The Once and Future King
Important Quotations Explained
is of the individual mind, but the mind’s power is not enough. Power
of the body decides everything in the end, and only Might is Right.
can’t you harness Might so that it works for Right?… The Might is
there, in the bad half of people, and you can’t neglect it.
It is why Sir Thomas Malory called his very long book the Death
of Arthur. . . . It is the tragedy … of sin coming home to roost.
. . . [W]e have to take note of the parentage of Arthur’s son Mordred,
and to remember … that the king had slept with his own sister. He
did not know he was doing so … but it seems, in tragedy, that innocence
is not enough.
had a contradictory nature which was far from holy. . . . For one
thing, he liked to hurt people.
was in the nature of [Arthur’s] bold mind to hope, in these circumstances,
that he would not find [Lancelot and Guenever] together. . . . [H]e
was hoping to weather the trouble by refusing to become conscious
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