be few secrets of the human soul I won't understand. [...] If I know them, how they think, I'll know how most people think. With that knowledge I can become the greatest--the best--ruler who ever lived."
Alanna: "It's so important to you?"
Jon: "It's what I was born to do. It's what I will do. In spite of being restless. In spite of everything."
Alanna and Jon the night before he became the Voice[src]

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man 3

"I think I'm leavin' ye in a fairly quiet place. Ye weren't well enough known here that ye could get into any trouble, and I thought they'd stay away from ye. But I come back, and ye're the Motherblessed shaman of the tribe, ye've adopted three young ones, and ye're forcin' the women to accept two of their own sittin' with the men--"
Coram Smythesson to Alanna of Trebond regarding her changes to the Bloody Hawk tribe[src]

Lioness Rampant 1

Alanna: "My liege. I am yours to command."
Jon: "You're sure, Alanna?"
Alanna: "Until death and after, Jonathan."
Jon: "I accept your fealty, Sir Alanna. I accept, and I vow to return fealty with fealty, honor with honor, until death and beyond it."
Alanna of Trebond and Olau and Jonathan IV of Conté after her return from the Roof of the World, when they first saw each other again.[src]

Wild Magic 1

Daine: "Onua, where's my hawk? Where'd that man come from?"
Onua: "Hush. No more questions. I'll explain everything--later."
Daine: "Later. Wonderful. Hawks disappearing, men appearing--why not? Later."
Veralidaine Sarrasri and Onua Chamtong after Numair Salmalín changed from his hawk form back to human again[src]

Emperor Mage 1

"Someday I must read this scholar Everyone, she thought as she bit her tongue to keep from giving a rude answer. He seems to have written so much—all of it wrong."
Daine's thoughts in an conversation with Prince Kaddar about crocodiles[src]

First Test 1

"I suppose I'm being rash and peculiar, again, but if it means helping my friend Joren improve his studies, well, I'll just have to sacrifice myself. There's nothing I won't do to further the cause of book learning among my peers."
Nealan of Queenscove at Keladry of Mindelan's first day at the palace, when he volunteers to sponsor her[src]

First Test 2

Cleon: "Now, wait. You can't go setting tradition on its ear. Hazing is the way new boys become pages. They have to earn respect from the older ones, and we teach them to obey orders."
Kel: "So I should let this go on because it's always been that way?" Cleon, the prince, Faleron, all nodded. "No. I know what you mean, Cleon. I do your chores. But this custom leads to worse things. Cleon sends me for papers, but someone else traps a first-year in a corner and keeps making him do stupid tasks. He'll maybe hit the first-year to smarten him when the first-year slows down--and that is dead wrong. If we take this as pages, what about when we're knights? Do we say, Oh, now I'm going to be nice to the weak and the small? Or do we do as we learned when we were pages? I don't mean to lecture. You can laugh and say I'm a silly girl--but when I see anyone big pick on someone small, well, there's going to be a fight."
Kel defending her attitude towards hazing[src]

First Test 3

Neal: "You're the oldest ten-year-old I've ever met."
Kel: "What is that supposed to mean?"
Neal: "It means I'm trying to justify to myself the fact that the best lesson I ever had on chivalry came from someone five years younger than me."
Neal and Kel referring to her war on hazing[src]

First Test 4

Wyldon: "Well, girl? I suppose you would like a nice warm place to sit, like the others?"
Kel: "What I like doesn't matter, Lord Wyldon. It's what you want. [...] I didn't mean it the way it came out."
Wyldon: "How did you mean it?"
Kel: "You're the warrior in charge. In battle you could hit me or put me in irons if I questioned you. Why should you let me do it now? Enemies could be out to jump us right here, and you wouldn't hear them because you'd be talking to me."
Lord Wyldon and Kel on the way to the summer training camp in Kel's first year[src]

First Test 5

Neal: "I keep telling you, these tests have to be easy enough that even a noble with ogre blood could pass."
Kel: "You know, ogres only sound stupid. Most are pretty smart."
Neal: "And it's a shallow person who judges anyone by the way they sound. I'm so shallow I'm surprised I don't reflect myself."
Nealan of Queenscove and Keladry of Mindelan on the topic of the page examinations[src]

Page 1

Kel: "He says he's changed."
Neal: "I suppose he could have changed. I myself have noticed my growing resemblance to a daffodil."
Kel: "You do look yellow around the edges. I hadn't wanted to bring it up."
Neal: "We daffodils like to have things brought up. It reminds us of spring."
Keladry of Mindelan and Nealan of Queenscove on Midwinter of 454 HE[src]

Squire 1

Lerant: "If I pretent I like you, squire, can I use the spyglass?"
Kel: "Please don't try. You're not that good an actor. Dom, he can look when you're done."
Lerant: "Some people are cocky ever since they killed a whole centaur."
Dom: "Some people are annoying."
Lerant of Eldorne, Keladry of Mindelan and Domitan of Masbolle shortly before Third Company joins the Royal Progress[src]

Squire 2

Neal: "Meet anyone worth having a conversation with?"
Kel: "You mean relatives of yours?" Kel asked, all innocence. "You know, Neal, I think your branch was cheated when they handed out brains, because Dom--" She ducked the roll Neal threw at her."
Nealan of Queenscove and Keladry of Mindelan in the squire's messhall some time after Kel had been made Sir Raoul's squire[src]

Trickster's Queen 1

Secret: "Imajane screaming and throwing things at Rubinyan. Bottles, brushes, mirrors. She says Rubinyan ..." It cocked its head as if listening. "She says he is tumbling a lady?"
Aly: "Ah. It means he is making love with a lady. If Imajane is throwing things, she believes he is in love with some other woman. Is she still throwing things?"
Trick: "She has nothing to throw unless she picks up chair," said Trick. "Uh-oh."
Secret: "She picked up chair." Secret explained."
Secret and Trick reporting to Aly about the regents' actions.[src]

Terrier 1

"Rebakah Cooper. Your six-times-great-grandmother. Famed in her day for her service as a Provost's Guard. She was fierce and law-abiding and loyal, my son. [...] And she was doom on lawbreakers, particularly thieves. Steal, and you shame her."
Eleni Cooper to her six-year old son George[src]

Terrier 2

Goodwin: "Now I know why you like having a Puppy so much. It makes you all eager again. Like you were getting bored."
Tunstall: "She was bored, too. Though I confess, I didn't think Puppies brought such big crimes so quick. Mayhap it's just you see with fresh eyes when you have a Puppy to care for. You see bad business that's been there all along."
Clara Goodwin and Matthias Tunstall some weeks after Rebakah Cooper became their Puppy[src]

Terrier 3

"All right. I was against having a Puppy. I thought she'd be a lot of work and a lot of trouble. But I have to say, you were right. Let's have a toddle over to Crookshank's house, on advice from the sharpest Puppy in the whole litter."
Goodwin to Tunstall and Beka[src]

Bloodhound 1

"You can't trust kings and nobles. Only them that know how real folk live."
Rosto the Piper to Rebakah Cooper[src]

Bloodhound 2

Tom: "I've no pity for them getting their heads knocked in, none at all!"
Beka: "But it was murder, Master Tomlan."
Tom: "Some folk need murdering."
Clary: "Tom, that's enough. Cooper's a good servant of the law."
Tomlan Goodwin, Rebakah Cooper and Clara Goodwin referring to Geraint and Madon Pell's death[src]

Bloodhound 3

Beka: "I'm not that fond of lying to folk. Not telling someone I like why I'm really here is the same as lying."
Goodwin: "We're on a hunt, Cooper. When you're on a hunt, you do whatever it takes. [...] Folk will die of hunger if we don't nab these colemongers."
Rebakah Cooper and Clara Goodwin[src]

Bloodhound 4

Dale: "No, no--curse it, Beka, you're the prickliest woman I've ever met!"
Goodwin: "No, I am. But she comes very close, I have to say."
Dale Rowan and Clara Goodwin when Beka didn't want to accept money for being Dale's "luck"[src]

Bloodhound 5

"The skinny gixie in red is on our rumps again. And Haden is behind her. At this rate, Cooper, we shall have a parade."
Clara Goodwin to Rebakah Cooper while they were in Port Caynn.[src]


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Alanna: The First Adventure 8

—I've known nobles who thought I should be grateful for their friendship—grateful enough to do them all sorts of favors. They wanted a kept thief, not a friend. I thought at first that's what you came for. Now I see you're here as a friend, askin' a friend's help.[[George after Alanna asked for his help with Ralon|[src]]]
Reason: That's certainly a memorable moment showing how their relationship developed, so I think it deserves a spot of honor on the main page now and them. --PurzelTalk 16:29, June 11, 2011 (UTC)
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