Quotes from the Movie BenHur 1959

I believe in the future of my people.

Judah Ben-Hur

You may conquer the land, you may slaughter the people. That is not the end. We will rise again.

Judah Ben-Hur

Rome is an affront to God. Rome is strangling my people and my country and the whole earth, but not forever. I tell you, the day Rome falls, there will be a shout of freedom such as the world has never heard before.

Judah Ben-Hur

May God grant me vengeance. I pray that you live till I return.

Judah Ben-Hur

Find them Messala! Restore them to me, and I will forget what I have vowed with every stroke of that oar you chained me to. Don't disappoint me, Messala.

Judah Ben-Hur

God forgive me for seeking vengeance. But my path is set and into your hands I commit my life. Do with me as you will.

Judah Ben-Hur

Drusus, as a boy I dreamed of commanding this garrison. And now the wheel has turned. I am in command.

Messala

Drusus, as a boy I dreamed of commanding this garrison. And now the wheel has turned. I am in command.

Messala

There is rebellion in the wind. It will be crushed.

Messala

Be wise, Judah. It's a Roman world. If you want to live in it, you must become part of it...I tell you, Judah, it's no accident that one small village on the Tiber was chosen to rule the world...It wasn't just our legions...No, it was fate that chose us to civilize the world - and we have. Our roads and our ships connect every corner of the earth, Roman law, architecture, literature and the glory of the human race.

Messala

It's an insane world, but in it there's one sanity, the loyalty of old friends. Judah, we must believe in one another.

Messala

I wanted your help. Now you have given it to me. By making this example of you, I discourage treason. By condemning, without hesitation, an old friend, I shall be feared.

Messala

This is the day Judah. It's between us now.

Messala

You have the spirit to fight back but the good sense to control it. Your eyes are full of hate, Forty-One. That's good. Hate keeps a man alive. It gives him strength.

Quintus Arrius

You are all condemned men. We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well and live.

Quintus Arrius

You will never escape while we are victorious. If we are not, you will sink with this ship, chained to your oar.

Quintus Arrius

In his eagerness to save you, your God has also saved the Roman fleet.

Quintus Arrius

I think you'll find the people changed since you were a boy...They won't pay their taxes in a rational resentment of Rome...then there's religion. I'll tell you, they're drunk with religion, smash the statues of our gods, even those of the Emperor.

Sextus

There's also a wild man in the desert named John the Baptist and a young carpenter's son who goes around doing magic tricks, miracles they call them...This man is different. He teaches that God is near, in every man. It's actually quite profound, some of it.

Sextus

You think you can treat my horses like animals? Cows and goats, that's all you're fit for! Get off, idiot!

Sheik Ilderim

One wife? One god, that I can understand - but one wife! That is not civilized. It is not generous.

Sheik Ilderim

Judah Ben-Hur, my people are praying for a man who can drive their team to victory over Messala. You could be that man! You could be the one to stamp this Roman's arrogance into the sand of that arena. You've seen my horses. They need only a driver who is worthy of them. One who would rule them with love and not the whip. For such a man, they would have raced the wind.

Sheik Ilderim

The Star of David, will shine out for your people and my people together and blind the eyes of Rome.

Sheik Ilderim

I've seen too much what hate can do. My father is burned up with it. But I've heard of a young brother who says that forgiveness is greater and love more powerful than hatred. I believe it.

Esther

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