Alice More: Arrest him!
Sir Thomas More: For what?
Alice More: He's dangerous!
Will Roper: For lying, lord, he's a spy!
Margaret More: Father, that man's bad!
Sir Thomas More: There's no law against that.
Will Roper: There is - God's law.
Sir Thomas More: Then God can arrest him.
Alice More: While you talk he's gone!
Sir Thomas More: And go he should if he were the devil himself until he broke the law.
Will Roper: So, now you'd give the devil benefit of law?
Sir Thomas More: Yes, what would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the devil?
Will 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 give the devil benefit of law for my own safety's sake.

-- A Man for All Seasons


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