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A collection of quotations by Thomas More on politics, philosophy, education, fashion, soul, mankind, royalty, procrastination, peace, religion, and wisdom.

51 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Thomas More To Ponder

Quick Facts

Famous As: Catholic Saint

Born On: February 7, 1478

Died On: July 6, 1535

Born In: City of London

Died At Age: 57

Sir Thomas More was a well-known Renaissance humanist, lawyer, author, philosopher and statesman, who lived from 1478 to 1535 and is particularly revered among Roman Catholics for his views on religion. More was born in London and studied at the elite St.Anthony’s School and then went on to study at the University of Oxford. He quit Oxford on his father’s insistence and studied law, before being inducted to the bar in 1502. More served King Henry VIII as his personal councillor but reached the zenith of his power as a statesman in 1529 when the king appointed him Lord High Chancellor of England. As a writer, More is most famous for having written the book ‘Utopia’, which looks at the politics of an imaginary nation. The book is regarded as a masterpiece and is still read widely across the world. More’s views on Catholicism have also been hailed by the Roman Catholics and his opposition to Martin Luther cemented his place as a Catholic icon. He was canonised in 1935 and is often referred to as Saint Thomas More. More was a man of immense talent and intellect. Needless to say, he was a great orator and has expressed his thoughts on various social, political, economic and diplomatic issues. His writings, books and thoughts give insight into his mind. Here are some of Thomas More quotes.

A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.

Thomas More

You wouldn't abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn't control the winds.

Thomas More

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

Thomas More

What part soever you take upon you, play that as well as you can and make the best of it.

Thomas More

Pride thinks it's own happiness shines the brighter by comparing it with the misfortunes of others.

Thomas More

One man to live in pleasure and wealth, whiles all other weap and smart for it, that is the part not of a king, but of a jailor.

Thomas More

Kindness and good nature unite men more effectually and with greater strength than any agreements whatsoever, since thereby the engagements of men's hearts become stronger than the bond and obligation of words.

Thomas More

Nobody owns anything but everyone is rich - for what greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?

Thomas More

Anyone who campaigns for public office becomes disqualified for holding any office at all.

Thomas More

It is only natural, of course, that each man should think his own opinions best: the crow loves his fledgling, and the ape his cub.

Thomas More

If the lion knew his own strength, hard were it for any man to rule him.

Thomas More

What is deferred is not avoided.

Thomas More

I die the king's faithful servant, but God's first.

Thomas More

Love rules without rules

Thomas More

Anticipated spears wound less.

Thomas More

There is nothing more inglorious than that glory that is gained by war

Thomas More

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

Thomas More

The way to heaven out of all places is of length and distance.

Thomas More

(...) personal prejudice and financial greed are the two great evils that threaten courts of law, and once they get the upper hand they immediately hamstring society, by destroying all justice.

Thomas More

Let them speak as lewdly as they list of me...as long as they do not hit me, what am I the worse?

Thomas More

Most people know nothing about learning; many despise it. Dummies reject as too hard whatever is not dumb.

Thomas More

No, do the best you can to make the present production a success - don't spoil the entire play just because you happen to think of another one that you'd enjoy rather more.

Thomas More

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

Thomas More

God made the angels to show Him splendor, as He made animals for innocence and plants for their simplicity. But Man He made to serve Him wittily, in the tangle of his mind.

Thomas More

The devil…the prowde spirite…cannot endure to be mocked.

Thomas More

Men be so foolish as to have delight and pleasure in the doubtful glistering of a trifling little stone, which may behold any of the stars or else the sun itself.

Thomas More

The most part of all princes have more delight in warlike manners and feats of chivalry than in the good feats of peace.

Thomas More

Some men may be snared by beauty alone, but none can be held except by virtue and compliance.

Thomas More

Fortune doth both raise up the low and pluck down the high.

Thomas More

No man shall be blamed in the maintenance of his own religion.

Thomas More

Pride thinks its own happiness shines the brighter, by comparing it with the misfortunes of other persons; that by displaying its own wealth they may feel their poverty the more sensibly.

Thomas More

It is naturally given to all men to esteem their own inventions best.

Thomas More

By reason of gifts and bribes the offices be given to rich men, which should rather have been executed by wise men.

Thomas More

It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world, but for Wales?

Thomas More

[On ascending the platform to his execution] I pray you, I pray you, Mr Lieutenant, see me safe up and for my coming down, I can shift for myself.

Thomas More

For things will never be perfect, until human beings are perfect - which I don't expect them to be for quite a number of years!

Thomas More

It layeth not in my power but that they devour me. But...they shall not deflower me.

Thomas More

The change of the word does not alter the matter

Thomas More

The servant may not look to be in better case than his master.

Thomas More

A good tale evil told were better untold, and an evil take well told need none other solicitor.

Thomas More

This hellhound (pride) creepeth into men's hearts and plucketh them back from entering the right path of life and is so deeply rooted in men's breasts that she cannot be plucked out.

Thomas More

Why shouldst thou not take even as much pleasure in beholding a counterfeit stone, which thine eye cannot discern from a right stone?

Thomas More

And, indeed, nature has so made us, that we all love to be flattered and to please ourselves with our own notions

Thomas More

For as love is oftentimes won with beauty, so it is not kept, preserved, and continued, but by virtue and obedience.

Thomas More

And as robbers prove sometimes gallant soldiers, so soldiers often prove brave robbers, so near an alliance there is between those two sorts of life.

Thomas More

All the life must be led with one, and also all the griefs and displeasures coming therewith patiently be taken and borne.

Thomas More

To gold and silver nature hath given no use that we may not well lack.

Thomas More

The Utopians wonder that any man should be so enamoured of the lustre of a jewel, when he can behold a star or the sun

Thomas More

... the way to heaven is the same from all places, and he that had no grave had the heavens still over him.

Thomas More

I must say, extreme justice is an extreme injury: for we ought not to approve of those terrible laws that make the smallest offences capital, nor of that opinion of the Stoics that makes all crimes equal;

Thomas More