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“What after all, is a halo? It's only one more thing to keep clean.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“I seem to wish to have some importance
In the play of time. If not,
Then sad was my mother's pain, my breath, my bones,
My web of nerves, my wondering brain,
to be shaped and quickened with such anticipation
Only to feed the swamp of space.
What is deep, as love is deep, I'll have
Deeply. What is good, as love is good,
I'll have well. Then if time and space
Have any purpose, I shall belong to it.
If not, if all is a pretty fiction
To distract the cherubim and seraphim
Who so continually do cry, the least
I can do is to fill the curled shell of the world
With human deep-sea sound, and hold it to
The ear of God, until he has appetite
To taste our salt sorrow on his lips.
And so you see it might be better to die.
Though, on the other hand, I admit it might
Be immensely foolish.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“We are all of us lost. The best we can do is make whatever we're lost in as much like home as we can.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“I must tell you I've just been reborn."
"Nicholas, you always think you can do things better than your mother. You can be sure you were born quite adequately on the first occasion.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“... we have given you a world as contradictory as a female, as cabbalistic as a male, a conscienceless hermaphrodite who plays heaven off against hell, hell off against heaven, revolving in the ballroom of the skies glittering with conflict as diamonds: we have wasted paradox and mystery on you when all you ask us for is cause and effect!”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“Your life, sir, is propelled
By a dream of the fear of having nightmares; your love
Is the fear of being alone; your world's history
The fear of a possible leap by a possible antagonist
Out of a possible shadow, or a not-improbable
Skeleton out of your dead-certain cupboard.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“I have always been sure
That when [the Day of Judgement] comes it will come in autumn.
Heaven, I am quite sure, wouldn't disappoint
The bulbs.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“JENNET:
They also say that I bring back the past;
For instance Helen comes
Brushing the maggots from her eyes,
And, clearing here throat of the dust of several thousand years
She says "I loved ..."; but cannot any longer
Remember names. Sad Helen. Or Alexander, wearing
His imperial cobwebs and breastplate of shining worms
Wakens and looks for his glasses, to find the empire
Which he knows he put beside his bed.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“I travel light; as light, that is, as a man can travel who will still carry his body around because of its sentimental value.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“Men are strange. It's almost unexpected to find they speak English.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“Your innocence is on at such a rakish angle it gives you quite an air of iniquity.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
“We are all of us lost. The best we can do is make whatever we're lost in as much like home as we can.”
― Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning”
Christopher Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning

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