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A collection of notable quotations from a variety of Early Modern Era individuals. See the Guide for more details.
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Alas, how can the poor souls live in concord when you preachers sow amongst them in your sermons debate and discord? They look to you for light and you bring them darkness. Amend these crimes, I exhort you, and set forth God's word truly, both by true preaching and giving a good example, or else, I, whom God has appointed his vicar and high minister here, will see these divisions extinct, and these enormities corrected...—  Henry VIII
All is lost! Monks, Monks, Monks! So, now all is gone - Empire, Body, and Soul!.—  Henry VIII
All is lost. Monks, monks, monks!—  Henry VIII
Hops are a wicked and pernicious weed.—  Henry VIII
I beseech you now with all my heart definitely to let me know your whole mind as to the love between us...—  Henry VIII
I see and hear daily that you of the Clergy preach one against another, teach one contrary to another, inveigh one against another without charity or discretion. Some be too stiff in their old mumpsimus, others be too busy and curious in their new sumpsimus. Thus all men almost be in variety and discord.—  Henry VIII
My heart is set. All goodly sport For my comfort Who shall me let?—  Henry VIII
Pastime with good company I love and shall, until I die. Grudge who list, but none deny! So God be pleased, thus live will I.—  Henry VIII
Two beheadings out of six wives is too many.—  Henry VIII
We be informed by our judges that we at no time stand so highly in our estate royal as in the time of Parliament, wherein we as head and you as members are conjoined and knit together into one body politic, so as whatsoever offence or injury (during that time) is offered to the meanest member of the House is to be judged as done against our person and the whole Court of Parliament.—  Henry VIII
Well beloved subjects, wee thought that the clergie of our realme had been our subjectes wholy, but now we have well perceived that they bee but halfe our subjectes, yea, and scarce our subjectes: for all the prelates at their consecration make an othe to the pope, clene contrary to the the that they make to us, so that they seme to be his subjectes, and not ours.—  Henry VIII
You have sent me a Flanders mare.—  Henry VIII
[W]hoever leads an auspicious life here and governs the commonwealth rightly, as my most noble father did, who promoted all piety and banished all ignorance, has a most certain way to heaven.—  Henry VIII

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