William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William 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’s 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– d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!
From A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt, as quoted in part by John E. DeWald, National Third Prize Winner, American Voices: Prize-winning Essays on Freedom of Speech, Censorship & Advertising Bans (1987).