"This is not an ordinary war
for treasure or conquest. It is for our faith and for our God!" Queen
Christina (Greta Garbo): "God is being invoked in many lands
these days, your grace. What about the enemy's God?" To the reply that
the enemy is guilty of blasphemy, she says: "I wish I had your confidence,
—From Rouben Mamoulian's QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933).
flags and trumpets! What is behind these high-sounding words? Death and
destruction, triumphals of crippled men, Sweden victorious in a ravaged
Europe, an island in a dead sea. I tell you, I want no more of it. I want
for my people security and happiness. I want to cultivate the arts of peace,
the arts of life. I want peace and peace I will have!"
A lady (Carole
Lombard): "Tell me about it."
to the man I killed. . .I went to the field hospital to see him--thought
I'd find a man. I found a blond kid like a lot of you--two bullet
holes in him. They congratulated me for it, congratulated me all
day, told me I'd done a great thing. They set me up as a shiny tin
god, a hero, an ace--expect me to act like a hero so you can all play at
being heroes, so you'll go out and shoot other kids down burning--get killed
yourselves. They'll decorate you for it! They'll give you medals
just like they did me! I got these for killing kids! They're
all chunks of torn flesh and broken bones and blood! And for what?
I give you war!"
woman (Laura Hope Crews) to the German (Otto Kruger) married to her granddaughter
Mary (Barbara Stanwyck): "Now there's
only one thing we're asking you to do for us. . .We want you to change
"Think of me
and remember that what I do is forced upon me. They let me be a citizen
but they won't let me be an American."
"We have one
weapon we have not yet used! No children! Let us band together and
tell the men who have so bravely sent our sons out to meet death: 'War
must stop or we'll stop making men for you. If you have no children,
you have no men. And if you have no men, you have no war.' Let the
military leaders and the old men do the fighting ... they'll soon find
a way to avoid war."
"With our knowledge
of war, we want peace."
the nations of the world fight over peace."
like to do something about peace."
Trentino (Louis Calhern): 'I'm willing to do anything to prevent this
(to Harpo and Chico): "Which one of us
is going to have the rare privilege of sacrificing his life for his country?"
(Madeleine Carroll) upon learning of the World War I armistice:
(Barry Norton): "There's no way
out except another war. . . .War is nature's way of eliminating surplus
Lionhearted (Henry Wilcoxon): "I
fight for the Cross."
"If only we could
put an end to pain, if only we could have peace. If you fight on,
thousands and thousands more will die. Richard, you musn't. . . .We've
been blind. We were proud, dearest, when we took the Cross.
And in our pride, we fought to conquer Jerusalem. We tried to ride
through blood to the holy place of God. But now--now we suffer. .
. .So what if we call Him Allah or God? Shall men fight because they
travel different roads to Him? There is only one God. His Cross
is burned deep into our hearts. It's here and we must carry it with
us wherever we go. Oh, don't you see, Richard? There's only
one way--Peace. Make peace between Christian and Saracen."
"It's men like
him who start these wars so they'll have something to do."
Lang), a Red Cross nurse: "It's crazy,
but it goes on and on, just the same, without end and without meaning.
Why do you all have to die, why?"'
"War is tough, isn't
"The High Lama
said he saw all nations strengthening--not in wisdom but in vulgar passions
and the will to destroy.... He foresaw a time when man, exultant in the
technique of homicide, would rage so hotly over the world that every precious
thing would be in danger; a time when every book, every treasure, would
be doomed to destruction. Anticipating the holocaust, Shangri-La had, for
nearly two centuries, been accumulating the treasures of the mind and the
wisdom of the ages."
"The world about
to hurl itself to destruction, the will of nations for peace, a powerful
brake stopping it on the brink! . . . To save Dreyfus we had to challenge
the might of those who dominate the world. It is not the swaggering militarists!
They're but puppets that dance as the strings are pulled! It is those
others, those who would ruthlessly plunge us into the bloody abyss of war
to protect their power. Think of it . . . thousands of children sleeping
peacefully tonight under the roofs of Paris, Berlin, London, all the world!
Doomed to die horribly under some titanic battlefield unless it can be
prevented! And it can be prevented! The world must be conquered,
but not by force of arms, but by ideas that liberate. Then can we
build it anew, build for the humble and the wretched."
"I am against
war because war is foolish. Ten or twenty years afterward, one reflects
that millions have died and all for nothing. One has found friends among
one's old enemies, and enemies among one's friends. To wage war for nothing
is totally illogical. People who get killed are never asked how they
feel about going to war ... To tell a man, 'Tomorrow you're off to the
front, where you'll be killed ... there's no alternative.' I'm afraid
I don't consider that a normal attitude. One doesn't have the right to
play with people's lives. People's lives are sacred."
"I accuse the
war of yesterday of having made the Europe of today and I accuse the war
of tomorrow for preparing the destruction of Europe. I accuse mankind
of having learned no lesson from the last catastrophe but waiting with
folded arms for the next war. I accuse the careless, the short-sighted,
the egotists of having allowed Europe to be divided in spite of the blood
spilled in vain. And I accuse the men of today, not only of not understanding
but of laughing when someone like myself reminds you of the most beautiful
expression on earth: love one another. And I accuse you
same men of not having listened to the voices of the millions who died
in the war and who cry out to you for twenty years:
"You're all walking
around with your eyes closed. The political horizon is darkening.
War is on the way. It's there, I can feel it. I'll prevent
it, by God! Yes, yes, I alone will stop it! Alone, I will throw
myself in the way of mankind's madness! And I will stop it!
Alone! I will be the one to get up and yell, 'No!' It
won't happen again! This stupidity, this obsession, this monstrous
absurdity! It won't happen again! The murder of innocent millions!
It won't happen again! Me, Jean Diaz, I stand up and proclaim the
sacred right of life! J'accuse! J'accuse! J'accuse!"
"I made this
film because I am a pacifist. To me, a true pacifist is a Frenchman,
a German, an American. The day will come when men of good faith will
find a common meeting ground. Cynics will say that my words at this point
in time are naive. But why not?"
Gabin), a French soldier: "We've
got to end this stinking war. Maybe it'll be the last."
"It's a slaughterhouse,
that's what it is, and I'm the executioner. You send men in rotten ships
up to die."
"Man is a savage
animal who periodically tries to destroy himself."
of the miseries of the world were caused by wars, and when the wars were
over, no one ever knew what they were about."
"I'm angry. Waste
always makes me angry, and that's what all this is, sheer waste."
"I don't want
any more of them dying. I don't want any more!"
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