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David Gemmell

Data di nascita: 1. Agosto 1948
Data di morte: 28. Luglio 2006

David Andrew Gemmell è stato uno scrittore britannico.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro The Swords of Night and Day

Origine: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 8
Contesto: 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.

„And what is death? an end to trouble. An end to strife and fear.“

—  David Gemmell, libro Legend

Origine: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 7
Contesto: [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.

„You must learn to use each man to his best advantage“

—  David Gemmell, libro Quest for Lost Heroes

Origine: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 1
Contesto: Why must I have the Piglet?' 'Because you are the best.' 'I do not understand.' 'Teach him.' 'And who teaches me?' ' As an officer, my lord, you will have many men under your command and not all will be gifted. You must learn to use each man to his best advantage...

„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, libro Legend

Origine: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 23
Contesto: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro The King Beyond the Gate

Origine: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 12
Contesto: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro Legend

Origine: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 9
Contesto: 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.

„The gift of life is too great to waste“

—  David Gemmell, libro Quest for Lost Heroes

Origine: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 1
Contesto: By my lights, my son, you are a young man. [... ] there should be love in your life. Am I at fault in my thinking?''Not at fault, Senior Brother. I loved once, and in truth I could love again. But the pain of loss was too much for me. I would rather live alone than suffer for it.''Then you are here to hide, Charreos, and it is not a good reason. The gift of life is too great to waste in such a fashion...

„They will hurt the people you love. They will do anything to make you angry or emotional. But the only way you can make them suffer is to win. And to do that you must remain cool“

—  David Gemmell, libro Quest for Lost Heroes

Origine: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 4
Contesto: Never let anger, or outrage, or fear affect you. That is easy advice to give, but hard to follow. Men will bait you, they will laugh at you, they will jeer. But it is just noise, Kiall. They will hurt the people you love. They will do anything to make you angry or emotional. But the only way you can make them suffer is to win. And to do that you must remain cool.

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„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, libro The King Beyond the Gate

Origine: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 12
Contesto: 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.

„Friends you can hurt, for they expect everything“

—  David Gemmell, libro The King Beyond the Gate

Origine: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 2
Contesto: It is easier with strangers, for they touch your life but for an instant. You will not disappoint them, for you owe them nothing; neither do they expect anything. Friends you can hurt, for they expect everything.

„Men have been killing each other for centuries without need to blame skulls or relics.“

—  David Gemmell, libro Stormrider

Rigante series, Stormrider
Contesto: We don’t have time for theological debates, or philosophical discussion on the nature of evil,’ he said. ‘Men have been killing each other for centuries without need to blame skulls or relics.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro The King Beyond the Gate

Origine: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 16
Contesto: One hundred only, Lord Earl. But judge us not by our number. Rather, watch the numbers of dead we leave behind.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro The King Beyond the Gate

Origine: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 8
Contesto: 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!

„Until the actual moment, when they cut me down, I shall still be looking to win.“

—  David Gemmell, libro Legend

Origine: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 9
Contesto: I don't give a damn, laddie. Until the actual moment, when they cut me down, I shall still be looking to win. And the gods of war are fickle at best.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro The Swords of Night and Day

Origine: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 18
Contesto: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro Legend

Origine: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 9
Contesto: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro The King Beyond the Gate

Origine: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 19
Contesto: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro Stormrider

Origine: Rigante series, Stormrider, Ch. 13
Contesto: 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.

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