Quotes for 2020 #28

An on going series of a quote a day from those most worthy of individuals, writers…  Disclaimer not all quotes are meant to inspire… Not all comments I make upon them are entirely honest either, occasionally Hannibal writes them…

Today’s quote is from the writer that supplied Sean Bean the the role that started his career, Richard Sharpe, erstwhile of the 1st Essex rifles, a man of honor and principal unlike the majority of  his fellow officers, fighting his way through Spain and France in the Napoleonic wars. (Hannibal would fit right in to a Sharp novel, but not as the hero it must be said…)

But the Napoleonic period is just one of the periods of history rewritten and redefined by Bernard Cornwall, his retelling of the Arthurian Legends circa 500AD paint a stark contrast to the normal vision of Camelot and the Knight’s of the round table. A some what bloodier more earthy vision it is true. But then Cornwall can make you smell the shield wall, smell the gun-smoke and feel the quake in your boots when cannons roar and the cavalry charges.

But none of that is why I like this quote, I like it purely for its simplicity and the suggestion that lays behind it, that even on the most mundane of days anything could happen at any moment… Best be prepared, anything could happen…




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