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David Gemmell

Date de naissance: 1. août 1948
Date de décès: 28. juillet 2006

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David Gemmell, né le 1er août 1948 à Londres et mort le 28 juillet 2006 à Hastings, est un écrivain britannique.

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Citations David Gemmell

„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

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„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

„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

„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

„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

„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

„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

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„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

„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

„Laughter is a thing to be treasured.“

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

„Winners made him sick with their arrogance, losers made him sick with their whining, and fighters made him sick with their stupidity“

— David Gemmell
Context: "I had a teacher... He said there were three kinds of people in life: winners, losers and fighters. Winners made him sick with their arrogance, losers made him sick with their whining, and fighters made him sick with their stupidity." "In which category did he put himself?" "He said he had tried all three and nothing suited him." "Well, at least he tried. That's all a man can do, Lake. And we shall try." Ch. 18

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„We are closest to life when we are vying with death“

— David Gemmell
Context: We are closest to life when we are vying with death... The blood runs hot, the air smells sweet, the sky becomes an unbearably beautiful blue. Battle is intoxicating. That is why the ghastly vileness of war has always been so popular. Ch. 11

„That is why men follow you, though they hate your blood. They trust you“

— David Gemmell
Context: When responsibility is thrust upon you, can you run from it? No— you have never and you never will. That is what makes you as you are. That is why men follow you, though they hate your blood. They trust you. Ch. 8

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

— David Gemmell
Context: 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. Ch. 9

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

— David Gemmell
Context: 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.

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