Epic Sayings and Quotes

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

The epic disappeared along with the age of personal heroism; there can be no epic with artillery.     

Ernest Renan

The true evolutionary epic, retold as poetry, is as intrinsically ennobling as any religious epic.     

E. O. Wilson

The culture of the Epic Fail, in its rituals of comic sacrifice, is a culture of sublimated predation.     

Mark O'Connell

If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it.     

Lascelles Abercrombie

Epics are never written about libraries. They exist on whim; it depends on if the conquering army likes to read.     

Patricia A. Mckillip

With epic fantasy, there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack.     

N. K. Jemisin

The true epic of our times is not "Arm's and the Man," but "Tools and the Man"--an infinitely wider kind of epic.     

Thomas Carlyle

Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life.     

Lascelles Abercrombie

The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles.     

Anatole Broyard

An epic is not made by piecing together a set of heroic lays, adjusting their discrepancies and making them into a continuous narrative.     

Lascelles Abercrombie

A false tale often betrays itself.     


As one tale ends, so another begins.     

Jackie Chan

The tale is often wiser than the teller.     

Susan Fletcher

All bad writers are in love with the epic.     

Ernest Hemingway

The first epics were intended for recitation; the literary epic is meant to be read.     

Lascelles Abercrombie

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.     

William Shakespeare

A tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid.     

Anatole France

An epic is the easiest kind of picture to make badly.     

Charlton Heston

Every tale is not to be believed.     


Epic production has less to do with your willpower and more to do with the routines you install. Get those right, and you'll enjoy exponential results automatically.     

Robin S. Sharma