From the book "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini.

These are Garrow’s words of wisdom and good luck to his two sons as they leave home to seek their destinies in the world.


"First, let no one rule your mind or body.

Take special care that your thoughts be unfettered.

One may be a free man and yet be bound tighter than a slave.

Give men your ear, but not your heart.

Show respect for those in power, but don’t follow them blindly.

Judge with logic and reason, but comment not.


"Consider none your superior, whatever their rank or station in life.

Treat all fairly or they will seek revenge..

Be careful with your money.

Hold fast to your beliefs and others will listen.


"Of the affairs of love … my only advice is to be honest.

That’s your most powerful tool to unlock a heart or gain forgiveness.

That is all I have to say."

-Excerpt from the book "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini.