When a man takes an oath... he's holding his own self in his own hands. Like water.

— Robert Bolt

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It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales!

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Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little.

And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.

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A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.

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Robert Bolt quote A belief is not merely an idea the mind

A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses, it is an idea that possesses the mind.

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I am used to hear bad men misuse the name of God, yet God exists.

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Death comes for us all. Even for kings he comes.

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Good marriages are made in heaven. Or some such place.

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Morality's not practical. Morality's a gesture. A complicated gesture learnt from books.

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The law is not a "light" for you or any man to see by;

the law is not an instrument of any kind. The law is a causeway upon which so long as he keeps to it a citizen may walk safely.

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Doin' nothing's a dangerous occupation.

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This account of him [Thomas More] developed as I wrote: what first attracted me was a person who could not be accused of any incapacity for life, who indeed seized life in great variety and almost greedy quantities, who nevertheless found something in himself without which life was valueless and when that was denied him was able to grasp his death.

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I'm breathing . . . are you breathing too? It's nice, isn't it?

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When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties they lead their country by a short route to chaos.

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About Robert Bolt

Quotes 23 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Playwright
Birthday October 16

Your taste in music is excellent. It exactly coinsides with my own!

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We speak of being anchored to our principles.

But if the weather turns nasty you up with an anchor and let it down where there's less wind, and the fishing's better.

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The law is not a light for you or any man to see by;

the law is not an instrument of any kind. The law is a causeway upon which so long as he keeps to it a citizen may walk safely.

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Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat;

it is a matter capable of question. But, if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And, if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

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Thomas More: ...And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned around 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...d'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.

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When a man takes an oath...,he's holding his ownself in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then- he needn't hope to find himself again.

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Thomas More: Will, I'd trust you with my life.

But not your principles. You see, we speak of being anchored to our principles. But if the weather turns nasty you up with an anchor and let it down where there's less wind, and the fishing's better. And "Look," we say, "look, I'm anchored! To my principles!

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I wish we could all have good luck, all the time! I wish we had wings! I wish rain water was beer!

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Roper:So now youd give the Devil benefit of law!Sir Thomas More:Yes.

What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? Yes, Id give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safetys sake.

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The man who tells lies hides the truth, but the man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.

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