The Last Wish - Andrzej Sapkowski



"During his life, the witcher had met thieves who looked like town councillors, councillors who looked like beggars, harlots who looked like princesses, princesses who looked like calving cows and kings who looked like thieves."

"‘You’re talking nonsense while making wise and meaningful faces."


"‘Evil is evil, Stregobor,’ said the witcher seriously as he got up. ‘Lesser, greater, middling, it’s all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I’m not a pious hermit, I haven’t done only good in my life. But if I’m to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all. Time for me to go. We’ll see each other tomorrow.’"


"‘Unclear tasks,’ said the witcher dryly, ‘can’t be clearly executed.’"

"‘People,’ Geralt turned his head, ‘like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves."

"‘There’s no such things as devils!’ yelled the poet, shaking the cat from sleep once and for all. ‘No such thing! To the devil with it, devils don’t exist!’ ‘True,’ Geralt smiled. ‘But Dandilion, I could never resist the temptation of having a look at something that doesn’t exist.’"

"‘It wasn’t exactly difficult,’ she muttered. ‘But don’t worry. Yennefer’s already been here. Two months ago. She won’t be back in a hurry, because we quarrelled. No, not because of you. She didn’t ask about you.’ ‘She didn’t ask?’ ‘That’s where it hurts,’ the priestess laughed. ‘You’re egocentric, like all men. There’s nothing worse than a lack of interest, is there?"

"It’s quite typical of the relationship which binds you, or did bind you. Both parties aren’t capable of anything other than a strongly emotional evaluation of the consequences, while ignoring the causes.’"