Mistborn: The Well of Ascension

Mistborn: The Well of Ascension

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  • Author:: [[Brandon Sanderson]]
  • Highlights::
    • “Elend: 'I kind of lost track of time…' Breeze: 'For two hours?' Elend: 'There were books involved.'” #Reading
    • “It's easy to believe in something when you win all the time...The losses are what define a man's [[Faith]].”
    • “Good men don't become legends," he said quietly. "Good men don't need to become legends." She opened her eyes, looking up at him. "They just do what's right anyway.”
    • “A man can only lead when others accept him as their leader, and he has only as much authority as his subjects give to him. All of the brilliant ideas in the world cannot save your kingdom if no one will listen to them.”
      • Mediocre decisions with great support are more successful than great decisions with mediocre support
    • “It was amazing how many books one could fit into a room, assuming one didn't want to move around very much.” #Reading
    • “A man was defined not by his flaws, but by how he overcame them.”
    • “[[Books]] have great value, actions have greater value.”
      • “Celestial life may be had by every soul who will fulfil the requirements. ^^**To know is not enough. One must do.**^^ Righteousness is vital and ordinances are necessary.” [[Spencer W. Kimball]]
    • “Do not deride someone's [[Faith]] simply because you do not share it, Lord Cladent," Sazed said quietly.”
      • 11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
    • “It is a time of change,'' Sazed said. ''Perhaps it is also time to learn of other truths, other ways.”
    • “You must love him enough to trust his wishes, even if you disagree with them. You must respect him - no matter how wrong you think he may be, no matter how poor you think his decisions, you must respect his desire to make them. Even if one of them includes loving you.” #Marriage
    • “He found insanity no excuse, however, for irrational behavior.”
    • “There are two ways to stay safe, Reen's voice whispered to her. Either be so quiet and harmless that people ignore you, or be so dangerous that they're terrified of you.”
      • "Write something worth reading or do something worth writing." [[Benjamin Franklin]]
    • “It seems that the rebels found the chaos of transition more difficult to accept than the tyranny they had known before. They joyfully welcomed back authority-even oppressive authority-for it was less painful for them than uncertainty.”
    • “It was his ability to trust," she said. "It was the way that he made good people into better people, the way that he inspired them. His crew worked because he had confidence in them - because he respected them. And, in return, they respected each other. Men like Breeze and Clubs became heroes because Kelsier had faith in them.” #Leadership
    • “Other men are strong like bricks - firm, unyielding, but if you pound on them long enough, they crack. You... you're strong like the wind. Always there, so willing to bend, but never apologetic for the times when you must be firm.” #[[Spirit of Humility]]
    • “...Regardless, I still do not believe that your duty is to do as the people wish. Your duty is to lead as best you can, following the dictates of your conscience. You must be true. Your Majesty, to the man you wish to become....”
    • “Good men can make terrible kings,' Tindwyl noted. 'But bad men cannot make good kings.' Sazed said. 'It is better to start with a good man and work on the rest, I think.”
      • [[Mosiah 29]]:13, 16-17, 25-27
        • 13 Therefore, if it were possible that you could have just men to be your kings, who would establish the laws of God, and judge this people according to his commandments, yea, if ye could have men for your kings who would do even as my father Benjamin did for this people. I say unto you, if this could always be the case then it would be expedient that ye should always have kings to rule over you.
        • 16 Now I say unto you, that because all men are not just it is not expedient that ye should have a king or kings to rule over you.
        • 17 For behold, how much iniquity doth one wicked king cause to be committed, yea, and what great destruction!
        • 25 Therefore, choose you by the voice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord.
        • 26 Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law. to do your business by the voice of the people.
        • 27 And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, ^^**then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you**^^; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.
    • “Those who take lightly promises they make to those they love are people who find little lasting satisfaction in life.”
    • “If you perpetuate the dreams of the past, you stifle your own dreams of the future.”
    • “Sometimes, people only seem determined upon one course because they have been offered no other options.” #[[Interest Discovery]]
    • “People who underestimated you were easier to manipulate.”
    • “Manipulation works so well on a personal level, I don't see why it wouldn't be an equally viable national policy." "That's actually how most rulership works," Ham mused. "What is a governement but an institutionalized method of making sure somebody else does all the work?”
    • “The skaa called Sazed holy, but at that moment he realized that he was the most profane of men. He was a creature who knew three hundred religions, yet had faith in none of them.”
    • “If people can't tell when I'm being an idiot and when I'm being a genius, perhaps they'll assume my blunders are brilliant political maneuvers.”
    • “Honesty does not make a man less of a tyrant.”
    • “When you can't have both freedom and safety, boy, which do you choose?" Elend was silent. "I make my own choice," he finally said. "And I leave the others to make their own as well.”
      • "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." [[Benjamin Franklin]]
    • “Religions are promises--promises that there is something watching over us, guiding us.”
    • “That was one nice thing about books and notes. They could always wait for another time.”
    • “Unapplied [[Knowledge]] benefited no one.”
    • “A leader is often judged by how well he bears responsibility. As king, everything that happens in your kingdom - regardless of who commits the act -is your fault.” #Accountability