We watched Amazing Grace during PKV Meeting last Friday. These are some of the lines that stirred me most.
"I don't just dust your books, sir."
William Wilberforce's manservant, when Wilberforce was surprised he quoted Francis Bacon.
"We're too young to realise some things are impossible."
William Pitt to Wilberforce, looking futurewards.
"For God's sake, see it through!"
John Newton to Wilberforce, who was veering between life as a minister and an abolitionist.
"I was blind, but now I see. And now it is true!"
Newton, almost blind, reflecting on the experience of dictating his life story. It was only much later in life that he became a Christian in the full sense of the word.
My favourite conversation in the movie takes place at the brink of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars, at a time when any Englishman seeming to go against the Crown and popular English opinion would be easily considered guilty of sedition.
Wilberforce was frustrated that Pitt, his good friend, seemed somewhat conservative in his opinions and advice.
"As your Prime Minister I urge caution."
"And as my friend?"
"Oh, to hell with caution."