- There's always another secret.
- Kelsier, at various points during the novel
- [..] overthrowing the Final Empire seems like a good start. Are there any religions on your list that include the slaughter of noblemen as a holy duty?
- I've always been very confident in my immaturity.
- That's the funny thing about arriving somewhere, Vin. Once you're there, the only thing you can really do is leave again
- "Surprisingly, it was in my mouth," he said, "I always forget to check there."
- I try to avoid having thoughts. They lead to other thoughts, and—if you're not careful—those lead to actions. Actions make you tired. I have this on rather good authority from someone who once read it in a book.
- You see the great thing about madness is that it's all in your head.
- ... imaginary things were often the only items of real substance in people's lives.
- "That could be solved," Siri said, "Perhaps it would help if you refrained from speaking when others are present. I think I should find you quite amiable in those circumstances."
- The motivations of men. They never make sense. And they always make sense.
- Every man is a hero in his own story, Princess.
- "Of course not," she agreed, "You are nothing if not exhaustive in your self-congratulatory made-up logic."
- "I have a headache"
"You can't get headaches"
"So you're fond of telling me."
- Lightsong the Bold and Llarimar
- "The nature of morality must be considered, and preferably before one is exposed to situations where a moral decision is required."
- "The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon."
- "At times, it seems to me that to be human is to want that which we cannot have. For some, this is power. For me, it is peace."