The English Patient

The English Patient quotes

81 total quotes (ID: 753)

Count Laszlo de Almásy
David Caravaggio
Geoffrey Clifton
Katharine Clifton
Kirpal Singh (Kip)

Hana was just telling me that you were indifferent. . . to her cooking. [to Kip]

I have come to love that little tap of the fingernail against the syringe. Tap… Tap… Tap. [to Caravaggio]

It wouldn't be make believe if you believed in me. [Almásy singing the tune It's Only a Paper Moon (by Harold Arlen, Billy Rose, and E. Y. Harburg)]

Read to me will you? Read me to sleep. [to Hana]

I must be a curse. Anybody who loves me, anybody who gets close to me. . . —or I must be cursed. Which is it?

It's raining. [to Almásy]

Dec. 22nd [1938] — Betrayals during war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire. For the heart is an organ of fire— I love that. I believe that. [Reading Almásy's note on the Christmas firecracker]

I've been thinking—how does someone like you decide to come to the desert? [to Almásy]

And that would be unconscionable, I suppose, to feel any obligation? Yes. Of course it would. [to Almásy]

I'm not one of the walking wounded. It's only one night. Besides, if I remain it's the most effective method of persuading my husband to abandon whatever he's doing and come and rescue us.

This is not very good is it? [to Almásy]

Am I a terrible coward to ask how much water we have? [to Almásy]

Yes is a comfort. Absolutely is not. [to Almásy]

You still have sand in your hair. [to Almásy]

A woman should never learn to sew, and if she can she shouldn't admit to it. [to Almásy]