King Arthur Quotes

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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

“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

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

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

T.H. White
“Oh, what a lovely owl!" Cried the Wart.

But when he went up to it and held out his hand, the owl grew half as tall again, stood up as stiff as a poker, closed its eyes so that there was only the smallest slit to peep through - as you are in the habit of doing when told to shut your eyes at hide-and-seek - and said in a doubtful voice

"There is no owl."

Then it shut its eyes entirely and looked the other way.

"It is only a boy," said Merlyn.

"There is no boy," said the owl hopefully, without turning round.”
T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Mary  Stewart
“The gods do not visit you to remind you what you know already.”
Mary Stewart

“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

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

Mary  Stewart
“Thinking and planning is one side of life; doing is another. A man cannot be
doing all the time.”
Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave

Peter Ackroyd
“It is the kind of stoicism which had been seen as characteristic of Anglo-Saxon poetry, perhaps nowhere better expressed than in 'The Battle of Maldon' where the most famous Saxon or English cry has been rendered - 'Courage must be the firmer, heart the bolder, spirit must be the greater, as our strength grows less'. That combination of bravery and fatalism, endurance and understatement, is the defining mood of Arhurian legend.”
Peter Ackroyd, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination

Howard Pyle
“So endeth the story of the winning of Excalibur, and may God give unto you in your life, that you may have His truth to aid you, like a shining sword, for to overcome your enemies; and may He give you Faith (for Faith containeth Truth as a scabbard containeth its sword), and may that Faith heal all your wounds of sorrow as the sheath of Excalibur healed all the wounds of him who wore that excellent weapon. For with Truth and Faith girded upon you, you shall be as well able to fight all your battles as did that noble hero of old, whom men called King Arthur.”
Howard Pyle, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

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

Mary  Stewart
“Used every man according to his capacity.”
Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave

Thea Harrison
“Her music ran through him with electric energy, more joyous than anything he could remember and more painful than silver.”
Thea Harrison, Spellbinder

Stefan Emunds
“Wake up! You’re a sacred soul and glory is yours for the taking.”
Stefan Emunds, Gawain and the Green Knight

Stefan Emunds
“The world is an ambitious business. It continuously expands and evolves. But people are lazy and God is far too lovely to do something about it.”
Stefan Emunds, Gawain and the Green Knight

“A great ruler, a great court, a great kingdom, these texts suggest never exist unto themselves, as stable, fully actualized entities, and, therefore, are never experienced in their plenitude in the present. Instead, they are always remembered as something that occured in the past or anticipated as something will reoccur in the future. Insofar as they are experienced in the current time, it is only for a brief and evanescent moment, overshadowed by the knowledge that it will soon vanish.
For a realist, the fact that the excellence of a person, a place, or a time is not appreciated in its own time proves that it was never actually as excellent as it seemed.
For a Romantic, however, there exist a people, places, and times whose excellence can only be appreciated Arthur always has to be - to quote the Alliterative Morte Arthure (ca.1400) - "the once and future king”
Karen Sullivan, The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Thea Harrison
“I want you too, so much,” she whispered.
He murmured in her ear, “Then take me.”
Thea Harrison, Spellbinder

Roger Lancelyn Green
“The big knight fell heavily to the ground, and lay there, as nearly dead as possible. His servants came running from the castle and took him in. He got better in the end, but nobody cared much about that.”
Roger Lancelyn Green, King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

“How are we to account for the vast interest to be found in Arthurian literature today, an interest embracing both the academic and the common person?
The answer may lie in the possibility that there is more of interest to the human being than his own circumscribed range of personal experience and the limited collective experience of the society in which he finds himself. Man has a sense of wonder and he seeks to look beyond the confines of the everyday. Marvel-filled literature enables him to do this and provides him with the stimulus which his imagination craves.”
Ronan Coghlan, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends

Anita Clenney
“You’re not much fun on a honeymoon.”
Anita Clenney, Guardians of Stone

Anita Clenney
“You think about sex a lot.”
“Next best thing to doing it.”
Anita Clenney, Guardians of Stone

Anita Clenney
“Kendall slapped his butt. “Anyone ever tell you that you have a nice ass?”
“No one that matters.”
Anita Clenney, Fountain Of Secrets

Anita Clenney
“Anyone can become dangerous if given the right motivation,”
Anita Clenney, Guardians of Stone

Anita Clenney
“Arthur might be a king, but he can’t make you come.”
Anita Clenney, Fountain Of Secrets

Anita Clenney
“You were dreaming?” A hell of a dream from the looks of it. He released her arms.
The moonlight flickered in her eyes, and even in the dark he saw her flush. “I know,” she said, staring at him.
There was a breathy tone to her voice that made him think things he shouldn’t. God, she smelled good. What was it about her skin? He didn’t try to move and she didn’t either. “What was it about?”
“You…me.”
It was a struggle to keep from pressing closer to her. ‘What were we doing?”
“I could show you.”
His throat was as tight as his groin. “Show me.”
Anita Clenney, Fountain Of Secrets

Stefan Emunds
“Waiting for one’s execution is worse than dying. To seek my beheading is glory. Who went to his execution willingly? Jesus did. Jesus even dragged his cross half way to Golgotha. I think he would have nailed himself to the cross if he had to.”
Stefan Emunds, Gawain and the Green Knight

Thea Harrison
“Just when I was coping with the idea that I’d necked with a werewolf,” she muttered. “Just when I was beginning to flirt with the idea of possibly… possibly inviting sex with a werewolf. I’m trying to imagine how I would tell this story to my best friend. I think it would go something like this: See, I’ve never seen him in daylight. He’s just this werewolf guy.”
Beside her, he had stiffened. Very quietly, he said, “Sex?”
Thea Harrison, Spellbinder

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