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Jack Nicholson as "Jack Napier" in Batman (1989):
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Kingdom of Heaven (2005) 15 Memorable Quotes
Memorable Quotes:
Balian
What man is a man who does not make the world better.
Godfrey
You are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be.
Balian
Godfrey
What could a king ask of a man like me?A better world than has ever been seen. A kingdom of conscience. A kingdom of heaven.
Balian
Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Safeguard the helpless. Never lie, even if it leads to your death; that is your oath ...

[slap]

... and that is so you don't forget it. Rise a knight... rise a knight!
Hospitaler
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

[points to head]

and here

[points to heart]

and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not.
Balian
It is a kingdom of conscience, or nothing.
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem
Balian
[almost crying] Who do you think you are? Will you alter the world? Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?Yes.
Imad
Your quality will be known among your enemies, before ever you meet them.
Guy de Lusignan
Reynald de Chatillon
Give me a war.That is what I do.
Balian
A queen never walks. Yet you are walking.
Balian
Saladin
What is Jerusalem worth?Nothing.

[walks away]

Everything!
Balian
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem
Almaric
[to the people of Jerusalem] It has fallen to us, to defend Jerusalem, and we have made our preparations as well as they can be made. None of us took this city from Muslims. No Muslim of the great army now coming against us was born when this city was lost. 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?

[pause]

The wall? The Mosque? The Sepulchre? Who has claim? No one has claim.

[raises his voice]

All have claim!That is blasphemy![to the Patriarch] Be quiet.We defend this city, not to protect these stones, but the people living within these walls.
Godfrey
I once fought two days with an arrow through my testicle.
Sibylla
Balian
What becomes of us?The world will decide. The world always decides.
Hospitaler
Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves.
King Baldwin
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.
Godfrey
Balian
Do you know what lies in the Holy Land? A new world. A man who, in France, had not a house, is, in the Holy Land, the master of a city. He who was the master of a city begs in the gutter. There, at the end of the world, you are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be.I have to find forgiveness. That's all I know.Whatever your position, you are of my house, and that means you will serve the King of Jerusalem.What could a king ask of a man like me?A better world than has ever been seen. A kingdom of conscience. A kingdom of heaven. There is peace between Christian and Muslim. We live together, or between Saladin and the king, we try. Did you think that lay at the end of a Crusade?

[Balian shakes his head]

It does. My son, you are all that survives me. Do not disappoint me.
Guy de Lusignan
Reynald de Chatillon
Templar Master
[approaching a Muslim caravan] This caravan is armed, Reynald.Good. No sport otherwise.They've seen us. Go after them. The rider is getting away.It's broad desert. Nothing will come of it, nothing.I'd prefer not to be hanged before my wife is queen.Don't worry. "Who but Reynald", they'll say. It's always me. They'll believe it in Jerusalem, I assure you. You were at Nazareth, praying.You're a dangerous man, Reynald.If the war's to be now or later, I would have it now. How long can the leper last?God wills it. God wills it!
Angelic Priest
To kill an infidel, the Pope has said, is not murder; it is the path to Heaven.
Imad
[to Balian] ... and if God does not love you, how could you have done the things you have done?
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem
Balian
Convert to Islam... repent later!You've taught me a lot about religion, your Eminence.
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem
King Baldwin
The things that we have left undone plague us as death comes. That is why to the dying there is no comfort but the Lord.Spare me your sermon. Go and prepare your people for the coronation of my nephew.Your confession, my lord.I shall confess to God when I see him... not to you. Now, leave me.
Tiberias
Sibylla
There is a rumour. We must condemn it immediately.Call it treason. And kill those who whisper it.The rumour will die if we show the boy as active...[bursts out] How long before he wears a mask? Will you have one made for him? How did my boy deserve it? Jerusalem is dead, Tiberias. No kingdom is worth my son alive in hell. I will go to hell instead.

[Tiberias steps forth and hugs Sibylla]

Hospitaler
Balian
One may stare into the light, until one becomes the light. I've done it many times.

[throws a rock at a bush that catches fire by the spark]

There's your religion. One spark, a creosote bush. There's your Moses. I did not hear it speak.That does not mean that there is no God. Do you love her?Yes.The heart will mend. Your duty is to the people of the city. I go to pray.For what?For the strength to endure what is to come.And what is to come?The reckoning is to come for what was done one hundred years before. The Muslims will never forget. Nor should they.

[the Hospitaler slowly walks away as a second bush several yards from the burning one catches fire. The Hospitaler is nowhere to be seen in the clear and open desert]

Sibylla
Balian
[walking] Do you fear being with me?No.

[stops]

And yes.[laughs] A woman in my place has two faces; one for the world, and one which she wears in private. With you I'll be only Sibylla.

[hears a noise and turns her head. A servant hides behind a wall]

Tiberias thinks me unpredictable. I am unpredictable.
Balian
Guy de Lusignan
This army will be destroyed, and the city left defenseless.When I wish a blacksmith to advise me in war, I will tell him.Saladin wants you to come out. He is waiting for you to make that mistake.
Balian
Almaric

[a single horsemen is seen in the distance standing on top of a hill]

They are here.It is only one man.No, they are here.

[the camera zooms out and makes the whole Saracen army visible behind the hill]

Hospitaler
If the ribs are broken, the marrow will enter the blood and you will develop fever and die or a cyst will form and you will live.
Saracen Messenger
Guy de Lusignan
The Sultan asks for his sister's body, the heads of those responsible and the surrender of Jerusalem.Does he?What is you reply?This.

[Decapitates the messenger]

Reynald de Chatillon

[after raiding a peaceful caravan]

I am what I am. Someone has to be.
Hospitaler
Godfrey
Are you sorry for all your sins?

[looking at Balian, his illegitimate son]

For all but one.
Balian
Hospitaler
You go with the army?My order is with the army.You go to certain death.All death is certain. I shall tell your father what I've seen you become.

[rides away]

King Baldwin
Tiberias
Saladin has crossed the Jordan with 200,000 men.He will make first for Kerak and Reynald de Chatillon.

[tries to help the King stand up]

My lord.

[rejects the help and stands up by himself]

We must meet him before he reaches Kerak. I will lead the army.My lord, if you travel, you'll die.Send word to Balian to protect the villagers.Assemble the army.

[the Templars cheer]

Richard's Knight
Balian
Richard Coeur de Lion
[last lines]We crusade to recover the kingdom of Jerusalem.Go till the men speak Italian and continue until they speak something else.We come along this road to find Balian of Ibelin, who defended Jerusalem against the Saracens.I am a blacksmith.And I am the king of England.[pauses] I am a blacksmith.
King Baldwin
On your knees... lower. I am... Jerusalem. And you, Reynald, will give me the kiss of peace.

[takes off glove]

Saladin
Balian
Will you yield the city?Before I lose it, I will burn it to the ground. Your holy places - ours. Every last thing in Jerusalem that drives men mad.I wonder if it would not be better if you did.
Saladin

[to Guy de Lusignan]

A king does not kill a king. Were you not close enough to a great king to learn by his example?
Imad
You reap what you sow. You have heard of this, no?
Saladin
King Baldwin
I pray you pull back your cavalry and leave this matter to me.I pray you retire unharmed to Damascus. Reynald of Chatillon will be punished. I swear it. Withdraw or we will all die here.
Saladin
When I'm not King, I quake for Islam.
King Baldwin
[to Sibylla] My beautiful sister. So beautiful. I'm sorry if I've caused you any pain. Remember me as I was.
Saladin
Imad
Who defends?Balian of Ibelin, the son of Godfrey.Godfrey? Godfrey nearly killed me in the Lebanon. Truly, I did not know he had a son.It was his son at Kerak.The one you let live?Yes.Perhaps you should not have.Perhaps I should have had a different teacher.
Almaric
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem
They will ask for terms. We *must* ask for terms.Convert to Islam, repent later.
Imad
Balian

[a Saracen knight yells at Balian in Arabic]

He says, that is his horse.Why would it be his horse?Because it is on his land.I took this horse from the sea.

[Imad translates, the knight yells again]

He says you are a great liar and he will fight you because you are a liar.I have no desire to fight.Then you must give him the horse.

[Balian draws his sword]

Tiberias
[to Balian] May God be with you, he's no longer with me.
King Baldwin
Balian
Come forward. I am glad to meet Godfrey's son. He was one of my greatest teachers. He was there when, playing with the other boys, my arm was cut. It was he, not my father's physicians, who noticed that I felt no pain. He wept when he gave my father the news... that I am a leper. The Saracens say that this disease is God's vengence against the vanity of our kingdom. As wretched as I am, these Arabs believe that the chastisement that awaits me in hell is far more severe and lasting. If that's true, I call it unfair. Come. Sit.

[they sit down on opposite sides of a chessboard]

Do you play?No.The whole world is in chess. Any move can be the death of you. Do anything except remain where you started, and you can't be sure of your end. Were you sure of your end once?I was.What was it?To be buried a hundred yards from where I was born.And now?Now I sit in Jerusalem, and look upon a king.[Baldwin chuckles] When I was sixteen, I won a great victory. I felt in that moment I would live to be a hundred. Now I know I shall not see thirty. None of us know our end, really, or what hand will guide us there. A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power. 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.I will.
Gravedigger
Squire
[first lines]Crusaders.Clear the road, if you will.
Hospitaler
Godfrey

[Approaching the village where Balian lives]

You know this place, my lord?Know it? I know all of it.
Hospitaler
Godfrey
The blacksmith is the man you seek. His name is Balian. But know that he mourns. The burial that we passed at the crossroads was for his wife. Their child died. She was overcome by grief and killed herself.Do you still advise what you advised upon the road?I do, my lord.
Tiberias
Hospitaler
But Saladin and the king between them would make a better world.If it lives only for a while, Tiberias, it still has lived.
Reynald de Chatillon
Saladin
I drink water for what it is.I did not give the cup to you.No, my Lord.A king does not kill a king.
Godfrey
Hospitaler
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.

[cuffs Balian with the back of his hand]

And that's so you remember it.Arise a knight and Baron of Ibelin.
Saladin
Balian
As-Salaam-Alaikum.And peace be with you.
Tiberias
[to Balian] You're your father's son. He was my friend. I'm yours.
Tiberias
Guy de Lusignan
That I would rather live with men than kill them is certainly why you are alive.[Chuckles] That sort of Christianity has its uses, I suppose...
Tiberias
Reynald de Chatillon
There will be a day, Reynald de Chatillon, when you will no longer be protected by your title.Oh? And when will that be?
Hospitaler
Godfrey
Guy de Lusignan

[while tending to Godfrey's wounds]

When shall we stop this madness?It will soon be beyond my concern.

[Guy de Lusignan and his knights walk over to the campsite]

[pointing at Balian] Who is this?My son.Would I had fought you when you were still capable of making bastards.

[he laughs]

I knew your mother when she was making hers. Fortunately, you're too old to be one of mine.[Guy laughs again] All will be settled.
King Baldwin
I felt in that moment that I would live to be a hundred. Now I know I shall not see thirty.
Sibylla
There will be a day when you will wish you had done a little evil to do a greater good.
Balian
God will understand, my lord. And if he doesn't, then he is not God and we need not worry.
Godfrey
Get me some more wine.
Guy de Lusignan
Tiberias
[about Sibylla] My wife does not lament my absences. And is either the best of wives... or the very, very worst.

[leaves]

[to Sibylla as a toast] To the very best of wives.
Hospitaler
[to Balian] You sail now for Jerusalem as your father wished. If God has purpose for you there, he'll keep you safe in his hands.

[pauses]

If not, God bless you.
Balian
Such as we are... you will be.
King Baldwin
Balian
If you continue like this, I shall have to find some use for you. If God can spare you, that is.God does not know me.Yes, but I do.
Reynald de Chatillon
Tiberias
Who says I raid?That witness, all of Jerusalem, Holy God! - and me.
Templar Master
Guy de Lusignan
Tiberias
We should meet the enemies of God!And so we shall.Then you do so without my knights.Then I will have the glory, Tiberias. You had yours, years ago. It's time for mine.
Tiberias
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.
Imad
This is not a very good horse... I will not keep him.

[he hands the reins to Balian]

Godfrey
[Director's Cut, before caving in his nephew's skull]Thank my brother for his love!
Odo
Balian
Have you been at war?On horse. And as an engineer also.Against whom and for whom did you fight?For one lord against another, on a point which cannot be remembered.There's better game now: one God against another. The pay is proportionate.

[chuckles]

Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem
Balian
When a body is burnt, it cannot be resurrected until Judgment Day.If we do not burn these bodies, we will all be dead of disease in three days. God will understand, my lord. And if he doesn't... then he is not God, and we need not worry.
Balian

[praying to his wife]

How can you be in hell when you're in my heart.
Priest
You always turn the other cheek. I think that you conceive yourself without sin... that is a sin!
Hospitaler
Balian

[while watching the public execution of some Templars in Jerusalem]

The king has made a peace with Saladin these past six years. He holds Jerusalem as a place of prayer for all faiths, as the Muslims did before we came. These men are Templars. They killed Arabs.So they are dying for what the Pope would command them to do.Yes... but not Christ, I think. Nor this king.
Reynald de Chatillon
Tiberias
Muslim Grandee

[at a hearing in Tiberias' chambers]

Who says I raid?That witness... all of Jerusalem... Holy God... and me.That "witness," if you call him that, is a Saracen. He lies.There will come a day, Reynald de Chatillon, when you are not protected by your title.Oh? When will that be? Alert me, Tiberias, when men are equal and the Kingdom of Heaven has arrived.Those Templars have been hung for a raid that I KNOW you commanded!Prove it. I will wait at Kerak until you do.The king will take your castle of Kerak, Reynald.Try to take it, Tiberias. I'll be there.

[he walks out with a dirty look at the Saracen witness]

[in Arabic] You're letting him go? Why are you letting him go?I cannot protect your caravans unless you agree to be escorted by our soldiers.[in English] I trade to make money, not to offend God by associating with Christians.

[hefting a sack of money]

But you will take Christian gold.Gold is gold.

[Tiberias tosses it to him]

Of course.
Reynald de Chatillon
Guy de Lusignan
Do you really think the king wants you head of the army once he's gone? Hm? Think your wife does?I have a problem.Ah, yes. Balian. I saw him at Kerak. Celebrated.

[he leans in close to Guy]

You must beware a popular man. Kill him.
Gravedigger
Sibylla

[Sybilla has cut her hair and disguised herself as a common nurse]

You are not a sister.We are what we do.Then I'm a man who's traveled a long way to die for nothing. What would you say to that?

[Balian walks by and Sybilla turns away]

I would say that I'm sorry.And I'm sorry for you... Queen of Jerusalem.
English Sergeant
Balian

[walking along the waterfront at Messina]

When we took the Holy Land, we took the Saracen trading ports. The Italian ships carry silks and spices... and pilgrims, if they have money. And Italy becomes rich, as the Savior intended.

[Balian sees a group of men praying on the beach]

Who are those men?Muslims. Saracens.And they are allowed their prayers?If they pay the tax. "Subhana Rabbi'l Adhim."

[he turns to Balian]

"Praise be to God. It is proper to praise him."Sounds like our prayers.
Village Sheriff
Godfrey
I am the son of Roger de...Take your helmet off while addressing me.

[the knight takes off his helmet and clears his throat]

I am the son of Roger de Cormier.

[Godfrey stares at him]

I am accorded the privilege of ransom.This is true.

[he walks away while the English sergeant drives a pickaxe through the knight's skull]

Godfrey
Balian
[Balian catches up with Godfrey's group after killing the village priest]If you've come to kill me... even these days, it is not easy. Well?I have done... murder.Haven't we all.Is it true that in Jerusalem I can erase my sins... and those of my wife? Is it true?We can find out together.
Mullah
Saladin
Imad
[the mullah pays a visit to Saladin in his tent after the battle at Kerak]Why did we retire? Why? God did not favor them. God alone determines the results of battles.The results of battles ARE determined by God, but also by preparation, numbers, the absence of disease, and the availability of water. One cannot maintain a siege with the enemy behind. How many battles did God win for the Muslims before I came... that is, before God determined that I should come?Few enough. That's because we were sinful.It is because you were unprepared.If you think that way, you shall not be king for long.

[Saladin rises to his feet]

When I'm not king, I quake for Islam. Thank you for your visit.

[the mullah does not budge; Saladin takes a step forward and extends his hand]

Thank you for your visit.

[the mullah takes his meaning and grasps the offered hand]

You promised. You promised to return Jerusalem. Don't forget.

[he leaves]

If I do not deliver war, I have no peace.The King of Jerusalem will die soon. When he is dead, the boy will become king of a kingdom he cannot control. The Christians will make the war you need.
Imad
Saracen Engineer
Mullah
/p>[discussing how to break Jerusalem's defenses]

The wall where the Christopher Gate used to be has been weakened.Yes, usually when a gate is blocked in, it is weaker than the wall around it.Or stronger.It is weaker, Rashid has seen it. This will be our door into Jerusalem.
Almaric
Balian
You must have known him.What?Since you carry Godfrey's sword, you must have known him.I did.A man my size?Yes.And green eyes?

[Balian hesitates for a moment before he realizes what is going on]

Blue.[pause] Come with us... my lord.

[Almaric and his men bow to Balian]

Mullah

[just before the final assault on Jerusalem]

Brothers! Brothers! God has sent you this day! You will take no prisoners! As they did, so shall it be done! Allahu akbar!

[Muslim Soldiers]:Allahu akbar!

Allahu akbar!

[Muslim Soldiers]:Allahu akbar!

Allahu akbar!

[Muslim Soldiers]:Allahu akbar!

Godfrey
Balian
It was not that they had no right to take you, it was the way they asked.They had the right to take me.So do I.
Balian
Saladin

[Saladin has just offered safe conduct in his terms]

When the Christians captured Jerusalem, they massacred every Muslim in the city walls...I am not those men.