A Man For All Seasons

Thomas More (a saint of the Roman Catholic church) is best remembered for his refusal to recognize Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon, which led to the removal of all his privileges and, ultimately, his head.


He ought to be revered by women everywhere, since in an age when they were often poorly educated and seen as inferior to men, he recognized this as folly and ensured that his own daughters were highly educated. Indeed, his eldest daughter, Margaret, was reputed to be the cleverest woman in England and even debated with the King.


Although he was famous for his sense of humor and his book, “Utopia” gave a new word to the English language, I was not aware that there are so many interesting quotes of his out there. Here are a few. The modern sounding ones were originally in Latin, of course. He was a known tease, so the comments about women should be seen in that light! Some of his sayings sound astonishingly modern.


“Ask a woman's advice, and whatever she advises, do the very reverse and you're sure to be wise”



“The heart that has truly loved never forgets, but as truly loves on to the close”



  “Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities - that's training or instruction - but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed”



“One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated”



 “The light, that lies In woman's eyes has been my heart's undoing”


“Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound”


“He travels best that knows when to return.”


"If my head could win him a castle, it should not fail to go" (More on King Henry VIII, before he fell from grace.)



“My only books were woman's looks, and follies all they've taught me.”



“Disguise our bondage as we will, 'tis woman, woman, rules us still”


“What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine”


“No, there's nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dream”



“The ordinary acts we practise every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”



 “An absolutely new idea is one of the rarest things known to man.”



“Tis the last rose of summer Left blooming alone;

All her lovely companions are faded and gone”



“See me safe up: for in my coming down, I can shift for myself.” [Joke, as he mounted the scaffold.]




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Thank you, FG. At least one of those quotes was chosen with you in mind!Undead: I'm glad I know the answer! The guy who wrote the play (and screenplay for the later movie) borrowed a quote about More from one of his contemporaries, Robert Whittington, who knew and admired More (see below). As you will see, RW saw More as someone who could always match his mood to the moment. It is a wonderful tribute, I think.

"More is a man of an angel's wit and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? And, as time requireth, a man of marvelous mirth and pastimes, and sometime of as sad gravity. A man for all seasons."

i had to watch this movie in religion class but it was soooo confusing and i even stayed after school to watch it again and have been reading spark notes on the play but i still dont get it. but i was wondering if you would help me with a queston cuz it seems you know what this movie is all about

explain the signafance of the title "a man for all seasons" as it refers to saint thomas more.??


Thank you for reading and enjoying it, rana! More genuinely admired and adored women and clearly believed that they were just as intelligent as men - a view which was not widely held in the sixteenth century.

Thank you for the hugs!