David Gemmell

«We make choices every day, some of them good, some of them bad. And if we are strong enough, we live with the consequences.»

David Gemmell


«Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people seek it.»

David Gemmell


«How many hopes and dreams are trapped within these bones? How many wonders lie never to be discovered? This is what war is. Desolation, despair and loss. There are no victors.»

David Gemmell


«I would have offered you a forest of truth, but you wish to speak of a single leaf»

David Gemmell


«Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you.»

David Gemmell


«It is hard to be angry when one has seen the sun rise,' she said.»

David Gemmell


«In any broth, the scum [politicians] always rises to the top.»

David Gemmell


«A great man once told me there can be no courage without fear»

David Gemmell


«Men don't change. They just learn to disguise the lack of change.»

David Gemmell


«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


«Life is a struggle, from the agonies of birth to the railing against death. Devour or be devoured. The law of the wild.»

David Gemmell


«The truth. Men will blind themselves with hot irons, rather than face it.»

David Gemmell


«No man should ever completely realize his dreams. What else would there then be to live for?»

David Gemmell


«If there is one sound the follows the march of humanity, it is the scream.»

David Gemmell


«Our lives are spent sailing in the mist, hoping for a burst of sunlight that can make sense of who we are.»

David Gemmell


«Fear cannot be trusted...It exaggerates everything. It is both treacherous and dishonest.»

David Gemmell


«Odysseus draped the towel over his shoulders and stretched his back. "You remember practicing with wooden swords? All the moves, the blocks, the counters, getting your footwork right, learning how to be in balance always?"»

David Gemmell


«What is your name?"»

David Gemmell


«Nothing of real worth can ever be bought. Love, friendship, honour, valour, respect. All these things have to be earned.»

David Gemmell


«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.»

David Gemmell


«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.»

David Gemmell


«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


«Our souls are but leaves in a storm, and only the gods know where we will come to rest.»

David Gemmell


«Hate is the father of all evil.»

David Gemmell


«I was a man before I was a king, and no true man walks away when a friend needs him.»

David Gemmell


«An enemy is like a man's most prized flower. It brings him joy to see it buried in the ground.»

David Gemmell


«Now the screams were awful to hear as men burned like candles all along the deck. Black smoke billowed over the sea. Argurios could not believe what he was watching. At least fifty helpless men were dying in agony. One man managed to free himself and leap into the sea. Amazingly, when he surfaced the flames were still consuming him.»

David Gemmell