The Quiet American
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I'm from a country that's been in existence for less than two hundred years, in a very old world. That same fifty years ago, we were barely taken seriously as a nation, much less a great force for wisdom and decision. But suddenly now, a watch tick of history later, the world waits angrily for us to provide the answers it hasn't been able to find in fifty centuries.
You'd have made a good priest, Vigot. What is there about you that would make it so easy to confess... if there were anything to confess?
[Keenly] You mix for yourself a drink, but you're not drinking it.
It might be unwise. There are no secrets of the confessional in your profession.
Secrecy is seldom important to a man who confesses. He has other motives.
[Somewhat sarcastically, after Fowler has advised him it would be wiser to give the two ARVN guards in the tower their two remaining cigarettes] I wouldn't have thought you suggest using economic aid to but friends...
[Referring to the two young guards] They're scared. I wouldn't blame them if they handed us over to the Communists. They don't believe in anything either. They just want enough rice. They want one day to be much the same as another. They don't want our white skins around telling them what they want.
You're telling them what they don't want, which is the same thing.
[In the restaurant] I didn't know you were here.
I'm dining with friends.
Who is that man dancing with my sister?
Is he wealthy?
That you'll have to ask him.
He looks quiet and reliable. Is he married?
I told you you'll have to ask him.
I would say not. Whenever an American is married, he looks married.
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