Lawrence of Arabia (1962) quotes

Director
David Lean.

Cast
Peter O’Toole.
Alec Guinness.
Anthony Quinn.

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Ooh! It damn well ‘urts!
William Potter
Certainly it hurts.
T.E. Lawrence
What’s the trick then?
Officer
The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.
T.E. Lawrence

No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees. There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.
– Prince Feisal

I killed two people. One was… yesterday? He was just a boy and I led him into quicksand. The other was… well, before Aqaba. I had to execute him with my pistol, and there was something about it that I didn’t like.
T.E. Lawrence
That’s to be expected.
General Allenby
No, something else.
T.E. Lawrence
Well, then let it be a lesson.
General Allenby
No… something else.
T.E. Lawrence
What then?
General Allenby
I enjoyed it.
T.E. Lawrence

Truly, for some men nothing is written unless THEY write it.
– Sherif Ali

What is it, Major Lawrence, that attracts you personally to the desert?
Jackson Bentley
It’s clean.
T.E. Lawrence

There may be honor among thieves, but there’s none in politicians.
– T.E. Lawrence

Have you no fear, English?
Sherif Ali
My fear is my concern.
T.E. Lawrence

Gasim’s time has come, Lawrence. It is written.
Prince Feisal
Nothing is written.
T.E. Lawrence
You will not be at Aqaba, English! Go back, blasphemer… but you will not be at Aqaba!
Sherif Ali
I shall be at Aqaba. That, IS written.
T.E. Lawrence
[pointing to forehead]
In here.
T.E. Lawrence

It is Auda of the Howitat who speaks.
Auda abu Tayi
It is Ali of the Harith who answers.
Sherif Ali
Harith! Ali, does your father still steal?
Auda abu Tayi
No. Does Auda take me for one of his own bastards?
Sherif Ali
No, there is no resemblance. Alas, you resemble your father.
Auda abu Tayi
Auda flatters me.
Sherif Ali
You’re easily flattered. I knew your father well.
Auda abu Tayi
Did you know your own?
Sherif Ali

If we’ve been telling lies, you’ve been telling half-lies. A man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth. But a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.
– Mr. Dryden

So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people – greedy, barbarous, and cruel, as you are.
– T.E. Lawrence

I say, Lawrence. You are a clown!
Club Secretary
Ah, well, we can’t all be lion tamers.
T.E. Lawrence

With Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely good manners. You may judge which motive is the more reliable.
– Prince Feisal

You answered without saying anything. That’s politics.
– Jackson Bentley

There’s nothing further here for a warrior. We drive bargains. Old men’s work. Young men make wars, and the virtues of war are the virtues of young men. Courage and hope for the future. Then old men make the peace. And the vices of peace are the vices of old men. Mistrust and caution. It must be so.
– Prince Feisal

I can’t make out whether you’re bloody bad-mannered or just half-witted.
General Murray
I have the same problem, sir.
T.E. Lawrence