Charles James Fox
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Charles James Fox (Character)
from "Prince Regent" (1979)

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The Duchess (2008)
Charles Fox: [admiring Georgiana's pregnancy] A huge belly has never been more becoming on anyone.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan: Well, Fox, here, offers an expert opinion seeing, as he does, a giant belly every time he passes a mirror.

Charles Fox: Today we have won the vote. Tomorrow we define the future.

Charles Fox: In which particular section of the speech did the message elude your Grace?
Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire: Well, I have great sympathy with your sentiments in general, but fail fully to comprehend how far we - the Whig party, that is - are fully committed to the concept of freedom.

Dinner guest: Excellent speech, Mr. Fox.
Charles Fox: I think it is always easier to address a congregation of friends... particularly when those friends are drunk.

Charles Fox: [to Georgina at the dinner table after addressing the gathering] It's always easier to address a congregation of friends... particularly when those friends are drunk.


Amazing Grace (2006)
William Wilberforce: [Fox walks in unexpectedly] Dear God.
Lord Charles Fox: Well, almost. I spent eighteen months being torn apart in the House by you Mr. Wilberforce. I thought I'd find out what it feels like on your side. Any of you saints drink?
Thomas Clarkson: Well, this one bloody does!

William Wilberforce: Where are you going?
Lord Charles Fox: To look up the word integrity.

Lord Charles Fox: When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon - men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men. But contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from their battles. Napoleon will arrive in pomp and in power, a man who's achieved the very summit of earthly ambition. And yet his dreams will be haunted by the oppressions of war. William Wilberforce, however, will return to his family, lay his head on his pillow and remember: the slave trade is no more.
[Wilberforce receives a standing ovation from the entire House and the Gallery]

Lord Tarleton: [walks into what looks like an empty room] Where the hell is everyone?
Lord Charles Fox: Everybody's at the races in Epsom. They were given free tickets. I saved one for you.
[holds up ticket]
Lord Charles Fox: A free gift from William Wilburforce.
[smiles]


The Madness of King George (1994)
Fox: Do you enjoy all this flummery, Mr. Pitt?
Pitt: No, Mr. Fox.
Fox: Do you enjoy anything, Mr. Pitt?
Pitt: A balance sheet, Mr. Fox. I enjoy a good balance sheet.

Fox: God rot all royals! Give us the wisdom of America!

Fox: You see that the King did not write his own speech, Mr. Pitt.
Pitt: The King will do as he's told, Mr. Fox.
Fox: Then why not be rid of him? If a few ramshackle colonists in America can send him packing, why can't we?