Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Once and Future King (14).

T.H. White. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 1939.

Why read it? Merlyn teaches King Arthur the art of leadership. Part of his training was in learning to live with the animals and gain their perspective. Finally, he founded the Round Table. Merlyn is a most amazing character. A delightful and imaginative tale of what was to become known as Camelot. And a great deal of wisdom.


“Man had gone on, through age after age, avenging wrong with wrong, slaughter with slaughter.” p. 623.

“It was as if everything would lead to sorrow, so long as man refused to forget the past….” p. 623.

“We cannot build the future by avenging the past.” p. 624.

“Perhaps the great cause of war was possession.” p. 624.

“Ideal advice, which nobody was built to follow, was no advice at all.” p. 625.

“Advising heaven to earth was useless.” p. 625.

“Everybody wants to fight…but nobody knows why.” p. 627.

To be concluded.

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