The Once and Future King
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Knights and knighthood
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Tells the tragic tale of King Arthur from when he was a young innocent boy named "Wart" to when he became king of Camelot and the Round Table and to how he tried to fulfill his dreams for Britain.
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"There is only one thing for it then- to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust , and never dream of regretting." -Merlin
"And do you know another thing, Arthur? Life is too bitter already, without territories and wars and noble feuds." -Merlyn
These are my favorites from the book:
"There is no owl."
"Well, anyway," he said, "suppose they did not let you stand against all the evil in the world?"
"I could ask," said the Wart.
-Merlyn and Wart
"Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically-to those who hardly think about us in return."
"But the odd thing is that Jesus did not turn the disciples into storm troopers, burn down the Temple at Jerusalem, and fix the blame on Pontius Pilate. On the contrary, he made it clear that the business of the philosopher was to make ideas available, and not to impose them on people."
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