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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.

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Frases David Gemmell

„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

„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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„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

„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

„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

„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

„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

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„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

„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

„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

„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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„A warrior has only one true friend: himself“

—  David Gemmell
Context: A warrior has only one true friend: himself. So he feeds his body well; he trains it; works on it. Where he lacks skill, he practises. Where he lacks knowledge, he studies. But above all he must believe. He must believe in the strength of will, of purpose, of heart and soul. Ch. 3

„We are what we say only so long as our words are iron.“

—  David Gemmell
Context: A man makes mistakes, but he lives by them. Foolish it may be on occassion. But in the main it is the only way to live. We are what we say only so long as our words are iron. Ch. 19

„I never worshipped anything but my sword and my wits; now I suffer for it. But I can take it, for am I not a man?“

—  David Gemmell
Context: I never worshipped anything but my sword and my wits; now I suffer for it. But I can take it, for am I not a man?... It is not hard to be a legend, Tenaka. It is what follows when you have to live like one. Ch. 12

„The waters run that we might drink of them, but they are also symbols of the futility of man.“

—  David Gemmell
Context: All things in the world are created for man, yet all have two purposes. The waters run that we might drink of them, but they are also symbols of the futility of man. They reflect our lives in rushing beauty, birthed in the purity of the mountains. As babes they babble and run, gushing and growing as they mature into strong young rivers. Then they widen and slow until at least they meander, like old men, to join with the sea. Ch. 12

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