Since Feb 24, 2001
"You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it."
"Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words. If music has one advantage over the other media through which a person can represent the impressions of the soul, it owes this to its supreme capacity to make each inner impulse audible without the assistance of reason... Music presents at once the intensity and the expression of feeling. It is the embodied and intelligible essence of feeling, capable of being apprehended by our senses. It permeates them like a dart, like a ray, like a mist, like a spirit, and fills our soul."
"A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere--'Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,' as Herbert says, 'fine nets and stratagems.' God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous."
"To make Christianity a private affair while banishing all privacy is to relegate it to the rainbow's end or the Greek Calends."
"A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional...values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process."
"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."
"The road to the promised land runs past Sinai."
"Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst."
"Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn't have guessed. That's one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It's a religion you couldn't have guessed."
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
Sir Winston Churchill
"If you are going through hell, keep going."
Sir Winston Churchill
"Black holes are where God divided by zero."
Margaret More: Father, that man's bad.
Sir Thomas More: There's no law against that.
William Roper: There is. God's law.
Sir Thomas More: Then God can arrest him.
Lady Alice: While you talk, he's gone!
Thomas More: And go he should if he were the Devil himself until he broke the law.
William Roper: So, now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!
Thomas More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes! I'd cut down every law in England to do that.
Thomas 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 is planted thick with laws, from coast to caost, 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 wind that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law for my own safety's sake.
Thomas More: You threaten like a dockside bully.
Thomas Cromwell: How should I threaten?
Sir Thomas More: Like a minister of state. With justice.
Cromwell: Oh, justice is what you're threatened with.
Sir Thomas More: Then I am not threatened.
Sir Thomas More: Not so. Not so, Master Secretary. The maxim is "Qui tacet consentiret": the maxim of the law is "Silence gives consent". If therefore you wish to construe what my silence betokened, you must construe that I consented, not that I denied.
Cromwell: Is that in fact what the world construes from it? Do you pretend that is what you wish the world to construe from it?
Sir Thomas More: The world must construe according to its wits; this court must construe according to the law.
The Duke of Norfolk: Oh confound all this. I'm not a scholar, I don't know whether the marriage was lawful or not but dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can't you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!
Sir Thomas More: And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?
Sir Thomas More: I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.
Cromwell: I have evidence that Sir Thomas, during the period of his judicature, accepted bribes.
The Duke of Norfolk: What?! Goddammit, he was the only judge since Cato who didn't accept bribes! When was there last a Chancellor whose possessions after three years in office totaled one hundred pounds and a gold chain?