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Дэвид Геммел

Дата рождения: 1. Август 1948
Дата смерти: 28. Июль 2006

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Дэвид Эндрю Геммел — британский писатель-фантаст, признанный автор жанра героического фэнтези.

Цитаты Дэвид Геммел

„Self-preservation is a paramount desire in all of us.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Self-preservation is a paramount desire in all of us. Good and evil are interchangeable. When the wolves pull down a fawn I don't doubt the doe would consider it an evil act. For the wolves it is a necessity, and they would see the arrival of fresh meat as good. Ch. 5

„How do you know? You do not! You listened to the voice of your inadequacy, and because you believed, you are in my power.“

— David Gemmell
Context: And now I am going to tell you a great truth, and if you are wise, you will take it to your heart. All men are stupid. They are full of fear and insecurity— it makes them weak. Always the other man seems stronger, more confident, more capable. It is a lie of the worst kind, for we lie to ourselves... How do you know? You do not! You listened to the voice of your inadequacy, and because you believed, you are in my power. If I draw my sword, you are dead! Ch. 13

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„There is only one way to survive in war, and that is by being willing to die.“

— David Gemmell
Context: There is only one way to survive in war, and that is by being willing to die. You will find soon that swordsmen can be downed by untutored savages who would slice their fingers if asked to carve meat. And why? because the savage is willing. Worse, he may be a baresark. Ch. 12

„One thing I have learnt about Death is that his bark is worse than his bite.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Be at peace, my friend. One thing I have learnt about Death is that his bark is worse than his bite. Ch. 11

„But judge us not by our number. Rather, watch the numbers of dead we leave behind“

— David Gemmell
Context: One hundred only, Lord Earl. But judge us not by our number. Rather, watch the numbers of dead we leave behind. Ch. 16

„No last dashing charge; no futile last stand!“

— David Gemmell
Context: I am not a hero; I am a soldier. When the battle is lost, I retreat and regroup; when the war is over, I lay down my sword. No last dashing charge; no futile last stand! Ch. 8

„We like to think that tyrants are different from the rest of us. That they are somehow inhuman. They are not.“

— David Gemmell
Context: It is the curse of absolute power, Olek. There is no one to admonish you, no laws save those you make. We like to believe there is something special, even alien, about evil. We like to think that tyrants are different from the rest of us. That they are somehow inhuman. They are not. They are merely unchained, unfettered; free to do as they please. Ch. 10

„What truly makes a man who he is? Is it the strength of his arms, or the courage of his soul?“

— David Gemmell
Context: What I did understand from the rebirth process was that the rebirth reproduced a physical duplicate of the original. But this is my point. It is physical. What truly makes a man who he is? Is it the strength of his arms, or the courage of his soul? You have your own soul, Harad. You are not Druss. Live your own life. Ch. 8

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„One day you'll find a love, and then we can talk on equal terms.“

— David Gemmell
Context: One day you'll find a love, and then we can talk on equal terms. I do not mean that to sound patronizing. You are bright and intelligent. You have courage and wit. But sometimes, it is like trying to describe colors to a blind man. Love, as I hope you will find, has great power. Even death cannot destroy it. And I still love her. ibid

„Whatever I have to do, I will do“

— David Gemmell
Context: No matter how impossible this war, I shall fight to win. Whatever I have to do, I will do. Ch. 8

„It would be a fine thing if war could be conducted as a game where no lives were lost.“

— David Gemmell
Context: It would be a fine thing if war could be conducted as a game where no lives were lost. At the end of a battle combatants could meet [... ] and drink and talk. Ch. 28

„They will try to make us believe that the only way to destroy them is to become like them.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Winning is not everything, Stavut. Men like to think it is. Sometimes it is more important to stand against evil than to worry about beating it... Evil will always have the worst weapons. Evil will gather the greatest armies. They will burn, and plunder, and kill. But that's not the worst of it. They will try to make us believe that the only way to destroy them is to become like them. That is the true vileness of evil. It is contagious. Ch. 21

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„Liberty is only valued when it is threatened, therefore it is the threat that highlights the value.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Liberty is only valued when it is threatened, therefore it is the threat that highlights the value. We should be grateful to the Nadir, since they heighten the value of our liberty. Ch. 9

„I count myself among them — are born with handsome features. That's a gift that should not be lightly taken away.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Some people are born ugly. It's not their fault, and I for one have never held it against a man that he is ugly. but others — and I count myself among them — are born with handsome features. That's a gift that should not be lightly taken away. Ch. 23

„Laughter is a thing to be treasured.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Life is sad enough, Magir. Laughter is a thing to be treasured. Ch. 22

„It is a merchant's nature to quibble over coins.“

— David Gemmell
Context: It is a merchant's nature to quibble over coins. It is how we become rich and buy satin shirts. The problems of who governs this area is one for another day. Ch. 18

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