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David Gemmell

Datum narození: 1. srpen 1948
Datum úmrtí: 28. červenec 2006

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David Gemmell byl anglický spisovatel fantasy literatury. Gemmellovy knihy v Česku vydávalo nakladatelství Návrat, nyní je ve stejné edici publikuje Perseus.

Již v 16 letech byl vyloučen ze školy za organizování hazardních her a musel začít pracovat. V noci si přivydělával jako vyhazovač z nočních klubů, k čemuž mu značně dopomáhala jeho robustní postava, ale k násilí se uchyloval jenom minimálně a to díky své neobyčejné výřečnosti. Pracoval také jako novinář na volné noze pro několik významných deníků . Zemřel 28. července 2006 po prodělané operaci srdce.

Citáty David Gemmell

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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, kniha The Swords of Night and Day
Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, 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

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

—  David Gemmell, kniha Legend
Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Context: [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. Ch. 7

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

—  David Gemmell, kniha The King Beyond the Gate
Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Context: 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. Ch. 14

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

—  David Gemmell, kniha The Swords of Night and Day
Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Context: 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. Ch. 10

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

—  David Gemmell, kniha The King Beyond the Gate
Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Context: 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. Ch. 12

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

—  David Gemmell, kniha Legend
Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Context: 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. Ch. 9

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

—  David Gemmell, kniha The Swords of Night and Day
Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, 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

„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, kniha Legend
Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Context: 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. Ch. 23

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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, kniha Legend
Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, 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

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

—  David Gemmell, kniha Stormrider
Rigante series, Stormrider, Context: 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. Ch. 13

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

—  David Gemmell, kniha The Swords of Night and Day
Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, 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

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

—  David Gemmell, kniha Legend
Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, 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

„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, kniha Quest for Lost Heroes
Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Context: 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. Ch. 4

„The gift of life is too great to waste“

—  David Gemmell, kniha Quest for Lost Heroes
Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Context: 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... Ch. 1

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