Lawrence of Arabia Quotes: Haunting and Absorbing

(Total Quotes: 58)

Directed by: David Lean
Written by:
T.E. Lawrence (writings)
Robert Bolt (screenplay)
Michael Wilson (screenplay)
Peter O’Toole – T.E. Lawrence
Alec Guinness – Prince Feisal
Anthony Quinn – Auda Abu Tayi
Jack Hawkins – General Allenby
Omar Sharif – Sherif Ali
Jos̩ Ferrer РTurkish Bey
Anthony Quayle – Colonel Brighton
Claude Rains – Mr. Dryden
Arthur Kennedy – Jackson Bentley
Donald Wolfit – General Murray
I.S. Johar – Gasim
Gamil Ratib – Majid
Michel Ray – Farraj
John Dimech – Daud
Zia Mohyeddin – Tafas


Lawrence of Arabia quotes are beautifully haunting on a grand scale which totally absorbs you. This is a true David Lean classic and to give you a glimpse on why this movie is such a classic take a look at these few picked quotes.

Lawrence Of Arabia Quotes


[first lines]
Colonel Brighton: He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew.
Vicar at St. Paul’s: Well nil nisi bonum. But did he really deserve…all this?
Colonel Brighton: He was a remarkable chap. By any counts, remarkable.
Vicar at St. Paul’s: Did you know him well?
Colonel Brighton: I knew him.


[asked by a reporter if he knew Lawrence]
Jackson Bentley: Yes, it was my privilege to know him and to make him known to the world. He was a poet, a scholar and a mighty warrior.
[after the reporter leaves]
Jackson Bentley: He was also the most shameless exhibitionist since Barnum & Bailey.


T.E. Lawrence: Michael George Hartley, this is a nasty, dark little room.
Hartley: That’s right.
T.E. Lawrence: We are not happy in it.
Hartley: It’s better than a nasty, dark little trench.
T.E. Lawrence: Then you’re an ignoble fellow.
Hartley: That’s right.


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


[referring to the Arab Revolt]
General Murray: It’s a storm in a tea cup, Mr. Dryden, a sideshow. If you want my own opinion, this whole theater of operations is a sideshow! The real war’s not being fought against the Turks, but the Germans. And not here, but on the Western front in the trenches! Your Bedouin Army, or whatever it calls itself, would be a sideshow OF a sideshow!
Mr. Dryden: Big things have small beginnings, sir.
General Murray: Does the Arab Bureau want a “big thing” in Arabia? If we get them to rise against the Turks, does the Bureau think they’ll sit down quietly under us when this war’s over?
Mr. Dryden: The Arab Bureau thinks the job of the moment, sir, is to win the war.
General Murray: Don’t tell me my duty, Mr. Dryden!


General Murray: Salute! If you’re insubordinate of me, Lawrence, I shall put you under arrest.
T.E. Lawrence: It’s my manner, sir.
General Murray: Your manner?
T.E. Lawrence: Yes. It looks insubordinate, but it isn’t really.
General Murray: No. I can’t make out whether you’re bloody bad-mannered or just half-witted.
T.E. Lawrence: I have the same problem, sir.


Mr. Dryden: Lawrence, only two kinds of creature get fun in the desert; Bedouins and gods, and you’re neither. Take it from me, for ordinary men, it’s a burning, fiery furnace.
T.E. Lawrence: No, Dryden, it’s going to be fun.
Mr. Dryden: It is recognized that you have a funny sense of fun.


[talking of Britain]
Tafas: Is that a desert country?
T.E. Lawrence: No. A fat country. Fat people.
Tafas: You are not fat?
T.E. Lawrence: No. I’m different.


Sherif Ali: What is your name?
T.E. Lawrence: My name is for my friends. None of my friends is a murderer!
Sherif Ali: You are angry, English. He was nothing. The well is everything. The Hasami may not drink at our wells. He knew that. Salaam. Hut, hut, hut.
T.E. Lawrence: Sherif Ali. 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.


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


T.E. Lawrence: I’m to assess the situation.
Colonel Brighton: Hmph! Well that won’t be too difficult. The situation’s bloody awful.


[to Feisal]
T.E. Lawrence: My lord, I think…I think your book is right. The desert is an ocean in which no oar is dipped and on this ocean the Bedu go where they please and strike where they please. This is the way the Bedu have always fought. You’re famed throughout the world for fighting in this way and this is the way you should fight now!


Prince Feisal: You tread heavily, but you speak the truth. I will give you my answer tomorrow, now it is late…Colonel Brighton means to put my men under European officers, does he not?
T.E. Lawrence: In effect, my lord, yes.
Prince Feisal: And I must do it because the Turks have European guns. But I fear to do it. Upon my soul I do. The English have a great hunger for desolate places. I fear they hunger for Arabia.


Prince Feisal: You are an Englishman. Are you not loyal to England?
T.E. Lawrence: To England and to other things.
Prince Feisal: To England and Arabia, both? And is that possible? I think you are another of these desert-loving English. Gordon of Khartoum. No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees. There’s nothing in the desert. No man needs nothing. Or is it that you think we are something you can play with? Because we are little people; a silly people; greedy, and barbarous, and cruel.


Prince Feisal: But you know, Lieutenant, in the Arab city of Cordoba were two miles of public lighting in the streets when London was a village?
T.E. Lawrence: Yes, you were great.
Prince Feisal: Nine centuries ago.
T.E. Lawrence: Time to be great again, my lord.


Sherif Ali: There is the railway. And that is the desert. From here until we reach the other side, no water but what we carry with us. For the camels, no water at all. If the camels die, we die. And in twenty days they will start to die.
T.E. Lawrence: There’s no time to waste, then, is there?


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


T.E. Lawrence: Ferraj. Wash!
Sherif Ali: Ferraj. El Aurens, truly for some men nothing is written unless they write it.


Sherif Ali: I do not understand this. Your father’s name is Chapman…
T.E. Lawrence: Ali, he didn’t marry my mother.
Sherif Ali: I see.
T.E. Lawrence: I’m sorry.
Sherif Ali: It seems to me that you are free to choose your own name, then.
T.E. Lawrence: Yes. I suppose I am.


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


T.E. Lawrence: My friends, we have been foolish. Auda will not come to Aqaba. Not for money…
Auda abu Tayi: No.
T.E. Lawrence: …for Feisal…
Auda abu Tayi: No!
T.E. Lawrence: …nor to drive away the Turks. He will come…because it is his pleasure.
Auda abu Tayi: Thy mother mated with a scorpion.


T.E. Lawrence: The Law says the man must die…if he dies, would that content the Howitat?
Auda abu Tayi: Yes.
T.E. Lawrence: Sherif Ali. If none of lord Auda’s men harms any of yours, will that content the Harith?
Sherif Ali: Yes.
T.E. Lawrence: Then I will execute the Law. I have no tribe and no one is offended.


[as Lawrence sets out across the desert with Daoud and Faraj]
Auda abu Tayi: You will cross Sinai?
T.E. Lawrence: Moses did!
Auda abu Tayi: And you will take the children?
T.E. Lawrence: Moses did!
Auda abu Tayi: Moses was a prophet and beloved of God. He said there was gold here; he lied. He is not perfect.


Colonel Brighton: You mean the Turks have gone?
T.E. Lawrence: No, they’re still there, but they’ve no boots. Prisoners, sir. We took them prisoners; the entire garrison. No, that’s not true. We killed some; too many really. I’ll manage it better next time. There’s been a lot of killing, one way or another. Cross my heart and hope to die, it’s all perfectly true.
Colonel Brighton: It isn’t possible.
T.E. Lawrence: Yes, it is. I did it.


[going through Lawrence’s dossier]
General Allenby: Undisciplined…unpunctual…untidy. Knowledge of music…knowledge of literature…knowledge of… knowledge of…you’re an interesting man there’s no doubt about it.


General Allenby: I’m promoting you Major.
T.E. Lawrence: I don’t think that’s a very good idea.


General Allenby: You acted without orders, you know.
T.E. Lawrence: Shouldn’t officers use their initiative at all times?
General Allenby: Not really. It’s awfully dangerous.


T.E. Lawrence: 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.
General Allenby: That’s to be expected.
T.E. Lawrence: No, something else.
General Allenby: Well, then let it be a lesson.
T.E. Lawrence: No…something else.
General Allenby: What then?
T.E. Lawrence: I enjoyed it.


[to Allenby]
T.E. Lawrence: A thousand Arabs means a thousand knives, delivered anywhere day or night. It means a thousand camels. That means a thousand packs of high explosives and a thousand crack rifles. We can cross Arabia while Johnny Turk is still turning round, and smash his railways. And while he’s mending them, I’ll smash them somewhere else. In thirteen weeks, I can have Arabia in chaos.


Total Quotes: 58



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