Matthew Harrison Brady
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Matthew Harrison Brady (Character)
from Inherit the Wind (1960)

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Inherit the Wind (1960)
Matthew Harrison Brady: We must not abandon faith! Faith is the most important thing!
Henry Drummond: Then why did God plague us with the capacity to think? Mr. Brady, why do you deny the one faculty of man that raises him above the other creatures of the earth? The power of his brain to reason. What other merit have we? The elephant is larger; the horse is swifter and stronger; the butterfly is far more beautiful; the mosquito is more prolific. Even the simple sponge is more durable. But does a sponge think?
Matthew Harrison Brady: I don't know. I'm a man, not a sponge!
Henry Drummond: But do you think a sponge thinks?
Matthew Harrison Brady: If the Lord wishes a sponge to think, it thinks!
Henry Drummond: Do you think a man should have the same privilege as a sponge?
Matthew Harrison Brady: Of course!
Henry Drummond: [Gesturing towards the defendant, Bertram Cates] Then this man wishes to have the same privilege of a sponge, he wishes to think!

Matthew Harrison Brady: Remember the wisdom of Solomon in the book of Proverbs. "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."

Matthew Harrison Brady: But your client is wrong. He is deluded. He has lost his way.
Henry Drummond: It's a shame we don't all possess your positive knowledge of what is right and what is wrong, Mr. Brady.

Matthew Harrison Brady: I do not think about things I do not think about.
Henry Drummond: Do you ever think about things that you do think about?

Judge: [after Drummond asks the judge for permission to withdraw form the case] Colonel Drummond, what reasons can you possibly have?
Henry Drummond: [Indicates the crowd] Well, there are two hundred of them.
[Crowd reacts angrily]
Henry Drummond: And if that's not enough there's one more. I think my client has already been found guilty.
Matthew Harrison Brady: [Rises] Is Mr. Drummond saying that this expression of an honest emotion will in any way influence the court's impartial administration of the law?
Henry Drummond: I say that you cannot administer a wicked law impartially. You can only destroy, you can only punish. And I warn you, that a wicked law, like cholera, destroys every one it touches. Its upholders as well as its defiers.
Judge: Colonel Drummond...
Henry Drummond: Can't you understand? That if you take a law like evolution and you make it a crime to teach it in the public schools, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools? And tomorrow you may make it a crime to read about it. And soon you may ban books and newspapers. And then you may turn Catholic against Protestant, and Protestant against Protestant, and try to foist your own religion upon the mind of man. If you can do one, you can do the other. Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we'll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind!
Judge: I hope counsel does not mean to imply that this court is bigoted.
Henry Drummond: Well, your honor has the right to hope.
Judge: I have the right to do more than that.
Henry Drummond: You have the power to do more than that.
[the Judge holds Drummond in contempt of court]

Henry Drummond: Is that the way of things? God tells Brady what is good; to be against Brady is to be against God!
Matthew Harrison Brady: No! Every man is a free agent!
Henry Drummond: Then what is Bertram Cates doing in the Hillsboro jail?

Matthew Harrison Brady: I have been to their cities and I have seen the altars upon which they sacrifice the futures of their children to the gods of science. And what are their rewards? Confusion and self-destruction. New ways to kill each other in wars. I tell you gentlemen the way of science is the way of darkness.

Matthew Harrison Brady: [to Henry Drummond] They're looking for something that's more perfect than what they already have. Why do you want to take that away from them when it's all they have?

Howard: He said that men sort of evo-luted from Old World monkeys.
Matthew Harrison Brady: Do you hear that, friends? Old World monkeys! According to Bertram Cates, we don't even descend from good American monkeys!
[laughing]

Sam: We all voted for you three times.
Matthew Harrison Brady: I trust it was in three separate elections! I just wish one thing, that you'd not given us quite so WARM a welcome.

Matthew Harrison Brady: Funny how two people can start off at the same point and... drift apart.

Matthew Harrison Brady: There is only one great truth in the world!

Matthew Harrison Brady: Why is it, my old friend, that you've moved so far away from me?
Henry Drummond: All motion is relative, Matt. Maybe it's you who've moved away by standing still.

Matthew Harrison Brady: I am more interested in the 'Rock of Ages' than I am in the age of rocks.

Henry Drummond: The Gospel according to Brady! God speaks to Brady, and Brady tells the world! Brady, Brady, Brady, Almighty!
Matthew Harrison Brady: All of you know what I stand for - what I believe! I believe in the truth of the Book of Genesis! Exodus! Leviticus! Numbers! Deuteronomy! Joshua! Judges! Ruth! First Samuel! Second Samuel! First Kings! Second Kings! Isaiah! Jeremiah! Lamentations! Ezekiel!...

Matthew Harrison Brady: Is the counsel for the defense showing us the latest fashion in the great metropolitan city of Chicago?
Henry Drummond: Glad you asked me that. I brought these along special. Just so happens I bought these suspenders at Peabody's General Store in your home town Mr. Brady. Weeping Water, Nebraska.

Matthew Harrison Brady: Drummond and I have worked side by side in many battles for the common folk. Twice he campaigned for me when I ran for president.
Henry Drummond: That's right.
Matthew Harrison Brady: After all these years we find ourselves on the opposite side of an issue.
Henry Drummond: Well, that's evolution for you.


Inherit the Wind (1988) (TV)
Matthew Harrison Brady: People ask whether this trial is to be held in this little town of Hillsboro. I say that the greatest man that ever walked the face of the earth was born in a little town. That town was called Bethlehem. We don't measure greatness by the size of where we live. We measure greatness by those principles we live by. My dear friends. You know, yesterday at that marvelous picnic they gave Lucy and me they were serving watermelon. Hmmm. Delicious. I couldn't help thinking about that watermelon last night. I know. You're all looking at yourself and saying: "Watermelon? What on earth is Brady talking about?" My dear friends, I am talking about the sheer glory of God's creation. Beautiful luscious green on the outside and inside the green a layer of white, and within the white, a core of red. And scattered within that red are little black seeds. Now, each of these seeds gathers from somewhere ten thousand times its own weight to construct another glorious watermelon. Who drew the plan by which these little seeds work their wonder, huh? WHO? Until the scientists of this world can explain to me a watermelon, NEVER let them question the power of the Almighty!

Matthew Harrison Brady: Your Honor, I wish Mr. Drummond to have all the latitude he wants. We know what he's after. He's here to condemn revealed religion. I am here to defend it. Well, let him ask any question he may wish. I am perfectly willing to sit here and protect the world of God against the greatest atheist in the United States! Let him sneer. Let him show his disrespect.
[Turns to Drummond]
Matthew Harrison Brady: You're only pleading the case of the prosecution with your contempt for all that is holy.

Matthew Harrison Brady: They laughed at me, Lucy. They laughed at me. God forbid I should fail here and now.
Lucy Brady: I know, darling. But, after all, it is just one teacher in Hillsboro.
Matthew Harrison Brady: One? One teacher is enough to bring this country back to where we were before. I tell you, Lucy, we've got to stop them now. Thank God there is still time. I'm drafting a closing argument that will bring the Henry Drummonds of this world to their knees. Listen, Lucy: "Religion isn't hostile to learning. But can we ever permit learning that encourages godlessness in our schools?"
Lucy Brady: Absolutely right, darling. Absolutely right.
Matthew Harrison Brady: God is holding my hand. I can feel the strength of the lion.

Matthew Harrison Brady: Objection! This court can surely see through this subterfuge. Mr. Drummond, by his action, hopes to eliminate BOTH closing arguments. Surely this court will not even consider such a deception.
Judge: Mr. Drummond?
Henry Drummond: We claim the defendant not guilty. But since the court has excluded all testimony of scientific experts, we wish for a verdict from this jury now so that we can carry the matter to a higher court.
Matthew Harrison Brady: I thought I knew every scheming lawyer's trick in the book. But this. From you.
[Brady stops Drummond from filing papers into his briefcase]
Matthew Harrison Brady: Look at me! Henry, the magnitude of this offense demands that we move and muster every ounce of eloquence and conviction in our closing and then let the jury decide.
Henry Drummond: [quietly] The jury's already decided everything, Matt.

Matthew Harrison Brady: Tonight, in this godly Christian town, there is a young man who has turned his back upon God. Shall we call Hellfire down upon this man?
Crowd: Yes!
Matthew Harrison Brady: For all eternity to let his soul writhe in anguish and damnation?
Crowd: Yes!
Matthew Harrison Brady: Cursed, even though he be thine own brother?
Crowd: Yes!
Matthew Harrison Brady: [Raises his hands to silence the crowd] No.
[Lowers his hands]
Matthew Harrison Brady: No, my friends. We must never destroy that which we hope to save. Remember the wisdom of Solomon in the book of Proverbs. "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind." Forgive. Forgive this young man. Let the sweet love of our Savior enter his heart tonight and turn away those demons that would destroy him. We love you, Betram Cates, we love you! We love you! Glory be to God, we love you!

Lucy Brady: [Reading from the Bible] "For whoever shall save his life, shall lose it. But whosoever will lose his life for my sake will shall save it. For what is a man advantaged if he gain the whole world and lose himself or be cast away."
Matthew Harrison Brady: Amen. Oh, yes, yes. I could feel it, Lucy. I could just feel the Holy Spirit in that courtroom today. It was all around me. Guiding me. And judgment will be brought against that young man.
Lucy Brady: Don't be too severe in your judgment, Matt.
Matthew Harrison Brady: Not mine, not the court's, not the jury's.
[Points heavenward]
Matthew Harrison Brady: God's own judgment will be brought against him.

Lucy Brady: Were you surprised that Henry's coming here?
Matthew Harrison Brady: [Thinks a moment] No. Drummond likes a fight. Remember the way he fought for me in that first election?
Lucy Brady: Yes. This time he's not on your side.
Matthew Harrison Brady: Well, he'll do his job, and I'll try to do mine.