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James Goldman Quotes

21 of the best book quotes from James Goldman
  1. #1
    “Your little brother Philip is the King of France now and he wants your wedding dowry back. I only took you for your dowry. You were seven. [...] The Vexin is a little county but it’s vital to me.”
  2. #2
    “You hardly know me, Johnny, so I beg you to believe my reputation: I’m a constant soldier and a sometime poet and I will be King.”
  3. #3
    “My, what a greedy little trinity you are: king, king, king. Two of you must learn to live with disappointment.”
  4. #4
    “Henry: Did the Channel part for you?
    Eleanor: It went flat when I told it to. I didn’t think to ask for more. How dear of you to let me out of jail.”
  5. #5
    “Well, what family doesn’t have its ups and downs?”
  6. #6
    “I’ve snapped and plotted all my life. There’s no other way to be a king, alive and fifty all at the same time.”
  7. #7
    “Poor John-who says poor John? Don’t everybody sob at once. My God, if I went up in flames, there’s not a living soul who’d pee on me to put the fire out.”
  1. #8
    “You get Alais and you get the kingdom but I get the one thing I want most. If you’re king, England stays intact. I get that. It’s all yours now-the girl, the crown, the whole black bloody business. Isn’t that enough?”
  2. #9
    “When I married Eleanor, I thought: ‘You lucky man. The richest woman in the world. She owns the Aquitaine, the greatest province on the Continent - and beautiful as well.‘”
  3. #10
    “He’ll leave me if he has to; I know that.”
  4. #11
    “Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It’s 1183 and we’re all barbarians!”
  5. #12
    “It’s going to be a jungle of a day: if I start growling now. I’ll never last.”
  6. #13
    “Just you remember. Father loves me best.”
  7. #14
    “My position is - well frankly, Philip, it’s a tangle. Once I’m dead, who’s to be king? I could draw papers ‘til my scribes drop or the ink runs out, and once I died, unless I’ve left behind me three contented sons, my lands will split three ways in civil war.”

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  1. #15
    “Eleanor: After all the years of love, the hair I’ve brushed and braided and the tears I’ve kissed away, do you think I could bring myself to hurt you?
    Alais: Eleanor, with both hands tied behind you.”
  2. #16
    “Alais: You saved them. You maneuvered it.
    Eleanor: Did I?
    Alais: They’re free because of you. They’ll kill him one day; you know that
    Eleanor: The next or the next.”
  3. #17
    “It’s a heavy thing, your nothing. When I write or send for you or speak or reach, your nothings come. Like stones.”
  4. #18
    “Geoffrey: Why, you chivalric fool-as if the way one fell down mattered.
    Richard: When the fall is all there is, it matters.”
  5. #19
    “You know what I am? I’m the family nothing. Geoffrey’s smart and Richard’s brave and I’m not anything.”
  6. #20
    “For these ten years you’ve lived with everything I’ve lost and loved another woman through it all. And I’m cruel. I could peel you like a pear and God would call it justice ...”
  7. #21
    “Well ‒ what shall we hang? The holly or each other?”
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