Siuan: You remind me of my uncle Huan. No one could ever pin him down. He liked to gamble, too, and he’d much rather have fun than work. He died pulling children out of a burning house. He wouldn’t stop going back as long as there was one left inside. Are you like him, Mat? Will you be there when the flames are high?
Mat: I’m no hero. I do what I have to do, but I am no hero.
Siuan: Most of those we call heroes only did what they had to do.
– The most accurate description of Matrim Cauthon ever.