Quotes from Excalibur

Bernard Cornwell ·  448 pages

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“Only a fool wants war, but once a war starts then it cannot be fought half-heartedly. It cannot even be fought with regret, but must be waged with a savage joy in defeating the enemy, and it is that savage joy that inspires our bards to write their greatest songs about love and war.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“She is a woman, and what women want, they get, and if the world and all it holds must be broken in the getting, then so be it.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“My dear Lord,’ I said, but not to him. I spoke to Arthur. And I watched and wept, my arm around Ceinwyn, as the pale boat was swallowed by the shimmering silver mist. And so my Lord was gone. And no one has seen him since.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“Dreams are like songs. Their task is not to offer an exact image of the world, but a suggestion of it.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“History is not just a tale of men’s making, but is a thing tied to the land. We call a hill by the name of a hero who died there, or name a river after a princess who fled beside its banks, and when the old names vanish, the stories go with them and the new names carry no reminder of the past.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur



“Guinevere grimaced. ‘Do you know how cloying love can be, Derfel? I don’t want to be worshipped. I don’t want every whim granted. I want to feel there’s something biting back.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“And afterwards, you recall little, except the blows that so nearly killed you. You work and push and stab to make an opening in their shield wall. And then you grunt and lunge and slash to widen the gap. And only then does the madness take over. As the enemy breaks and you can begin to kill like a god. Because the enemy is scared and running or scared and frozen. And all they can do is die while you harvest souls.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“- Nós queremos a fidelidade nas pessoas que amamos, senhora, então não é óbvio que elas a queiram em nós? A fidelidade é um presente que oferecemos aos que amamos.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“Christianity is not a religion that offers the solace of revenge to its adherents. For that you must go to the old women who know which herbs to pluck and what charms to say under a waning moon.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“So now I shall write the tale’s ending with my sword beside me and I shall hope that I am given time to finish this tale of Arthur, my Lord, who was betrayed, reviled and, after his departure, missed like no other man was ever missed in all of Britain’s history.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur



“So, in the morning light, where they flapped in the drying wind, the bear and the star defied the Saxons.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“Quando a gente está com problemas é útil descobrir alguém que esteve na mesma dificuldade.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


“there was something about Gawain’s youth and credulity that was driving me to puncture his pious innocence.”
― Bernard Cornwell, quote from Excalibur


About the author

Bernard Cornwell
Born place: in London, England, The United Kingdom
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