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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Terry Goodkind on truth, willful, adversity, sword, mistakes, courage, writings, inspire, knowledge and fantasy.

100 Famous Terry Goodkind Quotes Curated From His Writings

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Famous As: Writer

Born On: May 1, 1948

Born In: Omaha, Nebraska

Terry Goodkind is an American writer known for prolifically writing in the genre of fantasy. He suffered from dyslexia at an early age which initially deterred him from writing. He built cabinets and violins for a living before pursuing a career in writing. His first book ‘Wizard's First Rule’ marked the beginning of a never ending successful career. This book was a huge success and was auctioned to a group of publishers at a huge price of $275,000. This encouraged him to come up with some of the most successful novels of his time. Almost all his books have been a best-seller but the most prominent one was ‘Phantom’. The most notable work of his career was ‘The Sword of Truth’ series which has sold more than 25 million copies and has also been translated in more than 20 languages. This series enhanced his reputation as a writer and he became one of the best-selling authors in the world. Apart from being a prominent writer he also loves to take part in semi-professional auto racing and owns a Rahl Racing team. Go through the quotes by the acclaimed writer which will definitely clear out some of your perceptions about life. Following are some famous quotations and thoughts by Terry Goodkind which have been scanned from the vast sea of his work.
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If the road is easy, you're likely going the wrong way.

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People are stupid. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true.

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Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward, that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere.

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I am who I am; no more, no less.

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Love is not about what you want. It's about finding happiness for the one you love.

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Wizards First Rule: People are Stupid

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Nothing marks a man's character better than his attraction to intelligence.

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Your life is your own. Rise up and live it.

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You can't argue with the fools in the world. It's better to let them have their way, then trick them when they're not paying attention.

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Knowledge is a destination. Truth, the journey.

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Only those you trust can betray you" ~ Nathan

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Admitting that you do not know something is the first step to learning.

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...Wizard's Fifth Rule: Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie.

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Knowledge is a weapon. I intend to be formidably armed.

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Nothing gained without cost is valued. Freedom has a cost, and all will bear it so all will value and preserve it.

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No army has ever marched into battle thinking that the Creator had sided with their enemy.

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Once you place that crown of liar on your head, you can take it off again, but it leaves a stain for all time.

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We all can be only who we are, no more, no less.

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Fate does not seek our consent.

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Nothing is ever easy

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Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery.

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When the whole world is crazy, it doesn't pay to be sane.

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The sun has already set on the days we made those choices. We must concentrate on what we can do tomorrow; we can't relive yesterday.

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Knowing when to fight is just as important as knowing how.

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Think of the solution, not the problem

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Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent." -Kahlan

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The light of a new day always chases the shadows of the night away, and shows us that the shape of our fears is only the ghost of our own minds.

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If you are unwilling to defend your right to your own lives, then you are merely like mice trying to argue with owls. You think their ways are wrong. They think you are dinner.

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Once lucky, twice confident, and thrice dead.

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Once you teach me something, it's mine to use.

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Not everyone is willing to embrace liberty; liberty requires not just effort, but risk. Some people choose to delude themselves and see their chains as protective armor.

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Every person's life is theirs by right. An individual's life can and must belong only to to himself, not to any society or community, or he is then but a slave.

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Wizard's Sixth Rule The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.

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In the darkest hours we must believe in ourselves.

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Wizard's Fourth Rule There is magic in sincere forgiveness; in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive.

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The Wizard's First Rule: People are stupid; given proper motivation almost anyone will believe almost anything.

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Deserve Victory

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Reality is irrelevant; Perception is everything.

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History is rarely made by reasonable men.

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Only a fool walks into the future backwards.

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Everything is valuable under the right conditions. To a man dying of thirst, water be more precious than gold. To a drowning man, water be of little worth and great trouble.

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Right and wrong are not the product of census.

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Wrong doing must be punished. If not, it will proliferate until anarchy wears the robes of tolerance and understanding.

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Wizard's Seventh Rule Life is the future, not the past.

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Bags, and Double Bags!" - Zedd

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Wizard's Tenth Rule Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one's self.

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We reap a reward merely in the act of helping others. We never know how, or if, that reward will come back to us. Helping is the reward; none other is needed nor better.

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Wizard's Third Rule Passion rules reason, for better or for worse.

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Even a foolish old woman like me knows that lazy people don't think for themselves; they only think about themselves.

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Kahlan guide me. Kahlan teach me. Kahlan protect me. In your light I thrive. In your mercy I am sheltered. In your wisdom I am humbled. I live only to love you. My life is yours.

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I'd rather look a fool than be right and fail to act.

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Being afraid something is true is accepting the possibility. Accepting the possibility is the first step to believing.

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Everybody knows it. Wizards are supposed to have beards. It's common knowledge.

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There is no place so dangerous as a world without magic.

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I am dead. Only vengeance can restore me! Only victory can return my life to me!

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We all can be no more, or less, than who we are.

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If something is wrong, it matters not if a thousand men are for it; you must still oppose it. If something is just, no amount of popular outcry should stay you from your course.

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Intent is guilt. Failure to successfully carry out the intent does not absolve the guilt.

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...think of the solution, not the problem. If your mind was filled only with thoughts of why you were going to lose, then you couldn't think of how to win.

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Honor is honesty to what is, not blind duty to what you wish to be.

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You can destroy those who speak the truth, but you cannot destroy the truth itself

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Wizard's Ninth Rule A contradiction can not exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole.

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I wish people had half the honor of dragons.

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Emotions are the sums created by details, whether those details are true or not.

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Wizard's Second Rule The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.

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Sometimes that's all life is... One desperate act after another.

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Every war is a murderous struggle between foes. And yet, no army has ever marched into battle believing that the Creator had sided with their enemy.

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I never could understand why some writers treat women as helpless. Every woman I know is strong in her own unique way.

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But this was no ordinary chicken. This chicken was evil manifest.

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I will have to admit, though, that I will never look at an apple in quite the same way.

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Laugh all you want. I know my own worth and don't need to prove it to someone who doesn't know theirs.

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Perception was easily accomplished, required little effort, and it never had to stand the test of reality.

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It is said that the greatest cruelty is drawn from those with the kindest hearts.

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Others made you into who you were. You made yourself into what you have become.

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Dance with me, Death, I am ready.

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Emotions are the end result, the sum, of things learned

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I’m warning you, stay back! This sword has magic.' 'Magic!' the dragon gasped in mock fright. It put a claw to its breast. 'Oh, please, brave man, don’t slay me with your magic sword!

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Culture carries no privilege to exist. Cultures do not have value simply because they are. Some cultures, the world is better off without.

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To love someone means that you sometimes are fulfilled the most by putting thier deepest desires above your own.

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Zedd used to tell me that if the road is easy, you're likely going the wrong way." - Richard

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But emotions when based on valued things can be a faithful and consistant sum of truths.

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The only thing you can be is yourself nothing more nothing less

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It's only some rice and beans Captain. It's not like I'm giving you Cara's hand in marriage." - Richard

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Knowledge comes as it will. Life's lessons come at the most surprising times.

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You can't love anyone or anything until you love your own existence first. Love can only grow out of a respect for your own life.

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Enemies,' the wizard said, 'are the price of honour.

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There is nothing that exists that has only one side. Even a piece of paper, thin as it is, has two sides.

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Wizard's Eleventh and Final Rule The "Rule Unspoken", the "Rule Unwritten", "The rule from the beginning of time.

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When you insist someone submit to your will, it is accomplished most easily if you give them a small victory so they can retain their dignity while they do as you insist. ~ Kahlan Mother Confessor

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Everyone makes mistakes. How a person deals with their mistakes is a mark of their character.

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You have one Mord-Sith and one Mother Confessor, here, both in very bad moods. I would suggest you not give us an excuse to lose our temper, or we may never find it again in your lifetime." -Kahlan Amnell

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Boundary wardens, Zedd thought, were tougher than they had a right to be.

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Freedom requires effort if it is to be won and vigilance if it is to be maintained. People just don't value freedom until it is taken away.

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Sometimes, it is necessary to step beyond what you have known and to reach for something more.

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Standing for truth is everything. Truth is power. Don't ever forget that.

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We can't live our lives according to what might have been. We have to live by what is.

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Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves…and has lost.

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Hesitation is a mistake that invites defeat. I would not be Mord-Sith had I not hesitated when I was young." - Cara

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