Thomas Wolsey

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Thomas Wolsey (c. March 1473 – 29 November 1530) was an English political figure and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.


  • Master Kingston, I see the matter against me now it is framed; but if I had served God as diligently as I have done the King He would not have given me over in my gray hairs.
  • I am come to leave my bones among you.
    • To the abbott of Leicester Abbey, knowing that he was dying.[2]


  • Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out.
    • Attributed to Cardinal Wolsey by columnist George Will, a line that he says was "uttered about Henry VIII", as quoted in William A. Henry In Defense of Elitism (Anchor Books, 1995), p. 45.
  • Begot by butchers, but by bishops bred,
    How high his Highness holds his haughty head!
    • Attributed to Cardinal Wolsey in English Etymology; Or, a Derivative Dictionary of the English Language (1783) by George William Lemon, "Alliteration".

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