Red Rising Saga Quotes

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"You’re of use because you’re more than a weapon. When your wife died, she didn’t just give you a vendetta. She gave you her dream. You’re its keeper. Its maker. So don’t be spitting anger and hate. You’re not fighting against them, no matter what Harmony says. You’re fighting for Eo’s dream, for your family that is still alive, your people."

- Dancer O'Faran
Red Rising, ch. 13: Bad Things, p. 102

"Polemides is Greek for “child of war.”"

- Darrow O'Lykos
Red Rising, ch. 14: Andromedus, p. 104

"She’s pretty as a peach, but she’s all rotten inside. I took a bite once, if you catch my flow. Tasty, then putrid."

- Cassius au Bellona
Red Rising, ch. 15: The Testing, p. 108

"Society has three stages: Savagery, Ascendance, Decadence. The great rise because of Savagery. They rule in Ascendance. They fall because of their own Decadence."

- Nero Au Augustus
Red Rising, ch. 16: The Institute, p. 121

"If you are thrown into the deep and do not swim, you will drown,” he says, and raises his thin eyebrows. “So keep swimming, right?"

- Roque au Fabii
Red Rising, ch. 20: The House Mars, p. 144

"He disagrees with the rules, but he follows them. It is possible. I can do the same until I have power enough to change them."

- Darrow O'Lykos
Red Rising, ch. 20: The House Mars, p. 145

"Prime. I’ve made a corpse of the best killer’s brother. Dread creeps into me to make a home."

- Darrow O'Lykos
Red Rising, ch. 20: The House Mars, p. 147

"Up for a race, Darrow?"

- Cassius au Bellona
Red Rising, ch. 21: Our Dominion, p. 156

"I wouldn’t want Antonia to lead. She’s a bitch"

- Sevro au Barca
Red Rising, ch. 22: The Tribes, p. 166

"Once, I challenged this prancing oaf to a duel for disrespecting my family—an Augustus fop. He was very methodical—tightened his gloves, tied back his pretty hair, swished his razor as he did before every gory practice bout he’s ever had at the Agea Martial Club.” “And?” “And I hooked him and stabbed him through the kneecap while he was still swishing his razor in preparation.” He catches Lea’s disapproval. “What? The duel had begun. I’m foxy, but I’m not a beast. I just win."

- Cassius au Bellona
Red Rising, ch. 22: The Tribes, p. 168

"no man can pursue any endeavor in the face of tribal warfare."

- Octavia au Lune
Red Rising, ch. 22: The Tribes, p. 170

"And violent hearts set harshest flame"

- Roque au Fabii
Red Rising, ch. 24: Titus's War, p. 185

"Blood begets blood begets blood begets blood …"

- Roque au Fabii
Red Rising, ch. 24: Titus's War, p. 186

"Little girl,” Antonia sighs, “Gold is a cold metal."

- Antonia au Severus–Julii
Red Rising, ch. 27: The House of Rage, p. 211

"Life is the most effective school ever created. Once upon a time they made children bow their heads and read books. It would take ages to get anything across.” He taps his head. “But we have widgets and datapads now, and we Golds have the lower Colors to do our research. We need not study chemistry or physics. We have computers and others to do that. What we must study is humanity. In order to rule, ours must be the study of political, psychological, and behavioral science—how desperate human beings react to one another, how packs form, how armies function, how things fall apart and why. You could learn this nowhere else but here."

- Fitcher au Barca
Red Rising, ch. 29: Unity, p. 222

"You might have guessed that the first test, the Passage, was the measurement of necessity versus emotion. The second was tribal strife. Then there was a bit of justice. Now there will be more tests."

- Fitcher au Barca
Red Rising, ch. 29: Unity, p. 223

"I forget that Cassius, Roque, Sevro, and I are enemies. Red and Gold. I forget that one day I might have to kill them all. They call me brother, and I cannot but think of them in the same way."

- Darrow O'Lykos
Red Rising, ch. 30: House Diana, p. 228

"Well, I do believe I am the lightning,” Cassius declares. “And you, my brooding friend, are the thunder."

- Cassius au Bellona
Red Rising, ch. 31: The Fall of Mustang, p. 239

"I am a master with metaphor and a rogue with assonance."

- Roque au Fabii
Red Rising, ch. 32: Antonia, p. 248

"His eyes do not judge. Not even now. There are times when I wonder what I did to earn such loyalty, then others when I try not to press my luck by looking the gift horse in the mouth."

- Darrow O'Lykos
Red Rising, ch. 32: Antonia, p. 250

"He knows what I’ve done. This is a trap I cannot ride away from. I guess there are those times in life. It’s like staring at the ground as you fall from a height. Seeing the end coming doesn’t mean you can dodge it, fix it, stop it."

- Darrow O'Lykos
Red Rising, ch. 33: Apologies, p. 258

"he was so delighted, and we—my mother and father and brothers and sisters and cousins and loved ones—were so hopeful for him. He trained so hard.” His voice takes a mocking tone. “But in the end, Julian was fed to the wolves. Or should I say wolf?”"

- Cassius au Bellona
Red Rising, ch. 33: Apologies, p. 258

"There are feuds that do not change, Darrow. Cats and dogs. Ice and fire. Augustus and Bellona. My family and the ArchGovernor’s."

- Cassius au Bellona
Red Rising, ch. 33: Apologies, p. 259

"He was never the brightest, not in the way they wanted. Oh, he was kind and bright with emotions—he could sense sadness or anger a klick away. But empathy is a lowColor thing."

- Cassius au Bellona
Red Rising, ch. 33: Apologies, p. 259

"We come as princes and this school is supposed to teach us to become beasts. But you came a beast."

- Cassius au Bellona
Red Rising, ch. 33: Apologies, p. 260