Context: My father's work will not go unfinished, even if it takes me to the grave. That is what I want you, as a rider, to understand. All of Ajihad's plans, all his strategies and goals, they are mine now. I will not fail him by being weak. The empire will be brought down, Galbatorix will with dethroned, and the rightful government will be raised.
Christopher Paolini quotes
Birthdate: 17. November 1983
Quotes Christopher Paolini
„I won't tell you what to believe, Eragon. It is far better to be taught to think critically and then be allowed to make your own decisions than to have someone else's notions thrust upon you.“
Eragon and Oromis discussing the elves' religion.
Context: "It seems a cold world without something … more."
"On the contrary," said Oromis, "it is a better world. A place where we are responsible for our own actions, where we can be kind to one another because we want to and because it is the right thing to do instead of being frightened into behaving by the threat of divine punishment. I won't tell you what to believe, Eragon. It is far better to be taught to think critically and then be allowed to make your own decisions than to have someone else's notions thrust upon you. You asked after our religion, and I have answered you true. Make of it what you will."
„Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it's actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.“
Variant: Are you willing to die for what you believe in? The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.
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Source: Eragon, Eldest & Brisingr
Context: It’s impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments.
As quoted in "Authors of the month: Christopher Paolini and Flavia Bujor" by Dina Rabinovtich in The Guardian (31 March 2004) http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2004/mar/31/booksforchildrenandteenagers
Context: It never struck me as interesting that I didn't go to school — we had our own little world. I always thought of kids who were going to regular school as if they're the others, the separate ones.