When a man takes an oath, Meg, he's holding his own self in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then he needn't hope to find himself again.
Sir Thomas More, Act II
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
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