John Newton: Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly. I'm a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.
William Wilberforce: No matter how loud you shout, you will not drown out the voice of the people!
Lord Tarleton: People?
William Wilberforce: I want you to remember that smell... remember the Madagascar... remember, God made men equal.
John Newton: [reciting his song] "I once was blind but now I see". Didn't I write that?
William Wilberforce: Yes, you did.
John Newton: Now at last it's true.
Pitt the Younger: As your Prime Minister, I urge you caution
William Wilberforce: And as my friend?
Pitt the Younger: To hell with caution.
Barbara Wilberforce: It seems to me, that if there is a bad taste in your mouth, you spit it out. You don't constantly swallow it back.
Barbara Wilberforce: You still have passion! That matters more!
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!
Thomas Clarkson: [to the baby in his arms] "Strange treasures in this fair world appear, strange all, and new to me." That is a poem by Thomas Traherne and I have absolutely no idea what it's about. But, when I was small I was made to learn it by heart so I don't see why you shouldn't suffer too.
William Wilberforce: [calling] Clarkson! Clarkson!
Thomas Clarkson: Good God, he's got his voice back.
Richard the Butler: When I was 15 I almost run away with the circus. They said I could have been an acrobat.
William Wilberforce: No one of our age has ever taken power.
Pitt the Younger: Which is why we're too young to realize certain things are impossible. Which is why we will do them anyway.
Thomas Clarkson: Beautiful house. Sweet, little... rabbit.
William Wilberforce: It's a hare actually.
John Newton: God sometimes does His work with gentle drizzle, not storms. Drip. Drip. Drip.
William Wilberforce: I'm against flowers in church. What have you to say?
Barbara Wilberforce: I am *for* them.
William Wilberforce: [both pause]
William Wilberforce: [resignedly] As am I.
MP Abolition supporter: I sent a note of thanks to those who voted for us.
Thomas Clarkson: [sarcastically] Oh, how sweet of you.
Oloudaqh Equiano: Your life is a thread. It breaks, or it doesn't break.
William Wilberforce: Oh, if the House of Lords could hear the idiotic way we carry on, they'd ban anyone under the age of 30 from holding high office again.
Pitt the Younger: Why is it you only feel the thorns in your feet when you stop running?
William Wilberforce: Is that some sort of heavy-handed metaphorical advice for me, Mr. Pitt?
William Wilberforce: Remember that God made men equal.
Pitt the Younger: Trouble is, Doctor, he doesn't believe he has a body. Utterly careless of it.
William Wilberforce: Also, Barbara and I have discovered that we're both impatient and prone to rash decisions. But she wants to tell you about it herself.
Pitt the Younger: Barbara. You have my deepest condolescences.
Barbara Wilberforce: [feigning seriousness] Thank you.
Pitt the Younger: But do me a favour. Make him eat some of his pets.
Barbara Wilberforce: [picking up rabbit] I rather like them.
Pitt the Younger: I like them, too - in brandy sauce.
Pitt the Younger: I don't care how important this is. I'll finish my shot.
Pitt the Younger: [aims with club]
Pitt the Younger: [exasperated] Oh, for God's sake, what is it?
Duke of Clarence: Revolution is like the pox. It spreads from person to person.
William Wilberforce: I bow to my honorable friend's superior knowledge and experience in all matters regarding the pox.
Pitt the Younger: I find that the older I get, the more tender I become.
Richard the Butler: Great changes are easier than small ones. Sir Francis Bacon.
Thomas Clarkson: Why did you wait until your butler had left before you got out of the box?
William Wilberforce: They already think I'm mad.
Henry Thornton: [to Wilber] There's creeping ivy or something like that. You really should see it.
Marianne Thornton: [matter-of-factly] Barbara, you really must go and see it, too.
William Wilberforce: This is why I really shouldn't talk about it.
Barbara Wilberforce: I think you should.
Barbara Wilberforce: There, we found something we don't agree on.
Richard the Butler: He's an optimist. Bloody incurable.
William Wilberforce: Perhaps we should begin this journey with a first step.
William Wilberforce: [after Pitt beats him running] It's my ministerial duty to let you win.
Pitt the Younger: [to Lord Fox] You always look more at home when you're doing something devious.
William Wilberforce: God has set before me two great objects.
Barbara Wilberforce: Because after night comes day.
Marianne Thornton: [at Barbara's wedding reception] Have you forgiven us, yet?
Barbara Wilberforce: Never.
Barbara Wilberforce: You're discussing politics with your eyes. You might as well do it with your mouths.
Pitt the Younger: It's your wedding day - I agree with everything you say.
William Wilberforce: I had heard your sight was fading.
John Newton: Well, now it's faded altogether. I never do things by halves. God decided I'd seen enough.
John Newton: [through tears] I'm weeping. I couldn't weep till I wrote this.
Barbara Wilberforce: Well I would have been bored by botany.
James Stephen: Don't I get to wash or sleep?
William Wilberforce: Sleep?
James Stephen: You haven't changed at all, William!
James Stephen: So, this time, gentlemen, we must not fail them.
James Stephen: It's Latin. Loosely translated, it means... we cheat.
Thomas Clarkson: It promotes the war effort, patriotism, and... all that.
Pitt the Younger: Since when have you been interested in the war effort, patriotism, and... all that?
Thomas Clarkson: We don't want any fuss. We just need somebody who is... really, really boring.
Pitt the Younger: [on his deathbed] No more excuses, Wilber. Finish them off.
Thomas Clarkson: [at Equiano's grave] As you know, Equiano, I rarely drink.
William Wilberforce: It's only painful to talk about because we haven't changed anything.
William Wilberforce: You wake me up to give me medicine to help me sleep?
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]
Duke of Clarence: Noblesse oblige.
Lord Tarleton: What the bloody hell does that mean?
Duke of Clarence: It means: my nobility obliges me to recognize the virtue of an exceptional commoner
John Newton: Though I have lost my memory, two things I know. I am a great sinner and Christ is a great savior.
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.
Barbara Wilberforce: Mr. Wilberforce, I understand that you have an interest in botany.
William Wilberforce: Botany, Miss Spooner? What makes you think I would have interest in something as tedious as botany?
[pause, then snorts. Both Barbara and Wilberforce choke with laughter]
William Wilberforce: [to the concerned people at the table] Sorry, it's a private joke.
John Newton: I wish I could remember all their names. My 20,000 ghosts, they all had names, beautiful African names. We'd call them with just grunts, noises. We were apes, they were human.
Marianne Thornton: The Romans believed this water would restore the dead to life.
Barbara Wilberforce: [looking at it, unimpressed] Most pump water I've investigated works in the opposite direction.
William Wilberforce: It's God. I have 10,000 engagements of state today but I would prefer to spend the day out here getting a wet arse, studying dandelions and marveling at... bloody spider's webs.
Richard the Butler: You found God, sir?
William Wilberforce: I think He found me. You have any idea how inconvenient that is? How idiotic it will sound? I have a political career glittering ahead of me, and in my heart I want spider's webs.
Richard the Butler: [sitting down next to WW] "It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else and still unknown to himself." Francis Bacon. I don't just dust your books, sir.
John Newton: Besides, people like you too much to let you live a life of solitude.
William Wilberforce: Haven't you chosen solitude?
John Newton: You of all people should know I can never be alone.
Barbara Wilberforce: The people aren't so afraid, now the war in France is being won. And when they stop being afraid they rediscover their compassion.
Pitt the Younger: As Prime Minister, idle gossip collects around you like scum in slack water.
Henry Thornton: Come, we're late.
William Wilberforce: The water has been here a million years, how can we be late?
Pitt the Younger: Do you intend to use your beautiful voice to praise the Lord... or change the world?