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David Gemmell

Geburtstag: 1. August 1948
Todesdatum: 28. Juli 2006

David Andrew Gemmell war ein englischer Autor von Heroic-Fantasy-Romanen. Zu seinen Lebzeiten wurden 31 seiner Romane veröffentlicht, davon 25 in deutscher Übersetzung.

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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, buch The Swords of Night and Day

Quelle: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 8
Kontext: 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 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, buch Legend

Quelle: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 7
Kontext: [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.

„To win you must be ruthless. Single-minded …“

—  David Gemmell, buch The King Beyond the Gate

Quelle: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 14
Kontext: Most of the heroes we remember— we remember only because they won. To win you must be ruthless. Single-minded... which was why he had no friends— just admirers.

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

—  David Gemmell, buch The King Beyond the Gate

Quelle: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 9
Kontext: 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.

„And so modest. Is there anything at which you do not excel?“

—  David Gemmell, buch Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf

ibid
Drenai series, Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf
Kontext: "I thought you were the best," she chided. "Fathers always seem that way," he said dryly. "But no. With bow or knife I am superb. But with the sword? only excellent." "And so modest. Is there anything at which you do not excel?"

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

—  David Gemmell, buch The King Beyond the Gate

Quelle: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 18
Kontext: "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!"

„Evil lives in a pit. If you want to fight it, you must climb down into the slime to do so.“

—  David Gemmell, buch The King Beyond the Gate

White cloaks show the dirt more thank black, and silver tarnishes.
Quelle: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 10

„Evil is never truly strong, for it is born of fear.“

—  David Gemmell, buch The King Beyond the Gate

Quelle: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 8
Kontext: Evil is never truly strong, for it is born of fear. Why did he fall so easily? Because he tested your strength and saw the possibility of death [... ] had he possessed true courage, he would have fought back. Instead he froze — and died.

„Whatever I have to do, I will do“

—  David Gemmell, buch The King Beyond the Gate

Quelle: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 8
Kontext: No matter how impossible this war, I shall fight to win. Whatever I have to do, I will do.

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

—  David Gemmell, buch Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf

ibid
Drenai series, Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf
Kontext: 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.

„One day you'll find a love, and then we can talk on equal terms.“

—  David Gemmell, buch Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf

ibid
Drenai series, Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf
Kontext: 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.

„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, buch Quest for Lost Heroes

Quelle: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 4
Kontext: 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.

„The gift of life is too great to waste“

—  David Gemmell, buch Quest for Lost Heroes

Quelle: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 1
Kontext: 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...

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

—  David Gemmell, buch Legend

Quelle: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 9
Kontext: 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 largest army will founder if its men are less willing to die than to win.“

—  David Gemmell, buch Legend

Quelle: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 9
Kontext: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, buch Quest for Lost Heroes

Quelle: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 1
Kontext: 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...

„The soldier will fight in mud and hail, snow and ice, drought and flood. It is rare that a warrior gets to fight in comfort“

—  David Gemmell, buch Quest for Lost Heroes

Quelle: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 1
Kontext: Gentlemen, you are in sorry condition. But war will render you yet more sorry. The soldier will fight in mud and hail, snow and ice, drought and flood. It is rare that a warrior gets to fight in comfort.

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

—  David Gemmell, buch The Swords of Night and Day

Quelle: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 11
Kontext: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, buch The King Beyond the Gate

Quelle: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 18
Kontext: "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."

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