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.

Prince Feisal

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!

T.E. Lawrence

Does it surprise you, Mr Bentley? Surely, you know the Arabs are a barbarous people. Barbarous and cruel. Who but they! Who but they!

Sherif Ali

Mr. Dryden: Lawrence, only two kinds of creature get fun in the desert T.E. Lawrence: No, Dryden, it's going to be fun. Mr. Dryden: It is recognized that you have a funny sense of fun.

General Allenby: I've got orders to obey, thank God. Not like that poor devil. He's riding the whirlwind. Mr. Dryden: Let's hope we're not.

There may be honor among thieves, but there's none in politicians.

T.E. Lawrence

Sherif Ali: What are you looking for? T.E. Lawrence: Some way to announce myself. Sherif Ali: Be patient with him, God.

General Allenby: I believe your name will be a household word when you'll have to go to the War Museum to find who Allenby was. You're the most extraordinary man I've ever met! T.E. Lawrence: Leave me alone! General Allenby: What? T.E. Lawrence: Leave me alone! General Allenby: Well, that's a feeble thing to say. T.E. Lawrence: I know I'm not ordinary. General Allenby: That's not what I'm saying... T.E. Lawrence: All right! I'm extraordinary! What of it?

[his last words, to Ali] Being an Arab will be thornier than you suppose, Harith!

Auda abu Tayi

Colonel Brighton: He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew. Vicar at St. Paul's: Did you know him well? Colonel Brighton: I knew him. Vicar at St. Paul's: Well nil nisi bonum. But did he really deserve a place here?

[leafing through Lawrence's dossier] Undisciplined... unpunctual... untidy. Knowledge of music... knowledge of literature... knowledge of... knowledge of... you're an interesting man there's no doubt about it.

General Allenby

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Lawrence of Arabia Quotes

Truly, for some men nothing is written unless THEY write it.

Sherif Ali

I cannot fiddle but I can make a great state of a small city.

T.E. Lawrence