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The Broken Sword The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
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“Happier are all men than the dwellers in Faerie – or the gods, for that matter…Better a life like a falling star, bright across the dark, than a deathlessness that can see naught above or beyond itself…the day draws nigh when Faerie shall fade, the Erlking himself shrink to a woodland sprite and then to nothing, and the gods go under. And the worst of it is, I cannot believe it wrong that the immortals will not live forever.”
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“Our own age is not one which can afford to call its ancestors savage.”
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“Give me leave, lord, and I will be the best of your hounds – but if a dog be driven out, he will become a wolf and feed on his master’s flocks.”
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“I think you look on death as your friend,’ she murmured. ‘It is a strange friend for a young man to have.’ ‘The only faithful friend in all the world,’ he said bitterly. ‘Death is the only one sure to be at your side.”
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“Better a life like a falling star, brief and bright across the dark, than the long, long waiting of the immortals, loveless and cheerlessly wise.”
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“Ill is it when good folk die.’ ‘Why, if they were good you need not mourn for them,’ said Skafloc glibly, ‘for they are safe from this world’s sorrows, come home to Him above. I should think, in truth, that only the sound of your weeping could trouble their bliss.”
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“There is no other road than the one we take, hard though it be. And no man outlives his weird. Best to meet it bravely, face to face.”
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“As he grew up, he had much attention from the supernally lovely elf women. Without gods, and with few children, the elves know not marriage, but their nature was such that their women had more wish of love and their men less than among humans. Thus Skafloc found himself in great favor, and many a good time did he have in the light nights of summer.”
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“Three things have I never known,’ he boasted once. ‘Fear, and defeat, and love-sickness.’ Imric looked at him strangely. ‘Young are you,’ he murmured, ‘not to have known the three ultimates of human life.”
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“Many things end tonight,’ quoth Valgard, ‘and your life is one.”
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“There is naught on which it does not bite, nor does it ever grow dull of edge. Venom is in the steel, and the wounds it gives cannot be healed by leechcraft or magic or prayer. Yet this is the curse on it: that every time it is drawn it must drink blood, and that in the end, somehow, it brings the bane of him who uses it’.”
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“As he spurred his horse, he had a sudden instant when he saw a hawk rising up toward the moon. The chill struck deep into his bones, and he knew he had seen his own fetch.”
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“Happier are all men than the beings of faerie – or the gods, for that matter,’ he said. ‘Better a life like a falling star, brief and bright across the dark, than the long, long waiting of the immortals, loveless and cheerlessly wise.”
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“Skafloc looked at him out of weary eyes. ‘Have the Sidhe that many ears?’ he asked. ‘No,’ said Gulban, ‘but they know when something of great portent nears”
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“Elves know friendship, if not love, and I would fain see that done which would have gladdened him.”
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“-Il mondo è solo carne che si va putrefacendo su un teschio- mormorò la troll”
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