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Sir Thomas More Quotes

Better 'tis to be fortunate than wise! — "The Words of Fortune to the People" (c.1504) Men use, if they have an evil turn, to write it in marble;  and whoso doth us a good turn, we write it in dust. —  History of King Richard III  (c.1513-1518) What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can. —  Utopia , Bk. 1. (1516) They have no lawyers among them, for they consider them as a sort of people whose profession it is to disguise matters. —  Utopia , Bk. 2. (1516) All things appear incredible to us, as they differ more or less from our own manners. —  Utopia , Bk 2. (1516) If any good thing shall go forward, something must be adventured. —  A Dialogue Concerning Heresies  (1529) A faint faith is better than a strong heresy. —  A Dialogue Concerning Heresies  (1529) A tale that fleeth through many mouths catcheth many feathers. —  A Dialogue Concerning Heresies  (1529) I do not care very much what men say of me,

A Man for All Seasons (selected quotes)

more quotes from A Man for All Seasons: Sir Thomas More : Why not be a teacher? You'd be a fine teacher; perhaps a great one. Richard Rich : If I was, who would know it? Sir Thomas More : You; your pupils; your friends; God. Not a bad public, that...  The Duke of Norfolk : Oh confound all this. I'm not a scholar, I don't know whether the marriage was lawful or not but dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can't you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship! Sir Thomas More : And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ... Margaret More : Father, that man's bad. Sir Thomas More : There's no law against that. William Roper : There is: God's law. Sir Thomas More : Then God can arrest him. ... William Roper : So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law! Sir Thomas More : Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the