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T.H. White Quote: “Middle-aged people can balance between believing in God and breaking all the commandments without difficulty.”
T.H. White Quote: “The best thing for being sad is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails.”
T.H. White Quote: “For instance, ‘the beer is never clear near here, Dear,’ is unfortunate, even as assonance.”
T.H. White Quote: “Was it the wicked leaders who led innocent populations to slaughter, or was it wicked populations who chose leaders after their own hearts?”
T.H. White Quote: “The snow-haired Uncle Dap, so old as to be absolutely fabulous, was trying to jump over his walking-stick.”
T.H. White Quote: “I will tell you something else, King, which may be a surprise for you. It will not happen for hundreds of years, but both of us are to come back.”
T.H. White Quote: “The Dark and Middle Ages! The Nineteenth Century had an impudent way with its labels. For there, under the window in Arthur’s Gramarye, the sun’s rays flamed from a hundred jewels of stained glass in monasteries and convents, or danced from the pinnacle of cathedrals and castles, which their builders had actually loved. Architecture, in those dark ages of theirs, was such a light-giving passion of the heart that men gave love-names to their fortresses.”
T.H. White Quote: “You could not give up a human heart as you could give up drinking. The drink was yours, and you could give it up: but your lover’s soul was not your own: it was not at your disposal; you had a duty towards it.”
T.H. White Quote: “He could do what all men wanted to, that is, fly.”
T.H. White Quote: “When Other blood spurts from the knife, Then everything is fine.”
T.H. White Quote: “They had a year of joy, twelve months of the strange heaven which the salmon know on beds of river shingle, under the gin-clear water. For twenty-four years they were guilty, but this first year was the only one which seemed like happiness. Looking back on it, when they were old, they did not remember that in this year it had ever rained or frozen. The four seasons were coloured like the edge of a rose petal for them.”
T.H. White Quote: “There would be a day – there must be a day – when he would come back to Gramarye with a new Round Table which had no corners, just as the world had none – a table without boundaries between the nations who would sit to feast there. The hope of making it would lie in culture. If people could be persuaded to read and write, not just to eat and make love, there was still a chance that they might come to reason. BUT.”
T.H. White Quote: “We have invented a moral sense which is rotting now that we can’t give it employment, and when a moral sense begins to rot, it is worse than when you had none. I suppose that all endeavors which are directed to a purely worldly end, as my precious civilization was, contain within themselves the germs of their own corruption.”
T.H. White Quote: “Leave well alone.”
T.H. White Quote: “If it takes a million years for a fish to become a reptile, has Man, in our few hundred, altered out of recognition?”
T.H. White Quote: “Grown-ups have developed an unpleasant habit of comforting themselves for their degradation by pretending that children are childish.”
T.H. White Quote: “If I were to be made a knight,” said the Wart, staring dreamily into the fire, “I should insist on doing my vigil by myself, as Hob does with his hawks, and I should pray to God to let me encounter all the evil in the world in my own person, so that if I conquered there would be none left, and, if I were defeated, I would be the one to suffer for it.”
T.H. White Quote: “Their mother is Athene, the goddess of wisdom, and, although they are often ready to play the buffoon to amuse you, such conduct is the prerogative of the truly wise.”
T.H. White Quote: “But they woke him with words, their cruel bright weapons.”
T.H. White Quote: “People are dupes, and wicked too. That is what makes it interesting to get them better.”
T.H. White Quote: “For happiness is only a bye-product of function, as light is a bye-product of the electric current running through the wires. If the current cannot run efficiently, the light does not come. That is why nobody finds happiness, who seeks it on its own account.”
T.H. White Quote: “There were thousands of brown books in leather bindings, some chained to the book-shelves and others propped against each other as if they had had too much to drink and did not really trust themselves. These gave out a smell of must and solid brownness which was most secure.”
T.H. White Quote: “It was a grey September day, with the blue and copper butterflies flitting in the after-grass, the partridges calling like crickets, the blackberries colouring, and the hazel nuts still nursing their tasteless little kernels in the cradles of cotton wool.”
T.H. White Quote: “You have become the king of a domain in which the popular agitators hate each other for racial reasons, while the nobility fight each other for fun, and neither the racial maniac nor the overlord stops to consider the lot of the common soldier, who is the one person that gets hurt.”
T.H. White Quote: “Merlyn always said that sportsmanship was the curse of the world, and so it is.”
T.H. White Quote: “It was called a tribute before a battle and a ransom afterwards.”
T.H. White Quote: “No, I’m not.” “Yes, you are.” “No, I’m not.” “Yes, you are.” “I said Pax Non.” “You said Pax.” “No, I didn’t.” “Yes, you did.” “No, I didn’t.” “Yes, you did.”
T.H. White Quote: “Kay,” said Merlyn, suddenly terrible, “thou wast ever a proud and ill-tongued speaker, and a misfortunate one. Thy sorrow will come from thine own mouth.”
T.H. White Quote: “Ought to be havin’ a first-rate eddication, at their age. When I was their age I was doin’ all this Latin and stuff.”
T.H. White Quote: “Kings can only use their best tools.”
T.H. White Quote: “Nobody can be saved from anything, unless they save themselves.”
T.H. White Quote: “The eyes, circled by this sad and beautiful darkness, were so sorrowful, lonely, gentle and nobly tragic, that they killed all other emotion except love.”
T.H. White Quote: “One more try,′ he asked, ‘We are not quite done.’ ‘What is the use of trying?’ ‘It is a thing which people do.”
T.H. White Quote: “The Victorians had not been anxious to go away for the weekend. The Edwardians, on the contrary, were nomadic.”
T.H. White Quote: “Kay was older and bigger than the Wart, so that he was bound to win in the end, but he was more nervous and imaginative. He could imagine the effect of each blow that was aimed at him, and this weakened his defense. Wart was only an infuriated hurricane.”
T.H. White Quote: “It is generally the trustful and optimistic people who can afford to retreat. The loveless and faithless ones are compelled by their pessimism to attack.”
T.H. White Quote: “So little time to pass?” said Merlyn, and a big tear ran down to the end of his nose.”
T.H. White Quote: “Something about doing a hateful and dangerous action for the sake of decency – for they knew that the fight was to be fought in blood and death without reward. They would get nothing but the unmarketable conscience of having done what they ought to do in spite of fear – something which wicked people have often debased by calling it glory with too much sentiment, but which is glory all the same.”
T.H. White Quote: “Wart draggled off to the tower room, where Merlyn was busy knitting himself a woollen night-cap for the winter. “I cast off two together at every other line,” said the magician, “but for some reason it seems to end too sharply. Like an onion. It is the turning of the heel that does one, every time.”
T.H. White Quote: “He had conquered murder only to be faced with war. There were no laws for that.”
T.H. White Quote: “Dogs, like very small children, are quite mad.”
T.H. White Quote: “She had made the bravest protest: I will not be vanquished.”
T.H. White Quote: “Elaine had done the ungraceful thing as usual. Guenever, in similar circumstances, would have been sure to grow pale and interesting – but Elaine had only grown plump.”
T.H. White Quote: “In the course of a long experience of the human race, I have learned that you can never make them understand anything, unless you rub it in.”
T.H. White Quote: “The heart of tragedy does not lie in stealing or taking away. Any featherpated girl can steal a heart. It lies in giving, in putting on, in adding, in smothering without the pillows.”
T.H. White Quote: “Gilbert White,’ said Merlyn, ‘remarks, or will remark, however you like to put it, that ‘the language of birds is very ancient, and, like other ancient modes of speech, little is said, but much is intended.’ He also says somewhere that ‘the rooks, in the breeding season, attempt sometimes, in the gaiety of their hearts, to sing – but with no great success.”
T.H. White Quote: “The author says people are guilty of “wrecking the present because the future was bound to be a wreck.”
T.H. White Quote: “There is one fairly good reason for fighting – and that is, if the other man starts it. You see, wars are a great wickedness, perhaps the greatest wickedness of a wicked species. They are so wicked that they must not be allowed. When you can be perfectly certain that the other man started them, then is the time when you might have a sort of duty to stop them.”
T.H. White Quote: “A leader was surely forced to offer something which appealed to those he led? He might give the impetus to the falling building, but surely it had to be toppling on its own account before it fell? If this were true, then wars were not calamities into which amiable innocents were led by evil men. They were national movements, deeper, more subtle in origins.”
T.H. White Quote: “The Queen dried her tears and looked at him, smiling like a spring shower. In a minute they were kissing, feeling like the green earth refreshed by rain. They thought that they understood each other once more – but their doubt had been planted. Now, in their love, which was stronger, there were the seeds of hatred and fear and confusion growing at the same time: for love can exist with hatred, each preying on the other, and this is what gives it its greatest fury.”
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