1

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Robert Bolt

Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King’s command make it round? And if it is round, will the King’s command flatten it? No, I will not sign.

Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons

Share With Friends
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

One Comment

  1. Watching this video made me think of Abraham Lincoln’s stand against President James K. Polk in the winter of 1847-48.

    Unlike St. Thomas More, Lincoln did not suffer martyrdom for his stand against an immoral “king,” though of course some would say that Lincoln did indeed became a martyr for the truth 17 years later.

    The St. Thomas More quote given under the video was:
    “Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King’s command make it round? And if it is round, will the King’s command flatten it? No, I WILL NOT SIGN.”

    How similar that is to what Abraham Lincoln said in his debate with Stephen Douglas regarding his characterizing as “sheerest deception” President Polk’s justification for the 1846 invasion of Mexico:
    “whenever the Democratic party tried to get me to vote that the war had been righteously begun by the President, I WOULD NOT DO IT. ”

    St. Thomas More died to live as a witness to the principle that whenever Divine Law comes into conflict with the Law of Men, Divine Law must be obeyed.

    Abraham Lincoln, during both the Mexican War and during the War Againt the Southern States Rebellion, took a strong stand as a witness to the principle that the law of the U.S. Constitution, read in light of the common law inherited from England, must be obeyed as the only basis for civilization, peace, democracy, republicanism, human dignity, progress and prosperity.

    Where are the St. Thomas More’s and Abraham Lincoln’s of today?

    Is there a anyone of the caliber of a St. Thomas More or Abraham Lincoln in the White House? In the U.S. House of Representatives? In the U.S. Senate? In the Vatican? Rome? Moscow? Berlin? London? New York City? Paris? Madrid? Anywhere?

Comments are closed.