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Friday, April 25, 2008

Quotes from "Kingdom of Heaven"


You are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be. - Godfrey of Ibelin

A Knight's Pledge/Chivalry

Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong. That is your oath. - Godfrey of Ibelin

True Religion

I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of god. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is here [head] and here [heart] and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not. - hospitaller


You see, none of us choose our end really. A king may move a man, a father may claim a son. But remember that, even when those who move you be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God you cannot say "but I was told by others to do thus" or that "virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice. Remember that. - King Baldwin IV

Folly of Religious Wars

I have given Jerusalem my whole life. First, I thought we were fighting for God. Then I realized we were fighting for wealth and land. I was ashamed. - Tiberias

Fighting over what is "Holy"

We fight over an offence we did not give, against those who were not alive to be offended. What is Jerusalem? Your holy places lie over the Jewish temple that the Romans pulled down. The Muslim places of worship lie over yours. Which is more holy?... The wall? The Mosque? The Sepulchre? Who has claim? No one has claim. All have claim! - Balian of Ibelin

- "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005),

directed by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan


Shadow Deviant said...

A beautiful assembly of profound words from the KoH movie. I greatly enjoyed the issues debated in this movie.

scott saboy said...

i particularly loved the scene showing saladin putting the fallen cross back on the table. :)

Shadow Deviant said...

Yes, I too liked that scene very much, as well as the general depiction of the Muslim side.