Quotations From ROBERT BOLT


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  • 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.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David Lean. T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole), Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

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  • Good marriages are made in heaven. Or some such place.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David Lean. Nikolai (Ralph Richardson), Doctor Zhivago (1965). Based on the novel by Bor.

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  • With Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely good manners. You may judge which motive is the more reliable.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David Lean. Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness), Lawrence of Arabia, to the American reporter Bentley (Arthur Kennedy) (1962).

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  • And don't delude yourself this was rape. That would flatter us both.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David Lean. Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), Doctor Zhivago, to his mistress, Lara (Julie Christie) (1965). Based on the Novel by Bor.

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  • No doubt they'll sing in tune after the revolution.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter. Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), Doctor Zhivago, on hearing demonstrators singing The Internationale (1965). Based on the novel by Bor.
  • He said there was gold here. He lied. He is not perfect.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David Lean. Auda abu Tayi (Anthony Quinn), Lawrence of Arabia, after Lawrence leads the Arabs to victory at Aqaba (1962).

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  • If we've told lies, you've told half-lies. And a man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth, but a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David Lean. Dryden (Claude Rains), Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

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  • El Oranz, truly for some men, nothing is written unless they write it.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David Lean. Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif), Lawrence of Arabia, after Lawrence miraculously rescues a man from the desert (1962).
  • On the whole, I wish I'd stayed in Tunbridge Wells.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David Lean. Dryden (Claude Rains), Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
  • Lawrence, only two kinds of creature get fun in the desert, Bedouins and gods. And you're neither.
    Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David: Lean. Dryden (Claude Rains), Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

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