Quotes from the Movie BenHur 1959

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

They were dead...in the prison, when I was waiting for news of my father...Oh Judah, you have come to the end of your search. It's over now...Judah, Judah, forget, forget, forget Messala. Go back to Rome.

Esther

Life is everlasting. Death is nothing to fear if you have faith.

Esther

Citizens. I welcome you to these games in the name of your Emperor, the divine Tiberius. We dedicate them to his glory and to the glory of Rome of which you are all part.

Pontius Pilate

That was a great victory. You were the people's one true god for the time being. Permit us to worship.

Pontius Pilate

I see this terrible thing in your eyes, Judah Ben-Hur. But no matter what this man has done to you, you've no right to take his life. He will be punished inevitably.

Balthasar of Alexandria

Anno Domini - In the year of our Lord, Judea for nearly a century had lain under the mastery of Rome. In the seventh year of the reign of Augustus Caesar, an imperial decree ordered every Judean each to return to his place of birth to be counted and taxed. Converging ways of many of them led to the gates of their capital city Jerusalem, the troubled heart of their land...Even while they obeyed the will of Caesar, the people clung proudly to their ancient heritage always remembering the promise of their prophets that one day there would be born among them a Redeemer to bring them salvation and perfect freedom.

Narrator

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