Beowulf's Famous Quotes & Sayings

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But, look, Washington is a town that creates myths for its own existence and its own amusement, and I was a subject of myth, sort of like Grendel in Beowulf - you know, not seen very often but often talked about.Karl Rove Beowulf's Sayings By Karl Rove: But, look, Washington is a town that creates myths for its own existence and its
She'd grown up hearing about epic battles between Guardians and demons, of legendary Wardens and their brave fight to keep the nocturnis at bay. To her, it all had the air of fairy tales, history through the lens of the Brothers Grimm. She listened to the tales the same way she listened to Beowulf, and had the same expectation of ever featuring in one of those famous battles as of facing Grendel's mother in a Scandinavian swamp.
Yet here she was, not just fighting the forces of evil but somehow tied to her very own Guardian, acting for all intents and purposes like the Warden she had once dreamed of becoming.
Christine Warren Beowulf's Sayings By Christine Warren: She'd grown up hearing about epic battles between Guardians and demons, of legendary Wardens and
To encounter 'Beowulf' is like taking a sledgehammer to a quarry face. You must bang in there.Seamus Heaney Beowulf's Sayings By Seamus Heaney: To encounter 'Beowulf' is like taking a sledgehammer to a quarry face. You must bang
It happened that I had just finished co-writing a screen adaptation of Beowulf, the old English narrative poem, and was mildly surprised by the number of people who, mishearing me, seemed to think I had just written an episode of "Baywatch." So I began retelling Beowulf as a futuristic episode of "Baywatch" for an anthology of detective stories. It seemed to be the only sensible thing to do. Look, I don't give you grief over where you get your ideas from.Neil Gaiman Beowulf's Sayings By Neil Gaiman: It happened that I had just finished co-writing a screen adaptation of Beowulf, the old
By the way, don't 'weep inwardly' and get a sore throat. If you must weep, weep: a good honest howl! I suspect we - and especially, my sex - don't cry enough now-a-days. Aeneas and Hector and Beowulf, Roland and Lancelot blubbered like schoolgirls, so why shouldn't we?C.S. Lewis Beowulf's Sayings By C.S. Lewis: By the way, don't 'weep inwardly' and get a sore throat. If you must weep,
Beowulf's picture was far more elaborate than those of his siblings, and it did need a bit more work coloring in the background, but the gist of it was on full, frightening view. In the sky: a full moon, its eerie glow partially obscured by dark, swirling clouds. In the foreground: the dense, ferny undergrowth of a forest, bordered by a few gnarled tree trunks rising upward. In the center of the page: an old woman, wrapped in a cloak. Her mouth hung open in a leering smile, and her teeth were large and razor sharp, with a prominent set of gleaming white incisors. From the back of her shroudlike garments poked a long, wolfish tail. Cassiopeia and Alexander clapped and barked with admiration, but Penelope's skin went cold.Maryrose Wood Beowulf's Sayings By Maryrose Wood: Beowulf's picture was far more elaborate than those of his siblings, and it did need
Beloved Beowulf, remember how you boasted,
Once, that nothing in the world would ever
Destroy your fame; fight to keep it,
Now, be strong and brave, my noble
King, protecting life and fame
Together. My sword will fight at your side!
Burton Raffel Beowulf's Sayings By Burton Raffel: Beloved Beowulf, remember how you boasted,Once, that nothing in the world would everDestroy your fame;
But the more I read ... after awhile ... I begin to find they were all writing about the same thing, this same dull old here-today-gone-tomorrow scene ... Shakespeare, Milton, Matthew Arnold, even Baudelaire, even this cat whoever he was that wrote Beowulf ... the same scene for the same reasons and to the same end, whether it was Dante with his pit or Baudelaire with his pot ... the same dull old scene ...Ken Kesey Beowulf's Sayings By Ken Kesey: But the more I read ... after awhile ... I begin to find they were
For it is now to us itself ancient; and yet its maker was telling of things already old and weighted with regret, and he expended his art in making keen that touch upon the heart which sorrows have that are both poignant and remote.J.R.R. Tolkien Beowulf's Sayings By J.R.R. Tolkien: For it is now to us itself ancient; and yet its maker was telling of
Ever may God perform marvel upon marvel, Lord of glory! It was but little while ago that I hoped never in all my life to find healing of any of my woes, when this best of houses stood stained with blood and dripping with fresh gore: that was a grief far-reaching to every one of my counsellors, 765 who hoped not that they ever in the world should defend this stronghold of the people of the land from the malice of demons and of devils. Now hath one young man through the might of the Lord wrought a deed that we none of us with our wisdom were able to compass. Lo! this may she say, if 770 yet she lives, whosoever among women did bring forth this son among the peoples of earth, that the eternal God was gracious to her in her childbearing! Now, Beowulf, best of men, I will cherish thee in my heart even as a son; hereafter keep thou well this new kinship. LackUnknown Beowulf's Sayings By Unknown: Ever may God perform marvel upon marvel, Lord of glory! It was but little while
Foreign places yield more to one who is himself worth meeting.Unknown Beowulf's Sayings By Unknown: Foreign places yield more to one who is himself worth meeting.
It's patterns," he said. "If they think you're a hero, they're wrong. After you die, you don't get to be Beowulf or Perseus or Rama anymore. Whole different set of rules. Chess, not checkers. Go, not chess. You understand?Neil Gaiman Beowulf's Sayings By Neil Gaiman: It's patterns," he said. "If they think you're a hero, they're wrong. After you die,
4. The whole Icarus-flying-too-near-the-sun-and-plummeting-out-of-the-sky thing? That's real. Same with the Sirens who lure you to death with their irresistible song, and the odalisque so beautiful anyone who looks at her dies. And remember: as badass as Grendel was, Beowulf hadn't seen anything until he went up against Grendel's mother. I know, I know - I thought they were just myths too. But the fact is, sometimes, if you don't want to meet a tragic end, your only option is to avert your gaze, tie yourself to the mast with cotton in your ears, or ascend a little less close to the Vault of Heaven.Todd Hanson Beowulf's Sayings By Todd Hanson: 4. The whole Icarus-flying-too-near-the-sun-and-plummeting-out-of-the-sky thing? That's real. Same with the Sirens who lure you to
Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what's said and what's done.Seamus Heaney Beowulf's Sayings By Seamus Heaney: Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what's
Sentences that begin with 'You' are probably not true. For instance, when I write: "You are a pet human named Morlock being disciplined by your master, a Beowulf cluster of FreeBSD 22.0 servers in the year 2052. Last week you tried to escape by digging a hole under the perimeter, which means this week you may be put to sleep for being a renegade human."

That's not true, at least not yet.
Richard Dooling Beowulf's Sayings By Richard Dooling: Sentences that begin with 'You' are probably not true. For instance, when I write: "You
And a young prince must be prudent like that,
giving freely while his father lives
so that afterwards, in age when fighting starts
steadfast companions will stand by him
and hold the line.
Seamus Heaney Beowulf's Sayings By Seamus Heaney: And a young prince must be prudent like that,giving freely while his father livesso that
In one particular chapter in Ulysses, James Joyce imitates every major writing style that's been used by English and American writers over the last 700 years - starting with Beowulf and Chaucer and working his way up through the Renaissance, the Victorian era and on into the 20th century.Frederick Lenz Beowulf's Sayings By Frederick Lenz: In one particular chapter in Ulysses, James Joyce imitates every major writing style that's been
There's life for you. Spend the best years of your life studying penmanship and rhetoric and syntax and Beowulf and George Eliot, and then somebody steals your pencil.Dorothy Parker Beowulf's Sayings By Dorothy Parker: There's life for you. Spend the best years of your life studying penmanship and rhetoric
I've always like Medieval literature. As a young girl I read mythologies and Norse legends, that sort of thing. I loved Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. While I was studying at Middle Tennessee State University for doctoral program I came in contact with more ancient literature. I examined older literature more seriously which intrigued and fascinated me very much; I was drawn to it.
For the book I used all my own translations of Beowulf from my doctorate. Culture is contained in language, if you study a language you'll see bits of culture, because the words are different and you see into the lives of the people. The Anglo-Saxon language touched me very deeply. Some of it is the heroic. Some of it is the melancholy. But there is also honor. You uphold, you fight to the death. Even if you watch movies, like Marvel comic book movies, like Thor: you want the great ones to win. Its even better if they have a fault. But you want the heroic character to win.
Deborah A. Higgens Beowulf's Sayings By Deborah A. Higgens: I've always like Medieval literature. As a young girl I read mythologies and Norse legends,
Today and tomorrow you will be in your prime; but soon you will die,
in battle or in bed; either fire or water,
the fearsome elements, will embrace you,
or you will succumb to the sword's flashing edge,
or the arrow's flight, or terrible old age;
then your eyes, once bright, will be clouded over;
all too soon, O warrior, death will destroy you.
Hrothgar to Beowulf
Anonymous Beowulf's Sayings By Anonymous: Today and tomorrow you will be in your prime; but soon you will die,in battle
When the man who knows all about the fruit fly chromosomes finds himself sitting next to an authority on Beowulf, there may be an uneasy silence.Brand Blanshard Beowulf's Sayings By Brand Blanshard: When the man who knows all about the fruit fly chromosomes finds himself sitting next
Beowulf stands out as a poem which makes extensive use of this kind of figurative language. There are over one thousand compounds in the poem, totalling one-third of all the words in the text. Many of these compounds are kennings. The word 'to ken' is still used in many Scottish and Northern English dialects, meaning 'to know'. Such language is a way of knowing and of expressing meanings in striking and memorable ways; it has continuities with the kinds of poetic compounding found in nearly all later poetry but especially in the Modernist texts of Gerard Manley Hopkins and James Joyce.Ronald Carter Beowulf's Sayings By Ronald Carter: Beowulf stands out as a poem which makes extensive use of this kind of figurative
I've never known fear; as a youth I fought/ In endless battles. I am old, now,/ But I will fight again, seek fame still,/ If the dragon hiding in his tower dares/ To face meBurton Raffel Beowulf's Sayings By Burton Raffel: I've never known fear; as a youth I fought/ In endless battles. I am old,
Monsters are getting more uppity, too ( ... ) I heard where this guy, he killed this monster in this lake, no problem, stuck its arm up over the door ( ... ) and you know what? Its mum come and complained. Its actual mum come right down to the hall next day and complained. Actually complained. That's the respect you get.Terry Pratchett Beowulf's Sayings By Terry Pratchett: Monsters are getting more uppity, too ( ... ) I heard where this guy, he
She always did like tales of adventure-stories full of brightness and darkness. She could tell you the names of all King Arthur's knights, and she knew everything about Beowulf and Grendel, the ancient gods and the not-quite-so-ancient heroes. She liked pirate stories, too, but most of all she loved books that had at least a knight or a dragon or a fairy in them. She was always on the dragon's side by the way.Cornelia Funke Beowulf's Sayings By Cornelia Funke: She always did like tales of adventure-stories full of brightness and darkness. She could tell
A ring-whorled prow rode in the harbour,
ice-clad, outbound, a craft for a prince.
They stretched their beloved lord in his boat,
laid out by the mast, amidships,
the great ring-giver. Far fetched treasures
were piled upon him, and precious gear.
I have never heard before of a ship so well furbished
with battle tackle, bladed weapons
and coats of mail. The massed treasure
was loaded on top of him: it would travel far
on out into the ocean's sway.
They decked his body no less bountifully
with offerings than those first ones did
who cast him away when he was a child
and launched him alone over the waves.
And they set a gold standard up
high above his head and let him drift
to wind and tide, bewailing him
and mourning their loss. No man can tell,
no wise man in hall or weathered veteran
knows for certain who salvaged that load.
Seamus Heaney Beowulf's Sayings By Seamus Heaney: A ring-whorled prow rode in the harbour,ice-clad, outbound, a craft for a prince.They stretched their
Free Trader Beowulf - you had to be at least forty and a recovering pen-and-paper role-playing-gamer to get the reference, but it was apt. Google it.Lev Grossman Beowulf's Sayings By Lev Grossman: Free Trader Beowulf - you had to be at least forty and a recovering pen-and-paper
If you read the fables, 'Beowulf,' for example, you will know something about the person who writes them, and I like that. Secondly, they will not be about individuals; they will be about community. Thirdly, they're all about moralizing. Fourthly, the way they express themselves takes its tone from the oral tradition.Jim Crace Beowulf's Sayings By Jim Crace: If you read the fables, 'Beowulf,' for example, you will know something about the person
His poem is like a play in a room through the windows of which a distant view can be seen over a large part of the English traditions about the world of their original home. (Tolkien on the author of Beowulf)J.R.R. Tolkien Beowulf's Sayings By J.R.R. Tolkien: His poem is like a play in a room through the windows of which a
Nearly all monster stories depend for their success on Jack killing the Giant, Beowulf or St. George slaying the Dragon, Harry Potter triumphing over the basilisk. That is their inner grammar, and the whole shape of the story leads towards it.A. N. Wilson Beowulf's Sayings By A. N. Wilson: Nearly all monster stories depend for their success on Jack killing the Giant, Beowulf or
Stars, spattered out through lifeless night from end to end, like jewels scattered in a dead king's grave, tease, torment my wits toward meaningful patterns that do not exist.John Gardner Beowulf's Sayings By John Gardner: Stars, spattered out through lifeless night from end to end, like jewels scattered in a
Working with Scorsese was an absolute dream, and one of my favourite ever jobs was 'Beowulf' because it was just pure acting. Your imagination explodes as you try to imagine you're fighting a dragon or whatever.Ray Winstone Beowulf's Sayings By Ray Winstone: Working with Scorsese was an absolute dream, and one of my favourite ever jobs was
You're the modern versions of Beowulf, of St. George, of Odysseus. You're Van Helsing with firepower. You're Jack and the Beanstalk with automatic weapons. We're walking in the valley of the shadow of death, but we shall fear no evil! Because evil is about to get a stake put through its black heart because we are the baddest mother-fuckers to ever set foot in the valley!Larry Correia Beowulf's Sayings By Larry Correia: You're the modern versions of Beowulf, of St. George, of Odysseus. You're Van Helsing with
We took Beowulf, the epic poem in Old English, and put it right together with John Gardner's contemporary retelling. If you bring it into today, we really feel that it has something very fresh to say now.Julie Taymor Beowulf's Sayings By Julie Taymor: We took Beowulf, the epic poem in Old English, and put it right together with
This fight was old, Shadow thought, older than even Mr. Alice knew, and he was thinking that even as the creature's talons raked his chest. It was the fight of man against monster, and it was old as time: it was Theseus battling the Minotaur, it was Beowulf and Grendel, it was the fight of every hero who had ever stood between the firelight and the darkness and wiped the blood of something inhuman from his sword.Neil Gaiman Beowulf's Sayings By Neil Gaiman: This fight was old, Shadow thought, older than even Mr. Alice knew, and he was
Quickly, the dragon came at him, encouraged
As Beowulf fell back; its breath flared,
And he suffered, wrapped around in swirling
Flames
a king, before, but now
A beaten warrior. None of his comrades
Came to him, helped him, his brave and noble
Followers; they ran for their lives, fled
Deep in a wood. And only one of them
Remained, stood there, miserable, remembering,
As a good man must, what kinship should mean.
Burton Raffel Beowulf's Sayings By Burton Raffel: Quickly, the dragon came at him, encouragedAs Beowulf fell back; its breath flared,And he suffered,
Poem Written in a Copy of Beowulf
At various times, I have asked myself what reasons
moved me to study, while my night came down,
without particular hope of satisfaction,
the language of the blunt-tongued Anglo-Saxons.
Used up by the years, my memory
loses its grip on words that I have vainly
repeated and repeated. My life in the same way
weaves and unweaves its weary history.
Then I tell myself: it must be that the soul
has some secret, sufficient way of knowing
that it is immortal, that its vast, encompassing
circle can take in all, can accomplish all.
Beyond my anxiety, beyond this writing,
the universe waits, inexhaustible, inviting.
Jorge Luis Borges Beowulf's Sayings By Jorge Luis Borges: Poem Written in a Copy of BeowulfAt various times, I have asked myself what reasonsmoved
Just don't take any class where you have to read BEOWULF.Woody Allen Beowulf's Sayings By Woody Allen: Just don't take any class where you have to read BEOWULF.
Beowulf's Bane, an exotic glowing fungus that ate the flesh of elves, bore an uncanny resemblance to those of necrotizing fasciitis.Peter Watts Beowulf's Sayings By Peter Watts: Beowulf's Bane, an exotic glowing fungus that ate the flesh of elves, bore an uncanny
Let whoever can win glory before death.Seamus Heaney Beowulf's Sayings By Seamus Heaney: Let whoever can win glory before death.
In my writing, I strive for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best and Seamus Heaney's translation of BeowulfChristopher Paolini Beowulf's Sayings By Christopher Paolini: In my writing, I strive for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best
So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness. There was Shield Sheafson, scourge of many tribes, a wrecker of mead-benches, rampaging among foes. A foundling to start with, he would flourish later on. In the end each clan on the outlying coasts beyond the whale-road had to yield to him and begin to pay tribute. That was one good king." - BEOWULF WeRobert Carlson Beowulf's Sayings By Robert Carlson: So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by and the kings who ruled them had courage
What is more, as J. R. R. Tolkien reminds us in his great essay on Beowulf, there is a danger that attends rational and scientific description: "a plain pure fairy story dragon" can be ruined at the hands of a logical analysis. The interpreter, "unless he is careful, and speaks in parables, will kill what he is studying by vivisection, and he will be left with a formal or mechanical allegory, and, what is more, probably with one that will not work. For myth is alive at once and all its parts, and dies before it can be dissected.Gregory Alan Thornbury Beowulf's Sayings By Gregory Alan Thornbury: What is more, as J. R. R. Tolkien reminds us in his great essay on
In 'Beowulf,' director Robert Zemeckis uses a technique called 'motion capture' to conjure fantastical things, angles into action and sweeping vistas to stun your eyes and take your breath away. But what he hasn't mastered and what the technique can't do is this: emotion capture.Stephen Hunter Beowulf's Sayings By Stephen Hunter: In 'Beowulf,' director Robert Zemeckis uses a technique called 'motion capture' to conjure fantastical things,
Beowulf spake then, Boast-words uttered - the latest occasion: He boasts of his youthful prowess, and declares himself still fearless. "I braved in my youth-days battles unnumbered; Still am I willing the struggle to look for, Fame-deeds perform, folk-warden prudent, If the hateful despoiler forth from his cavern Seeketh me out!Anonymous Beowulf's Sayings By Anonymous: Beowulf spake then, Boast-words uttered - the latest occasion: He boasts of his youthful prowess,
To be allowed, no, invited into the private lives of strangers, and to share their joys and fears, was a chance to exchange the Southern bitter wormwood for a cup of mead with Beowulf or a hot cup of tea and milk with Oliver Twist.Maya Angelou Beowulf's Sayings By Maya Angelou: To be allowed, no, invited into the private lives of strangers, and to share their
I am mad with joy.
At least I think it's joy. Strangers have come, and it's a whole new game. I kiss the ice on the frozen creeks, I press my ear to it, honoring the water that rattles below, for by water they came: the icebergs parted as if gently pushed back by enormous hands, and the ship sailed through, sea-eager, foamy-necked, white sails, riding the swan-road, flying like a bird! O happy Grendel! Fifteen glorious heroes, proud in their battle dress, fat as cows!
John Gardner Beowulf's Sayings By John Gardner: I am mad with joy.At least I think it's joy. Strangers have come, and it's