“If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us saintly. And we’d live like animals or angels in the happy land that needs no heroes. But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust, and stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice and thought, and have to choose, to be human at all…why then perhaps we must stand fast a little – even at the risk of being heroes.”
– Thomas More in Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons
A martyr, More was imprisoned, tried, and executed for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the church in England, a church created out of Henry’s desire for a divorce. There’s a nice summary of his life here.
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