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Solomon (Character)
from Solomon and Sheba (1959)

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Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Solomon: In the last few days, I have shown you much of Israel. But you have not told me anything of your own country.
Sheba: At the moment, my own land seems as distant as the stars.
Solomon: In my youth, I used to dream of visiting all the faraway kingdoms of the earth.
Sheba: And now, instead, the rulers of those countries come to you.

Solomon: From the first, I knew that behind those lovely eyes is the brain of a very clever woman, who could never have traveled eight hundred leagues without a purpose.
Sheba: You have found me out. How could I hope to deceive you? I have been trying to entrap you, with these (shakes arms), to bind you with soft chains, so that I may do with you as I will.
Solomon: Every woman demands a price from a man.

Solomon: Nothing must come between us.
Sheba: Not even our gods? I knew this moment would come, for the things we believe in are not the same.
Solomon: I had hoped that in time you would come to accept Jehovah.
Sheba: As King of Israel, would you abandon the god of your people for mine?
Solomon: Still, I dared hope.

[Abishag enters Solomon's chambers, trying to dissuade him from attending Sheba's pagan ritual]
Solomon: My door was closed. Must you intrude upon my privacy?
Abishag: Can you shut out your conscience by closing the door?
Solomon: Say what you must, then please leave me alone.
Abishag: I come seeking the man I once knew. The man who was noble, gentle and kind, the man who walked with God.
Solomon: Those are mere words, Abishag.
Abishag: I entreat you to listen. When I was a child, you were the world and I adored you. But time passed, and love changed even as I did. My love became that of a woman for a man. But the man became a king, and in his eyes, the woman was still a child. I know how strongly it calls to you. Listen to your people. Their love calls to you, as I call in my love. Listen to them if not to me.
Solomon: Whether you or my people approve, I must go.
[Solomon walks to the doors, while Abishag stands against the doors, barring his way]
Abishag: You cannot go. Do not destroy yourself! I beg of you!

Solomon: [holding Abishag dead in arms] Oh, no. Oh, no. Why? The sin was mine. Why did you not strike me?


Solomon (1997) (TV)
Solomon: Nathan
Nathan: So, how's married life?
Solomon: Very pleasant. Very pleasant indeed.
Solomon: The pleasures of the body are not to be missed, Nathan.
Nathan: I have chosen to concentrate on God's love, my lord.
Solomon: Do you really think he meant you to deny yourself, Nathan? He made us this way did he not? Why would he not want us to taste the fruit?
Nathan: God put many things on earth we're not to taste, my lord. If it were not so, we would not have a free will... and he... would not be God... but simply the creator of blind animals.


King David (1985)
Young Solomon: ...Who is Absalom, father?
David: A boy who was once like you.
Young Solomon: Is he your enemy?
David: [thinks before answering] ... Perhaps I am his enemy, but he could never be mine.