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#10

 

How many wars have been put to rest in a prince's bed? Few. A bride can bring a little peace, make spears silent for a time, but not long.

--BEOWULF, lines 2028-2032

 
#9
 

Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fiend
Grendel who haunted the moors, the wild
Marshes, and made his home in a hell.
Not hell but hell on earth.
He was spawned in that slime
Of Cain, murderous creatures banished
By God, punished forever for the crime
Of Abel’s death.

--BEOWULF, lines 101-108

 
#8
 

His vanity swelled him so vile and rank that he could hear no voices but his own. He deserved to suffer and die. But Beowulf was a prince well-loved, followed in friendship, not fear.

--BEOWULF, lines 911-914

 
#7
 

He examined the hilt,
that relic of old times. It was engraved all over
and showed how war first came into the world
and the flood destroyed the tribe of giants.
They suffered a terrible severance from the Lord;
The Almighty made the waters rise,
drowned them in the deluge for retribution.

--BEOWULF, lines 1687-1693

 
#6
 

Let whoever can win glory before death. When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark.

--BEOWULF, lines 1387-1389

 
#5
 

It is a great wonder
how Almighty God in His magnificence
favours our race with rank and scope
and the gift of wisdom; His sway is wide.
Sometimes He allows the mind of a man
of distinguished birth to follow his bent,
grants him fulfilment and felicity on earth
and forts to command in his own country.
He permits him to lord it in many lands
until the man in his unthinkingness
forgets that it will ever end for him.
He indulges his desires; illness and old age
mean nothing to him; his mind is untroubled
by envy or malice or the thought of enemies
with their hate-honed swords. The whole world
conforms to his will, he is kept from the worst
until an element of overweening
enters him and takes hold
while the soul's guard, its sentry, drowses,
grown too distracted. A killer stalks him,
An archer who draws a deadly bow.

--BEOWULF, lines 1726-1744

 
#4
 

Fate saves the living when they drive away death by themselves!

--BEOWULF, lines 573-574

 
#3
 

O flower of warriors, beware of that trap
Choose, dear Beowulf, the better part,
eternal rewards. Do not give way to pride.
For a brief while your strength is in bloom
but it fades quickly; and soon there will follow
illness or the sword to lay you low,
or a sudden fire or surge of water
or jabbing fire or surge of water
or jabbing blade or javelin from the air
or repellant age. Your piercing eye
will dim and darken; and death will arrive,
dear warrior, to sweep you away.

--BEOWULF, lines 1758-1768

 
#2
 

A warrior will sooner die than live a life of shame.

--BEOWULF, lines 2890-2891

 
#1
 

The Almighty makes miracles when he pleases, wonder after wonder, and this world rests in his hands.

--BEOWULF, lines 930-932

 
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