Geoffrey of Monmouth

Geoffrey of Monmouth (12th century Welsh-English writer, quote c. 1136)

“Surely you will not always put your trust in being protected by someone else! Won’t you accustom your hands to brandish shields, swords, and spears against those who would be no mightier than you yourselves, if only you could throw off your laziness and your lethargy?”

  • From Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain (VI.2), completed in 1136, translated from Latin into English by Lewis Thorpe (Penguin Classics, 1966).


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