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The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone quotes

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View Quote All I know is that someone will be coming, someone very important. Fate will direct him to me, so that I, in turn, may guide him to his rightful place in the world. So at last, the miracle had come to pass in that far off time upon New Year's Day and the glorious reign of King Arthur was begun. Boy, boy, boy.... You'll become a great legend. They'll be writing books about you for centuries to come. Why, they might even make a motion picture about you. [First lines]
Balladeer: [sings]
A legend is sung of when England was young,
And Knights were brave and bold.
The good King had died, and no one could decide
Who was rightful heir to the Throne.
It seemed that the land would be torn by war,
Or saved by a miracle alone —
And that miracle appeared in London town:
The Sword in the Stone.
View Quote Arthur: [Repeated lines] Whoa, wait! WHOA!
View Quote Arthur: How did you know that I would--
Merlin: Oh, that-that you would be dropping in? Well, I happen to be a wizard! A soothsayer! A prognosticator! I have the power to see into the future! Centuries into the future! I've even been there, lad.
View Quote Arthur: Oh, I'm not really a sparrow, I'm a boy.
Madame Mim: A boy?!
Arthur: Merlin changed me with his magic. He's the world's most powerful wizard.
Madame Mim: Merlin? [laughs] Oh, Merlin - the world's most powerful bungler! Why, boy, I've got more magic in one little finger! Now don't tell me you've never heard of the marvelous Madame Mim?
Arthur: Well, no, I don't guess so.
Archimedes: Madame Mim! [flies off] Good heavens, good heavens, good heavens...!
Madame Mim: Why, boy, I'm the greatest! I'm truly marvellous! [sings] With only a touch, I have the power, zim-zam-rim-vim, to whither a flower! I find delight in the gruesome and grim!
Arthur: Oh, that's terrible.
Madame Mim: Thank you, my boy. But that's nothing, nothing to me. Because I'm the magnificent, marvellous, mad Madame Mim!
View Quote Arthur: She was going to destroy me!
Madame Mim: And just what are you gonna do about it? Want to fight?! Want to have a wizard's duel?! [slaps Merlin across the face provokingly]
Merlin: [composing himself] As you wish, Madame.
Madame Mim: Well, come on. Step outside!
Merlin: After you, Madame.
[Mim marches outside, followed by Merlin; Arthur flies out onto a tree branch to watch, where Archimedes joins him]
Archimedes: Wha--?! What's up, boy, what's going on?
Arthur: They're having a wizard's duel. What's that mean?
Archiemdes: Oh, it's a battle of wits. The players change themselves into different things in an attempt to... to destroy one another.
Arthur: D-d-destroy?
Archimedes: Just watch, boy, just watch. You'll get the idea.
Madame Mim: Now! First of all, if you don't mind, I'll make the rules.
Archimedes: Rules indeed! Ha ha ha! Why, she only wants rules so she can break them!
Madame Mim: [to Archimedes] I'll take care of you later, featherbrain. [Archimedes huffs; to Merlin] Now, Rule 1: No minerals or vegetables, only animals. Rule 2: No make-believe things like, oh, pink dragons and stuff. Rule 3: No disappearing. [squeezes his nose playfully]
Merlin: Rule 4: No cheating!
View Quote Kay: [whispers] Quiet, Wart!
Arthur: I'm trying to be.
Kay: And nobody asked you to come along in the first place.
Arthur: I'm not even movin'.
Kay: Shut up. [sees a doe] Aha! Here we go. Oh, what a set-up. Hmm. Right smack through the old gizzard!
[Sir Kay almost shoots the doe with an arrow, but the tree-limb Arthur is on breaks; Arthur falls onto Kay, sending the arrow whistling away into the air; the doe flees.]
Arthur: [as Kay chases him] Oh Kay, please, I'm sorry. I couldn't help it. Please!
Kay: If I ever-- [trips over a ruined tree] If I ever get my hands on you, I'll wring your scrawny little neck, so help me, I will!
Arthur: [going into the forest] I'll get the arrow, Kay. I'm sure I can find it.
Kay: [chuckles] Don't tell me you're going in there? Why, it's swarming with wolves.
Arthur: I'm not afraid.
Kay: Well, go ahead! It's your skin, not mine! Go on, go on!
View Quote Merlin: (regarding jousting) Science indeed. One dummy trying to knock off another dummy with a bit of a stick.
Archimedes: And the Wart's just as hot for it as the rest of them.
Merlin: Yes. That boy's got real spark, lots of spirit. Throws himself, heart and soul, into everything he does. And that's really worth something. If it could only be turned in the right direction.
Archimedes: Ha-ha! Fat chance of that!
Merlin: Oh, I intend to cheat of course. Use magic! Every last trick in the trade if, I have to.
View Quote Merlin: A dark age indeed! An age of inconveniance! No plumbing! No electricity! No... nothing! [almost falls into the well] Oh, hang it all! Hang it all! [finally gets his bucket filled with water out of the well, and tries to leave, but finds that he is caught in something] Oh, now what? Now what?! [sees the chain wrapped around his leg] Here, leave off! LEAVE OFF! Oh, you fiendish chain, you! [kicks it away] Everything complicated! One big medieval mess!
View Quote Merlin: Archimedes, have you seen that flying machine model?
Archimedes: I have nothing to do with your futuristic fiddle-faddle, you know that.
Arthur: [pointing to the airplane model right above Merlin] What's that thing up there?
Merlin: Hmm? Oh, yes, of course. Here we are. [takes it down]
Arthur: Do you mean man will fly in one of those someday?
Archimedes: [scoffs] If man were meant to fly, he'd have been born with wings.
Merlin: [winding up the propeller of the model airplane, but not noticing his long beard getting caught in it] I am about to prove otherwise, Archimedes, if you care to watch. Here she goes! [He tosses it out the window] No, no, no - NO! [The plane unravels from his beard at the wrong angle, and starts to fall out of the sky.]
Archimedes: [laughs] Man will fly, all right! Just like a rock! [The model plane lands in the moat with a crash, and is sunken out of sight. Archimedes then laughs harder.]
Merlin: It would have worked if... if it weren't for this infernal beard! [Archimedes continues to laugh hysterically.] Man will fly someday, I tell you! I have been there! I have seen it!
Arthur: Oh, I do hope so. I've always dreamed about flying; that I was a bird and that I could go sailing all over the sky, high above everything... [Merlin sneaks up behind him and quietly changes him into a sparrow] It's my favorite dream. [sighs] But then, I suppose everyone dreams about flying-- [notices his new form; happily] I'm a bird, I'm a bird, I'm a bird! [starts to flutter clumsily out the window]
Merlin: [grabbing him in one hand] Hold it, boy! Not so fast, not so fast. First, I'd better explain the mechanics of a bird's wing. [grabs Archimedes' wing and runs his finger along the feathers] Now, these large feathers are called the primaries, and--
Archimedes: And since when do you know all about birds' wings?
Merlin: I have made an extensive study of birds in flight, and--
Archimedes: [crossly] And if you don't mind, I happen to be a bird!
Merlin: All right, Mr. Know-It-All! He's your pupil! [sets Arthur down firmly]
Arthur: Ouch!
Archimedes: Now boy, flying is not merely some crude mechanical process. [clears his throat offensively at Merlin, who clears his throat in return] It is a delicate art. Purely aesthetic! Poetry of motion! And the best way to learn it is to do it.
View Quote Merlin: Now, let me see. He should be here in, I'd say, half an hour.
Archimedes: Who? Who? I'd like to know who!
Merlin: I told you, Archimedes, I am not sure. All I know is that someone will be coming, someone very important.
Archimedes: Oh, pinfeathers!
Merlin: Fate will direct him to me, so that I, in turn, may guide him to his rightful place in the world.
View Quote Merlin: Oh, big news, eh? Can't wait for the London Times - first edition won't be out for at least [looks at his watch] 1200 years. Archimedes, would you mind sailing down there and-
Archimedes: Not interested.
Merlin: Oh, come now! You're as wet as you can get!
Archimedes: NO! No, no, no!
Merlin: Archimedes! I'll turn you into a human!
Archimedes: You wouldn't dare!
Merlin: I will! So help me, I will!
Archimedes: All right! All right!
Merlin: Works every time. Just like magic!
View Quote Narrator: And below the hilt, in letters of gold, were written these words: "Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of England." Though many tried for the sword with all their strength, none could move the sword nor stir it. So the miracle had not worked, and England was still without a king [showing The Sword in the stones covered in vines] - and in time, the marvellous sword was forgotten [fades out]. This was a dark age [showing a Star], without law and without order [Fades into a Dark forest]. Men lived in fear of one another, for the strong preyed upon the weak.
View Quote Scullery Maid: You old goat! If I ever catch you in my kitchen again, I'll--
Merlin: [firmly] Madame, you won't! [disappears in a puff of smoke]
Scullery Maid: [surprised] Oh dear. He-he's gone!
Sir Ector: Well, by Jove...
Kay: We ought to run the old geezer right out of the castle.
Sir Ector: Oh, no, no, no, no, no, Kay, no! He might cast an evil spell on the lot of us. Turn us all to stone! Shh! No, there's no telling what the old devil might do.
Arthur: He's not an old devil! He- he's good, and his magic is good, too. If you'd just leave him alone--
Sir Ector: Now look here, Wart, that's three more demerits!
Kay: Box his ears, Dad.
Arthur: Just because you can't understand something, it doesn't mean it's wrong!
Sir Ector: [spluttering in shock] Ten more demerits!
Arthur: [in tears] You make all the rules, and nobody else can say anything!
Sir Ector: You've said aplenty, boy! All that popping off just cooked your goose! Kay, from now on, young Hobbs is your squire. You hear that, Wart? Hobbs is going to be Kay's squire.
Arthur: [quietly] Yes, sir.
Kay: And that'll teach you to pop off, you little pipsqueak. [As Kay leaves the kitchen with Sir Ector, he chops a mop (that humiliated him earlier) in half with his sword]
[Arthur kneels in the kitchen alone with the broken mop in his hand, feeling sad and ashamed. Merlin magically appears.] Merlin: I'm sorry, lad. Sorry I spoiled everything. I know that trip to London meant a great deal to you.
Arthur: Oh, it's not your fault. I shouldn't have popped off. Now I'm really done for.
Merlin: No, no, you're in a great spot, boy. You can't go down now, it can only be up from here.
Arthur: I'd like to know how.
Merlin: Use your head, and education, lad.
Arthur: [lightning up] What good would that do?
Merlin: Get it first, and who knows? Are you willing to try?
Arthur: [resigned] Well, what have I got to lose?
Merlin: [patting his back] That's the spirit! We'll start tomorrow! We'll show 'em, won't we, boy?
Arthur: [unenthusiastically] We sure will.
View Quote Sir Ector: Now, what's all the commotion, hmm?
Scullery Maid: Oh, the kitchen! It's under an evil spell! It's bewitched!
Sir Ector: Oh... I bet it's that old goat Marvin. [To Kay] Come on, son! I knew he'd give us trouble! [Goes to the kitchen and sees the magic Merlin used on the dishes and mops] GADZOOKS!!! BLACK MAGIC OF THE WORST KIND!!! Come on, Kay, to the attack!
View Quote [After Arthur pulls the Sword from the Stone again]
Sir Pellinore: It's a miracle, ordained by Heaven. This boy is our King!
Sir Ector: Well, by Jove...
Sir Bart: What's the lad's name?
Sir Ector: Eh, Wart. Oh, uh, I mean, Arthur.
Sir Bart: Hail King Arthur!
Archimedes: [laughing] I can't believe it!
Sir Ector: [bowing before Arthur humbly] Oh, forgive me, son. Forgive me.
Arthur: Oh, please don't, sir.
Sir Ector: Kay, bow down to your King.
[Kay bows as well, with an expression of remorse and humility]
Narrator: So at last, the miracle had come to pass in that far-off time upon New Year's Day, and the glorious reign of King Arthur was begun.