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David Gemmell

Birthdate: 1. August 1948
Date of death: 28. July 2006

David Andrew Gemmell was a British author of heroic fantasy, best known for his debut novel, Legend. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Gemmell had his first work of fiction published in 1984. He went on to write over thirty novels. Gemmell's works display violence, yet also explore themes of honour, loyalty and redemption. There is always a strong heroic theme but nearly always the heroes are flawed in some way. With over one million copies sold, his work continues to sell worldwide.

In 2008, the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy were established, intended to "restore fantasy to its proper place in the literary pantheon"; a steering group of 18 authors is chaired by writer Stan Nicholls and the award is decided by a public vote. Wikipedia

Works

Legend
Legend
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Stormrider
Stormrider
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Wolf in Shadow
Wolf in Shadow
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Dark Moon
Dark Moon
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White Wolf
White Wolf
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Midnight Falcon
Midnight Falcon
David Gemmell
Lion of Macedon
Lion of Macedon
David Gemmell

„What truly makes a man who he is? Is it the strength of his arms, or the courage of his soul?“

—  David Gemmell, book The Swords of Night and Day

Source: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 8
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.

„Life is a game, Scaler. Play it like that.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 13
Context: But from now on act the part. You will be amazed at the number of people you fool. Don't share your doubts! Life is a game, Scaler. Play it like that.

„I count myself among them — are born with handsome features. That's a gift that should not be lightly taken away.“

—  David Gemmell, book Legend

Source: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 23
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.

„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, book Quest for Lost Heroes

Source: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 1
Context: 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.

„No one ever gets out of this life alive.“

—  David Gemmell, book Legend

Source: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 18
Context: Some of you are probably thinking that you may panic and run. You will not! Others are worried about dying. Some of you will. But all men die. No one ever gets out of this life alive.

„There are many forms of cowardice“

—  David Gemmell, book Quest for Lost Heroes

Source: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 6
Context: There are many forms of cowardice, Chareos. One man can face a score of enemies with a sword, but not a sickness which paralyses him. Another can face death with a smile, yet fear the years of hardship and toil which are living. Are you a coward?

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

—  David Gemmell, book The Swords of Night and Day

Source: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 11
Context: 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.

„Why did he get himself killed for us?" "Because he was a hero. And that is what heroes do.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 20
Context: "We irritated him, he told me. Why did he get himself killed for us?" "Because he was a hero. And that is what heroes do. You understand?"

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„We will all go down together—that's what makes us who we are.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 24
Context: Come back and stand with us, lad. We will all go down together— that's what makes us who we are.

„A warrior has only one true friend: himself.“

—  David Gemmell, book Quest for Lost Heroes

So he feeds his body well; he trains it; works on it. Where he lacks skill, he practises. Where he lacks knowledge, he studies. But above all he must believe. He must believe in the strength of will, of purpose, of heart and soul.
Source: Drenai series, Quest for Lost Heroes, Ch. 3

„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, book Legend

Source: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 7
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.

„As men we are all cursed by the violence in our natures.“

—  David Gemmell, book Stormrider

Men like the Moidart — aye, and Winterbourne — revel in that nature. We do not. We struggle to overcome it.
Source: Rigante series, Stormrider, Ch. 7

„That is why men follow you, though they hate your blood. They trust you“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 8
Context: When responsibility is thrust upon you, can you run from it? No— you have never and you never will. That is what makes you as you are. That is why men follow you, though they hate your blood. They trust you.

„Don't hover outside life—take part in it. There are people waiting to love you.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 13
Context: Look around you: see the people as they touch and show their love. But don't watch coldly, like an observer. Don't hover outside life— take part in it. There are people waiting to love you. It is not something you should turn down lightly.

„All men are stupid. They are full of fear and insecurity—it makes them weak.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 13
Context: And now I am going to tell you a great truth, and if you are wise, you will take it to your heart. All men are stupid. They are full of fear and insecurity— it makes them weak. Always the other man seems stronger, more confident, more capable. It is a lie of the worst kind, for we lie to ourselves... How do you know? You do not! You listened to the voice of your inadequacy, and because you believed, you are in my power. If I draw my sword, you are dead!

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

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 9
Context: 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.

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

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 14
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.

„Only with friends do you need masks.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 2
Context: I am a stranger. You do not need to lie to me or pretend. Only with friends do you need masks.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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