A Man for All Seasons
Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.Oliver Goldsmith
A Man for All Seasons is a film.
- It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world ... but for Wales, Richard?
- Well, as a spaniel is to water so is a man to his own self. I will not give in because I oppose it-I do-not my pride, not my spleen, nor any of my appetites, but I do-I!
- When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their own public duties they lead their country by a short route to chaos.
- What is an oath then but words we say to God?
- If the King destroys a man, that's proof to the King that it must have been a bad man.
- Alice: Arrest him!
- More: Why, what has he done?
- Margaret:: He's bad!
- More: There is no law against that.
- Roper: There is! God's law!
- More: Then God can arrest him.
- Roper: Sophistication upon sophistication.
- More: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal, not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal.
- Roper: Then you set man's law above God's!
- More: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact -- I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of the law, oh, there I'm a forester.I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God.
- Alice: While you talk, he's gone!
- More: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law!
- Roper: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!
- More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
- Roper: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
- More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast -- man's laws, not God's -- and if you cut them down -- and you're just the man to do it -- do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.