Anyone got a great quote about swords?

I’m asking for a friend (her husband collects swords). TIA!

You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some Watery Tart threw a sword at you!

“Steel true, blade straight.”—Epitaph of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Well, it’s not really about swords…but it still sounds good.

Or, that bit from the begging of Conan the Barbarian, young Conan’s father’s lesson…

I have a button that I put on my fencing bag every so often. It reads “Any excuse to wear a sword is a good excuse!”

Now, where’s Sweetums when he’s needed?

But just as lightning equalizes the tension in two differently charged strata of the air, so will the sword always be, and remain till the end of the world, the finally decisive factor.
Friedrich Wilhelm

“They jest at scars that never felt a wound.”

Isaiah 2:4


Joel 3:10

Matthew 10:34

Matthew 26:52

Luke 22:36

From “Saturday Night Live”:

Trebek: Okay, let’s just move on. Burt, can you please pick a category.

Connery: Pick Swords.

Reynolds: Yeah, sure, gimme Swords.

Trebek: It’s “S” Words. It’s “S” Words. And for how much, Mr. Reynolds?

Reynolds: Ah, hell, let’s go nuts, Swords for $48,000.

Trebek: We’re not doing Swords. You know, why don’t we move on to Final Jeopardy.

Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence, so why bother shaving?

Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.

The pen is mightier than the sword, but only if the sword is very small and the pen is very sharp - Terry Pratchett

Peace through superior swordplay.

Those who beat their swords into plowshares will soon be plowing for those who don’t."

I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is gone forever.

Edmund Burke

“The game of chess is like a sword fight - you must think first, before you move”
(from an intro on the Wu Tang Clans “36 Chambers” LP - originally from some old ovie I don’t know)

Oooh a challenge!

I choose for my weapons, not my shining blade, but “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations” and Stevenson’s “Home Book of Quotations”

Better to die with the sword, than by the sword
SAMUEL DANIEL, History of the Civil War

He knew me and named me
The War thing, the comrade,
Father of honor, and giver of kingship,
The fame-smith, the song-master,
Bringer of women.
W.E. HENLEY, The Song of the Sword

I’ll Make thee glorious by my pen,
And Famous by my sword
JAMES GRAHAM, My dear and Only Love

Why, then the world’s mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open.
SHAKESPEARE, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Swordsman, Reference Librarian, Doper.

A good sword is the one left in its scabbard.
–Japanese proverb

A short sword for a brave man.
–French proverb

God grant me a good sword and no use for it.
–Polish proverb

An old wise mans shaddow is better then a young buzzards sword.
–George Herbert, 17th century Welsh poet and cleric.

Many more can be found here.

The Duke has a long arm!

But not so long
As mine, when it is lengthened out . . .
(Shows his sword):
As thus!

Ooooh, another one:

"Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise King born of all England. "
Malory: Le Morte d’Arthur
There’s a bucket load of sword quotes here