R. A. Salvatore quotes

  • No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Faith #Dragons #Magic

  • Take your love and your pleasure as you find it. Do not worry so much of the future that you let today pass you by. you are happy. need you know more than that?
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Worry #Today #Needs

  • We are all dying, every moment that passes of every day. That is the inescapable truth of this existence. It is a truth that can paralyze us with fear, or one that can energize us with impatience, with the desire to explore and experience, with the hope- nay, the iron-will!- to find a memory in every action. To be alive, under sunshine, or starlight, in weather fair or stormy. To dance with every step, be they through gardens of flowers or through deep snows.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Memories #Flower #Sunshine

  • The physical powers of the body cannot be separated from the rationale of the mind and the emotions of the heart. They are one and the same, a compilation of a singular being. It is in the harmony of these three-body, mind, and heart- that we find spirit. ... Spirit. In every language in all the Realms, surface and Underdark, in every time and every place, the word has a ring of strength and determination. It is the hero's strength, the mother's resilience, and the poor man's armor. It cannot be broken, and it cannot be taken away.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Mother #Determination #Taken

  • A king is a man strong of character and conviction who leads by example and truly cares for the suffering of his people,not a brute who rules simply because he is the strongest.
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    #Strong #Kings #Character

  • If you can quit, then quit. If you can't quit, you're a writer.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Writing #Quitting

  • It is better, I think, to grab at the stars than to sit flustered because you know you cannot reach them.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Stars #Thinking

  • I don't have to prove my worth and value to any but those I love, and that I do by being who I am, with confidence that those I love appreciate the good and accept the bad. Does anything else really matter?
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Who I Am #Appreciate #Matter

  • It is more difficult by far to be independent of our own inner shackles than it is of the shackles that others might place upon us.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Independent #Might #Shackles

  • But what of faith? What of fidelity and loyalty? Complete trust? Faith is not granted by tangible proof. It comes from the heart and the soul. If a person needs proof of god's existence, then the very notion of spirituality is diminished into sensuality and we have reduced what is holy into what is logical.-Drizzt Do'urden
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Loyalty #Heart #Soul

  • Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe, and a way for all of us to find peace in that which we have accomplished, or even failed to accomplish. At the same time, if nostalgia precipitates actions to return to that fabled, rosy-painted time, particularly in one who believes his life to be a failure, then it is an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration and an even greater sense of failure.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Peace #Believe #Frustration

  • It is better, I think, to grab at the stars than to sit flustered because you know you cannot reach them... At least he who reaches will get a good stretch, a good view, and perhaps even a low-hanging apple for his efforts.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Stars #Thinking #Apples

  • To grant the power of a weapon master to anyone at all, without effort, without training and proof that the lessons have taken hold, is to deny the responsibility that comes with such power.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Taken #Responsibility #Effort

  • Artemis Entreri: Do not underestimate Jarlaxle. Many have; they all are dead.
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    #Underestimate #Artemis

  • Because in fantasy perhaps more than in any other genre, the character is rewarded for making the right choices and punished for making the bad. Ask Boromir.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Character #Choices #Fantasy

  • A span of a few heartbeats can make for a greater memory than the sum of a mundane year.-Catti-brie
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Memories #Years #Heartbeat

  • A man inferior with the blade or with his thoughts can still so elevate himself," Entreri explained curtly, "if he can impart the belief that some god or other speaks through him. It is the greatest deception in all the world and one embraced by kings and lords, while the minor lying thieves on the streets or Calimport and other cities lose their tongues for so attempting to coax the purses of others.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Kings #Lying #Men

  • I shudder at the concept of a world tamed.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #World

  • emotion clouds the rational, and many perspectives guide the full reality. To view current events as a historian is to account for all perspectives, even those of your enemy. It is to know the past and to use such relevant history as a template for expectations. It is, most of all, to force reason ahead of instinct, to refuse to demonize that which you hate, and to, most of all, accept your own fallibility.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Hate #Past #Reality

  • Here's the thing, for me at least: this is a huge genre now. It wasn't always so. Not so many years ago, it wasn't so. There is a tremendous diversity in fantasy today.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Years #Diversity #Today

  • ...a third [of three] had died in his bunk of natural causes--for a dagger in the heart quite naturally ends one's life.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Heart #Three #Daggers

  • Regweld is really a fine wizard," he continued, patting the shoulder again. "And his ideas for crossbreeding a horse and a frog are not without merit; never mind the explosion! Alchemy shops can be replaced!
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Horse #Ideas #Mind

  • We are all prisoners at one time or another in our lives, prisoners to ourselves or to the expectations of those around us. It is a burden that all people endure, that all people despise, and that few people ever learn to escape.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Expectations #People #Burden

  • I didn't and don't go to Internet for any business purposes. The book sales for me by this point are way beyond any influence I might have, positively, or others might have, negatively.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Book #Might #Way

  • It got so bad that by the time I was graduated, the only reading I did was in order to get the grade and the only writing I did was in order to get the grade.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Reading #Writing #Order

  • First blood is mine. Last blood counts for more. --Artemis Entreri and Drizzt Do'Urden
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Blood #Lasts #Firsts

  • You view the gods as entities without," Montolio tried to explain. "You see them as physical beings trying to control our actions for their own ends, and thus you, in your stubborn independance, reject them. The gods are within, I say, whether one has named his own or not. You have followed Mielikki all your life, Drizzt. You merely never had a name to put on your heart.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Heart #Views #Names

  • Follow your heart, minute by minute and day by day. Let the course of the river run as it will, instead of tying yourself up in fears that you may never realize" Wulfgar
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    #Running #Heart #Rivers

  • i will follow it, though i know so well now the deep wounds i might find. for as long as i believe that i am walking the true road, if i am slain, then i die in the knowledge that for a brief time, at least, i was part of somethin bigger. this road has perils and i will surely die on it,but, i am not afraid to die.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Believe #Long #Might

  • Hindsight, I think, is a useless tool. We, each of us, are at a place in our lives because of innumerable circumstances, and we, each of us, have a responsibility (if we do not like where we are) to move along life's road, to find a better path if this one does not suit, or to walk happily along this one if it is indeed our life's way. Changing even the bad things that have gone before would fundamentally change who we are, and whether or not that would be a good thing, I believe, it is impossible to predict. So I take my past experiences... and try to regret nothing. -Drizzt Do'urden
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    #Regret #Believe #Moving

  • Everyone dies. It is how one lives that matters.
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    #Matter

  • There is one other error in the Gondsman's line of resoning, I believe, on ap urely emotional level. If machines replace achievement, then to what will people aspire? And who are we, truly, without such goals? Beware the engineers of society, I say, who would make everyone in all the world equal. Opportunity should be equal, must be equal, but achievement must remain individual.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Believe #Opportunity #Emotional

  • The parry is wrong." - Drizzt Do'Urden
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    #Drizzt Do Urden #Drizzt

  • I've always been a fighter. If you tell me I can't, I'll die trying to prove you wrong.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Trying #Fighter #Prove

  • There is a place within each of us where we cannot hide from the truth, where virtue sits as judge. To admit the truth of our actions is to go before that court, where process is irrelevant. Good and evil are intents, and intent is without excuse.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Judging #Evil #Our Actions

  • We need to be reminded sometimes that a sunrise last but a few minutes. But its beauty can burn in our hearts eternally.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Heart #Sunrise #Needs

  • As I became a creature of the empty tunnels, survival became easier and more difficult all at once. I gained in the physical skills and experience necessary to live on. I could defeat almost anything that wandered into my chosen domain. It did not take me long, however, to discover one nemesis that I could neither defeat nor flee. It followed me wherever I went - indeed, the farther I ran, the more it closed in around me. My enemy was solitude, the interminable, incessant silence of hushed corridors.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Tunnels #Skills #Long

  • Change is not always growth, but growth is often rooted in change. Drizzt Do'Urden
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Growth #Drizzt Do Urden #Drizzt

  • Drizzt Do'Urden had followed a line of precepts based upon discipline and ultimate optimism. He fought for a better world because he believed that a better world could and would be made. He had never held any illusions that he would change the world, of course, or even a substantial portion of it, but he always held strongly that fighting to better just his own little pocket of the world was a worthwhile cause.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Fighting #Optimism #Discipline

  • Farewell is said by the living, in life, every day. It is said with love and friendship, with the affirmation that the memories are lasting if the flesh is not.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Memories #Farewell #Bereavement

  • I will always love you Drizzt Do'Urden my life was full and without regret because I knew you and was completed by you. Sleep well, my love.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Regret #Love You #Sleep

  • I'm trying to make all the characters change and grow, or regress.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Character #Trying #Comeback

  • I'm a working-class kid from a blue-collar New England family.
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    #Kids #Eye #Class

  • Definitely they write themselves. It's an amazing experience. It's like the characters have come alive and are sitting on my shoulder talking to me, telling me their tales.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Character #Writing #Talking

  • I loved to read and to write, but then something happened. As I made my way through school, I kept getting handed books to read that didn't excite me and didn't even remotely connect to the realities of my life.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Book #School #Writing

  • I need no fantasies to belittle the great treasures that I already possess.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Treasure #Needs #Fantasy

  • And the real thing can kill you whether you believe in it or not.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Real #Believe

  • Also, there are authors and publicists using the Internet to manipulate opinion, both positively for a work and negatively against the competition. I don't do this and can't stomach it, honestly.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Competition #Opinion #Internet

  • How many people long for that "past, simpler, and better world," I wonder, without ever recognizing the truth that perhaps it was they who were simpler and better, and not the world about them?
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Past #People #Long

  • Selfishly, perhaps, Catti-brie had determined that the assassin was her own business. He had unnerved her, had stripped away years of training and discipline and reduced her to the quivering semblance of a frightened child. But she was a young woman now, no more a girl. She had to personally respond to that emotional humiliation, or the scars from it would haunt her to her grave, forever paralyzing her along her path to discover her true potential in life.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Girl #Children #Emotional

  • Truth, though, is nothing in the face of self-falsehood, and principles are of no value if the idealist cannot live up to his own standards.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Self #Faces #Principles

  • There is no way of truly knowing where a road will lead until it is walked.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Knowing #Way

  • To any intelligent being, there is no emotion more important than hope. Individually or collectively, we must hope that the future will be better than the past, that our offspring, and theirs after them, will be a bit closer to an ideal society, whatever our perception of that might be... It is at those times when we feel we are contributing to that ultimate end... we feel true elation.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Intelligent #Past #Perception

  • The meekest of animals will fight bravely when it is backed against a wall, for it has nothing left to lose. A poor man is more deadly than a rich man because he puts less value on his own life.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Wall #Fighting #Men

  • Luck?" Drizzt replied. "Perhaps. But more often, I dare to say, luck is simply the advantage a true warrior gains in excuting the correct course of action.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Good Luck #Warrior #Gains

  • Drizzt had always suspected it, but now it was confirmed, that "welcome" was his favortie word in the Common Tongue, and a word, he understood with no equivalent in the language of the drow.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Tongue #Common #Welcome

  • Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends, but grief diminishes with every division. That is life.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Being Happy #Grief #Joy

  • Station is the paradox of the world of my people, the limitation of our power within the hunger for power. It is gained through treachery and invites treachery against those who gain it. Those most powerful in Menzoberranzan spend their days watching over their shoulders, defending against the daggers that would find their backs. Their deaths usually come from the front." -Drizzt Do'Urden
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Powerful #People #World

  • I do not know why I care," Drizzt answered honestly. His eyes turned back to his ancient homeland, where loyalty was merely a device to gain an advantage over a common foe. "Perhaps I care because I strive to be different from my people," he said, as much to himself as to Bruenor. "Perhaps I care because I am different from my people. I may be more akin to race of the surface...that is my hope at least. I care because I have to care about something.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Loyalty #Eye #Race

  • I am no longer amazed by how quickly a man will justify his change of heart when a spear is leveled his way.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Heart #Men #Way

  • A world without dragons is a world not worth living in.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Dragons #World

  • Writing a book for me, I expect, is very similar to the experience of reading the book for my readers.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Book #Reading #Writing

  • Writing is an incredibly lonely job.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Lonely #Jobs #Writing

  • Never seem to have a Death Star lying around when you need one.” -Han Solo
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Stars #Lying #Needs

  • There is a difference between finding trouble in your path and going out of your way searching for it.” -Jacen Solo
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Differences #Way #Path

  • The gods of the realms are many and varied -- or they are the many and varied names and identities tagged onto the same being. I know not -- and care not -- which.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Names #Identity #Care

  • These were the companions who justified my principles, who gave me the strength to continue against any foe, real or imagined. These were the companions who fought the helplessness, the rage, and frustration. These were the friends who gave me my life.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Real #Frustration #Principles

  • Because of the friends I have known, the honorable people I have met, I know I am no solitary hero of unique causes. I know now that when I die, I will live on. That which is important will live on. This is my Legacy; and by the grace of the gods, I am not alone.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Hero #Unique #People

  • I loved the world of imagination.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Imagination #World

  • I am sorry," was all Drizzt could quietly mouth. Vierna shook her head, refusing any apology. To Drizzt, it seemed as if that buried part of her that was Zaknafein Do'Urden's daughter approved of this ending.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Daughter #Sorry #Apology

  • Farewell, my friend," Drizzt whispered, trying futilely to keep his voice from breaking. :This journey you make alone.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Farewell #Journey #Voice

  • There is a wide world out there, full of pain, but filled with joy as well. The former keeps you on the path of growth and the latter makes the journey tolerable.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Pain #Journey #Joy

  • But love, honest love, requires empathy. It is a sharing—of joy, of pain, of laughter, and of tears. Honest love makes one’s soul a reflection of the partner’s moods. And as a room seems larger when it is lined with mirrors, so do the joys become amplified. And as the individual items within the mirrored room seem less acute, so does pain diminish and fade, stretched thin by the sharing. That is the beauty of love, whether in passion or friendship. A sharing that multiplies the joys and thins the pains.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Pain #Laughter #Passion

  • Beware the engineers of society, I say, who would make everyone in all the world equal. Opportunitty should be equal, must be equal, but achievement must remain individual. - Drizzt Do'Urden
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Achievement #World #Individual

  • There is no pain greater than this; not the cut of a jagged-edged dagger nor the fire of a dragon's breath. Nothing burns in your heart like the emptiness of losing something, someone, before you truly have learned of its value.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Pain #Heart #Cutting

  • Because everything of value that we will know in this life comes from our relationships with those around us. Because there is nothing material that measures against the intangibles of love and friendship.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Love And Friendship #Our Relationship #This Life

  • Loss of empathy might well be the most enduring and deep-cutting scar of all, the silent blade of an unseen emey, tearing at our hearts and stealing more than our strength- Drizzt Do'Urden
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Heart #Cutting #Loss

  • I've spared with demons from the Nine Hells themselves, I shall barely break a sweat here today.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Sweat #Today #Nine

  • Never confuse honor with stupidity!
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Stupidity #Honor

  • No one will ever write a fantasy novel better than The Hobbit.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Writing #Fantasy #Novel

  • Is yours an honest lament? ... Most are not, you know. Most self-imposed burdens are founded on misperceptions. We - at least we of sincere character - always judge ourselves by stricter standards than we expect others to abide by. It is a curse, I suppose, or a blessing, depending on how one views it... Take it as a blessing, my friend, an inner calling that forces you to strive to unattainable heights.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Character #Blessing #Self

  • Do we behave out of fear of punishment, or out of the demands of our heart? For me, it is the latter, as I would hope is true for all adults, thought I know from bitter experience that such is not often the case. To act in a manner designed to catapult you into heaven would seem transparent to a god, any god,for if ones heart is not in allignment with the creator of that heaven, then... what is the point?
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Heart #Punishment #Heaven

  • In the past, TSR and now Wizards of the Coast have asked me to do game stats for my characters, and I'm never comfortable doing that. It's all relative after all.
    -- R. A. Salvatore

    #Character #Past #Games