Jackson Bentley: Never saw a man killed with a sword before.
T.E. Lawrence: [contemptuously] Why don't you take a picture?
Jackson Bentley: Wish I had.
T.E. Lawrence: It's my manner, sir.
General: Your manner?
T.E. Lawrence: Yes, it looks insubordinate, but it isn't really.
Colonel Brighton: Are you badly hurt?
T.E. Lawrence: I'm not hurt at all. Didn't you know? They can only kill me with
a golden bullet.
T.E. Lawrence: Nothing is written.
Prince Feisal: No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees. There is
nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.
Prince Feisal: Which is why my father made this war upon the Turks. My father,
Mr Lawrence, not the English. But my father is old and I...I long for the
vanished gardens of Cordoba. However, before the gardens must come the fighting.
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!
Sherif Ali: Does it surprise you, Mr Bentley? Surely, you know the Arabs are a
barbarous people. Barbarous and cruel. Who but they! Who but they!
T.E. Lawrence: No prisoners! No prisoners!
T.E. Lawrence: Do you think I'm just anyone? 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
T.E. Lawrence: There's no time to waste, then, is there?
Auda Abu Tayi: I am Auda Abu Tayi! Does Auda Serve!
Auda Abu Tayi: Does Auda Abu Tayi serve!
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 tresure, 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
Auda Abu Tayi: Thy mother mated with a scorpion.
Club Secretary: I say, Lawrence. You are a clown!
T.E. Lawrence: We can't all be lion tamers.
General Allenby: I thought I was a hard man, sir.
Prince Feisal: You are merely a general. I must be a king.
T.E. Lawrence: I pray that I may never see the desert again. Hear me, God.
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.
General Murray: I can't make out whether you're a bloody madman or just
T.E. Lawrence: I have the same problem, sir.
General Allenby: I'm promoting you Major.
T.E. Lawrence: I don't think that's a very good idea.
Sherif Ali: What is your name?
T.E. Lawrence: My name is for my friends. None of my friends is a murderer!
Colonel Brighton: Damn it Lawrence! Who do you take your orders from?
T.E. Lawrence: I cannot fiddle but I can make a great state of a small city.
[Asked by 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 reporter leaves.]
Jackson Bentley: He was also the most shameless exhibitionist since Barnum &
[Arabs are looting a train after blowing it up.]
Sherif Ali: It is their payment Colonel.
Sherif Ali: Truly are not British solders paid?
Brighton: They don't go home when they've been paid!
Sherif Ali: They are not free to!
Bedouin Guide: [talking of Britain] Is that a desert country?
T.E. Lawrence: No: a fat country, fat people.
Bedouin Guide: You are not fat?
T.E. Lawrence: No, I am different.
Mr. Dryden: A man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth. But a man who
tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.
Prince Feisal: 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.
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.
[Lawrence has just extinguished a match between his thumb and forefinger.
William Potter surreptitiously attempts the same.]
William Potter: Ooh! It damn well 'urts!
T.E. Lawrence: Certainly it hurts.
Officer: What's the trick then?
T.E. Lawrence: The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.
Sherif Ali: Have you no fear, English?
T.E. Lawrence: My fear is my concern.
Prince Feisal: With Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely
good manners. You may judge which motive is the most reliable.
Colonel Harry Brighton: Look, sir, we can't just do nothing.
General Allenby: Why not? It's usually best.
T.E. Lawrence: 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.