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  • 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: 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 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]

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

  • 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?

  • 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: 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: [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!


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: I am more interested in the 'Rock of Ages' than I am in the age of rocks.

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