"Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination."
"I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."
— The Second Ideal of the Windrunners
"I will protect those that I hate... even if the one I hate is myself."
— The Third Ideal of the Windrunners, Teft's variant
"I swear to seek justice, to let it guide me, until I find a more perfect Ideal."
— The Second Ideal of the Skybreakers, the Ideal of Justice
"I will hold the law above all else." note
— The Third Ideal of the Skybreakers, the Ideal of Dedication
"I will remember those who have been forgotten."
— The Second Ideal of the Edgedancers
"I will listen to those who have been ignored."
— The Third Ideal of the Edgedancers
"Lightweavers make no oaths beyond the first. You must speak truths."
— Pattern answering Shallan's question on additional oaths
"I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together."
— The Second Ideal of the Bondsmiths
"I will take responsibility for what I have done. If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man."
— The Third Ideal of the Bondsmiths
"Find the most important words a man can say."
— King Galivar's dying wish to his brother, Dalinar
"The sun approaches the horizon. The Everstorm comes. The True Desolation. The Night of Sorrows."
— The Almighty's words to Dalinar
A dun sphere after a Highstorm. And a man living who should have been dead. Two impossibilities. Together, they bespoke something that should be even more impossible.
— Teft right after Kaladin's "execution"
"Speak again the ancient oaths and return to men the Shards they once bore. The Knights Radiant must stand again."
"They will come you cannot stop their oaths look for those who survive when they should not that pattern will be your clue"
— The Diagram
"Hello. Would you like to destroy some evil today?"
"You cannot have my pain. You. Cannot. Have. My. Pain. I killed those children. I burned the people of Rathalas. YOU CANNOT HAVE MY PAIN! I did kill the people of Rathalas. You might have been there, but I made the choice. I decided. I killed her. It hurts so much, but I did it. I accept that. You cannot have her. You cannot take her from me again.
—Dalinar Kholin, to Odium, Oathbringer
"Ten spears go to battle, and nine shatter. Did that war forge the one that remained? No, Amaram. All the war did was identify the spear that would not break."