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Savor and save these epic Fourth Wing quotes. They include magical quotes about love, war, dragons, romance, Violet, Xaden, and so much more. They’re perfect for fans of the Empyrean romantasy book series by Rebecca Yarros to use on Instagram, TikTok, and beyond. Let’s “fire” it up!

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Best Fourth Wing Quotes by Rebecca Yarros (With Page Numbers)

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Page numbers are from the Kindle edition.

“A dragon without its rider is a tragedy. A rider without their dragon is dead.” (Page 12)

 “I wouldn’t be standing here if I’d quit every time something seemed impossible to overcome. I will not die today.” (Page 68)

“Dragons always know.” (Page 68)

“Fascinating. You look all frail and breakable, but you’re really a violent little thing, aren’t you?” (Page 120)

“‘Going for blood today, are we, Violence?’ he whispers. Metal hits the mat again and he kicks it past my head and out of my reach. He’s not taking my daggers to use against me; he’s disarming me just to prove he can. My blood boils. ‘My name is Violet,’ I seethe. ‘I think my version fits you better.’ He releases my wrist and stands, offering me a hand. ‘We’re not done yet.'” (Page 144)

“Coming in last is better than coming in dead.” (Page 155)

“Hope is a fickle, dangerous thing. It steals your focus and aims it toward the possibilities instead of keeping it where it belongs—on the probabilities.” (Pages 175 and 215)

“The right way isn’t the only way.” (Pages 176 and 187)

“And strength of courage is more important than physical strength.” (Page 227)

“They’re a mated pair, Tairn and Sgaeyl. The strongest bonded pair in centuries.” (Page 240)

“There is nothing more sacred than the Archives. Even temples can be rebuilt, but books cannot be rewritten.” (Page 266)

“[W]hile riders may be the weapons of our kingdom, it’s the scribes who have all the real power in this world[.]” (Page 283)

“Nature likes all things in balance.” (Page 300)

“There is no stronger bond than that between two mated dragons.” (Page 411)

“Winning the War Games isn’t about strength. It’s about cunning.” (Page 441)

“[T]hat stubborn, feisty look always makes me want to kiss you.” (Page 452)

“[M]ind-reading is a death sentence […] Because knowledge is power.” (Page 489)

“There’s nowhere in existence you could go that I wouldn’t find you, Violence.” (Page 490)

“I’ve been yours for longer than you could ever imagine.” (Page 552)

“There is only one other bond more sacred than that of a dragon and its rider […] A dragon and its mate.” (Page 559)

“Lies are comforting. Truth is painful.” (Page 564)

“One generation to change the text. One generation chooses to teach that text. The next grows, and the lie becomes history.” (Page 566)

“We can live as cowards or die as riders.” (Page 575)

“I’m not afraid of hard work, especially not when I know just how sweet the rewards are.” (Page 630)

“I would rather lose this entire war than live without you, and if that means I have to prove myself over and over, then I’ll do it. You gave me your heart, and I’m keeping it.” (Page 630)

Curating The Fourth Wing Quotes by Violent, Xaden, and More Characters

"even temple can be rebuilt, but books cannot be rewritten."

Chances are you’ve already read and loved Fourth Wing as much as I did. And, like any really good book, you want to continue to immerse yourself in its most inspirational (and even funny) words by everyone from Violet to Liam and the dragons. This is particularly true when there’s a swoon-worthy love story like Violet’s and a really unique literary world like that of Basgiath War College.

I curated these Fourth Wing quotes based on my own Kindle highlights that I made while reading it. And, looking back after finishing the last page, I found them to be even more enlightening about the full story arc that unfolded in Fourth Wing (including that epic plot twist at the end) and will continue to unfold over the course of books two through five in the Empyrean series.

So, take a closer look at all the best Fourth Wing quotes. They make especially great content for Fourth Wing inspired cell phone wallpaper!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first sentence of Fourth Wing?

“Conscription Day is always the deadliest.”

What is the last sentence of Fourth Wing?

“Brennan grins and opens his arms. ‘Welcome to the revolution, Violet.'”

What is a popular Fourth Wing quote?

“A dragon without its rider is a tragedy. A rider without their dragon is dead.” Find it on page 12.

What is the quote from the Fourth Wing storm?

“I am the sky and the power of every storm that has ever been. I am infinite.” Find it on page 460.

Should I get the Wingleader Fourth Wing quote?

“I am annoyingly aware of everything you do. Should I get the Wingleader?” Find it on page 344.


These Fourth Wing quotes by Rebecca Yarros about love, war, dragons, and so much more transport you back to the literary land of Navarre and help you continue to celebrate your love of this popular book.

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