Quotes by Reputed Lawyer and Utopia Author Saint Thomas More

Most Famous and rare quotes by Thomas More, he was the author of book Utopia and known as Justice and Lawyer.

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  • I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.
  • See me safe up: for in my coming down, I can shift for myself.
  • What is deferred is not avoided.
  • love rules without rules
  • An absolutely new idea is one of the rarest things known to man.
  •  This hath not offended the king.
  • He travels best that knows when to return.
  • A man taking basil from a woman will love her always.
  • Fortune doth both raise up the low and pluck down the high.
  • The heart that has truly loved never forgets.
  • There is nothing more inglorious than that glory that is gained by war
  • Lawyers-a profession it is to disguise matters.
  • The change of the word does not alter the matter
  • Two evils, greed and faction are the destruction of all justice.
  • An absolutely new idea is one of the rarest things known to man.
  • No man shall be blamed in the maintenance of his own religion.
  • It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world, but for Wales?
  • The times are never so bad but that a good man can make shift to live in them.
  • Sex and religion are closer to each other than either might prefer.
  • It layeth not in my power but that they devour me. But…they shall not deflower me.
  • The things we pray for, good Lord, give us grace to labor for.
  • Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound.
  • We cannot go to heaven in featherbeds.
  • A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
  • If the lion knew his own strength, hard were it for any man to rule him.
  • If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.
  • I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.
  • It is naturally given to all men to esteem their own inventions best.
  • No more like together than is chalke to coles.
  • Let them speak as lewdly as they list of me…as long as they do not hit me, what am I the worse?
  • It is possible to live for the next life and still be merry in this.
  • … the way to heaven is the same from all places, and he that had no grave had the heavens still over him.
  • What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine
  • A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.
  • By reason of gifts and bribes the offices be given to rich men, which should rather have been executed by wise men.
  • Why shouldst thou not take even as much pleasure in beholding a counterfeit stone, which thine eye cannot discern from a right stone?
  • Yea, marry, now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; before, it was neither rhyme nor reason.
  • Most people know nothing about learning; many despise it. Dummies reject as too hard whatever is not dumb.
  •  For men use, if they have an evil tourne, to write it in marble; and whoso doth us a good tourne we will write it in duste.
  • Occupy your mind with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones.
  • What part soever you take upon you, play that as well as you can and make the best of it.
  • Our emotional symptoms are precious sources of life and individuality.
  • One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.
  • I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake
  • Anyone who campaigns for public office becomes disqualified for holding any office at all.
  • To gold and silver nature hath given no use that we may not well lack.
  • The servant may not look to be in better case than his master.
  • The way to heaven out of all places is of length and distance.
  • 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.
  •  The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.
  • Lord, give me a sense of humor so that I may take some happiness from this life and share it with others.
  • I should only ever tell the king what he ought to do, not what he could do. For if the lion knows his own strength, no man could control him.
  • Every man has by the law of nature a right to such a waste portion of the earth as is necessary for his subsistence.
  • The most part of all princes have more delight in warlike manners and feats of chivalry than in the good feats of peace.
  • And one wild Shakespeare, following Nature’s lights, Is worth whole planets, filled with Stagyrites.
  • Laws could be passed to keep the leader of a government from getting too much power.
  •  Why dost thou gaze upon the sky? O that I were yon spangled sphere! Then every star should be an eye, To wander o’er thy beauties here.
  • A little wanton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.
  • You wouldn’t abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn’t control the winds.
  • It is a wise mans part, rather to avoid sickness, than to wish for medicines.
  • One man to live in pleasure and wealth, whiles all other weap and smart for it, that is the part not of a king, but of a jailor.
  • They have no lawyers among them, for they consider them as a sort of people whose profession it is to disguise matters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting married is like putting one’s hand in a bag containing 99 serpents and one eel.
  • A good tale evil told were better untold, and an evil take well told need none other solicitor.
  • It is possible to live for the next life and still be merry in this.It is possible to live for the next life and still be merry in this.
  • 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.
  • It’s a poor doctor who can’t cure one disease without giving you another.
  • 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?
  • And peradventure we have more cause to thank Him for our loss than for our winning; for His wisdom better seeth what is good for us than we do ourselves.
  • To love God, which was a thing far excelling all the cunning that is possible for us in this life to obtain.
  • Take something from yourself, to give to another, that is humane and gentle and never takes away as much comfort as it brings again.
  • It is part of the business of life to be affable and pleasing to those whom either nature, chance or circumstance has made our companions.
  • 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.
  • There are several sorts of religions, not only in different parts of the island, but even in every town; some worshipping the sun, others the moon or one of the planets.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Everywhere do I percieve a certain conspiracy of rich men seeking their own advantage underthat name and pretext of commonwealth.
  • 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.
  • It’s wrong to deprive someone else of a pleasure so that you can enjoy one yourself, but to deprive yourself of a pleasure so that you can add to someone else’s enjoyment is an act of humanity by which you always gain more than you lose.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nobody owns anything but everyone is rich – for what greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?
  • Pride thinks it’s own happiness shines the brighter by comparing it with the misfortunes of others.
  • Nor can they understand why a totally useless substance like gold should now, all over the world, be considered far more important than human beings, who gave it such value as it has, purely for their own convenience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The increasing influence of the Bible is marvelously great, penetrating everywhere. It carries with it a tremendous power of freedom and justice guided by a combined force of wisdom and goodness.The increasing influence of the Bible is marvelously great, penetrating everywhere. It carries with it a tremendous power of freedom and justice guided by a combined force of wisdom and goodness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For when they see the people swarm into the streets, and daily wet to the skin with rain, and yet cannot persuade them to go out of the rain, they do keep themselves within their houses, seeing they cannot remedy the folly of the people.
  • 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.
  • 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.