Quotes About King Arthur

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Graham Chapman
Dennis the Peasant: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Arthur: Be quiet!
Dennis: You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!”
Graham Chapman, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Book): Mønti Pythøn Ik Den Hølie Gräilen

Marion Zimmer Bradley
“I think too many people presume to read the divine Scriptures and fall into such terrors as this,' said Patricius sternly. 'Those who presume on their learning will learn, I trust, to listen to their priests for the true interpretations.'
The Merlin smiled gently. 'I cannot join you in that wish, brother. I am dedicated to the belief that it is God's will that all men should strive for wisdom in themselves, not look to it from some other. Babes, perhaps, must have their food chewed for them by a nurse, but men may drink and eat of wisdom for themselves.”
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

T.H. White
“And do you know another thing, Arthur? Life is too bitter already, without territories and wars and noble feuds.”
T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Winston Churchill
“It is all true, or it ought to be; and more and better besides.”
Winston Churchill

“Yet some men say in many parts of England that King Arthur is not dead, but had by the will of our Lord Jesu into another place; and men say that he shall come again, and he shall win the holy cross.”
Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur

John Steinbeck
“This is beyond understanding." said the king. "You are the wisest man alive. You know what is preparing. Why do you not make a plan to save yourself?"
And Merlin said quietly, "Because I am wise. In the combat between wisdom and feeling, wisdom never wins.”
John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

Kendare Blake
“Arthur without Excalibur was still Arthur.”
Kendare Blake

Rosemary Sutcliff
“We shall have made such a blaze that men will remember us on the other side or the dark.”
Rosemary Sutcliff

“Ah Gawaine, Gawaine, ye have betrayed me; for never shall my court be amended by you, but ye will never be sorry for me as I am for you”
Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur

David Paul Kirkpatrick
“We are the archers with the bows that spring our children forward. Life does not go backward, nor does it tarry in yesterday. It is not a circle, but an arrow. It flies forward with the great express of Love.”
David Paul Kirkpatrick, The Address Of Happiness

Mark Twain
“Training- training is everything; training is all there is to a person. We speak of nature; it is folly; there is no such thing as nature; what we call by that misleading name is merely heredity and training. We have no thoughts of our own, no opinions of our own; they are transmitted to us, trained into us.”
Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Rosemary Sutcliff
“Who so pulleth out this sword from this stone and anvil is trueborn King of all Britain.”
Rosemary Sutcliff

Naomi Novik
“. . . and it came out that this King Arthur and his knights had done nothing of real note but to kill innocent dragons all around Britain: almost certainly a pack of lies, as Forthing admitted they had not possessed even any guns at the time, and unpleasant lies at that.”
Naomi Novik, Crucible of Gold

Chris Dee
“Well then, take this thought with you for the dark hours to come: It is a ludicrous fiction that love conquers all, but it can, in fact, conquer quite a lot. I am Iason of the Blood, Knight of Arthur, King of the Britons, reborn into dark service in the year of Our Lord five hundred and sixty. My power is vast, and for none to arrogate but by my will and decree. My services are engaged, Selina. Tell me what you need to ease your pain in this, and it is yours.”
Chris Dee, Cat-Tales Book 3

Alfred Tennyson
“To many-towered Camelot”
Alfred Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott

Simon Armitage
“Oh dire, dreadful death, you drag your heels.
Why dawdle and draw back? You drown my heart.”
Simon Armitage, The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation

Robyn Young
“You still haven’t told me what King Edward will do when he has all four relics,’ Robert said, fixing Humphrey with his gaze.
‘We aren’t privy to all his plans, Robert, as I’ve told you. Only the men of the Round Table know his full intentions. We have to prove ourselves worthy to be trusted as they are.’
‘Do you not ever wonder?’
Humphrey paused. ‘I just know my king
will do what is best for my kingdom.’
Robert said nothing. He thought of his
own kingdom, beleaguered by Edward’s
interference, and a ghost of a threat drifted in his mind.
But even as it appeared, he pushed it
away. Scotland was its own kingdom, with its own king. It wasn’t Wales or Ireland, fractured and isolated. However much Edward had desired the Crown of Arthur he had come here, first and foremost, to put down a rebellion. Yet still, on this bleak shore with Humphrey beside him, Robert felt a sense of standing at a crossroads with many paths leading away before him. In his mind they all led into darkness.”
Robyn Young, Insurrection

“Since thou wilt not remain here, chieftain, thou shalt receive the boon whatsoever thy tongue may name, as far as the wind dries, and the rain moistens, and the sun revolves, and the sea encircles, and the earth extends; save only my ship; and my mantle; and Caledvwlch, my sword; and Rhongomyant, my lance; and Wynebgwrthucher, my shield; and Carnwenhau, my dagger; and Gwenhwyvar, my wife”
Anonymous, The Mabinogion, from the Welsh of the Llyfr coch o Hergest, tr., with notes ...

Joan Wolf
“King Arthur is treated like George Washington often is—as a hero who is so noble and so far above the common man that he seems more like a stuffed owl than a real person.”
Joan Wolf

Marion Zimmer Bradley
“There is no sorrow like the memory of love and the knowledge that it is gone forever...”
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

Janice Hanna
“And just for the record, I think he needed to be a little more assertive with the woman he loved. That's why he lost her to Lancelot, you know. Lack of assertiveness. A man needs to be ready to lay down his life for the woman he loves. But first he's got to let her know that she's adored.”
Janice Hanna, Love Finds You in Camelot Tennessee

Marion Zimmer Bradley
“But a voice said within her, Now it is too late.
They found her at high noon, just as the sun came out after the storm, floating among the reeds of the Lake. Her long hair was spread out on the surface like water reeds, and Morgaine, stunned with grief, could not find it in her heart to regret that Kevin had not gone alone into the shadowed land beyond death.”
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

L.M. Montgomery
“We have The Idylls of the King in English class this term. I like some things in them, but I detest Tennyson's Arthur. If I had been Guinevere I'd have boxed his ears - but I wouldn't have been unfaithful to him for Lancelot, who was just as odious in a different way. As for Geraint, if I had been Enid I'd have bitten him. These 'patient Griseldas' deserve all they get.”
L.M. Montgomery, Emily Climbs

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