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“Of all that I have possessed in my life, my memories are the only things remaining to me. Indeed, I believe that memories are the only real treasure any human can hope to hold always.”
Gary Jennings, Aztec
“I do not know what she was thinking, but I was remembering the years we have lived together, yet never together, and what a waste they have been--of each other, and of love, which is the most unpardonable waste there is. Love and time, those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent.”
Gary Jennings
“Collect adventures and experiences to reminisce about…go to far places, meet new people, eat exotic foods, enjoy all varieties of women, look on unfamiliar landscapes, see new things.”
Gary Jennings
“I let no chance go by untaken. I never hesitated to follow where my curiosity beckoned. I willingly went where there was danger in beauty and beauty in danger. I had experiences in plenty. Many were enjoyable, some were instructive, a few I would rather have missed. But I had them, and I have them still in memory. If, as soon as tomorrow, I go to my grave, it will be no black and silent hole. I can paint the darkness with vivid colors, and fill it with music both martial and languorous, with the flicker of swords and the flutter of kisses, with flavors and excitements and sensations, with the fragrance of a field of clover that has been warmed in the sun and then washed by a gentle rain, the sweetest-scented thing God ever put on this earth. Yes, I can enliven eternity. Others may have to endure it; I can enjoy it.”
Gary Jennings, The Journeyer
“¿Perdonar?
Nunca perdonéis,
pero fingid que perdonáis.
Decid amistosamente que perdonáis.
Convenced de que habéis perdonado.
Así devastador es el efecto
cuando al final os lanzáis
y buscáis la garganta.”
Gary Jennings, Aztec Autumn
“Mis señores, yo no estoy hecho de piedra. Sólo soy un hombre y un hombre es el más frágil de los monumentos”
Gary Jennings, Aztec
“Amor y tiempo son las únicas dos cosas en el mundo que no se pueden comprar, sólo gastar”
Gary Jennings, Aztec
“En la tarde de ese día, en medio del tumulto causado por la tormenta, en una pequeña casa en la isla de Xaltocan, nací de mi madre para empezar a morir.”
Gary Jennings, Aztec
“Pienso que te he amado siempre... pero no hablemos de lo pasado. Solamente te digo que te amo hoy y que te amaré mañana. Porque el pasado se ha ido. Los hoy y los mañanas serán todos los días que podrán ser. Y en cada uno de estos días te diré, te amo.”
Gary Jennings, Aztec
“Los dioses han arreglado que por un tiempo estemos separados, para que nunca más lo estemos.”
Gary Jennings, Aztec
“If a man is to have a fault, it should be a passionate one, like insatiable curiosity. It would be a pity to be damned for something paltry.”
Gary Jennings, The Journeyer
“Hay un gran peligro substancioso en ir a cazar lo insubstancial”
Gary Jennings
“«– Скажи, а что такое «смерть от тысячи»: от тысячи чего? ....
– Марко, называй это смертью от тысячи ласк, тысячи мучений, тысячи проявлений нежности, какая разница? Получив хоть что-нибудь в таком количестве, человек умрет. И название означает всего лишь, что смерть будет медленной…..»”
Gary Jennings
“He also made all Muslims publicly forswear that part of their Holy Quran which permits them to dupe, cheat and kill all who are not of Islam.”
Gary Jennings, The Journeyer
“That is the hazard in curiosity, I thought: all the certainties fragment and dissolve. A man curious enough and persistent enough might find even the round and solid ball of earth to be not so. He might be less proud of his faculty of reasoning when it left him with nothing whereon to stand. But then again, was not the truth a more solid foundation than illusion?”
Gary Jennings, The Journeyer
“The wise man shall pass into strange countries, and good and evil shall he try in all things.”
Gary Jennings, The Journeyer
“The calendar and his glass and the solicitude of his juniors may tell a man that he is old, and he can see for himself that the world and all around him have aged, but secretly he knows that he is still a youth of eighteen or twenty. And what I have said of a man, I have said because a man is what I am. It must be even more true of a woman, to whom youth and beauty and vitality are so much more to be treasured and conserved.”
Gary Jennings, The Journeyer
“A man will believe anything that does not cost him anything,” said”
Gary Jennings, The Journeyer
“As we believed in those days, a hero slain in the service of a mighty lord or sacrificed in homage to a high god was assured of a life everlasting in the most resplendent of afterworlds, where he would be rewarded and regaled with bliss throughout eternity. And now Christianity tells us that we all may hope for an afterlife in a similarly splendid Heaven. But consider. Even the most heroic of heroes dying in the most honorable cause, even the most devout Christian martyr dying in the certainty of reaching Heaven, he will never again know the caress of this world's moonlight dappling his face as he walks beneath this world's rustling cypress trees. A trifling pleasure--so small, so simple, so ordinary--but never to be known again.”
Gary Jennings, Aztec


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