One of my favorite tropes in fantasy books is that of the wise mentor. Sometimes they are grouchy and frustrate their mentees, while other times they say things that can inspire all.

Photo by Trevor Cole on Unsplash
Photo by Trevor Cole on Unsplash

Mentors in fantasy books are there to guide their mentees down the right path. They are essential parts of their mentees’ success and give motivation, emotional support, and serve as role models.

I think one of the best things about mentors in fantasy books is the advice they give. The way they phrase their words often leave their mentees completely confused, but I enjoy how this plays out because I think they do so just to annoy their mentees.

However, mentors in fantasy books are not always so vague. Sometimes they speak in plain terms, in words that often stay with both their mentees and the reader. Here are some of my favorite wise quotes from great fantasy book mentors.

1. Gandalf the Grey

Gandalf the Grey
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Only a small part is played in great deeds by any hero.

Gandalf the Grey

This quote explains how great deeds can be achived successfully with a team. I like how the quote talks about teamwork without using many words. Just because someone is the hero of a story does not mean they achieved their goals alone.

He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.

Gandalf the Grey

This quote tells readers that you cannot solve a problem by destroying something, but instead you must face it head on.

The wise speak only of what they know.

Gandalf the Grey

This quote is a great inspiration because it tells people to only speak of what they know and understand. Talking about things you don’t know or understand can often mislead others.

2. Moiraine Damodred

Moiraine Damodred
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Live with what you cannot change.

Moiraine Damodred

This quote inspires people to move on with life and to live with things they cannot change, rather than worrying about not being able to change them.

You learn nothing if you put someone’s back up to start.

Moiraine Damodred

This quote is an inspiration to put in effort when a decision is made to learn something.

3. Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore
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We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

Albus Dumbledore

We are stronger together and weaker divided. This is a quote that has been used by both fictional characters and real leaders for many years, phrased in different and new ways.

Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

Albus Dumbledore

This quote is one that resonated with me because of how it speaks of racism or tribalism. To me, it means that if we all aim to love and be kind to each other, our differences will not matter.

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.

Albus Dumbledore

I love how this quote explains the power of words. This just means that words can hurt as much as they can heal if you know what to say. A powerful quote by a great fantasy mentor.


I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.

Gandalf the Grey

I think it is appropriate to conclude this article with one of those annoying quotes by wise fantasy mentors. This one is by Gandalf The Grey, and it will definitely make me roll my eyes if he was my mentor.

Which of these mentor quotes to their mentees do you like?