The Guns of Avalon Quotes

Rate this book
Clear rating
The Guns of Avalon (The Chronicles of Amber #2) The Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny
18,945 ratings, 4.15 average rating, 489 reviews
Open Preview
The Guns of Avalon Quotes Showing 1-23 of 23
“Nobody steals books but your friends.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“In the mirrors of the many judgments, my hands are the color of blood. I sometimes fancy myself an evil which exists to oppose other evils; and on that great Day of which the prophets speak but in which they do not truly believe, on the day the world is utterly cleansed of evil, then I too will go down into darkness, swallowing curses. Until then, I will not wash my hands nor let them hang useless.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
tags: evil
“Strygalldwir is my name. Conjure with it and I will eat your heart and liver."

"Conjure with it? I can't even pronounce it, and my cirrhosis would give you indigestion.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Of course it does not apply to me. I am the soul of honor, kindness, mercy and goodness. Trust me in all things.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“We fought.'
'A duel?'
'Nothing that formal. A simultaneous decision to murder one another is more like it.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Thus did I bear Sir Lancelot de Lac to the Keep of Ganleon, whom I trusted like a brother. That is to say, not at all.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“It was almost a mystical experience. I do not know how else to put it. My mind outran time as he neared, and it was as though I had an eternity to ponder the approach of this man who was my brother. His garments were filthy, his face blackened, the stump of his right arm raised, gesturing anywhere. The great beast that he rode was striped, black and red, with a wild red mane and tail. But it really was a horse, and its eyes rolled and there was foam at its mouth and its breathing was painful to hear. I saw then that he wore his blade slung across his back, for its haft protruded high above his right shoulder. Still slowing, eyes fixed upon me, he departed the road, bearing slightly toward my left, jerked the reins once and released them, keeping control of the horse with his knees. His left hand went up in a salute-like movement that passed above his head and seized the hilt of his weapon. It came free without a sound, describing a beautiful arc above him and coming to rest in a lethal position out from his left shoulder and slanting back, like a single wing of dull steel with a minuscule line of edge that gleamed like a filament of mirror. The picture he presented was burned into my mind with a kind of magnificence, a certain splendor that was strangely moving. The blade was a long, scythe like affair that I had seen him use before. Only then we had stood as allies against a mutual foe I had begun to believe unbeatable. Benedict had proved otherwise that night. Now that I saw it raised against me I was overwhelmed with a sense of my own mortality, which I had never experienced before in this fashion. It was as though a layer had been stripped from the world and I had a sudden, full understanding of death itself.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Tonight I will suck the marrow from your bones!” it said. “I will dry them and work them most cunningly into instruments of music! Whenever I play upon them, your spirit will writhe in bodiless agony!”
“You burn prettily,” I said.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
tags: bones
“While I had often said that I wanted to die in bed, what I really meant was that in my old age I wanted to be stepped on by an elephant while making love.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Time, too, is a function of Shadow, and even Dworkin did not know all of its ins and outs. Or perhaps he did. Maybe that is what drove him mad.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
tags: time
“The most difficult thing about Time, I have learned, is doing it.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
tags: time
“I was not always that way, but perhaps the shadow Earth, where I spent so many years, mellowed me a bit, and maybe my hitch in the dungeons of Amber reminded me somewhat of the quality of human suffering. I do not know. I only know that I could not pass by the hurt I saw on the form of someone much like someone who had once been a friend.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Pijesak, kamenje, vjetar, još narančastije nebo, gomila plosnatih oblaka prema kojima je padalo sunce...
Potom duge sjene, umiranje vjetra, mir...
Samo zvuk kopita na kamenju i zvuci našeg disanja... Prigušeno svjetlo kad se sunce sudarilo s oblacima... Zidovi dana potresani grmljavinom...
Neprirodno jasni obrisi udaljenih predmeta... Hladan, električno plavi osjećaj u zraku...
Opet grmljavina...
Sad - uzbiban, staklasti zastor kiše koja mi se približava zdesna... Plave pukotine u oblacima... Temperatura pada, naš korak i dalje stalan, svijet sad posve jednobojan...”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Amber casts an infinity of shadows, and my Avalon had cast many of its own, because of my presence there. I might be known on many earths that I had never trod, for shadows of myself had walked them, mimicking imperfectly my deeds and my thoughts.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Hell, we make our own ifs. I had better things to think about than what could have happend”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Thus did I bear Sir Lancelot du Lac to the Keep of Ganelon, whom I trusted like a brother. That is to say, not at all.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Beyond the River of the Blessed, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Avalon. Our swords were shattered in our hands and we hung our shields on the oak tree. The silver towers were fallen, into a sea of blood. How many miles to Avalon? None, I say, and all. The silver towers are fallen.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Понимать себя и властовать над собою - это не одно и то же.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“My books were all on their shelves. Nobody steals books but your friends.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Hell, we make our own ifs. I had better things to think about than what could have happened”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“The thing had been quite unpremeditated on my part. I had not even thought of her as a woman until she came into my arms and revised my thinking on the subject.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“child of Amber may walk among them, and such was my heritage. You may call them parallel worlds if you wish, alternate universes if you would, the products of a deranged mind if you care to. I call them shadows, as do all who possess the power to walk among them. We select a possibility and we walk until we reach it. So, in a sense, we create it.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon
“Their voices lack the thrust and dip of men chewing over their words and tasting them. They”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon