Quotes

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Quote: “A gift that heaven gives for him which buys a place next to the King.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 75-76.  Norfolk to Buckingham.  Norfolk and Buckingham are good friends. Both are dukes, senior dukes. An angry Buckingham speaks of Cardinal Wolsey, saying “The devil destroy him. No man’s pie is freed from his ambitious finger.” Cardinal Wolsey is the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is a very powerful man in Henry VIII’s court, feared and loved by many, being as close to the king as he is. Norfolk, more accepting of things as they are, says “the force of his own merit makes his way.” He gives Wolsey more credit than might be due. To his misfortune, Buckingham hardly hears what Norfolk has to say.

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Quote: “Let your reason with your anger question what ‘tis you go about.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 161-162.  Norfolk to Buckingham.  Buckingham and Wolsey have it in for each other, but Cardinal Wolsey is closer to the ear of the king. A foolish Buckingham says he plans to “outstare” Wolsey. Norfolk says “Stay my lord” and then offers this quote. Norfolk further counsels Buckingham to “be to yourself as you would to a friend.”

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Quote: “Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 168-169.  Norfolk to Buckingham.  Norfolk is doing his best to calm Buckingham. For various reasons, Buckingham is really angry with Wolsey. Norfolk may too be angry with Wolsey, but he is more realistic. He is abundantly aware that Wolsey is a powerful man who has the king’s ear and the king’s confidence. Norfolk says to Buckingham “We may outrun by violent swiftness that which we run at and lose by overrunning.”

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Quote: “Their curses now live where their prayers did.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 74-75.  Queen Katherine to the Henry VIII. The queen has just reported to the king and his court that the public is “in uproar” over the new taxes. Wolsey pleads innocence. The queen, unafraid of Wolsey, says to him “the pretense for this is your wars in France.” The king was unaware that new taxes had been levied. She turns to the king and offers this quote, speaking of the people in the street, the public.

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Quote: “Things done well, and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 103-105.  King to Wolsey.  The public is very upset with this new set of taxes, and Henry VIII is concerned. He asks Wolsey if he “has a precedent for this commission?” Wolsey says “I believe, not any.” The king offers this quote. Wolsey knows he must find a diplomatic way to rescind the new tax plan.

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Quote: “In him, sparing would show a worse sin than ill doctrine.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 74-75.  Chamberlain to Lovell. Speaking of Cardinal Wolsey, Lovell says “That churchman bears a bounteous mind indeed, a hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us. His tributes and fees fall everywhere.” Lovell and Chamberlain are noblemen. As a response to Lovell’s comments, Chamberlain says “This night he makes a supper, and a great one.” Chamberlain then offers this quote.

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Quote: “By my life, they are a sweet society of fair ones.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 4,
Lines 15-16.  Sands to Lovell.  The Lords Chamberlain, Lovell and Sands have just arrived at Cardinal Wolsey’s dinner party. Sands, having noticed Anne Bullen and the young women with her, offers this quote.

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Quote: “Sweet partner, I must not yet forsake you.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 4, Lines 139-140.  Henry VIII to Anne Bullen. At Cardinal Wolsey’s dinner party, the king, having masqueraded as a shepherd, danced with Anne Bullen and kissed her. As they prepare to leave the dance floor, he offers her this quote.

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Quote: “Let those who sought my death be sure they glory not in mischief, nor build
their evils on the graves of great men.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 83-84.  Buckingham to the crowd.  The Duke of Buckingham has been found guilty of treason and condemned to death. It was Cardinal Wolsey’s doing. Norfolk had given Buckingham fair warning. Buckingham says “I bear no malice for my death, and those that sought it, whoever they be, I sincerely forgive ‘em.” He then modifies his comment a little with this quote.

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Quote: “When you are liberal in your loves and counsels, be sure you be not loose; for
those friends, once they perceive the least obstacle in your fortunes, fall
away like water from you.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 1, Lines
147-150.  Buckingham to the crowd.  The Duke of Buckingham is about to be lead to his death. He provides a story of his father who, back in the time of Richard II, had been betrayed by a servant, as now he has, Cardinal Wolsey being a servant to society. This quote is the last advice he offers.