Medieval Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old medieval quotes, medieval sayings, and medieval proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity, romantic love and gunpowder.     

Andre Maurois

Your chances of dying a violent death are 1/500th of what they used to be during medieval times.     

Peter Diamandis

Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing higher, nothing stronger, nothing larger, nothing more joyful, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven or on earth.     

Thomas a Kempis

Thank goodness we don't live in medieval times, when people fought wars over ideas.     

Wojciech Jaruzelski

To the medieval mind the possibility of doubt did not exist.     

William Manchester

Set out on pilgrimage and triumph gloriously over the infidels in the East.     

Orderic Vitalis

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit.     

Avicenna

As the medieval mind blamed God for human suffering, so the modern mind blames 'the system' for the industrial blight and plague of technology     

Jennifer Stone

Medievalism, with its saints and martyrs, its love of self-torture, its wild passion for wounding itself, its gashing with knives, and its whipping with rods - Medievalism is real Christianity, and the medieval Christ is the real Christ.     

Oscar Wilde

Letters are signs of things, symbols of words, whose power is so great that without a voice they speak to us the words of the absent; for they introduce words by the eye, not by the ear.     

Isidore of Seville

Do there exist many worlds, or is there but a single world? This is one of the most noble and exalted questions in the study of Nature.     

Albertus Magnus

In the absence of evidence, superstition. It's a Middle Ages thing. That's my theory anyway.     

Tucker Carlson

We are living in modern times throughout the world and yet are dominated by medieval minds.     

Eqbal Ahmad

In the Middle Ages, cathedrals and convents burned like tinder; imagining a medieval story without a fire is like imagining a World War II movie in the Pacific without a fighter plane shot down in flames.     

Umberto Eco

No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary.     

William of Ockham

Most of the tools from medieval times were extensions of the physical self. Tools are now extensions of the mental self.     

Lotoya Peterson

Medieval and ancient sensibility now dominates our time as acoustic and multisensory awareness displaces the merely visual.     

Marshall McLuhan

Nothing is unobtainable to the sword.     

Lord Dunsany

The medievalist has the capacity, and the desire, to harmonize. He believes the planets sing in harmony; why cannot technology also sing?     

Douglas Wilson

In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion.     

Robert Runcie

The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is.     

Thomas Aquinas

There are some examples of medieval kings who were terrible human beings but were nevertheless good kings.     

George R. R. Martin

In medieval times, if someone displayed the symptoms we now identify as boredom, that person was thought to be committing something called acedia, a dangerous form of spiritual alienation a devaluing of the world and its creator.     

Richard Louv

We can appreciate but not really understand the medieval town. We cannot comprehend its compactness, the contiguity of all its buildings as a single uninterrupted whole.     

Arthur Erickson

Medieval learning was really advanced.     

Terry Jones

Nothing good ever comes of violence.     

Martin Luther

Medieval justice was a quaint thing.     

Frederick Pollock

The medieval hall house was very primitive when it became the characteristic form of dwelling of the landowner of the Middle Ages.     

Stephen Gardiner

If there be some harder, better way to salvation than to follow that which we believe to be good, then are we all damned.     

Lord Dunsany

When the words come, they are merely empty shells without the music. They live as they are sung, for the words are the body and the music the spirit.     

Hildegard von Bingen