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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.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro The King Beyond the Gate

Origine: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 13
Contesto: 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.

„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.

„We will all go down together—that's what makes us who we are.“

—  David Gemmell, libro The King Beyond the Gate

Origine: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 24
Contesto: Come back and stand with us, lad. We will all go down together— that's what makes us who we are.

„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.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro Legend

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

„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.

„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, 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.

„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.

„This is how evil thrives. We find an herb that cures disease, and someone will make a poison from it. We forge iron to make a better plow, and someone will make a sharper sword. There can be no power that evil will not corrupt.“

—  David Gemmell, libro The Swords of Night and Day

Origine: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 21
Contesto: "No golden age to discover now," he whispered. "No end to disease and starvation. No, bright sparkling cities reaching the clouds... All that I have lived for is gone now. I am so tired.""Then think on this, priest: You stopped the Eternal from finding greater weapons. Your actions here have led to her death. The world is free again.""Free? Of one tyrant perhaps. You think there will be no others?""No, I do not. But I know there will always be men to stand against them. You grieve because of a pure magic lost. That magic was corrupted by evil. This is how evil thrives. We find an herb that cures disease, and someone will make a poison from it. We forge iron to make a better plow, and someone will make a sharper sword. There can be no power that evil will not corrupt."

„Sometimes it is more important to stand against evil than to worry about beating it“

—  David Gemmell, libro The Swords of Night and Day

Origine: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 21
Contesto: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro The Swords of Night and Day

Origine: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 10
Contesto: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, libro The Swords of Night and Day

Origine: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 21
Contesto: 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.

„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, libro The King Beyond the Gate

Origine: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 13
Contesto: 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!

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