[takes off his watch] Sell this. Food is more important than time.- Der Pianist
Dorota: 'No one plays Chopin like you.'
Władysław Szpilman: 'I hope that's a compliment.'
You know what? You musicians don't make good conspirators. You're too... too... musical!- Der Pianist
2,000 and my advice is to take it. What will you do when you're hungry? Eat the piano?- Der Pianist, von Mr. Lipa
They all want to be better Nazis than Hitler.- Der Pianist
Lying is the worst of all evils. Everything else that is diabolical comes from it.- Władysław Szpilman in Der Pianist
Humanity seems doomed to do more evil than good. The greatest ideal on earth is human love.- Władysław Szpilman in Der Pianist
The love of freedom is native to every human being and every nation, and cannot be suppressed in the long term. History teaches us that tyranny has never endured.- Władysław Szpilman in Der Pianist
And now I was lonelier, I supposed, than anyone else in the world. Even Defoe's creation, Robinson Crusoe, the prototype of the ideal solitary, could hope to meet another human being. Crusoe cheered himself by thinking that such a thing could happen any day, and it kept him going. But if any of the people now around me came near I would need to run for it and hide in mortal terror. I had to be alone, entirely alone, if I wanted to live.- Władysław Szpilman in Der Pianist
Why did this war have to happen at all? Because humanity had to be shown where its godlessness was taking it.- Władysław Szpilman in Der Pianist
War. There was now no point in a war that might once have been justified as a search for free subsistence and living space – it had degenerated into vast, inhuman mass slaughter, negating all cultural values.- Władysław Szpilman in Der Pianist