Fantasy Maxims

Sometimes as a GM, you just need a new maxim to put on a tomb wall, or inscribe into a book, or have a wise old turtle say while puffing on a pipe.

So, here are some options.

“It takes more than a hoard of gold to make you a dragon.”

“Counting a man’s tears doesn’t teach you the depth of his grief.”

“A man who freezes do death does not care how soon Spring is.”

“A tunnel is just a hole that kept going.”

“Butterflies don’t help caterpillars.”

“Don’t make deals with talking skulls.”

“The differences between heroes and corpses is more skill than luck.”

“Don’t light a candle if you don’t want to see what’s in the dark.”

“No one buries something without good cause to take on the labor.”

“Blame the parent for a child’s behavior, but blame the adult for their own actions.”

“An axe that chops wood is a tool. An axe that chops flesh is a weapon. The axe doesn’t care.”

(Art by Svitlana)

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About Owen K.C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at

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