Malazan Quotes

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Steven Erikson
“Kallor shrugged. '[...] I have walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I have commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I have spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?'

'Yes,' [said Caladan Brood.] 'You never learn.”
Steven Erikson, Memories of Ice

Steven Erikson
“Tell me, Tool, what dominates your thoughts?'
The Imass shrugged before replying.
'I think of futility, Adjunct.'
'Do all Imass think about futility?'
'No. Few think at all.'
'Why is that?'
The Imass leaned his head to one side and regarded her.
'Because Adjunct, it is futile.”
Steven Erikson, Gardens of the Moon

Steven Erikson
“The harder the world, the fiercer the honour.”
Steven Erikson, Memories of Ice

Steven Erikson
“Ben Adaephon Delat," Pearl said plaintively, "see the last who comes. You send me to my death."
"I know," Quick Ben whispered.
"Flee, then. I will hold them enough to ensure your escape no more."
Quick Ben sank down past the roof.
Before he passed from sight Pearl spoke again. "Ben Adaephon Delat, do you pity me?"
"Yes" he replied softly, then pivoted and dropped down into darkness.”
Steven Erikson, Gardens of the Moon

Steven Erikson
“Soldiers are issued armour for their flesh and bones, but they must fashion their own for their souls. Piece by piece. (Itkovian)”
Steven Erikson

Ian C. Esslemont
“When you do not recognize the wrongs of the past, the future takes its revenge. -Author forgotten”
Ian C. Esslemont, Stonewielder

Steven Erikson
“Chaos needs no allies, for it dwells like a poison in every one of us.”
Steven Erikson, Midnight Tides

Steven Erikson
“The more civilized a nation, the more conformed its population, until that civilization's last age arrives, when multiplicity wages war with conformity. The former grows ever wilder, ever more dysfunctional in its extremities; whilst the latter seeks to increase its measure of control, until such efforts acquire diabolical tyranny.'
- Traveller”
Steven Erikson

Ian C. Esslemont
“I've come to understand that the truth isn't really what's important...what really matters is what people agree is the truth. -Greymane”
Ian C. Esslemont, Stonewielder

Steven Erikson
“We are not simple creatures. You dream that with memories will come knowledge, and from knowledge, understanding. But for every answer you find, a thousand new questions arise. All that we are has lead us to where we are, but tells us little of where we're going. Memories are a weight you can never shrug off.”
Steven Erikson, Deadhouse Gates

Steven Erikson
“You have learned much, Karsa Orlong."
"I have, T'lan Imass. As you shall witness.”
Steven Erikson, House of Chains

Steven Erikson
“We do naught but scratch the world, frail and fraught. Every vast drama of civilizations, of peoples with their certainties and gestures, means nothing, affects nothing. Life crawls on, ever on.”
Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson
“Quick Ben, tell me, who was the toughest Bridgeburner you ever knew? Think back, and think carefully. Get your ego out of the way. Ignore your favorites and the ones who spent all their time looking mean. Not the callous shits, not the back-stabbers, none of the posers. The toughest, Quick Ben. Day in, day out, good times, bad. Tell me. Who?"
The High Mage squinted, glanced down at the ground at this feet, and then he sighed and nodded, looking up as he said, "I didn't need that list, Ganoes. I knew my answer right from the start. We all knew."
"Who?"
"Fiddler. There's no tougher man alive.”
Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson
“When next you see Anomander, tell him this from me: he chose wisely. Each time, he chose wisely. Tell him, then, that of all whom I ever met, there is but one who has earned my respect, and he is that one.”
Steven Erikson, Toll the Hounds

Steven Erikson
“the failure of hope has a name: it is called suffering.”
Steven Erikson, The Crippled God

Steven Erikson
“If we are to live ... we must take risks. Else our lives become deaths in all but name. There is no struggle too vast, no odds too overwhelming, for even should we fail - should we fall - we will know that we have lived.”
Steven Erikson, Toll the Hounds

Steven Erikson
“No soul can withstand the sun's bones of light and reason dims when darkness falls - so we shape barrows in the night for you and your kin." "Forgive my interruption, then," said I. "The dead never interrupt," said the mason, "they but arrive.”
Steven Erikson, Gardens of the Moon

“They could not comprehend - nor did they ever - that I would yield nothing. Rather than surrendering all that I had fashioned, I destroyed it. That is the privilege of the creator - to give, then to take away. I shall never forget the world's death cry - for it was the voice of my triumph...”
Kallor

Steven Erikson
“Stones make no splash on a frozen lake.”
Steven Erikson, Midnight Tides

Steven Erikson
“The closest I ever got to Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms was when I bought the box game set for the latter (I think this was before the novels came out). I well recall this—we were living in James Bay, in Victoria. We opened the box up and took out the maps while sitting in a Mexican restaurant. Ten minutes later I was as close as I have ever been to publicly burning someone else’s creation…What bothered us was the reworking of every fantasy cliché imaginable, all in one package now, and none of it made sense.”
Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson
“Dour music has its own beauty, for the song of ruin is most fertile.”
Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson
“[Speaking about chickens in their living quarters:]

'About that - seems one of them has caught fire, Master.'

'It's smouldering, and too brainless to care. If we wait we can dine on roast chicken for breakfastt. And which one laid that egg?'

'Hmm, a most gravid mystery indeed.'

'You may find this amusing right now, Bugg, but you are the one who will be sleeping down there. They'll peck your eyes out, you know. Evil has been bred into them, generation after generation, until their tiny black bean brains are condensed knots of malice-'

'You display unexpected familiarity with hens, Master.'

'I had a tutor who was a human version.' (p 274)”
Steven Erikson, Reaper's Gale

“When wisdom drips blood fools stand triumphant.”
Gothos

Steven Erikson
“Докато крачеше напред, повиши глас: знаеше, че ще го чуват, знаеше, че Майката Тъма му е дала това. „За своя народ. За този ден, за този най-отчаян ден.“
— Лорд Нимандър е отишъл в двореца. Опитва се да отклони Силана от пътя й. Каква полза да спечелим битката, ако губим войната? Ако не бе това, щеше да е тук. Щеше той да ви говори. Но не е. И… този път, този единствен път, това е добре — защото като мнозина от вас, аз бях роден в този свят.
Айринд бе до него, готов за удара. Мечът изтрещя в щита и звукът отекна като железен вик.
— Лорд Аномандър Рейк ви отведе на друг свят. Бори се да ви даде цел — основание да живеете. И за мнозина в това той се провали. Но за тези, които сте тук — за вас, — той не се провали!
Замахна отново с меча и сблъсъкът разтърси ръката му.
— Поиска от вас да се сражавате във войни, които не бяха ваши. Поиска от вас да се преклоните на каузи, които не бяха ваши. Сто знамена, сто града — съюзници, които ви приемаха радушно, и съюзници, настръхнали враждебно. Съюзници, които ви благославяха, и съюзници, които се бояха от вас. И вашите събратя умираха, ох, как умираха — отдаваха живота си за каузи, които не бяха техни.
Мечът изтрещя отново и този път Айринд едва не се огъна под удара. Спинок чу накъсания му дъх.
— Всички бяха различни и всички бяха едни и същи. Но тази кауза — истинската кауза, която ви предложи — не се промени!
Ударът смъкна Айринд на колене.
Друг войник пристъпи на мястото му и приготви щита си. Звукът от настъпващите зад Спинок воини бе шепот — дихания, шумолене на броня, ботуши, търсещи здрава опора в листата.
— Вашият господар мислеше — всеки път — мислеше… за този момент.
Мечът отново блесна.
— Всеки път, всеки път. Каузата бе справедлива!
Тряс!
— Трябваше винаги да ви го напомня. За този ден!
Тряс!
— Днес Тайст Андий се бият за себе си!
И този път други оръжия отекнаха по ръбовете на щитове.
ТРЯС!
— За своя дом!
ТРЯС!
— За своя род!
ТРЯС!
Мечът потрепери в ръката му. Войникът до него се олюля и се свлече, щитът му бе разцепен на две.
Задъхан, Спинок Дурав продължи напред. „Аномандър Рейк — гледаш ли това? Виждаш ли тези лица — всички тези лица зад мен?“
— Този път! Чужди се бият във ваше име! Чужди умират за вас! Вашата кауза — не е тяхната!
ТРЯС!
Сблъсъкът го тласна напред, прониза го целия като нещо свято.
— Деца на Майката Тъма, човешки същества умират във ваше име!
ТРЯС!
Самият въздух затрепери от удара. Порой вода — полепнала по високите клони, по иглички и листа — се изсипа на дъжд със съсък.
Спинок вече чуваше грохота на битката напред.
„Виждаш ли, Аномандър? Стари приятелю, виждаш ли?“
„Това е наша война.”
Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson
There is, all about us, ancient knowledge - that cannot be denied. Yet Kruppe wonders, are there memories? True memories? Of enlivened flesh and the wind's caress, of the laughter of children? Memories of love?
When frozen between life and death, in the glacial in-between, what can exist of mortal feeling? Not even an echo. Only memories of ice, of ice and no more than that.

Steven Erikson, Memories of Ice

Steven Erikson
“TA truly successful leader is a reluctant leader. Not one whose every word is greeted with frenzied cheering either - after all what happens to the mind of such a leader, after such scenes are repeated again and again? A growing certainty, a belief in one's own infallibility, and onward goes the march into disaster. No, Bugg I won't have anyone kissing my feet ــــ,

' I'm relieved to hear that master, since those feet have not known soap in a long time'.”
Steven Erikson, Midnight Tides

Steven Erikson
“A bravura, pequenino", disse ele enquanto puxava o cão da água para depois descansar a cabeça sobre seu pescoço musculoso " é marcada por uma força menor do que se imaginava, e uma esperança mais distante do que se esperava ter.”
Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson
“Shurq Elalle's fate had taken a turn for the worse. Nothing to do with her profession, for her skills in the art of thievery were legendary among the lawless class. An argument with her landlord, sadly escalating to attempted murder on his part, to which she of course - in all legality - responded by flinging him out the window. The hopeless man's fall had, unfortunately, been broken by a waddling merchant on the street below. The landlord's neck broke. So did the merchant's.”
Steven Erikson, Midnight Tides

Steven Erikson
“They're not dream worlds, Feather Witch. They're real. In those places, we are the ghosts.”
Steven Erikson, Midnight Tides

Steven Erikson
“He is brave, this one, and not given to complaint no matter the hardship. But he weeps for dying horses.”
Steven Erikson, Forge of Darkness

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