You wouldn't abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn't control the winds.

— Thomas More

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If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that avarice, anger, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes.


Occupy your mind with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones.


For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.


Take something from yourself, to give to another, that is humane and gentle and never takes away as much comfort as it brings again.


Sex and religion are closer to each other than either might prefer.


Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound.


As for rosemary, I let it run all over my garden walls, not only because my bees love it but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance and to friendship, whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language.


Because the soul has such deep roots in personal and social life and its values run so contrary to modern concerns, caring for the soul may well turn out to be a radical act, a challenge to accepted norms.


Two evils, greed and faction are the destruction of all justice.


What part soever you take upon you, play that as well as you can and make the best of it.


The Utopians feel that slaughtering our fellow creatures gradually destroys the sense of compassion, which is the finest sentiment of which our human nature is capable.


Pride thinks it's own happiness shines the brighter by comparing it with the misfortunes of others.


About Thomas More

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Nationality English
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Birthday October 16

The folly of men has enhanced the value of gold and silver because of their scarcity; whereas, on the contrary, it is their opinion that Nature, as an indulgent parent, has freely given us all the best things in great abundance, such as water and earth, but has laid up and hid from us the things that are vain and useless.


Anyone who campaigns for public office becomes disqualified for holding any office at all.


A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.


Everywhere do I percieve a certain conspiracy of rich men seeking their own advantage underthat name and pretext of commonwealth.


Food is an implement of magic, and only the most coldhearted rationalist could squeeze the juices of life out of it and make it bland. In a true sense, a cookbook is the best source of psychological advice and the kitchen the first choice of room for a therapy of the world.


By reason of gifts and bribes the offices be given to rich men, which should rather have been executed by wise men.


The times are never so bad but that a good man can make shift to live in them.


Every tribulation which ever comes our way either is sent to be medicinal, if we will take it as such, or may become medicinal, if we will make it such, or is better than medicinal, unless we forsake it.


It is possible to live for the next life and still be merry in this.


What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine


Kindness and good nature unite men more effectually and with greater strength than any agreements whatsoever, since thereby the engagements of men's hearts become stronger than the bond and obligation of words.


Our emotional symptoms are precious sources of life and individuality.


The chief aim of their constitution is that, whenever public needs permit, all citizens should be free, so far as possible, to withdraw their time and energy from the service of the body, and devote themselves to the freedom and culture of the mind. For that, they think, is the real happiness of life.


By confronting us with irreducible mysteries that stretch our daily vision to include infinity, nature opens an inviting and guiding path toward a spiritual life.


On his mounting the scaffold to be beheaded: 'I pray you, Master Lieutenant, see me safely up, and for my coming down, let me shift for myself.' To the executioner: 'Pick up thy spirits, Man, and be not afraid to do thyne office; my neck is very short; take heed, therefore thou strike not awry, for saving of thyne honesty.'


Laws could be passed to keep the leader of a government from getting too much power.


Nobody sees a flower really,it is so small.

We haven't time,and to see takes time- like to have a friend takes time. One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled, but few are educated.


No living creature is naturally greedy, except from fear of want - or in the case of human beings, from vanity, the notion that you're better than people if you can display more superfluous property than they can.


The most part of all princes have more delight in warlike manners and feats of chivalry than in the good feats of peace.


Instead of inflicting these horrible punishments, it would be far more to the point to provide everyone with some means of livelihood, so that nobody's under the frightful necessity of becoming, first a thief, and then a corpse.


A good tale evil told were better untold, and an evil take well told need none other solicitor.


They set great store by their gardens .

. . Their studie and deligence herein commeth not only of pleasure, but also of a certain strife and contention . . . concerning the trimming, husbanding, and furnishing of their gardens; everye man or his owne parte.


Every man has by the law of nature a right to such a waste portion of the earth as is necessary for his subsistence.


Most people know nothing about learning;

many despise it. Dummies reject as too hard whatever is not dumb.


And it will fall out as in a complication of diseases, that by applying a remedy to one sore, you will provoke another; and that which removes the one ill symptom produces others.


Rose! Thou art the sweetest flower that ever drank the amber shower: Even the Gods, who walk the sky, are amourous of thy scented sigh.


To gold and silver nature hath given no use that we may not well lack.


It is only natural, of course, that each man should think his own opinions best: the crow loves his fledgling, and the ape his cub.


They have no lawyers among them, for they consider them as a sort of people whose profession it is to disguise matters.


Oh! blame not the bard.


For 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.


Who does more earnestly long for a change than he who is uneasy in his present circumstances? And who run to create confusions with so desperate a boldness as those who have nothing to lose, hope to gain by them?


Those among them that have not received our religion do not fright any from it, and use none ill that goes over to it, so that all the while I was there one man was only punished on this occasion.


Your love has build me from strength to strength.

It has made me a stronger and better person than I was. There is nothing that love cannot change darling. Once you fall in love, even wars turn to love stories.


In the first place, most princes apply themselves to the arts of war, in which I have neither ability nor interest, instead of to the good arts of peace. They are generally more set on acquiring new kingdoms by hook or by crook than on governing well those that they already have.


We cannot go to heaven in featherbeds.


They wonder much to hear that gold, which in itself is so useless a thing, should be everywhere so much esteemed, that even men for whom it was made, and by whom it has its value, should yet be thought of less value than it is.

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