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35+ William Wallace Quotes From The Historical Scottish Knight

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Although initially not from high military ranks, William Wallace was a master tactitian.

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The Guardian of Scotland, William Wallace played a monumental part in the freedom of Scotland from English rule.

Sir William Wallace was born in Scotland to a landowner named Sir Malcolm Wallace. In 1296, King Edward I of England dethroned the Scottish King John de Balliol, following which he assumed the throne and became King of Scotland.

In 1297, William Wallace began the resistance against Edward's rule by leading a handful of men to capture a small Scottish town called Lanark by eliminating its English sheriff. He later captured the key strategic point between the rivers Forth and Tay. Soon after, they had to face an English army proceeding from across the river Forth. Although severely outnumbered, having the advantage of strategic positioning, William's army laid waste to the English army as they struggled to cross the narrow bridge across River Forth. After his unbelievable victory, he claimed Stirling Castle and brought freedom to his country, for which he received a Knighthood and was deemed as the Guardian of Scotland.

Scotland's freedom did not last long as King Edward soon began his invasion of Scotland again with a better strategy and bigger army, against which Wallace's army couldn't stand a chance. Although Wallace escaped, he was chased by his army and Scottish Commander John Menteith who was under Edward's influence. Wallace was detained in Glasgow on 5 August 1305. From here he was brought to London where he was declared a traitor and was hanged.

William Wallace's heroic deeds greatly influenced the rebellion against the English rule, after which under the leadership of King Bruce, Scotland eventually gained its freedom. Bruce was called a traitor based on the fact that he imprisoned Menteith instead of killing him, but, contrary to popular beliefs, Bruce never betrayed William and was merely sentencing a commander following his orders from his King.

William Wallace's story is depicted in the form of the superhit Hollywood film, 'Braveheart' starring Mel Gibson, which is known for its famous lines such as "They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!" and his final words in the movie "Freedom!"

We bring you more William Wallace quotes here, and if you're in need of more such heroic quotes, you will find them right here in our collection of [King and Queen quotes] and Civil War quotes.

Battle Quotes From 'Braveheart'

The Battle of Stirling Bridge was one of the first all out war for Scottish independence.

Battle quotes from the hit medieval war movie, 'Braveheart'.

1. "Fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

2. "And free man you are! What will you do without freedom?"

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

3. "Give me the strength to die well."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

4. "We all end up dead, it's just a question of how and why."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

5. "I know you can fight, but it's our wits that make us men."

-Malcolm Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

6. "In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn."

-Narrator, 'Braveheart'.

7. "Here are Scotland's terms. Lower your flags, and march straight back to England."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

8. "I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

9. "They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen. And won their freedom."

-Narrator, 'Braveheart'.

10. "They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

William Wallace 'Braveheart' Quotes

It is said that William secretly married his love, Marion Braidfute.

Take a look at some William Wallace quotes. 'Braveheart' depicts William Wallace magnificently making it a must-watch.

11. "Your heart is free. Learn to follow it."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

12. "Now tell me, what does that mean to be noble? Your title gives you claim to the throne of our country, but men don't follow titles, they follow courage."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

13. "There's a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

14. "Go home. Some of us are in this; can't help that, now. But you can help yourselves. Go home."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

15. "If I swear to him, then all that I am is dead already."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

16. "The last time Longshanks spoke of peace I was a boy. And many Scottish nobles, who would not be slaves, were lured by him under a flag of truce to a barn, where he had them hanged.

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

17. "You tell your king that William Wallace will not be ruled... and nor will any Scot while I live."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

18. "I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

19. "I want to live. I want a home, and children, and peace."

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

Famous 'Braveheart' Movie Quotes

'Braveheart' has some of the most captivating quotes from any war movie.

20. "Those men who bled the ground red at Falkirk, they fought for William Wallace, and he fights for something that I never had."

-Robert The Bruce, 'Braveheart'.

21. "I shall tell you of William Wallace. Historians from England will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who have hanged heroes."

-Narrator, 'Braveheart'.

22. "Robert's Father: At last, you know what it means to hate. Now you're ready to be a king.

Robert The Bruce: My hate will die with you."

-'Braveheart'.

23. "They are saying goodbye in their own way. Playing outlawed tunes on outlawed pipes."

-Argyle Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

24. "Sure didn't the Almighty send me to watch your back? I didn't like him anyway. He wasn't right in the head."

-Stephen, 'Braveheart'.

25. "I have nothing. Men fight for me because if they do not, I throw them off my land and I starve their wives and their children."

-Robert The Bruce, 'Braveheart'.

26. "Go back to England and tell them there that Scotland's daughters and sons are yours no more! Tell them Scotland is free!"

-William Wallace, 'Braveheart'.

27. "Longshanks: Archers.

English Commander: I beg your pardon, sire. Wouldn't we hit our own troops?

Longshanks: ... Yes... But we'll hit theirs, as well... We have reserves. Attack!"

-'Braveheart'.

28. "Who is this person that speaks to me as though I needed his advice?"

-King Edward Longshanks, 'Braveheart'.

29. "I don’t want to lose heart. I want to believe as he does."

-Robert The Bruce, 'Braveheart'.

Sir William Wallace Quotes

Here are some actual William Wallace quotes from the historical tale.

30. "Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won."

-William Wallace.

31. "Here is no choice but either do or die."

-William Wallace.

32. "I have brought you to the revel, now dance if you can!"

-William Wallace.

33. "I repent me of my sin – but it is not of Edward of England that I shall ask pardon."

-William Wallace.

34. "As governor of my country, I have been an enemy to its enemies."

-William Wallace.

35. "Every man dies. Not every man really lives."

-William Wallace.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 35+ William Wallace quotes from the Guardian of Scotland, then why not take a look at these Queen Victoria quotes, or Saint Patrick quotes too?

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