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    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.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: evil  live  fight  black 
     
    Fear is good, for it makes us cautious and aids survival. Not so with terror. It is like slow poison, paralyzing the limbs and blurring the mind. . . Never, when in danger, ask yourself, What will they do to me? Instead think, What can I do to prevent them?
    — David Gemmell
    tags: fear  survival  danger  mind 
     
    Some people have a gift for stupidity, an almost mystic ability to withstand any form of logic.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: people  logic  stupidity  gift 
     
    Foolish: It's all foolish. Life is a farce a stupid, sickening farce played out by fools.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: fools 
     
    A man should be free to do what he wants to do, as long as it doesn't hurt others.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: men  hurt 
     
    Nothing in life is sure, my son. Except the promise of death.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: death  son 
     
    In my experience all women deserve someone better.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: women  experience 
     
    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.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: death  joy  live  dark  alone  die  blood 
     
    Be at peace, my friend. One thing I have learnt about Death is that his bark is worse than his bite.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: death  peace  friends 
     
    Steal a loaf of bread and they hang you, steal a land and they'll make you king.
    — David Gemmell
    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.
    — David Gemmell
    I make little distinction betwee those who commit evil and those who stand by and do nothing.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: evil 
     
    I underestimated you, woman." ... "The cry of men down the ages.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: men  age 
     
    We make choices everyday, some of them good, some of them bad. And - if we are strong enough - we live with the consequences.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: live  choice  bad  strong  consequence 
     
    Love is a mystery. We embrace it where we can. Mostly we do not choose whom we love. It just happens. A voice speaks to us, in ways the ears cannot hear. We recognize a beauty the eye does not see. We experience a change in our hearts that no voice can describe.
    — David Gemmell
    There's no shame in fear. But understand this - the coward is ruled by fear, while the hero rides it like a wild stallion.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: fear  wild  hero  shame 
     
    I have discovered in my long life that there are many words and phrases which have more power than any spell of magick. The most well-known of these is, of course, I love you. But by far the most deadly is, if only. For these two words can strip a man's strength, his courage and his confidence. They become the father of regret and anguish and pain.
    — David Gemmell
    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.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: fear  control  fire  courage  pride 
     
    Man is capable of greatness, love, nobility, compassion. Yet never forget that his capacity for evil is infinite. It is a sad truth, boy, that if you sit now and think of the worst tortures that could ever be inflicted on another human being, they will already have been practiced somewhere. If there is one sound that follows the march of humanity, it is the scream.
    — David Gemmell
    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.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: work  heart  believe  soul  body  strength 
     
    May all your dreams but one come true, for what is life without a dream?
    — David Gemmell
    tags: true  dreams 
     
    Do not speak badly of yourself, for the warrior that is inside you hears your words and is lessened by them.
    — David Gemmell
    Never violate a woman, nor harm a child. Do not lie, cheat or steal. These things are for lesser men. Protect the weak against the evil strong. And never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the persuit of evil.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: children  evil  men  women  thoughts  lies  child  strong 
     
    Nothing of real worth can ever be bought. Love, friendship, honour, valour, respect. All these things have to be earned.
    — David Gemmell
    It is easier with strangers, for they touch your life but for an instant. You will not disappoint them, for you owe them nothing; neither do they expect anything. Friends you can hurt, for they expect everything.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: friends  hurt 
     
    There is evil in all of us, and it is the mark of a man how he defies the evil within.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: evil  men 
     
    Men don't change. They just learn to disguise the lack of change.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: men  learn 
     
    It's a funny thing about weaknesses....Most people will tell you they know their weaknesses. When asked, they'll tell you, 'Well for one thing, I'm overgenerous.' ... that's what innkeepers are for.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: people  funny  weakness 
     
    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.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: believe  lust  dreams 
     
    We all have scars [...] Better by far for them to be worn on the outside.
    — David Gemmell
    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.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: live  lost  battle  war  games 
     
    Do not complain of life's unfairness. It is never fair - at best it is impartial.
    — David Gemmell
    Life is nothing unless death has been faced down.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: death 
     
    There is a darkness in you. In all of us, probably. Beasts we keep chained. Ordinary men have to keep the chains strong, for if we let the beast loose then society will turn upon us with fiery vengeance. Kings though...well, who is there to turn upon them? So the chains are made of straw. It is the curse of kings, Helikaon, that they can become monsters. And they invariably do.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: men  society  darkness  strong 
     
    I don't know yet whether I fully believe in fate, but certain things do happen in a man's life that he cannot explain.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: fate  believe 
     
    What is life if a man cannot count on his friends when he has gone mad?
    — David Gemmell
    tags: men  friends  gone 
     
    Yours is a race whose imagination is limited to its own small appetites. Greed, lust, envy - these are the motivating forces of humankind. What redeems you is that in every man and woman there is a seed that can grow to encompass love, joy and compassion. But this seed is never allowed to prosper in fertile ground. It struggles for life among the rocks of your human soul.
    — David Gemmell
    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.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: death  laughter 
     
    I caught a pebble in the moonlight.
    — David Gemmell
    Heroes are people who face down their fears. It is that simple.
    — David Gemmell
    tags: fear  people  hero 
     
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