I had won. I was trying to smile but it was the smile of desolution. Inside, I felt only the pity and the terror and the waste of it all. Everyone I had ever loved, and who ever loved me — all gone... all gone down...
They say that when you're unhappy, time slows to a crawl. On the other hand, when your happy ... my childhood must have been very happy, for it was over in a flash.
I'll kill you anyway I can, Vortigern...but I will kill you.
Only one tear was shed for Vortigern, and his pride had cast it away. He paid for it with his life.
Things fall apart, they say. Uther had betrayed me, killed Cornwall. But then, I'd betrayed Igraine by helping Uther seduce her. So the wheel of life turns - one betrayal leads to another and another. The innocent die. It haunted me for the rest of my life.
A reputation is like glass, once cracked it can never be repaired.
I was his tutor. I didn't teach him magic. I taught him ethics and morals. It is much more difficult, believe me.
Frik: Betraying my principles. Indeed, I've always believed it better to be a coward for a second than dead for a lifetime...and yet here I am fighting, and fighting on the side of right, which is worse.
Mab: Sometimes...we can see into the future. This is you. As you will be.
Merlin: Will I grow that old?
Future Merlin: Have a care, young Merlin!
Merlin: Sorry sir.
Future Merlin: [chuckling] Oh, but you're right. Try and stay as young inside as you are now. That's another thing to watch out for, young Merlin. Don't start giving advice!