Henryk Szpilman Quotes in The Pianist (2002)


Henryk Szpilman Quotes:

  • Wladyslaw Szpilman: What are you reading?

    Henryk Szpilman: "If you prick us, do we not bleed? It you tickle us, we we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: [seeing that it is Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice] Very appropriate.

  • Halina: We could hide the money. Look here. We can hide the money under the flower pots.

    Father: No, no, no, no, I'll tell you what we do. We use tried and tested methods. You know what we did in the last war? We made a hole in the table leg

    [taps the leg]

    Father: and hid the money in there.

    Henryk Szpilman: And suppose they take the table away?

    Father: What do you mean, take the table away?

    Henryk Szpilman: The Germans go into Jewish homes and they just take what they want, furniture, valuable, anything.

    Mother: Do they?

    Father: Idiot, what would they want with a table, a table like this?

    [rips a piece of wood off the table]

    Mother: What on earth are you doing!

    Halina: No, listen. This is the best place for it. No-one would think of looking under the flower pots.

    Henryk Szpilman: No, no, no, listen, listen to me, I've been thinking...

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: Oh, really? That's a change.

    Henryk Szpilman: You know what we do? We use psychology.

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: We use *what*?

    Henryk Szpilman: We leave the money and the watch on the table, and we cover it like this, in full view.

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: [amazed] Are you stupid?

    Henryk Szpilman: The Germans will search high and low, I promise you, they'll never notice!

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: That's the stupidest thing I've ever seen, of course they'll notice it. Look.

    [takes the violin and a bill, folds it and slips it into the opening of the violin]

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: Look here... idiot.

    Henryk Szpilman: And you call me stupid?

    Mother: No, that is very good, because that is the last place they will ever look.

    Henryk Szpilman: This will take hours!

    Mother: We're not in a hurry, we'll get it back...

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: It won't take hours.

    Henryk Szpilman: How will you get them out? Tell me that, tell me how, I'd like to know, how would you get them out. You take each one out individually...

    Halina: No-one listens to me, no-one.

  • Henryk Szpilman: What's the matter with you all, huh? You lost your sense of humor?

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: That's not funny.

    Henryk Szpilman: Well, you know what's funny? You're funny, with that ridiculous tie.

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: [getting angry] What're you talking about my tie for? What does my tie have to do with anything? I need this tie for my work!

    Henryk Szpilman: [mocking] Oh, your work.

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: Yes, that's right, I work!

    Henryk Szpilman: Yes, yes, your work. Playing the piano for the parasites in the ghetto.

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: Parasites...

    Henryk Szpilman: Yes, parasites. They don't give a damn about people suffering.

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: And you blame me for their apathy, right?

    Henryk Szpilman: [accusing] I do, because I see it everyday. They don't even notice what's going on around them.

    Father: I blame the Americans.

    Wladyslaw Szpilman: [visibly upset] For what, for my tie?

  • Henryk Szpilman: I told her not to worry, you had your papers on you. If you'd been hit by a bomb, they'd have known where to take you.

  • Henryk Szpilman: Ah, more Jewish police. You mean you want me to beat up Jews and catch the Gestapo spirit? I see.

  • Wladyslaw Szpilman: They bombed us, we're off the air.

    Henryk Szpilman: Warsaw's not the only radio station.

  • Wladyslaw Szpilman: Its too small. There's 400,000 of us in Warsaw.

    Henryk Szpilman: No, there's 360,000. So it will be easy.

  • Henryk Szpilman: [discussing the star of David] I won't wear it.

    Regina: *I* won't wear it. I'm not going to be branded.

  • Henryk Szpilman: I thought you only recruited boys with rich fathers. Look at my father, look at us.

    Itzak Heller: Yes, I'm looking at you, and that's why I'm here. Your whole family can have a better life. You want to go on struggling for survival, selling books on the street?

    Henryk Szpilman: Yes, please.

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