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Thomas More
(1478-1535) born on
Feb 07
English humanist , statesman. He was the chancellor of England, 1529-32, who was beheaded for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England.
. . . the state of things and the dispositions of men were then such, that a man could not well tell whom he might trust or whom he might fear.

For this is one of the ancientest laws among them; that no man shall be blamed for reasoning in the maintenance of his own religion.
Yea, marry, now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; before, it was neither rhyme nor reason.
They have no lawyers among them [in Utopia] for they consider them as the sort of people whose profession it is to disguise matters.
Pluck up thy spirits, man, and be not afraid to do thine office; my neck is very short; take heed therefore thou strike not awry, for saving of thine honesty.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Refering to England. The English Works of Sir Thomas More," Vol. I
R: Utopia, bk. 2, "Of the Religions in Utopia" (1516).
A: On reading an unremarkable book recently rendered into verse by a friend of his. "Apophthegms," (Bacon), 287
N: 'Utopia'
K: Said to the headsman. "Life of Sir Thomas More," (Roper)

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