Book Sayings
Throughout The Death Gate Cycle, various characters quote sayings of their people or voice common expressions in difficult situations. Here is a small collection of these sayings. Page numbers are from the American paperback editions.


Arianus Sayings
"All praise to Krenka-Anris, and to her sons."
— Kenkari/elven expression

"An elf is an elf."
— human expression

"Blessed Krenka-Anris!"
— Kenkari/elven expression

"Can't see the wheel for the cogs."
— dwarven expression

"Have the ear of the emperor."
— elven expression of the favored

"I welcome you in the name of Krenka-Anris."
— Kenkari/elven expression

"Keep one eye on the road and one on the sky."
— human expression of wariness about dragonships

"Kill for a plate of stew."
— disparaging description of dishonorable assassins

"Krenka-Anris guards him."
— Kenkari/elven expression

"Krenka-Anris save us."
— Kenkari/elven expression

"May the Mangers have mercy on your soul."
— dwarven expression

"The difference in the stone could be seen in the flesh."
— human expression of architecture reflecting personality

"They laugh from the wine, not from the heart."
— elven expression

"Walking the dragon wing."
— elven expression of a risk worth the price

"Wine speaks the truth."
— elven/Ciang, p 73 Into the Labyrinth

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Chelestra Sayings
"Drunk as a dwarf."
— human expression

"The One guards your sleep."
— mensch expression

"The One have mercy."
— mensch expression

"The One who guides the waves."
— mensh expression

"Their emotions run skin-deep."
— dwarven expression about elves' visible emotions

"Wandered down a side tunnel."
— dwarven expression of getting off topic

"When tracking a victim, you should try to fit your feet into his footprints."
— The Brotherhood of the Hand, p 70 Into the Labyrinth

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Pryan Sayings
"Blessed Orn!"
— elven expression

"Blessed Thillia!"
— human expression

"By Orn."
— elven expression

"For Orn's sake."
— elven expression

"I might as well be hung for a sheep as a goat."
— elven expression

"I wish to Orn [...]."
— elven expression

"May Orn shrivel their ears."
— elven expression

"Orn-cursed."
— elven expression

"Orn-only-knew-what."
— elven expression

"Orn's blood."
— elven expression

"Orn's ears."
— elven expression

"Orn have mercy."
— elven expression

"Orn help me."
— elven expression

"Orn knows [...]"
— elven expression

"Orn take [it/him/her]."
— elven expression

"Thank Orn."
— elven expression

"Thank Thillia."
— human expression

"The sooner finished the sooner ended."
— human expression

"Thillia knows [...]"
— human expression

"To Orn with [object]."
— elven expression

"[name] threw caution to Orn."
— elven expression

"What in Orn's name was that?"
— elven expression

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Patryn Sayings
"Death comes as a friend."
— p 258 Into the Labyrinth

"I pledge to protect and defend you. My life for your life. My death for your life. My life for your death. My death for your death."
— Patryn joining vows, p 302 Elven Star

Magical protection "comes from the tit."
— expression of magic from birth, p 60 Serpent Mage

"[name] had many gates."
— expression of experience/wisdom

"The dragon is always smaller in the eye than in the mind."
— Haplo, p 142 Serpent Mage

"The hungrier you are, the faster you'll run."
— re: the Labyrinth, p 326 Into the Labyrinth

"To care is to lose."
— Xar, p 286 Into the Labyrinth

"When the odds are against you, run like hell."
— p 238 Elven Star

"You abandon the path at your peril. You keep to the path at your peril."
— re: the Labyrinth, p 299 Into the Labyrinth

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Sartan Sayings
"Better to see the hole that lies in the path and walk around it than fall into it blindly."
— Abarrach saying

"He will bring life to the dead, hope to the living, and for him, the gate will open."
— Abarrach prophecy

"He would make a handsome corpse."
— Abarrach saying

"Two suns do not travel in the same orbit."
— ancient saying about clashing leaders

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