Quotes from Nine Princes in Amber

Roger Zelazny ·  175 pages

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“I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“I walked among Shadows, and found a race of furry creatures, dark and clawed and fanged, reasonably manlike, and about as intelligent as a freshman in the high school of your choice-sorry, kids, but what I mean is they were loyal, devoted, honest, and too easily screwed by bastards like me and my brother. I felt like the dee-jay of your choice.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“As I sailed into Shadow, a white bird of my desire came and sat upon my right shoulder, and I wrote a note and tied it to its leg and set it on its way. The note said "I am coming," and it was signed by me.

A black bird of my desire came and sat upon my left shoulder, and I wrote a note and tied it to its leg and sent it off into the west. It said, "Eric- I'll be back," and it was signed: Corwin, Lord of Amber.

A demon wind propelled me east of the sun.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“There are none of you, good doctors, could cope with my family anyway.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“In the State of Denmark there was the odor of decay...”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“I would never rest until I held vengeance and the throne within my hand, and good night sweet prince to anybody who stood between me and these things.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“I tako, kad se već činilo da imam cijelu kuću na raspolaganju, odlučih se vratiti u knjižnicu i vidjeti što mogu otkriti. Osim toga, volim knjižnice. Osjećam se ugodno i sigurno okružen sa svih strana zidovima od riječi, predivnih i mudrih. Uvijek se osjećam bolje kad mogu vidjeti da postoji nešto što rastjeruje tamu.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Wishes, wishes.
Wish in one hand and do something else in the other, and squeeze them both and see which comes true”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Besides, I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“I was willing to die fighting, but it was senseless for all these men to go down with me. Perhaps my blood was tainted, despite my power over the Pattern. A true prince of Amber should have had no such qualms. I decided then that my centuries on the Shadow Earth had changed me, softened me perhaps, had done something to me which made me unlike my brothers.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Are you going to do it?" he asked. "Maybe," I said.
Don't 'maybe' me, baby. It's written all over you. I'd almost be willing to go along, you know. Of all my relations, I like sex the best and Eric the least."
I lit a cigarette, while I considered.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Blood!" I called out.
Give me blood and vengeance this day, my warriors, and you will be remembered in Amber forever!"
And as a man. they raised their weapons and cried out, "Blood!”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Personal feelings don't make for good politics, legal decisions, or business deals.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Ill met by moonlight,' said Deirdre.
'You could still be tied to a stake,' said Random, and she did not reply.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Besides, I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“there is Shadow and there is Substance, and this is the root of all things. Of Substance, there is only Amber, the real city, upon the real Earth, which contains everything. Of Shadow, there is an infinitude of things. Every possibility exists somewhere as a Shadow of the real.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“You leap too quickly to his defense. It reveals his true attitude, of which he has doubtless made you aware.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“In a room the size of a ballroom the Pattern was laid. The floor was black and looked smooth as glass. And on the floor was the Pattern.
It shimmered like the cold fire that it was, quivered, made the whole
room seem somehow unsubstantial. It was an elaborate tracery of bright power, composed mainly of curves, though there were a few straight lines near its middle. It reminded me of a fantastically intricate, life-scale version of one of those maze things you do with a pencil (or ballpoint, as the case may be), to get you into or out of something. Like, I could almost see the
words “Start Here,” somewhere way to the back. It was perhaps a hundred
yards across at its narrow middle, and maybe a hundred and fifty long.
It made bells ring within my head, and then came the throbbing. My mind recoiled from the touch of it. But if I were a prince of Amber, then somewhere within my blood, my nervous system, my genes, this pattern was recorded somehow, so that I would respond properly, so that I could walk the
bloody thing.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“I saw the Old Moon with the New Moon in her arms, hovering above a row of poplars. The”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Of all my relations, I like sex the best and Eric the least.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“What an enormous chutzpah you possess," I told him. "What makes you better than the rest of us, and more fit to rule?" "The fact that I was able to occupy the throne," he replied. "Try and take it.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Wishes, wishes," I told him, "Wish in one hand and do something else in the other, and squeeze them both and see which comes true.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“We talked the moon out of heavens before either of us grew tired.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“All roads lead to Amber," he said, as though it were an axiom.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Sve dok nisam došao do čarobne riječi.
Amber.
(...)
Riječ bijaše nabijena strahovitom čežnjom i golemom nostalgijom. Imala je, zamotan u sebi, osjećaj zaboravljene ljepote, grandioznih dostignuća i moći užasne i gotovo konačne. Nekako, ta je riječ pripadala mom rječniku. I nekako, ja bijah dio nje, a ona dio mene. Bijaše to ime mjesta, znao sam, mjesta koje sam nekoć poznavao. Ali nije izazivala nikakve slike, samo osjećaje.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“I walked among Shadows, and found a race of furry creatures, dark and clawed and fanged, reasonably man-like, and about as intelligent as a freshman in the high school of your choice—sorry, kids, but what I mean is they were loyal, devoted, honest, and too easily screwed by bastards like me and my brother. I felt like the dee-jay of your choice.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


“Wish in one hand and do something else in the other, and squeeze them both and see which comes true.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from Nine Princes in Amber


About the author

Roger Zelazny
Born place: in Euclid, Ohio, The United States
Born date May 13, 1937
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