Schindler's List Quotes

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.

Schindler's List



Schindler's List

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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.


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Quotes from Schindler's List

Itzhak Stern: It's Hebrew, it's from the Talmud. It says, "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire."

Oskar Schindler: Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't.

Amon Goeth: You think that's power?

Oskar Schindler: That's what the Emperor said. A man steals something, he's brought in before the Emperor, he throws himself down on the ground. He begs for his life, he knows he's going to die. And the Emperor... pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.

Amon Goeth: I think you are drunk.

Oskar Schindler: That's power, Amon. That is power.

Itzhak Stern: This list... is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.

Oskar Schindler: Stern, if this factory ever produces a shell that can actually be fired, I'll be very unhappy.

Oskar Schindler: In every business I tried, I can see now, it wasn't me that failed. Something was missing. Even if I'd known what it was, there's nothing I could have done about it because you can't create this thing. And it makes all the difference in the world between success and failure.

Emilie Schindler: Luck?

Oskar Schindler: [Schindler kisses his wife's hand and smiles] War.

[last title card]

Title card: There are fewer than 4000 Jews left alive in Poland today. There are more than 6000 descendants of the Schindler Jews.

Amon Goeth: You want these people?

Oskar Schindler: These people. My people. I want my people.

Amon Goeth: Who are you? Moses?

Oskar Schindler: How are you doing, Rabbi?

Rabbi Menasha Lewartow: Good, Herr Direktor.

Oskar Schindler: The sun is going down.

Rabbi Menasha Lewartow: Yes it is.

Oskar Schindler: What day is it? Friday? It is Friday, isn't it?

Rabbi Menasha Lewartow: Is it?

Oskar Schindler: What's the matter with you? You should be preparing for the Sabbath, shouldn't you. I've got some wine in my office. Come.

Itzhak Stern: How many cigarettes have you smoked tonight?

Oskar Schindler: Too many.

Itzhak Stern: For every one you smoke, I smoke half.

Itzhak Stern: By law I have to tell you, sir, I'm a Jew.

Oskar Schindler: Well, I'm a German, so there we are.

[to Stern, upon closing the factory deal]

Oskar Schindler: My father was fond of saying you need three things in life - a good doctor, a forgiving priest, and a clever accountant. The first two, I've never had much use for.

Amon Goeth: Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it. Six hundred years ago, when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great - so called - told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. They came with nothing. And they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.

Amon Goeth: This is very cruel, Oskar. You're giving them hope. You shouldn't do that. *That's* cruel!

Oskar Schindler: What are you doing? These are mine. These are my workers. They should be on my train. They're skilled munitions workers. They're essential. Essential girls!

[shows the guard Danka Dresner's hand]

Oskar Schindler: Their fingers polish the inside of shell metal casings. How else am I to polish the inside of a 45 millimeter shell casing? You tell me. You tell me!

S.S. Guard: [to the girls he has been herding away from their parents] Back on the train!

[Stern brings a report to Schindler at lunchtime]

Oskar Schindler: I could try to read this or I could eat my lunch while it's still hot. We're doing well?

Itzhak Stern: Yes.

Oskar Schindler: Better this month than last?

Itzhak Stern: Yes.

Oskar Schindler: Any reason to think next month will be worse?

Itzhak Stern: The war could end.

Reiter: I'm a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Milan.

Amon Goeth: Ah, an educated Jew... like Karl Marx himself. Unterscharführer!

Hujar: Jawohl?

Amon Goeth: Shoot her.

Reiter: Herr Kommandant! I'm only trying to do my job!

Amon Goeth: Ja, I'm doing mine.

Chaim Nowak: Not essential? I think you misunderstand the meaning of the word. I teach history and literature, since when it's not essential?

[Goeth admires Schindler's his suit]

Amon Goeth: It has a nice sheen to it. What is it, silk?

Oskar Schindler: Of course! I'd say I'd get you one but the man who made it's probably dead.

Emilie Schindler: I will only stay if you promise me, no doorman or maitre d will ever mistake anyone but me for Mrs. Oscar Schindler.

Emilie Schindler: [Next shot she is going away on a train] Good-bye!

Oskar Schindler: Good-bye!

Wilhelm Kunde: [Goeth is being driven round the Ghetto in an open top car] This street divides the ghetto just about in half. On the right, Ghetto A, civil employees, industrial workers and so on. On the left, Ghetto B, surplus labor, the elderly and infirm, mostly, which is where you will want to start. Any questions?

Amon Goeth: Ja. Why is the top down? I'm fucking freezing.

Oskar Schindler: [Schindler and Stern are writing the list] How many?

Itzhak Stern: 400, 450.

Oskar Schindler: More. More.

Amon Goeth: [Touching his reflection in a mirror] I pardon you.

Oskar Schindler: Look, all you have to do is tell me what it's worth to you. What's a person worth to you?

Amon Goeth: No, no, no, no. What's one worth to you!

Mr. Lowenstein: I am an essential worker.

First S.S. Guard: Essential worker!

Mr. Lowenstein: Yes! I work for Oskar Schindler.

First S.S. Guard: Essential worker for Oskar Schindler.

Mr. Lowenstein: Yes!

Second S.S. Guard: A one-armed Jew. Twice as useless.

Itzhak Stern: Let me understand. They put up all the money. I do all the work. What, if you don't mind my asking, would you do?

Oskar Schindler: I'd make sure it's known the company's in business. I'd see that it had a certain panache. That's what I'm good at. Not the work, not the work... the presentation.

Reiter: [about to be shot] It will take more than that.

S.S. Guard: I'm sure you're right.

[shoots her]

Displaced Jew: Last night I dreamt I was living in a room with ten people I didn't know, and I wake up to find I'm living in a room with ten people I don't know!


Displaced Jew 2: You laugh at this?

Displaced Jew: I have to laugh!

Itzhak Stern: What did Goeth say about this? You just told him how many people you needed, and...

[suddenly realizing what Schindler is planning]

Itzhak Stern: You're *not* buying them?

[Schindler says nothing; Stern is stunned]

Itzhak Stern: You're *buying* them? You're paying him for each of these names?

Oskar Schindler: If you were still were still working for me, I'd expect you to talk me out of it. It's costing me a fortune.

SS Guard #1: [during the clearing of the Krakow Ghetto, two SS Guards stop and listen to a SS officer playing a piano in which a Jew was hiding]

SS Guard #1: Was ist das? Ist das Bach?

SS Guard #2: Nein.

SS Guard #1: Ist das Bach?

SS Guard #2: Nein. Mozart.

SS Guard #1: Mozart?

SS Guard #2: Ja.

Oskar Schindler: You'd leave a lady alone at a table in a place like this?

[to Agnieska]

Oskar Schindler: Sweetheart, you're the picture of loneliness.

Amon Goeth: The truth, Helen, is always the right answer.

Oskar Schindler: They won't soon forget the name "Oskar Schindler" around here. "Oskar Schindler," they'll say, "Everybody remembers him. He did something extraordinary. He did what no one else did. He came with nothing, a suitcase, and built a bankrupt company into a major manufactory. And left with a steamer trunk, two steamer trunks, of money. All the riches of the world."

[it's a scorching hot day and the Jews are packed into the cattle cars]

Oskar Schindler: What do you say we get your fire hoses out here and hose down the cars? Indulge me.

Amon Goeth: Hujar.

Albert Hujar: Yes sir?

Amon Goeth: Bring the fire hoses.

Albert Hujar: Where's the fire?

[Schindler and Goeth laugh]

[after Schindler pulls him off a train bound for the work camps]

Itzhak Stern: Somehow I left my work card at home. I tried to explain to them that it was a mistake, but... I'm sorry. It was stupid!

Oskar Schindler: What if I got here five minutes later? Then where would I be?

[last lines]

Amon Goeth: [about to be hanged] Heil Hitler.

Oskar Schindler: [Puts a a bag of diamonds down as a bribe] I'm not making any judgments about you. I just know that in the coming months, people are going to need more portable wealth.

Rudolph Hoss: I could have you arrested.

Oskar Schindler: I'm protected by powerful friends. You should know that.

Rudolph Hoss: I do not say that I am accepting them. All I say is that I'm not comfortable with them on the table.

[pockets diamonds]

[Oskar Schindler has been arrested for kissing a Jewish girl]

Julian Scherner: We give you a Jewish girl at five marks a day, Oskar. You should kiss us, not them. God forbid you ever get a real taste for Jewish skirt, there's no future in it. They don't have a future. That's not just good old fashioned Jew hating talk. It's policy now.

Itzhak Stern: Do you have any money hidden away someplace that I don't know about?

Oskar Schindler: No. Why, am I broke?

Itzhak Stern: Uh, well...

[watching the incineration of Jews' bodies outside Krakow]

Amon Goeth: Can you believe this? As if I don't have enough to do, they come up with this? I have to find every rag buried up here and burn it. The party's over, Oskar. They're closing us down, sending everybody to Auschwitz.

Oskar Schindler: When?

Amon Goeth: I don't know. As soon as I can arrange the shipments, maybe thirty, forty days. That ought to be fun.

Oskar Schindler: Boxed teas are good - coffee, pâté... um, kielbasa sausage, cheeses, beluga caviar. And of course, who could live without German cigarettes? As many as you can find. Some more fresh fruit, the real rarities - oranges, lemons, pineapples. I'll need several boxes of Cuban cigars, the best. And dark unsweetened chocolate, not in the shape of lady fingers - the chunk chocolate, as big as my hand, you sample at wine tastings. I'm going to need lots of cognac, the best, Hennessy. Dom Pérignon champagne... Um, get L'Espadon sardines. And, oh - try to find nylon stockings.

Oskar Schindler: Why do you drink that motor oil? I send you good stuff all the time. Your liver's going to explode like a grenade.

Oskar Schindler: I kissed a Jewish girl.

Prisoner: Did your prick fall off?


Oskar Schindler: I go to work the other day. Nobody's there. Nobody tells me about this, I have to find out. I have to go in... everybody's gone.

Amon Goeth: No... no. They're not gone. They're here.

Oskar Schindler: They're MINE! Every day that goes by I'm losing money, every worker that is shot cost's me money, I have to find somebody else, I have to train them.

Amon Goeth: Don't be making so much money, none of this is going to matter.

Oskar Schindler: It's bad business.

S.S. Guard: You did this? You stole the chicken?

Child: [shakes his head]

S.S. Guard: But you know who did?

Child: [points at the dead body] Him!

Oskar Schindler: War brings out the worst in people.

Amon Goeth: One of you is a very lucky girl. There is an opening for a job away from all this back-breaking work, in my new villa. Umm, which of you has domestic experience? Ja, on second thought, I don't really want someone else's maid. All those annoying habits I'd have to undo.

Rolf Czurda: A one-armed Machinist, Oskar?

Oskar Schindler: He was a Metal-Press Operator! Quite skilled.

Itzhak Stern: [Oskar has apparently handed him cyanide capsules] Don't let things fall apart, Oskar. I work too hard.

Oskar Schindler: Someday this is all going to end, you know. I was going to say we'll have a drink then.

Itzhak Stern: I think I'd better have it now.

Oskar Schindler: So the man can turn out a hinge in less than a minute, why the long story?

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