The Prince of Egypt

The Prince of Egypt quotes

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Rameses


Moses: No kingdom should be made on the backs of slaves. Rameses, your stubbornness is bringing this misery upon Egypt. It would cease if you would only let the Hebrews go.
Rameses: I will not be dictated to, I will not be threatened. I am the morning and the evening star, I am Pharaoh!
Moses: Something else is coming, something much worse than anything before. Please, let go of your contempt for life before it destroys everthing you hold dear! Think of your son!
Rameses: I do. You Hebrews have been nothing but trouble. My father had the right idea about how to deal with your people, and it's time I finish the job. And there shall be a great cry in all of Egypt, such as never has been or ever will be again!
Moses: Rameses, you bring this upon yourself.


Moses: Rameses, let my people go!
Rameses: Still gnawing away on that bone, are we? [to his guards] Carry on.
Moses: You cannot keep ignoring us!
Rameses: Enough. I will hear no more of this Hebrew nonsense. [to his guards] Bring him to me.

Moses: Rameses?
Rameses: Let me guess. You want me to... let your people go.
Moses: I... hoped I might find you here.
Rameses: Get out! [throws a bowl at him]
Moses: Ramses, we must bring this to an end. [pause] Come on, talk to me. We could always talk here. [pause] This place... so many memories... I remember the time you... [chuckles] switched the heads of the gods in the Temple of Ra.
Rameses: If I recall correctly, you were there switching heads right along with me.
Moses: No, that was you, I didn't do that.
Rameses: Yes you did. You put the hippo on the crocodile and the crocodile...
Moses: [remembers] ...on the falcon.
Rameses: Yes! And the priests thought it was a horrible omen and fasted for two months! Father was furious! You were always getting me into trouble! [pauses and smiles] But then... you were always there to get me... out of trouble again. Why can't things be the way they were before?

Rameses: Abandon this futile mission, Moses! I've indulged you long enough! This must now be finished!
Moses: No, Rameses. It is only beginning.

Rameses: Come on, Moses, admit it. You've always looked up to me.
Moses: Yes, but it's not much of a view!

Rameses: Second born, second place!
Moses: Not for long!

Rameses: The weak link in the chain. That's what he called me.
Moses: Well, you are rather pathetic.
Rameses: Irresponsible, ignorant of the traditions. He practically accused me of bringing down the dynasty.
Moses: Yeah, I can see that now. There go the pyramids! [laughs]
Rameses: You can laugh about it.
Moses: Statues crumbling and toppling, the Nile drying up, you will singlehandedly bring the greatest kingdom on Earth to ruins!
Rameses: Tell me this, Moses, tell me this: why is it that every time you start something, I'm the one who ends up in trouble?

[After Rameses and Moses have wrecked the statues]
Seti: Why do the gods torment me with such reckless, destructive, blasphemous sons?
Rameses: Father, hear what I say...
Seti: Be still, Pharaoh speaks. I seek to build an empire, and your only goal is to amuse yourselves by tearing it down. Have I taught you nothing?
Hotep: You mustn't be so hard on yourself, Your Majesty. You're an excellent teacher.
Huy: It's not you fault your sons learned nothing.
Hotep: Well, they learned blasphemy.
Huy: True. [They both leave]
Moses: Father, the fault was mine: I goaded Rameses on, and so I am responsible.
Seti: Responsible. And do you know the meaning of that word, Rameses?
Rameses: I understand, Father.
Seti: And do you understand the task from which your birth has destined you? The ancient traditions: when I pass into the next world, then you will be the morning and the evening star.
Rameses: One damaged temple does not destroy centuries of tradition.
Seti: But one weak link can break the chain of a mighty dynasty!
[The Queen relieves him]
Seti: You have my leave to go.
Rameses: Father...
[The Queen stops him and he leaves, offended]
Moses: Father, you know it was really my fault. Must you be so hard on him?
Seti: Moses, you will never have to carry a burden like the crown I will pass to Rameses. He must not allow himself to be lead astray, not even by you, my son.
Moses: All he cares about is... is your approval. I know he will lift up to your expectations. He only needs the opportunity.
Seti: Maybe, maybe so. Go now, I shall see you both tonight.

[first lines]
Overseers: [chanting] Mud... sand... water... straw. Faster! Mud... and lift... sand... and pull... water... and raise up! Straw... faster!
Hebrews: [singing] With the sting of the whip on my shoulder, with the salt of my sweat on my brow... Elohim, God on high, can you hear your people cry? Help us now, this dark hour... Deliver us, hear our call, deliver us, Lord of all! Remember us, here in the burning sand! Deliver us, there's a land you promised us! Deliver us to the promised land!

[Moses discovers, to his great dismay, that the pharaoh was responsible for the butchery of thousands of Hebrew children.]
Pharaoh Seti: The Hebrews grew too numerous. They might have risen against us.
Moses: [On the brink of tears] Father, tell me you didn't do this.
Pharaoh Seti: Moses, sometimes, for the greater good, sacrifices must be made.
Moses: Sacrifices?
Pharaoh Seti: [Taking Moses tenderly into his arms] Oh, my son...they were only slaves.

[Moses has fallen into Jethro's well]
Tzipporah: What are you girls doing?
Sister: We're trying to get the funny man out of the well!
Tzipporah: Trying to get the funny man out of the well. Well that's one I've never heard before. [she looks down the well] Oh! Oh, my! Don't worry down there! We'll get you out! Hold on! [she sees it is Moses] You! [she lets go of the rope, nods and saunters away]
Sister: That's why papa says she'll never get married.

I will not be the weak link! Tell your people as of today, their work load has been doubled, thanks to your God. Or is it thanks... to you?

You and your people have my permission to go. Leave me!