Top 132 Sword Quotes of 2020

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“The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.”

― Aeschylus

“Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.”

― Akhenaton

“One shouldn’t get carried away by styling, as it can be a double-edged sword. The person should have it in him or her to carry it off.”

― Akkineni Nagarjuna

“I did a production of Macbeth in the 1960s in which I had a swordfight in the final scene. But the blade fell off my sword just as I was stabbing the guy. I ended up having to hammer him to death.”

― Alan Dale

“Don’t leave home without your sword – your intellect.”

― Alan Moore

“Technology is always a two-edged sword. It will bring in many benefits, but also many disasters.”

― Alan Moore

“The weapon of the advocate is the sword of the soldier, not the dagger of the assassin.”

― Alexander Cockburn

“I have done martial arts my whole life, so it comes easily, but I have never done proper sword fighting.”

― Alexander Dreymon

“When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable.”

― Alexander the Great

“The world may end up under a Sword of Damocles on a tightrope over the abyss.”

― Andrei A. Gromyko

“If the Union is once severed, the line of separation will grow wider and wider, and the controversies which are now debated and settled in the halls of legislation will then be tried in fields of battle and determined by the sword.”

― Andrew Jackson

“The Bible is referred to in scripture as the sword of the spirit.”

― Andy Mineo

“Everything in life is a double-edged sword.”

― Anita Dobson

“’Ancillary Sword’ picked up the Locus and the BSFA, which surprised the heck out of me.”

― Ann Leckie

“You have to go to war with a sword and a shield. You cannot go to war with bare hands.”

― Arundhati Bhattacharya

“Everybody likes to hold up a really big righteous sword when people make mistakes. Well guess what, now it’s recorded and everyone has access to it… so let’s stop judging people.”

― Ashton Kutcher

“The joke is mightier than the sword.”

― Bassem Youssef

“Sword fighting is just as fun as it looks on the screen.”

― Ben Barnes

“The longest sword, the strongest lungs, the most voices, are false measures of truth.”

― Benjamin Whichcote

“Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics. It is at once our sword and our shield.”

― Billy Hughes

“While I write this letter, I have a pistol in one hand and a sword in the other.”

― Boyle Roche

“I read H.P. Lovecraft. I also like Sword and Sorcery stuff, Arthurian legend.”

― Bruce Boxleitner

“Tumblr culture and the whole reappropriation-without-context thing are a double-edged sword in that they both raise awareness of my work and also kind of devalue it at the same time.”

― Bryan Lee O’Malley

“Calling yourself the ‘Best Kept Secret’ is a die on your own sword.”

― Buddy Murphy

“There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.”

― C. S. Lewis

“The Normans came over, lance in hand, burning and trampling down every thing before them, and cutting off the Saxon dynasty and the Saxon nobles at the edge of the sword; but the right of petition remained untouched.”

― Caleb Cushing

“Shows can come and go. They can be a hit and then in three years, gone. There’s some comfort in having the stability of a job and having children. It’s a double-edged sword.”

― Calista Flockhart

“The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.”

― Charles de Gaulle

“Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue.”

― Charles Simmons

“I loved playing Go Go, because the character’s so extreme. And she’s pretty close to my real character. Especially the fact that she liked her sword with a lot of accessories.”

― Chiaki Kuriyama

“We simply believe that we should lean into the world with something other than the pointed edge of a sword.”

― Chris Murphy

“My words are my sword.”

― Christine and the Queens

“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”

― Confucius

“Not too many years ago, both parties acknowledged that our entitlement commitments were a sword hanging over our heads. But when President George W. Bush tried to begin discussions on Social Security reform, Democrats ridiculed and demonized him and told seniors he was after their nest eggs.”

― David Limbaugh

“The sword was a very elegant weapon in the days of the samurai. You had honor and chivalry much like the knights, and yet it was a gruesome and horrific weapon.”

― Dustin Diamond

“The censor’s sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.”

― Earl Warren

“Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Let no one refer to the sword of Napoleon I as the instrument of progress and civilization!”

― Elie Ducommun

“It’s an amazing thing to watch a lizard fold a moth into its mouth, like a sword swallower who specialises in umbrellas.”

― Elizabeth McCracken

“Wit in women is apt to have bad consequences; like a sword without a scabbard, it wounds the wearer and provokes assailants.”

― Elizabeth Montagu

“I don’t carry sai blades for the sake of it in my personal life. I had to learn how to manipulate the sais. It was very tricky, because it’s a weird shape. It’s like a big fork. There’s a lot of ways that you can use them, but it’s not like a sword.”

― Elodie Yung

“In period films, it always helps to have someone built to carry a sword, and Channing Tatum clearly hasn’t missed a workout for the past two years, so he fits the bill in that regard.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“L.A. malls are so different than a ‘mall’ mall like we probably all grew up with that had a food court and the sword shop, the yo-yo kiosk.”

― Eric Wareheim

“The oil can is mightier than the sword.”

― Everett Dirksen

“My room is like an antique shop, full of junk, and weird stuff. There’s a big sword in there. And a taxidermy bird, and a couple of birdcages. And a lot of newspaper cuttings. I used to have a weird thing about cutting out morbid headlines from newspapers, and collecting them. I was fascinated with drowning, which is kind of strange.”

― Florence Welch

“I’d really love to check out medieval times. I’m obsessed with that kind of stuff, like on a horseback with a sword.”

― Franz Drameh

“The Christmas-New Year’s holiday season can be a double-edge sword when it comes to one’s mental health.”

― Gad Saad

“I didn’t read much of anything till I was 15, except Alistair MacLean and Michael Moorcock – the sword and sorcery novels – when I was about 13 or 14.”

― Geoff Dyer

“With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“One sword keeps another in the sheath.”

― George Herbert

“Damn the sword! When Virginia wanted a sword, I gave her one. Now she sends me a toy! I require bread!”

― George Rogers Clark

“So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.”

― Gordon W. Allport

“If I were amazing with a sword, I wouldn’t care about the tender things in life.”

― Gwendoline Christie

“I am a toxico-nutritional neuro-epidemiologist. It’s the study of neurological disorders caused by a mixture of toxins and malnutrition using epidemiological methods… We are just three or four in the world, even fewer than sword swallowers.”

― Hans Rosling

“Caesar had perished from the world of men, had not his sword been rescued by his pen.”

― Henry Vaughan

“Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country’s cause.”

― Homer

“Understanding is a three-edged sword. Your side, my side, and the truth.”

― J. Michael Straczynski

“A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust.”

― James Stephens

“The benefits from stardom as Klinger outweigh any setbacks. It’s a double-edged sword. What makes you famous is what interferes with getting other roles.”

― Jamie Farr

“I’m useless with a sword in real life.”

― John Bradley-West

“The sword – the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron.”

― John Lothrop Motley

“I wear my Pen as others do their Sword.”

― John Oldham

“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.”

― John Ray

“A champion without his belt is like a knight without his sword. I’ve got to have it.”

― Jon Jones

“Give me a sword fight any day.”

― Joseph Fiennes

“The Word of God is active, energizing, sharp and powerful like a two-edged sword.”

― Joyce Meyer

“The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.”

― Julia Ward Howe

“I also have some Chinese weapons, but I like the Japanese sword the best.”

― Kelly Hu

“Fame is very much a double-edged sword.”

― Kevin Bacon

“There’s a huge difference between stage fighting and real sword fighting.”

― Kit Harington

“Living with AIDS is like always having the sword of Damocles over your head. The disease is scarier than death itself. The disease is so messy, so devastating, so pervasive. It robs you of everything you hold dear.”

― Larry Kramer

“I was extremely close with my parents. Breaking away from that is a double-edged sword: It’s something you need to do, but it’s hard to cut the apron strings.”

― Linda Cardellini

“Why are people always shooting zombies? Why not just chop their heads off? How can zombies get you if you have a good sword?”

― Linden Ashby

“King Arthur was one of my heroes – I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle’s cane for the sword Excalibur.”

― Lloyd Alexander

“A journalist who doesn’t bring a camera is like a warrior who doesn’t carry a sword.”

― Lucio Tan

“A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Working on the Samurai sword is very different because your body position has to be very still. It’s a much quieter was of fighting.”

― Lucy Liu

“I like ‘The Three Musketeers.’ I like those kind of cool things where they were having a robe and a sword.”

― Mads Mikkelsen

“I still have the sword of Inigo Montoya – it’s mine!”

― Mandy Patinkin

“There are other ways to create tension and drama than to have somebody stabbed through the back with a sword.”

― Mark Waid

“Technology is a bit of a double-edged sword. Used right, it’s a wonderful tool, but unfortunately, it makes it easier for a lot of mediocre people to get really crappy ideas out.”

― Martin Gore

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.”

― Marty Feldman

“The pen is mightier than the sword, and is considerably easier to write with.”

― Marty Feldman

“I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword.”

― Mary Harris Jones

“Playing Marcia was a double-edged sword; it always will be whenever you play a character like that. You will be known as that character forever.”

― Maureen McCormick

“I’ve always fancied being a bit of warrior, on a horse swinging a sword around, sorting out the men… Oh yes, that sounds lovely.”

― Maxine Peake

“The sword the body wounds, sharp words the mind.”

― Menander

“I used to do traditional weapons training, and I wasn’t bad with a sword.”

― Michael Bisping

“It is not surprising that most Pakistanis do not support America’s bombardment of Afghanistan. The Afghans are neighbours on the brink of starvation and devastated by war. America has shown itself to be untrustworthy, a superpower that uses its values as a scabbard for its sword.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“The Bible refers to the Word as ‘the sword of the Spirit.’ What battles are you not winning if you are not equipped with your sword?”

― Monica Johnson

“Giving subsidies is a two-edged sword. Once you give it, it’s very hard to take away subsidies. There’s a political cost to taking away subsidies.”

― Najib Razak

“There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“I find by my calculations, which are according to revealed inspiration, that the sword of death is now approaching us, in the shape of pestilence, war more horrible than has been known in three lifetimes, and famine.”

― Nostradamus

“I don’t do a film unless it has a sword in it. And if it doesn’t have a sword in it, I insist that they have one in the same room to keep me comfortable.”

― Orlando Bloom

“I’ve done movies with a sword before. But I haven’t really been given the full responsibility of something like a Ridley Scott film.”

― Orlando Bloom

“I have good spacial awareness, and I’m pretty comfortable with a sword.”

― Orlando Bloom

“The sources and research I use for my inspiration aren’t your typical sci-fi subjects, but it’s really driven by obsession and personal anxiety more than trying to take up the sword and do what’s right.”

― Paolo Bacigalupi

“Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.”

― Percy Bysshe Shelley

“He steps on stage and draws the sword of rhetoric, and when he is through, someone is lying wounded and thousands of others are either angry or consoled.”

― Pete Hamill

“Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.”

― R. Buckminster Fuller

“What woman doesn’t want to go out there and kick some butt? I did it with a sword in ‘Conan,’ I did it with a crossbow in ‘G.I. Joe,’ and I’ve got my multi-tool and my super-suit in ‘Continuum.’ It’s really a release, and it’s quite cool.”

― Rachel Nichols

“Seeing how easy it has been to use Twitter for good has exposed the double-edged sword of how easy it could be to co-opt.”

― Rachel Sklar

“Science and technology are the keys to both our longevity and our demise. Our entire existence on this planet is a double-edged sword.”

― Rhys Darby

“At all events, arbitration is more rational, just, and humane than the resort to the sword.”

― Richard Cobden

“Having a weapon like that means you’re pretty much in control of events. Nobody’s going to argue with a flaming sword.”

― Richard Dormer

“I gave ’em a sword. And they stuck it in, and they twisted it with relish. And I guess if I had been in their position, I’d have done the same thing.”

― Richard M. Nixon

“A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.”

― Robert Burton

“Wherever the sword of rebellion is drawn to protect the rights of man, I am a rebel. Wherever the sword of rebellion is drawn to give man liberty, to clothe him in all his just rights, I am on the side of that rebellion.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Fantasy encompasses a wide, wide spectrum of writing. We have beast fables, we have gothics, we have tales of vampires and werewolves, and we have sword and sorcery; we have epics from Homer, and there is just so much out there that we put under the umbrella of ‘fantasy.’”

― Robin Hobb

“The more you try to pin a word down, the more you realize that it has its own cape, sword and little hat.”

― Roy Blount, Jr.

“I thought that Wu-Tang was the best sword style – the best sword-style of martial arts. And the tongue is like a sword. And so I say that we have the best lyrics, so, therefore, we are the Wu-Tang Clan.”

― Rza

“’The Sword of Shannara’ is about two brothers who find themselves on an epic quest to save humanity. It borrows from ‘Lord of the Rings’ but is still original in its own right. I read it in three days, then reread it, then went out and found every single book Terry Brooks ever wrote, and read all those.”

― Sabaa Tahir

“Logic is like the sword – those who appeal to it, shall perish by it.”

― Samuel Butler

“My weapon of choice is the nunchuck. I do like the bo as well, which I use, the staff. I’m not so good with the sword, but I picked a lot of stuff up on ‘Ninja 1’ with the sword.”

― Scott Adkins

“I don’t like broad swords. They’re not much fun. A broad sword is just a big chunk of steel, and there’s not much finesse in it, not much skill, I don’t think anyway.”

― Sean Bean

“The sword conquered for a while, but the spirit conquers for ever!”

― Sholem Asch

“Technology is always a double-edged sword.”

― Stephen Morris

“Sword fighting in film is not about how good the fighter is, but how good the actor receiving the blows is.”

― Takeshi Kitano

“Even after Sword was published, I was still only thinking about the next book, Elfstones.”

― Terry Brooks

“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.”

― Terry Pratchett

“The king, you say, desires to do what is right. My clergy are banished, my possessions are taken from me, the sword hangs over my neck. Do you call this right?”

― Thomas Becket

“Shields were generally made of wood, covered with leather, or some similar substance. To secure them, in some sort, from being cut through by the sword, they were surrounded with a hoop of metal.”

― Thomas Bulfinch

“Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.”

― Thomas Malory

“Bring back dueling, I say. Drive-by sword fight.”

― Tim Roth

“Maven is very much a haunting presence in ‘Glass Sword.’ His influence is everywhere, and he dogs Mare and Cal like no other. He’s my favorite character to write because he’s so complex, but also because he affects everyone else so deeply. He’s kind of like the source of gravity. Everyone moves around him and what he’s done.”

― Victoria Aveyard

“’Glass Sword’ has several set piece scenes that I plotted out or visualized before I wrote them, but I always knew they were coming. They anchor bits of the story.”

― Victoria Aveyard

“So we’re living by that sword, and we’re going to cut every now and then from it’s backlash.”

― Vince McMahon

“A sword in hand is a sure sign of a violent mind; but one does not become non-violent merely by throwing the sword away.”

― Vinoba Bhave

“I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands.”

― Zora Neale Hurston
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