Tuesday, May 5, 2009

And Another Quote:

I "found" this one while reading A Man for All Seasons (excellent book (play), by the way).

"This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast - man's laws, not God's - and if you cut them down - and you're just the man to do it - d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake."

Robert Bolt, A Man For All Seasons, p. 66

To put it in context... if I remember correctly, Sir Thomas More equates another character with the devil while talking to Richard Rich, and it's said that even when dealing with this person, More will abide by England's laws. Rich asks More, "You'd give the devil benefit of law?" And the above was More's response.

I love it.

I love the idea of that you may be face-to-face with the devil, but if you've abided by law, you're not defenseless.

Or something.

I'm not explaining myself very well, but I loved that quote enough to mark it. I'll have to think about it more.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

1 comment:

Bethany said...

I think...

you're awesome for reading the play already. Way to go! I also think I'm glad you're enjoying it.