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"Act together if ye had faith; and faith will be provided to you."-David Mamet (b. November 30, 1947)

This definitely sounds choose it comes straight out of the King James variation of the Bible, yet its beginning is far much more contemporary.

The heat is spoken by Paul Newman in Sidney Lumet"s The decision (1982). Mamet"s screenplay was based on the so late Barry Reed"s 1980 novel, which consequently was ghost composed by this fella.

It"s left together an exercise to the leader to attempt to locate the line in the novel. Every the internet references ns checked credit transaction it to Mamet, and also who am i to doubt WikiQuote?

How might a line of conversation from a modern-day film be mistaken for scripture written 2 millenia ago? It appears in the middle of Paul Newman"s jury summation scene, i beg your pardon is cited by those that rank such points as among the greatest monologues to appear in a activity picture:

(YouTube video: The summation monologue from "The Verdict." Newman, Mamet, and also director Sidney Lumet received Academy award nominations, but didn"t win.)

"You know, so lot of the moment we"re simply lost. We say, "Please, God, tell us what is right; tell us what is true." and also there is no justice: the wealthy win, the poor are powerless. We end up being tired the hearing people lie. And also after a time, we end up being dead- a small dead. We think of ourselves together victims- and also we become victims. We become- we come to be weak. We doubt ourselves, us doubt our beliefs. We doubt our institutions. And we doubt the law. Yet today, you space the law. You are the law. Not some book- no the lawyers- not the, a marble statue- or the trappings the the court. Watch those are just symbols of ours desire to it is in just. Castle are- lock are, in fact, a prayer: a fervent and also a scared prayer. In mine religion, castle say, "Act together if ye had faith- and also faith will certainly be given to you." If- if we space to have belief in justice, we need only to believe in ourselves. And also act v justice. See, I believe there is justice in ours hear"ts.

"In my religion," coupled through the use of the antiquated "ye," strongly imply to the audience the phrase is taken from a religious text. That it"s yielded by Paul Newman in a Boston courtroom filled v Irish Catholics pretty much rules out the Bhagavad Gita as the source..

many Christians room accustomed to hearing bible quoted out of context, there is no chapter and also verse references. The sincerity that Mamet"s dialogue and also Newman"s delivery sell that completely.

The Mamet heat joins a variety of much older price quotes as pseudo-scripture.

Aesop"s "The Gods aid those who help themselves" was tweaked into a monotheistic kind and inserted into "Poor Richard"s Almanac" through Benjamin Franklin, a undenominated Deist.

"Cleaniness is undoubtedly next to Godliness" to be a typical saying when John Wesley supplied it in a sermon in 1791. He probably was paraphrasing Francis Bacon"s "Advancement the Learning" from 1605.

"Even the devil can quote scripture?" The actual heat is "The devil can mention Scripture because that his purpose," talked by Antonio in Shakespeare"s "Merchant the Venice." Similarly, "This over all things: come thine own self it is in true" and also "Neither a borrower no one a lender be" room from "Hamlet."

perhaps the best strategy is that recommended by Anatole France:

"When a thing has been said and also said well, have actually no scruple. Take it and also copy it."

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