Monday, February 1, 2010

The Once and Future King (8)

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.


“Middle-aged people can balance between believing in God and breaking all the Commandments, without difficulty.” p. 368.

“Thank God for the aged/ And for age itself, and illness and the grave/ When we are old and ill, and particularly in the coffin/ It is no trouble to behave. p. 368.

“Youth: A chaos of the mind and body—a time for weeping at sunsets and at the glamour of moonlight—a confusion and profusion of beliefs and hopes, in God, in Truth, in Love, in Eternity—an ability to be transported by the beauty of physical objects—a heart to ache or swell—a joy so joyful and a sorrow so sorrowful….” p. 368.

“If there is one thing I can’t stand, it is being treated like a possession.” p. 371.

Lancelot: “It was not enough for me to conquer the world—I wanted to conquer heaven too.”

To be continued.

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