The last day of my 3 Days 3 Quotes Tag. Yesterday I posted a quote from The Fault in our Stars. The day before that I chose a quote from Jane Eyre. You can find the first quote and the rules of this tag at 3 Days 3 Quotes Tag – Day 1. Today I chose a quote from an epic fantasy novel written by Patrick Rothfuss. In many novels across genres life lessons are present. Sometimes the novel is drenched with it, but most often it is just there in a few lines. Those few words can have an emotional impact and make you contemplate about if and how it corresponds to your life.
Quote Day 3 – The Name of the Wind
“You see, there’s a fundamental connection between seeming and being. Every Fae child knows this, but you mortals never seem to see. We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be. […] 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” (657-658).
The phrase ‘Fake it till you make it’ immediately pops into my mind when reading this quote. However this quote from The Name of the Wind is a warning; if you put on a mask it may change you for better or worse. It is not hard to imagine there is truth in this quote. You can pretend to be a certain person to gain a positive trait, such as confidence, but society can also cloak you with their ideas of who they think you are. If you start believing in their views of you, it might affect your reality. It is therefore crucial to keep reminding yourself it is your story and you are the one who tells it. If you want to change go ahead, but never let anyone make that decision for you.
Rothfuss, Patrick. The Name of the Wind. London: Gollancz, 2007.