You'd leave your own mother here, if the rules called for it.
(Michael Wilson (1914-1978), U.S. screenwriter, Carl Foreman (1914-1984), and David Lean. Shears (William Holden) to Warden (Jack Hawkins), The Bridge on the River Kwai, when Warden asks to be left behind on a mission following his injury (1957).
Wilson and Foreman were originally uncredited because they were blacklisted; novelist Pierre Boulle, who spoke no English, received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. A restored version of the film credits all three writers.)
We are idiot, younger-sons of gods, begotten in dotages divine; and our mothers all miscarry.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 180, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).
Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)