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SIR THOMAS MORE
English wit, philosopher, humanist, statesman and saint
(1478 - 1535)
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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.
      - [Resignation]

Come in the evening, or come in the morning--
  Come when you're looked for, or come without warning;
    A thousand welcomes you'll find here before you,
      And the oftener you come here the more I'll adore you!
      - [Toasts]

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--you first make thieves and then punish them.
      - [Education]

Pray for me, as I will for thee, that we may merrily meet in heaven.
      - [Heaven]

They have no lawyers among them for they consider them as a sort of people whose profession it is to disguise matters.
      - [Lawyers]

To love God, which was a thing far excelling all the cunning that is possible for us in this life to obtain.
      - [God]

Yea, marry, now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; before it was neither rhyme nor reason.
      - advising an author to put his manuscript into rhyme
        [Poetry : Reason]

They lepe lyke a flounder out of a fryenge panne into the fyre.
  [They leap like a flounder out of a frying pan into the fire.]
      - Dial (bk. II, ch. I, folio LXIII, b)
        [Fire : Proverbs]

He should, as he list, be able to prove the moon made of grene cheese.
      - English Works (p. 256) [Moon]

Whosoever loveth me loveth my hound.
      - First Sermon on the Lord's Prayer [Dogs]

Then on the grounde
  Togyder rounde
    With manye a sadde stroke,
      They roll and rumble,
        They turne and tumble,
          As pigges do in a poke.
      - How a Sergeant would learn to Playe the Frere
        [Swine]

When I remember all
  The friends so link'd together,
    I've seen around me fall,
      Like leaves in wintry weather;
        I feel like one who treads alone
          Some banquet hall deserted,
            Whose lights are fled, whose garlands dead,
              And all but he departed.
      - Oft in the Stilly Night [Death : Memory]

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.
      - Richard III [Monuments]

The way to heaven out of all places is of like length and distance.
      - Utopia [Heaven]

Every man has by the law of nature a right to such a waste portion of the earth as is necessary for his subsistence.
      - Utopia (bk. II) [Rights]

No more like together than is chalke to coles.
      - Works (p. 674) [Comparison]


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