25 Best King Arthur Quotes For Medieval Times Lovers

Medieval quotes about King Arthur will forever be relevant when it comes to life.

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King Arthur Pendragon was a legend famously known for being a British leader and a good king in medieval times who defended Britain with his leadership skills against the Saxon invasion.

He wielded a magical sword that had the inscriptions 'Take me up' and 'Cast me away' written on it. His story teaches everyone the moral that one should believe in oneself and that everyone is worthy of being a king.

The dialogues of King Arthur and his knight mainly revolve around deception, betrayal, trust, and love. and if you are looking for some of them, here is a handy list.

For more content, check out [Achilles quotes] and [Aesop quotes]. 

Best King Arthur Quotes

Great Arthurian quotes give a sense of belief and confidence in everyone's heart.

Here are some of the best quotes about King Arthur. These include quotes about King Arthur's knights and involving King Arthur's death too.

1. "For to die with honor is far better than to live disgraced."

- 'The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights'

2. "'Father-Kay- why do you kneel to me? Get up! Oh sir, get up! I cannot bear that you should kneel to me, you who have been my father all these years.'

And when Sir Ector would not, he dropped on to his knees also, to be on a level with the old man again."

- 'The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table'

3. "To see evil and call it good, mocks God. Worse, it makes goodness meaningless."

- 'Arthur'

4.  "For it is better that we slay a coward than through a coward be all slain."

- 'The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights'

5. "Do not borrow tomorrow's troubles today"

- 'Arthur'

6. "Ready my knights for battle. They will ride with their king once more. I have lived through others for far too long. Lancelot carried my honor, and Guenevere, my guilt. Mordred bears my sins. My knights have fought my causes. Now, my brother, I shall be... king."

-'Excalibur', 1981

7. "One day, a King will come, and the Sword will rise... again."

- 'Excalibur', 1981

8. "I must ride with my knights to defend what was, and the dream of what could be."

- 'Excalibur', 1981

9. "I found Him in the shining of the stars, I marked Him in the flowering of His fields, But in His ways with men I find Him not. I waged His wars, and now I pass and die."

- Idylls of the King, 1856–1885

10. "Knights! The gift of freedom is yours by right. But the home we seek resides not in some distant land. It's in us! And in our actions on this day! If this be our destiny, then so be it. But let history remember that as free men, we chose to make it so."

- 'King Arthur', 1995

11. "O merciful God, I have such need of Your mercy now. Not for myself, but for my knights, for this is truly their hour of need. Deliver them from their trials ahead and I will pay You a thousandfold with any sacrifice You ask of me. And if in Your wisdom, You should determine that sacrifice must be my life for theirs; so that they can once again taste the freedom that is so long been denied to them, I will gladly make that covenant."

- 'King Arthur', 1995

12. " Don't ever let anybody teach you to think, Lance. It is the curse of the world."

- 'The Once and Future King,' 1958

13. "If people reach perfection they vanish, you know."

- 'The Once and Future King,' 1958

14. "Just because you can't understand something, it doesn't mean it's wrong!"

- 'The Sword in the Stone', 1963

15. "I'm in an awful pickle! I'm King!"

- 'The Sword in the Stone', 1963

16. "My name's Arthur, but everyone calls me Wart."

- 'The Sword in the Stone', 1963

Monty Python King Arthur Quotes

There are many types of quotes about different morals by King Arthur.

'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' is a comedy film revolving around the Arthurian legend. Here is a list of King Arthur Monty Python quotes.

17. "O Knights of Ni, you are just and fair, and we will return with a shrubbery.

Old Man from Scene 24: Stop! WHAT is your name?

King Arthur: It is Arthur, King of the Britons!

Old Man from Scene 24: WHAT is your quest?

King Arthur: To seek the Holy Grail!

Old Man from Scene 24: WHAT is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

King Arthur: What do you mean? African or European swallow?"

- 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', 1975.

18. "You fight with the strength of many men, Sir Knight."

- 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', 1975.

19. "The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king."

- 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', 1975.

20. "You have proved yourself worthy. Will you join me?"

- 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', 1975.

21. "Sir Bedevere: How do you know so much about swallows?

King Arthur: Well, you have to know these things when you're king, y'know."

- 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', 1975.

22. "That Rabbit's Dynamite!!"

- 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', 1975.

King Arthur Book Quotes

Here is a list of some famous King Arthur quotes from various books including 'Le Morte D'Arthur' quotes and other famous quotes by King Arthur.

23. “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'

24. "Arthur was carved from the same stuff as Camelot - regal and majestic. But Mordred belonged out here, with her."

- Kiersten White, 'The Guinevere Deception'

25. "We’re Lancelot and Guinevere, fleeing through the forest from a jealous King Arthur. Any moment we’ll come upon a white steed and Lancelot will swing me up upon its jeweled saddle and we’ll gallop off together."

- Hester Fox, 'The Witch of Willow Hall'

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for King Arthur quotes then why not take a look at [Odyssey quotes], or [legend quotes].


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