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David Gemmell

Fecha de nacimiento: 1. Agosto 1948
Fecha de muerte: 28. Julio 2006

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David Andrew Gemmell fue un escritor británico de fantasía y novela histórica.

Frases David Gemmell

„Love, as I hope you will find, has great power. Even death cannot destroy it.“

— 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

„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

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„A man must stand against evil wherever he finds it and he must use all his talents.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Nothing in life is easy, Arvan. But it's what I'm trained for. To lead an army. To bring death and destruction on my enemies [... ] A man must stand against evil wherever he finds it and he must use all his talents. Ch. 6

„This enterprise was doomed, but we do what we can and do what we must. So a young farmer with wife and children decides to go home. Good! He shows a sense that you and I will never understand.“

— David Gemmell
Context: This enterprise was doomed, but we do what we can and do what we must. So a young farmer with wife and children decides to go home. Good! He shows a sense that you and I will never understand. They will sing songs about us, but he will ensure that there are people to sing them. He plants. We destroy. Ch. 23

„Life is a game, Scaler. Play it like that.“

— David Gemmell
Context: But from now on act the part. You will be amazed at the number of people you fool. Don't share your doubts! Life is a game, Scaler. Play it like that. Ch. 13

„I make mistakes as well as any man. If you think me wrong, be so good as to damn well say so.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Bow to nothing, son. I make mistakes as well as any man. If you think me wrong, be so good as to damn well say so. Ch. 10

„Evil corrupts, Bael, by promising us what we want, and telling us that it is good.“

— David Gemmell
Context: You think evil corrupts men by saying come with me and I will turn you into a merciless killer, and damn your soul for eternity? Who would agree to such a bargain? Evil corrupts, Bael, by promising us what we want, and telling us that it is good. Evil talks of the end justifying the means. It speaks of distant goals — aye, and of golden ages. It seduces, Bael. It does not threaten. Not at first. Ch. 13

„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

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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

„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

„I put my faith in me, and do you know why? Because I have never lost!“

— David Gemmell
Context: "We don't seem to be overflowing with luck." "You make your own. I put no faith in gods, Lake. Never have. If they exist, they care very little— if at all— about ordinary mortals. I put my faith in me, and do you know why? Because I have never lost!" Ch. 18

„Don't hover outside life—take part in it. There are people waiting to love you.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Look around you: see the people as they touch and show their love. But don't watch coldly, like an observer. Don't hover outside life— take part in it. There are people waiting to love you. It is not something you should turn down lightly. Ch. 13

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„Only with friends do you need masks.“

— David Gemmell
Context: I am a stranger. You do not need to lie to me or pretend. Only with friends do you need masks. Ch. 2

„No man fights for dirt and grass. No, nor mountains.“

— David Gemmell
Context: Rubbish!... No man fights for dirt and grass. No, nor mountains. Those mountains were here before the fall and they will be here when the world topples again. Ch. 9

„And what is a man? He is someone who rises when life has knocked him down. Someone who raises his fist to heaven when a storm has ruined his crop — and then plants again. And again.“

— David Gemmell
Context: [A]ll men die.... A man needs many things in his life to make it bearable. A good woman. Sons and daughters. Comradeship. Warmth. Food and shelter. but above all these things, he needs to be able to know that he is a man. And what is a man? He is someone who rises when life has knocked him down. Someone who raises his fist to heaven when a storm has ruined his crop — and then plants again. And again. A man remains unbroken by the savage twists of fate. That man may never win. But when he sees himself reflected, he can be proud of what he sees. For low he may be in the scheme of things: peasant, serf, or dispossessed. But he is unconquerable. And what is death? an end to trouble. An end to strife and fear.... Bear this in mind when you decide your future. Ch. 7

„The largest army will founder if its men are less willing to die than to win.“

— David Gemmell
Context: How do you decide a battle is lost? Numbers, strategic advantage, positioning? It's all worth a sparrow's fart. It comes down to men who are willing. The largest army will founder if its men are less willing to die than to win. Ch. 9

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