10 Badass Quotes from Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

I recently finished reading Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. This excellent novel is the second part in a trilogy (read my review of The Name of the Wind) exploring the true story behind the myths of Kvothe, a man of legend now little more than a innkeeper.

I was thinking about doing another review for Wise Man’s Fear, but pretty much everything I said of the first holds true for the second. It’s a continuation of the story beginning right where the other left off, so if you enjoy The Name of the Wind, you will certainly enjoy Wise Man’s Fear. So rather than spoil the journey for you, I’ve decided to collect my 10 favorite quotes from Wise Man’s Fear.

The Wise Mans Fear

10 Badass Quotes from Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss


“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”


“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”


“You can divide infinity an infinite number of times, and the resulting pieces will still be infinitely large,” Uresh said in his odd Lenatti accent. “But if you divide a non-infinite number an infinite number of times the resulting pieces are non-infinitely small. Since they are non-infinitely small, but there are an infinite number of them, if you add them back together, their sum is infinite. This implies any number is, in fact, infinite.”

“Wow,” Elodin said after a long pause. He leveled a serious finger at the Lenatti man. “Uresh. Your next assignment is to have sex. If you do not know how to do this, see me after class.”

A picture of the epic bear from whence these stories come!

A picture of the epic bear from whence these stories come!


“Knowing your own ignorance is the first step to enlightenment.”


“Re’lar Kvothe,” he said seriously. “I am trying to wake your sleeping mind to the subtle language the world is whispering. I am trying to seduce you into understanding. I am trying to teach you.” He leaned forward until his face was almost touching mine. “Quit grabbing at my tits.”


“Death was like an unpleasant neighbor. You didn’t talk about him for fear he might hear you and decide to pay a visit.”


“Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”



“I’d heard he had started a fistfight in one of the seedier local taverns because someone had insisted on saying the word “utilize” instead of “use.”


“I walked across the polished marble floor and sat on a red velvet lounging couch. I idly wondered how exactly one was supposed to lounge. I couldn’t remember ever doing it myself. After a moment’s consideration, I decided lounging was probably similar to relaxing, but with more money in your pocket.”


“Only a fool worries over what he can’t control.”

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