„Who was the first discoverer of the horrible sword? How savage was he and literally iron!“

—  Tibull

Quis fuit, horrendos primus qui protulit enses?
quam ferus et vere ferreus ille fuit!
Bk. 1, no. 10, line 1.
Elegies
Original: (la) Quis fuit, horrendos primus qui protulit enses?<br/>quam ferus et vere ferreus ille fuit!

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—  David Gemmell, buch The Swords of Night and Day

Quelle: Drenai series, The Swords of Night and Day, Ch. 21
Kontext: "No golden age to discover now," he whispered. "No end to disease and starvation. No, bright sparkling cities reaching the clouds... All that I have lived for is gone now. I am so tired.""Then think on this, priest: You stopped the Eternal from finding greater weapons. Your actions here have led to her death. The world is free again.""Free? Of one tyrant perhaps. You think there will be no others?""No, I do not. But I know there will always be men to stand against them. You grieve because of a pure magic lost. That magic was corrupted by evil. This is how evil thrives. We find an herb that cures disease, and someone will make a poison from it. We forge iron to make a better plow, and someone will make a sharper sword. There can be no power that evil will not corrupt."

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„And now, my gallant lads — I don't know when or how —
that worm's god-slaying sword has fallen into my hands;
I swear that from its topmost iron tip the blood still drips!“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957

Odysseus' song, Book III, line 424
The Odyssey : A Modern Sequel (1938)
Kontext: The worm stood straight on God's blood-splattered threshold then
and beat his drum, beat it again, and raised his throat:
'You've matched all well on earth, wine, women, bread, and song,
but why, you Murderer, must you slay our children? Why?'
God foamed with rage and raised his sword to pierce that throat,
but his old copper sword, my lads, stuck at the bone.
Then from his belt the worm drew his black-hilted sword,
rushed up and slew that old decrepit god in heaven!
And now, my gallant lads — I don't know when or how —
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—  Anthony the Great Christian saint, monk, and hermit 251 - 357

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—  Ted Hughes, buch The Iron Man

Quelle: The Iron Man (1968), Ch. 1 : The Coming of the Iron Man
Kontext: The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. How far had he walked? Nobody knows. Where did he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. Taller than a house the Iron Man stood at the top of the cliff, at the very brink, in the darkness.

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—  Tom Clancy American author 1947 - 2013

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They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace . . . Who brought a sword.“

—  Joyce Kilmer, Trees and Other Poems

"Memorial Day"; this poem was later published in The Army and Navy Hymnal (1920)
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Kontext: The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
⁠Of men-at-arms who come to pray. The roses blossom white and red
⁠On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
⁠And martial music cleaves the sky. Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
⁠They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
⁠They plunged for Freedom and the Right. May we, their grateful children, learn
⁠Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
⁠At last the accolade of God.In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace... Who brought a sword.</p

„He who enlists a man's mind wields a power even greater than the sword or the scepter.“

—  Robert L. Heilbroner, buch The Worldly Philosophers

Quelle: The Worldly Philosophers (1953), Chapter I, Introduction, p. 3

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