Lord Jim (1965)
Stein: [to Jim] You have too much pride in your humility.
Gentleman Brown: [to Cornelius] You have a natural talent for disaster! Try and improve yourself into an ordinary failure by keeping your mouth shut.
Marlow: [first lines; narrating] Joseph Conrad wrote, "If you want to know the age of the Earth, look upon the sea in a storm." But what storm could fully reveal the heart of a man?
Lord Jim: I've been a so-called coward and a so-called hero and there's not the thickness of a sheet of paper between them. Maybe cowards and heroes are just ordinary men who, for a split second, do something out of the ordinary. That's all.
Schomberg: The Captain of this ship is... do you know Gentleman Brown?
Cornelius: For this sort of work, we don't need any gentlemen.
Schomberg: [laughs] This "Gentleman" Captain Brown has given more business to Death than the bubonic plague. From Java to Fiji, he's wanted for piracy, slavery, mutiny, rape, murder, and some things that aren't even mentioned in the Bible!
Gentleman Brown: If an army couldn't get this treasure out, what makes you think that we can?
Cornelius: The General was too ambitious. We just need to eliminate a certain... person.
Gentleman Brown: You mean murder?
Cornelius: Justice. Kill one pompous fool...
Gentleman Brown: Let's see now: You're out, he's in - and *he's* the fool?
Gentleman Brown: Now, where is this gold kept, is it guarded, if so, how, and by whom?
Cornelius: How do I know I can trust you?
Gentleman Brown: You don't know.
Cornelius: What do you think?
Schomberg: [shrugs] I'm a silent partner.
Cornelius: Then I suppose we'll have to take each other's word as gentlemen?
Gentleman Brown: [sighs] I suppose.
Brierly: Could you do what he did?
The French Officer: Who knows? Under certain conditions, fear will come to any man. It's always there, waiting for us...
Marlow: [Narrating] One hope kept Jim going - a hope common to most men. Rich or poor, strong or weak, who among us has not begged God for a second chance?
Stein: It might interest you to know that some men can never become heroes, and some heroes can never become men.
Lord Jim: Some are lucky enough to become both.
Stein: Who says they are lucky?
Cornelius: [talking about his abdomen] Oh, I feel a gripping pain here, probably something I ate.
The General: Probably a precious stone perhaps. Like all thingsgreat and small, it will pass, and when it does, give it back.
Gentleman Brown: [referring to Jim] I think his majesty had pretentions to heroism, a form of mental disease induced by vanity.
Stein: You must face the truth.
Lord Jim: Truth? What is the truth? I've been a so-called coward and a so-called hero, and there's not the thickness of a piece off paper between them. Maybe cowards and heroes are just ordinary men, who for just a split second do something that is out of the ordinary. That's all.
The General: Have you ever considered what makes pain unbearable? One thing. The brain.
[He gets out a knife and sticks it into a stone iron]
The General: Put the brain to sleep, and the flesh can be burned, torn, twisted, chopped, without pain.
[He works a bellows to heat up the iron]
The General: Awaken the brain, anticipate pain, and every touch, sight, sound, becomes exaggerated. The body betrays the mind. Finally, the pain becomes unbearable.
Cornelius: What do you think of before a battle? Death? Killing? God? A woman!
The General: I think only of what the enemy is thinking.
The General: I like men of business. We have a common language: Money. You bring the ammunitions...
[He shrugs amiably]
The General: I buy.
Lord Jim: They're gone. Blown up. Exploded.
The General: [Knocks the wooden bowl from Jim's hand] One explosion.
[He strokes the shaven sides of his head in frustration and puts his hands on his hips impatiently]
The General: You bring nine separate barrels of powder. So there should be many separate explosions. Correct?
Lord Jim: [Weakly] Correct.
The General: [Sarcastically, to Cornelius] Ah, the sign of the true believer. You wear the Jesus medal, yet you beseech Buddha. Last week it was Mohammed. Before that, Confucius.