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Cardinal Wolsey (Character)
from "The Tudors" (2007)

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Henry VIII (1911)
Cardinal Wolsey: You are welcome and to all: "Good Health".

Cardinal Wolsey: Madam, you do me wrong.

Cardinal Wolsey: O, Cromwell, Cromwell! Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my King, he would not have in my age Have left me naked to mine enemies Farewell, the hope of Court! My hopes in Heaven to dwell!

Cardinal Wolsey: Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition: by that sin fell the angels; How can man then, The image of His Maker, hope to win by it? Love thyself least: cherish those hearts that hate thee. Be just and fear not. Take an inventory of all I have to the last penny - 'tis the King's: my robe And my integrity to heaven is all I dare now call my own.


A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Cardinal Wolsey: That... thing out there; at least she's fertile.
Sir Thomas More: She's not his wife.
Cardinal Wolsey: No, Catherine's his wife and she's barren as a brick; are you going to pray for a miracle?
Sir Thomas More: There are precedents.

Cardinal Wolsey: You're a constant regret to me, Thomas. If you could just see facts flat-on, without that horrible moral squint... With a little common sense you could have made a statesman.

Cardinal Wolsey: You'd like that, wouldn't you? To govern the country with prayers?
Sir Thomas More: Yes, I should.
Cardinal Wolsey: I'd like to be there when you try.

Cardinal Wolsey: [as More turns to leave] More! You should have been a cleric!
Sir Thomas More: Like yourself, Your Grace?


"The Tudors: The Death of Wolsey (#1.10)" (2007)
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: Lord, we have not spoken as long or as often as we should, I've often been about other business. If I wanted forgiveness, I should ask for it, but for all I have done and for all I am yet to do there can be no forgiveness. And yet I think I am not an evil man, for evil men pray louder, seek penance and think themselves closer to Heaven than I am. I shall not see its gates Lord, nor hear your sweet words of salvation. I have seen eternity, I swear, but it was in a dream and in the morning all was gone. I know myself for what I am and I throw my pour soul upon your forgiveness in the full knowledge that I deserve none.

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [praying to God] God, we have not spoken this long or as often as we should. I've often been about other business. If I wanted forgiveness I should ask for it, but for all that I have done and for all that I am yet to do, there can be no forgiveness. And yet I think I'm not an evil man. Evil men pray louder, seek penance, and stick themselves closer to Heaven than I am. I shall not see its gates Lord. Nor hear your sweet words of salvation. I have seen eternity, I swear. But it was in dream and in the morning all was gone. I know myself for what I am. And I throw my poor soul upon your forgiveness, in the full knowledge that I deserve none at your loving hands.

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [on his arrest for treason] If I had served God as diligently as I served the king, he would not have given me up in my gray hairs.


"The Tudors: In Cold Blood (#1.1)" (2007)
Sir Thomas More: Do you really think we should go to war?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: I think we should try to do as the King wants us to do.
Sir Thomas More: What if the King doesn't know what's in his best interests?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [smiling] Then we should help him decide.

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: Ah, Mr. Pace. I trust you're keeping a good eye on my interests?
Mr. Pace: Of course, Your Eminence. Like an eagle.
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: I don't want an eagle, Mr. Pace. They can soar too high. Be a pigeon, and shit on everything.

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: I trust you're keeping a good eye on my interests?
Richard Pace: Of course, your Grace. Like an eagle.
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: I don't want an eagle, Mr. Pace. They can soar too high. Be a pigeon - and shit on everything.


"The Tudors: Truth and Justice (#1.8)" (2007)
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [about her divorce] Your Majesty, I beg that you yield to the King's will.
Queen Catherine of Aragon: And what is his will?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: As His Eminence proposes, that you join a religious community of your choosing and take a vow of perpetual chastity.
Queen Catherine of Aragon: [discusted] You speak to me of chastity. Have you not a mistress and two children, Your Eminence?


Carry on Henry VIII (1971)
Cardinal Wolsey: A drink, Ma'am?
Queen Marie: Thank you.
Cardinal Wolsey: I can heartily recommend the porter here.
Queen Marie: Really? Then do send him up to my room later.


"The Tudors: True Love (#1.6)" (2007)
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [upon seeing her at court] Lady Anne, what are you doing here?
Anne Boleyn: I have an audience with His Majesty?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [incredulously, walking away] What would a silly girl like you have to say to a king?


"The Tudors: Look to God First (#1.9)" (2007)
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: Try to discover by subtle means, through his agents, if the emperor is prepared to support his aunt by use of force.
Sir Thomas More: You think he might invade England in support of the queen?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [smiling] I don't think anything, but I imagine everything.