When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties … they lead their country by a short route to chaos.
Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons (1968), act I, p. 12. Sir Thomas More is speaking. Ellipses in original.
Cromwell: You brought yourself to where you are now. More: Yes. Still, in another sense, I was brought.Robert Bolt
Jailer: You understand my position, sir, there's nothing I can do; I'm a plain, simple man and just want to keep out of trouble. More: Oh, Sweet Jesus! These plain, simple men!Robert Bolt
Morality's not practical. Morality's a gesture. A complicated gesture learnt from books.Robert Bolt
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