Schindler's List Quotes

Amon Goeth : They cast a spell on you, you know, the Jews. When you work closely with them, like I do, you see this. They have this power. It's like a virus. Some of my men are infected with this virus. They should be pitied, not punished. They should receive treatment because this is as real as typhus. I see it all the time. It's a matter of money? Hmm?

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

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Itzhak Stern : How many cigarettes have you smoked tonight?
Oskar Schindler : Too many.
Itzhak Stern : For every one you smoke, I smoke half.

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

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

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

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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. With nothing they came and with nothing 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.

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Reiter : I'm a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Milan.
Amon Goeth : Ah, an educated Jew... like Karl Marx himself. Unterscharfuehrer!
Hujar : Jawohl?
Amon Goeth : Shoot her.
Reiter : Herr Kommandant! I'm only trying to do my job!
Amon Goeth : Ja, I'm doing mine.

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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!

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Amon Goeth : I would like so much to reach out to you and touch you in your loneliness. What would it be like, I wonder? What would be wrong with that? I realize that you are not a person in the strictest sense of the word, but, um, maybe you're right about that too. Maybe what's wrong, it's not us, it's this... I mean, when they compare you to vermin, to rodents and to lice. I just, uh, you make a good point. You make a very good point. Is this the face of a rat? Are these the eyes of a rat? "Hath not a Jew eyes?" I feel for you Helen. [ leaning forward to kiss her ]
Amon Goeth : No, I don't think so. You Jewish bitch, you nearly talked me into it, didn't you?

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Oskar Schindler : I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don't know. If I'd just... I could have got more.
Itzhak Stern : Oskar, there are eleven hundred people who are alive because of you. Look at them.
Oskar Schindler : If I'd made more money... I threw away so much money. You have no idea. If I'd just...
Itzhak Stern : There will be generations because of what you did.
Oskar Schindler : I didn't do enough!
Itzhak Stern : You did so much. [ Schindler looks at his car ]
Oskar Schindler : This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people. [ removing Nazi pin from lapel ]
Oskar Schindler : This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern. For this. [ sobbing ]
Oskar Schindler : I could have gotten one more person... and I didn't! And I... I didn't!

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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.

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Amon Goeth : You want these people?
Oskar Schindler : These people. My people. I want my people.
Amon Goeth : Who are you? Moses?

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Helen Hirsch : My first day here, he beat me because I threw out the bones from dinner. He came down at midnight and asked for them. And I asked him, I don't know how, I could never ask him now, I said, "Why are you beating me?" He said, "The reason I beat you now is because you ask why I beat you."
Oskar Schindler : I am sorry for your troubles, Helen.
Helen Hirsch : I have accepted them.
Oskar Schindler : Accepted them?
Helen Hirsch : One day, he will shoot me.
Oskar Schindler : No, he won't shoot you.
Helen Hirsch : He will. I see things. We were on the roof on Monday, young Lisiek and I and we saw the Herr Kommandant come out of the house on the patio right there below us and he drew his gun and shot a woman who was passing by. Just a woman with a bundle, just shot her through the throat. She was just a woman on her way somewhere, she was no faster or slower or fatter or thinner than anyone else and I couldn't guess what had she done. The more you see of the Herr Kommandant the more you see there are no set rules you can live by, you cannot say to yourself, "If I follow these rules, I will be safe."
Oskar Schindler : He won't shoot you because he enjoys you too much. He enjoys you so much he won't even let you wear the star. He doesn't want anyone to know it's a Jew he's enjoying. He shot the woman from the steps because she meant nothing to him. She was just one of a series neither offending him or pleasing him.

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

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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.

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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.

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Oskar Schindler : I've been speaking to Goeth.
Itzhak Stern : I know the destination. These are the evacuation orders, I'm to help arrange the shipments, put myself on the last train.
Oskar Schindler : That's not what I was going to say. I made Goeth promise to put in a good word for you. Nothing bad is going to happen to you there, you'll receive special treatment.
Itzhak Stern : The directives coming in from Berlin talk about "special treatment" more and more often. I'd like to think that's not what you mean.
Oskar Schindler : Preferential treatment. All right? Do we have to create a new language?
Itzhak Stern : I think so.

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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.

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[ 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.

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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.

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

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[ 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.

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[ Addressing his workers at the end of the war ]
Oskar Schindler : The unconditional surrender of Germany has just been announced. At midnight tonight, the war is over. Tomorrow you'll begin the process of looking for survivors of your families. In most cases... you won't find them. After six long years of murder, victims are being mourned throughout the world. We've survived. Many of you have come up to me and thanked me. Thank yourselves. Thank your fearless Stern, and others among you who worried about you and faced death at every moment. I am a member of the Nazi Party. I'm a munitions manufacturer. I'm a profiteer of slave labor. I am... a criminal. At midnight, you'll be free and I'll be hunted. I shall remain with you until five minutes after midnight, after which time - and I hope you'll forgive me - I have to flee. [ He addresses the factory's SS guards ]
Oskar Schindler : I know you have received orders from our commandant, which he has received from his superiors, to dispose of the population of this camp. Now would be the time to do it. Here they are; they're all here. This is your opportunity. Or, you could leave, and return to your families as men instead of murderers. [ the guards gradually exit; he addresses the workers again ]
Oskar Schindler : In memory of the countless victims among your people, I ask us to observe three minutes of silence.

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[ Goethe 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.

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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."

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[ first lines ] [ a Hebrew prayer is chanted, followed by a flashback to 1940s Poland ]
Krakow registrar : Name?

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Amon Goeth : Oskar, there's a clerical error here at the bottom of the last page.
Oskar Schindler : No, there's one more name I want to put there. I'll never find a maid as well trained as her at Brinnlitz. They are all country girls.
Amon Goeth : [ referring to Helen ] No. No.
Oskar Schindler : One hand of 21. If you win, I pay you 7400 Reichmarks. Hit a natural and I make it 14800. If I win, the girl goes on my list.
Amon Goeth : I can't wager Helen in a card game.
Oskar Schindler : Why not?
Amon Goeth : Wouldn't be right.
Oskar Schindler : She's going to Auschwitz on Number Two anyway. What difference does it make?
Amon Goeth : She's not going to Auschwitz. I'd never do that to her. No, I want her to come back to Vienna with me. I want her to come to work for me there. I want to grow old with her.
Oskar Schindler : Are you mad? Amon, you can't take her to Vienna with you.
Amon Goeth : No, of course I can't. That's what I'd like to do. What I can do, if I'm any sort of a man is the next most merciful thing. I should take her into the woods and shoot her painlessly in the back of the head.
Amon Goeth : What was it you said for a natural 21? Was it 14800?

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[ 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.

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Amon Goeth : Scherner told me something else about you.
Oskar Schindler : Yeah, what's that?
Amon Goeth : That you know the meaning of the word 'gratitude.' That it's not some vague thing with you like it is with others. You want to stay where you are. You've got things going on the side, things are good. You don't want anybody telling you what to do. I can understand all that. You know, I know you... What you want is your own sub-camp. Do you have any idea what's involved? The paperwork alone? Forget you've got to build the fucking thing, getting the fucking permits is enough to drive you crazy. Then the engineers show up. They stand around, they argue about drainage, foundations, codes, exact specifications, parallel fences four kilometers long, six thousand kilograms of electrified fences... I'm telling you, you'll want to shoot somebody. I've been through it, you know, I know.
Oskar Schindler : Well, you know, you've been through it. You could make things easier for me. I'd be grateful.

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