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Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More in the film version of Robert Bolt’s play “A Man for All Seasons”


Another great read from the inimitable Mark Steyn:




Incidentally, Senator Reid’s revision to the rules of the Senate is, among many other bad things, short-sighted.  Which, from a Republican point of view, might be its one good feature.  On which, see the quotation from Robert Bolt with which this blog entry concludes.


In the meantime, though, see this important response from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama):




And this commentary from Charles C. W. Cooke:




And there’s a lot more that could and should be said, and already much that has been said.  This was a very bad move, and a very stupid one.  Motivated, perhaps, by desperation.  But it will be remembered.


Now, though, the passage from Robert Bolt’s great play:


William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!

Sir 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!

Sir 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 coast, 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 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)



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  • DanielPeterson

    I didn’t change the quote, thinking that the applicable point was obvious.

    I still think it is.

    Unless one is determined not to see it, of course.