70 Patrick Rothfuss Quotes from the American Author

American novelist Patrick James Rothfuss is best known for his trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1973.

He has a master’s in arts and English from Washington State University, as well as a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The Wise Man’s Fear, the follow-up to his 2007 debut novel The Name of the Wind, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list, earned the 2007 Quill Award.

Patrick Rothfuss

Rothfuss has also contributed to the game Torment: Tides of Numenera and co-written comic books like Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons.

His nonprofit, Worldbuilders, has helped Heifer International, which helps communities in impoverished countries, by raising more than $11.5 million.

Here is a great collection of quotes by Patrick Rothfuss.

Top 10 Patrick Rothfuss Quotes


It’s a horrible thing to have your body failure, you never think about it when you are young. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


There is a great difference between being fearless and being brave. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


A tree doesn’t make a thunderstorm, but any fool knows where lightning’s going to strike. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Words have to find a man’s mind before they can touch his heart, and some men’s minds are woefully small targets. ~ Patrick Rothfuss .


No matter how you spend your life, your wit will defend you more often than a sword. Keep it sharp! ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Emotions by their very nature are not reasonable things. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Power is okay, and stupidity is usually harmless. Power and stupidity together are dangerous. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


You are not wise enough to fear me as I should be feared. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Famous Patrick Rothfuss Quotes

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I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Feel free to call me by my first name: Master. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

He was giving me enough rope to hang myself with. Apparently he didn’t realize that once a noose is tied it will fit one neck as easily as another. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


The best lies about me are the ones I told. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

If you can find someone like that, someone who you can hold and close your eyes to the world with, then you’re lucky. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


But how awful would that be? How terrible to live surrounded by the stark, sharp, hollowness of things that simply were enough? ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

If I seem to wander, if I seem to stray, remember that true stories seldom take the straightest way. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Congratulations. That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. Ever. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

One reason we love fiction is because stories have a comforting shape. They provide a resolution that’s lacking in our regular lives. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Popular Patrick Rothfuss Quotes


Metal rusts, music lasts forever. ~ Patrick Rothfuss .

I’ve always liked the moonless night best. It’s easier to say things in the dark. It’s easier to be yourself. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

I learned to love the feel of good words. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

The boy grows upward, but the girl grows up. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Power and stupidity together are dangerous. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

My bad luck got tangled up with my bad decisions, and I’m paying for it. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Practice makes the master. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Books are a poor substitute for female companionship, but they are easier to find. ~ 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. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Beer dulls a memory, brand sets it burning, but wine is the best for a sore heart’s yearning. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Best Patrick Rothfuss Quotes


Do not mistake me for my mask. You see light dappling on the water and forget the deep, cold dark beneath. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

That is how heavy a secret can become. It can make blood flow easier than ink. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


I only know one story. But oftentimes small pieces seem to be stories themselves. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


There are two sure ways to lose a friend, one is to borrow, the other is to lend. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Music is a proud, temperamental mistress. Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours. Slight her and there will come a day when you call and she will not answer. So I began sleeping less to give her the time she needed. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


All the truth in the world is held in stories. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. This is rare and pure and perfect. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Ten times ten thousand books. More than that. More books than you could ever read. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Just handle the books gently and you’ll get along fine. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Language is inexorably tied to power and understanding. And power and understanding are the roots of magic. Just the act of writing something down is a magical act. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


I guess I’m destined to be loveless. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Wise Patrick Rothfuss Quotes

Secrets of the heart. We swallow hard against them every day, forcing them deep inside us. There they sit, growing heavier, festering. Given enough time, they cannot help but crush the heart that holds them. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Knowing your own ignorance is the first step to enlightenment. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

The truth is that the world is full of dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we’d like to be. And that sucks. But when you’re confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Only a fool worries over what he can’t control. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Dawn was coming. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


A poet is a musician who can’t sing. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

The desire for knowledge shapes a man. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

It gets tiresome being spoken to as if you are a child, even if you happen to be one. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Anger can keep you warm at night, and wounded pride can spur a man to wondrous things. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Powerful Patrick Rothfuss Quotes

May all your stories be glad ones, and your roads be smooth and short. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

We know how it ends practically before it starts. That’s why stories appeal to us. They give us the clarity and simplicity our real lives lack. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

It was wise enough to know itself, and brave enough to be itself, and wild enough to change itself while somehow staying altogether true. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Some days simply lay on you like stones. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Too much truth confuses the facts. Too much honesty makes you sound insincere. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

That was another lesson I had learned perhaps too well: people meant pain. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Owls are wise. They are careful and patient. Wisdom precludes boldness. That is why owls make poor heroes. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

There is a part of her that is only for me. You cannot touch it, no matter how hard you might try. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Insightful Patrick Rothfuss Quotes

Only priests and fools are fearless and I’ve never been on the best of terms with God. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Fear tends to come from ignorance. Once I knew what the problem was, it was just a problem, nothing to fear. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

Small facts lead to great knowing. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.

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