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Glen Cook

Dátum narodenia: 9. júl 1944

Glen Charles Cook is a contemporary American science fiction and fantasy writer, best known for The Black Company and Garrett P.I. fantasy series.

„Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha Sweet Silver Blues

Zdroj: Sweet Silver Blues

„Every ounce of my cynicism is supported by historical precedent.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha Shadow Games

Zdroj: Shadow Games

„More evil gets done in the name of righteousness than any other way.“

—  Glen Cook, Dreams of Steel

Zdroj: Dreams of Steel (1990), Chapter 23 (p. 310)
Kontext: “What do you want, Blade. Why are you doing this?”
He shrugged, an uncharacteristic action. “There are many evils in the world. I guess I’ve chosen one for my personal crusade.”
“Why such a hatred for priests?”
He didn’t shrug. He didn’t give me a straight answer, either. “If each man picks an evil and attacks it relentlessly, how long can evil persist?”
That was an easy one. Forever. More evil gets done in the name of righteousness than any other way. Few villains think they are villains. But I left him his illusion. If he had one. I doubted he did. No more than a sword’s blade does.

„Rich men have dreams. Poor men die to make them come true.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha Water Sleeps

Zdroj: Water Sleeps (1999), Chapter 87 (p. 314)

„Soldiers live. He dies and not you, and you feel guilty, because you're glad he died, and not you. Soldiers live, and wonder why.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha Soldiers Live

Zdroj: Soldiers Live (2000), Chapter 99, “By the Military Cemetery: Missing Persons” (p. 664)
Kontext: “It doesn’t make much sense, does it?” my darling whispered to me. “People go at the oddest times and from the oddest causes.”
“Soldiers live,” I muttered.
“You’re turning that into a mantra.”
“You feel guilty. You wonder why him and not me, then you’re glad it was him and not you, then you feel guilty. Soldiers live. And wonder why.”

„There were dreams once upon a time, dreams now all but forgotten. On sad days I dust them off and fondle them nostalgically, with a patronizing wonder at the naivete of the youth who dreamed them.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha The White Rose

Zdroj: The White Rose (1985), Chapter 2, “The Plain of Fear” (p. 456)
Kontext: An old, tired man. That is what I am. What became of the old fire, drive, ambition? There were dreams once upon a time, dreams now all but forgotten. On sad days I dust them off and fondle them nostalgically, with a patronizing wonder at the naivete of the youth who dreamed them.

„I believe in our side and theirs, with the good and evil decided after the fact, by those who survive. Among men you seldom find the good with one standard and the shadow with another.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha Shadows Linger

Zdroj: Shadows Linger (1984), Chapter 33, “Juniper: The Encounter” (p. 367)
Kontext: I do not believe in evil absolute. I have recounted that philosophy in specific in the Annals, and it affects my every observation throughout my tenure as Annalist. I believe in our side and theirs, with the good and evil decided after the fact, by those who survive. Among men you seldom find the good with one standard and the shadow with another.

„The thing that you know to be true is the lie that will kill you.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha Soldiers Live

Zdroj: Soldiers Live (2000), Chapter 5, “An Abode of Ravens: Headquarters” (p. 384)

„The man who counts on the aid of a god deserves the help he doesn't get.“

—  Glen Cook, Dreams of Steel

Zdroj: Dreams of Steel

„Oh, ‘twould be marvelous if the world and its moral questions were like some game board, with plain black players and white, and fixed rules, and nary a shade of grey.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha Shadows Linger

Zdroj: Shadows Linger (1984), Chapter 33, “Juniper: The Encounter” (p. 367)

„I’m an incurable romantic. The essence of romance is an unshakable conviction that next time will be different.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha Soldiers Live

Zdroj: Soldiers Live (2000), Chapter 135, “Taglios: The Mad Season” (p. 747)

„My favorite sport is female and my favorite food is beer.“

—  Glen Cook, Cold Copper Tears

Zdroj: Cold Copper Tears

„The power to kill becomes the ultimate power in the hands of a man who has no reservations about employing it.“

—  Glen Cook, kniha Water Sleeps

Zdroj: Water Sleeps (1999), Chapter 32 (p. 121)

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