“Canada is the land of our ancestors. It is our country as it must be the adopted country of the different peoples who come form around the globe to make their way into its vast forests to build their homes and place their hopes. Like us, their paramount desire must be the welfare and prosperity of Canada. This is the heritage which they should endeavour to transmit to their descendants in this young and hospitable country.”—LaFontaine, Terrebonne address.
“No man is brave that has no walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.”—Patrick Ruthfuss, Wise Man’s Fear
“What makes this a good place?"
He looked out over the water for a long time before he answered. “It is an edge,” he said at last. “It is a high place with a chance of falling. Things are more easily seen from edges. Danger rouses the sleeping mind. It makes some things clear.”
“What about falling?” I asked.
“If you fall, you fall,” Elodin shrugged. “Sometimes falling teaches us things too. In dreams you often fall before you wake.”
“Things have changed. There are fewer edges now than there were before. The world is less wild. There are fewer magics, more secrets, and only a handful of people know the name of the wind. You should go. Chase the wind. Do not be afraid of risk.”—Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind