Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people seek it.— David Gemmell
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Nothing of real worth can ever be bought.
Love, friendship, honour, valour, respect. All these things have to be earned.
A warrior feeds his body well; he trains it; works on it. Where he lacks knowledge, he studies. But above all he must believe. He must believe in his strength of will, of purpose, of heart and soul.
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.
Do not speak badly of yourself. For the warrior within hears your words and is lessened by them.
May all your dreams but one come true, for what is life without a dream?
There's no shame in fear. But understand this - the coward is ruled by fear, while the hero rides it like a wild stallion.
I may be stupid, as you say, to believe in honour and friendship and loyalty without price. But these are virtues to be cherished, for without them we are no more than beasts roaming the land.
Fear is an aid to the warrior. It is a small fire burning. It heats the muscles, making us stronger. Panic comes when the fire is out of control, consuming all courage and pride.
I underestimated you, woman." ... "The cry of men down the ages.
Not one of the creatures of blood can escape death.
We all face it, and succumb to it. It follows us like a dark shadow. Yet if we live in terror of it, then we do not live at all. Yes we are born alone, and yes we will die alone. But in between, Tae, we live. We know joy.
A man with wife and daughters has no place losing his temper.
We are tiny flames, Helikaon, and we flicker alone in the great dark for no more than a heartbeat. When we strive for wealth, glory and fame, it is meaningless. The nations we fight for will one day cease to be. Even the mountains we gaze upon will crumble to dust. To truly live we must yearn for that which does not die.
You may think life is sweet now, but when death is a heartbeat away then life becomes unbearably desirable. And when you survive, everything you do will be enhanced and filled with greater joy: the sunlight, the breeze, a good wine, a woman's lips, a child's laughter.
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.
Heroes are people who face down their fears.
It is that simple. A child afraid of the dark who one day blows out the candle; a women terrified of the pain of childbirth who says, 'It is time to become a mother'. Heroism does not always live on the battlefield.
Evil lives in a pit. If you want to fight it, you must climb down into the slime to do so. White cloaks show the dirt more thank black, and silver tarnishes.
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone fails at something.
Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you.
The heart will not betray you.
Foolish: It's all foolish. Life is a farce a stupid, sickening farce played out by fools.
'Do not expect help.' 'One should always hope.' 'Then hope for a handsome savage with kindly ways.'
She was his north star, the fixed point round which his world turned.
For as long as his heart beat, or hers, he believed they would always share a destiny.
Steal a loaf of bread and they hang you, steal a land and they'll make you king.
A warrior...must believe in his strength of will, of purpose, of heart and soul.
It would be a fine thing if war could be conducted as a game where no lives were lost. At the end of a battle combatants could meet [...] and drink and talk.
To be truthful i am not entirely sure what people mean when they talk of happiness. There are moments of joy and laughter, the comfort of friendship, but enduring happiness? If it exists i have not found it
No need for confusion, my dear Mulgrave.
.. Beautiful wine and sour vinegar come from exactly the same source. Curiously if one leaves a bottle of wine open for long enough it will become vinegar. Happily in this house wine never survives long enough to go bad.
Do not complain of life's unfairness. It is never fair - at best it is impartial.
There is evil in all of us, and it is the mark of a man how he defies the evil within.
Many fantasy novels - 'Lord of the Rings', for instance, or 'Lavondyss' by Robert Holdstock - are beautifully written. Geoff Ryman's 'The Child Garden' is exquisite and utterly beguiling. Mervyn Peake's 'Gormenghast' trilogy is an astonishing piece of multi-faceted storytelling. So quality of writing does not condemn the genre.
It is hard to be angry when one has seen the sun rise,' she said.
It seems to be true,' he admitted. 'I wonder why.' Because it makes one feel so small and insignificant. It has been rising forever and will rise forever no matter what we do or do not do. All our problems are as nothing to the sun.
They dont understand what real treasure is.
They see it in gold and copper, and tin. They see in herds of horses or cattle. They gather treasures to themselves, building great storehouses, which they guard ferociously. Then they die. What good is it then?
Love is both wondrous and yet full of peril.
Love is a gateway through which hatred - disguised and unrecognized - can pass.
I was a man before I was a king, and no true man walks away when a friend needs him.
We are full of dreams [...] We long for the unattainable. We believe in the nonsense of fables. There is no pure love; there is lust and there is need.
If there is one sound the follows the march of humanity, it is the scream.
Plan for the worst, expect the best.
If we are still discussing its merits tomorrow, I will agree with you," said Diagoras. "Cheer up, laddie. Nobody lives forever." "Oh I expect you will, Druss, Old Horse. It's the mortals around you who always seem to kiss the granite.
What is life if a man cannot count on his friends when he has gone mad?
Most wars are fought for greed, but we are luckier here we fight for our lives and the lives of the people we love.
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.
This world has few redeeming features, and one is the capacity for people to love one another with great, enduring passion.
There are times, Sember, when I could believe your mother had a secret lover.
Looking at you makes me wonder if it was one of my goats.
If you look at any ancient civilization, they've all used fantasy stories to train the young.
All men have talents. Some build, some paint, some write, some fight. For me it is different.
Too many people go through life without pausing to enjoy what they have.
When your life has been spent in one war after another for forty-five years, you have to be pretty handy to survive.
The very odd thing about sagas ... is that they very rarely mention dry mouths and full bladders.
[F]ear is a great ally.
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.