David Hume - Jacob Brownowski TV - Kill Bill I 2003 - Hero 2002 - Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2000 - The Warrior’s Way 2010 - The Last of the Samurai 2003 - The Man With the Iron Fists 2012 - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV - William Shakespeare & Henry IV 2012 & Coriolanus 2011 - Excalibur 1981 - Game of Thrones TV - Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Christopher Marlowe - Confucius - George Herbert - Richard Nixon - R Buckminster Fuller - Hannibal Rising 1997 - Sam Willis TV - II Kings 19:7 - Isaiah 2:4 - Ezekiel 11:8&10&21 - Ezekiel 21:3-5 - Ezekiel 21:9-12 - Ezekiel 21:15 - Ezekiel 23:25 - Ezekiel 24:21 - Ezekiel 26: 11 - Ezekiel 33:1-6 - Ezekiel 33:27-29 - Hosea 11:6&10 - Matthew 10:34 - Matthew 26:52 - Luke 2:35 - John 18:11
The power of the Sword is, and ever hath been, the Foundation of All Titles to Government. David Hume
The sword is the weapon of the samurai. Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 4/13: The Hidden Structure, BBC 1973
Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with Samurai swords. Kill Bill I 2003 starring Uma Thurman & David Carradine & Lucy Liu & Michael Madsen & Daryl Hannah & Sonny Chiba & Vivica A Fox & Gordon Liu & Julie Dreyfus et al, director Quentin Tarantino
That really was a Hattori Hanzo sword. ibid.
How swift your sword is. Hero 2002 starring Jet Li & Tony Leung & Maggie Cheung & Chen Daoming & Donnie Yen & Zhang Ziyi et al, director Zhang Yimou, Flying Snow
I thought that by giving away the sword I could escape the Giang Hu world but the cycle of bloodshed continues. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2000 starring Chow Yun-Fat & Michelle Yeoh & Zhang Ziyi & Chang Chen & Chen Pei-Pei & Sihung Lung et al, director Ang Lee, him to her
He trained his entire life for one purpose: to be the greatest swordsman in the history of mankind. The Warrior’s Way 2010 starring Jang Don-Gun & Geoffrey Rush & Kate Bosworth & Danny Huston & Tony Cox & Ti Lung & Nic Sampson & Ryan Richards et al, director Sngmoo Lee
2They say Japan was made by a sword: they say the old gods dipped a coral blade into the ocean. Last of the Samurai 2003 starring Tom Cruise & Ken Watanabe & Bill Connolly & Shin Koyamada & Tony Goldwyn & Masato Harada & Shichinosuke Nakamura & Timothy Spall & Seizo Fukumoto et al, director Edward Zwick, opening commentary
When you forge a weapon you need three things: the right metal, temperatures over 1,400 degrees, and someone who wants to kill. The Man with the Iron Fists 2012 starring RZA & Rick Yune & Russell Crowe & Lucy Liu & David Bautista & Jamie Chung & Cung Le & Byron Mann et al, director RZA
I am on a quest, a quest for the most revered icon in Klingon history. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s4e9: Sword of Kahless, Kor to Worf, with Dax
They took the sword, and my people have been searching for it ever since. It is said its return will bring back a new era of glory for the Klingon Empire. ibid. Worf to Sisko, with Dax
How came Falstaff’s sword so hacked? William Shakespeare, Henry IV I starring Roger Allam & Oliver Cotton & Jamie Parker & Joseph Timms & Sam Crane & Jason Baughan & Patrick Brennan & William Gaunt & Christopher Godwin & Daon Broni et al, director Dominic Dromgoole, Globe Theatre Sky Arts, Hal, 2012
Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Duke, BBC 2016
Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them. William Shakespeare, Othello I ii 59
Make up a sword of me! Coriolanus 2011 starring Ralph Fiennes & Gerard Butler & Vanessa Redgrave & Brian Cox & Jessica Chastain & John Kani & James Nesbitt & Paul Jesson & Lubna Azabal & Ashraf Barhom et al, director Ralph Fiennes
Behold the sword of power – Excalibur. Excalibur 1981 starring Helen Mirren & Nigel Terry & Gabriel Byrne & Liam Neeson & Nicholas Clay & Cherie Lunghi & Paul Geoffrey & Nicol Williamson & Corin Redgrave & Patrick Stewart & Keith Buckley & Clive Swift & Gabriel Byrne et al, director John Boorman, Merlin
The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. Game of Thrones s1e1: Winter is Coming, starring Sean Bean & Mark Addy & Nikolai Coster Waldau & Michelle Fairley & Lena Headey & Emilia Clarke & Iain Glen & Harry Lloyd et al, director Tim van Patten, Bean to boy
First lesson: stick them with the pointy end. Game of Thrones s1e2: The Kingsroad, Jon Snow gives Arya her sword, HBO 2011
All the best swords have names, you know. ibid.
The seeing – the true seeing – that is the heart of swordplay. Game of Thrones s1e8: The Pointy End
What do we say to the god of death? Not today. ibid. sword-fight tutor loses fight
Such a great sword should have a name. What shall I call her? Game of Thrones s4e2: The Lion and the Rose, Joffrey
Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Richelieu, 1839
Our swords shall play the orators for us. Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great, 1590
Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance. Confucius
One sword keeps another in the sheath. George Herbert
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 Nixon, interview David Frost 1977
Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword. R Buckminster Fuller
I hope you don’t mind. I would have used the butcher’s knife but the sword seemed so appropriate. Hannibal Rising 1997 starring Gaspard Ulliel & Aaran Thomas & Gong Li & Dominic West & Rhys Ifans & Helena-Lia Tachovska & Kevin McKidd & Richard Brake & Stephen Walters & Ivan Marevich & Charles Maquignon et al, director Peter Webber, young Lector
12th century: The sword would be transformed from a versatile close-combat weapon into one of mythic proportion. Sam Willis, ‘Sword, Musket and Machine Gun’, BBC 2017
Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land. II Kings 19:7
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares. Isaiah 2:4
Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord God.
Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord God. Ezekiel 11:8&10&21
And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:
That all flesh may know that I the Lord have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more. Ezekiel 21:3-5
Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:
It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? It contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.
And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled: this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.
Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh. Ezekiel 21:9-12