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A Quote for Monday

Posted by don_socal socal (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 13, 12 at 11:26

The Lion in Winter (1968)
Screenwriter(s): James Goldman

Origins of War - and Peace

Play clip (excerpt): The Lion in Winter

In the year 1183, Eleanor of Aquitaine's (Katharine Hepburn) annoyed, despairing lecture to her sons about the origins of war -- and peace, and how humans were barbarians:

Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war, not history's forces, nor the times, nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing. We are the killers. We breed wars. We carry it like syphilis inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten. For the love of God, can't we love one another just a little? That's how peace begins. We have so much to love each other for. We have such possibilities, my children. We could change the world.

Here is a link that might be useful: Best Film Speeches and Monologues 1968-1969

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RE: A Quote for Monday

It hasn't happened yet!

Do you think that humanity will ever learn?

RE: A Quote for Monday

It's a beautiful speech - and then it was mostly localized and people were whacking at each other, but now it's so impersonal and nasty, maybe it will get to be too much, maybe our children's children will get it

RE: A Quote for Monday

So, did any woman start a war?

RE: A Quote for Monday

"When will they ever learn, when will the ever learn".
(From "Where have all the flowers gone....)

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