Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

Director: David Lean | Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama

Released: 1962 | Runtime: 216 min

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.

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Lawrence of Arabia Quotes

  • T.E. Lawrence : Do you think I'm just anybody, Ali? Do you?
  • 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?
  • Auda abu Tayi : I am Auda abu Tayi! Does Auda serve?
    Howeitat tribesmen : NO!
    Auda abu Tayi : Does Auda abu Tayi serve?
    Howeitat tribesmen : NO!
    Auda abu Tayi : [ to Lawrence ] I carry twenty-three great wounds, all got in battle. Seventy-five men have I killed with my own hands in battle. I scatter, I burn my enemies' tents. I take away their flocks and herds. The Turks pay me a golden treasure, yet I am poor! Because *I* am a river to my people!
  • 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. [ pause ]
    Auda abu Tayi : Thy mother mated with a scorpion.
  • General Allenby: What about your Arab friends? What about them?
    T.E. Lawrence: I have no Arab friends. I don't want Arab friends !
    General Allenby: What in Hell do you want, Lawrence?
    T.E. Lawrence: I told you! I just want my ration of common humanity.
    Mr. Dryden: Lawrence! [Lawrence turns away from Allenby to face Dryden]
    Mr. Dryden: Nothing. Sorry I interrupted, Sir.
    General Allenby: [subdued] Quite all right. Thank you, Mr Dryden. Look, why don't we, er... There's blood on your back. Do you want a Doctor ?
  • Jackson Bentley: [on his interest in Lawrence and the Arab Revolt] I'm looking for a hero.
    Prince Feisal: Indeed, you do not seem a romantic man.
    Jackson Bentley: Oh, no! But certain influential men back home believe the time has come for America to lend her weight to the patriotic struggle against Germany... and Turkey. Now, I've been sent to find material that makes this war seem more...
    Prince Feisal: Enjoyable?
    Jackson Bentley: Oh, hardly THAT, sir. But to show it in its more... adventurous aspects.
    Prince Feisal: You are looking for a figure that will draw your country towards war?
    Jackson Bentley: All right, yes.
    Prince Feisal: Lawrence is your man.
  • Tafas: [talking of Britain] 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.
  • 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.
  • T.E. Lawrence: I cannot fiddle but I can make a great state of a small city.
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