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The Most Memorable Quotes From 'A Hidden Life'

Updated December 30, 2019 668 votes 146 voters 5.1k views15 items

After you've seen the haunting and powerful WWII-era drama, we would like you to vote for the best A Hidden Life quotes. Admittedly, this is a challenging task. Because of the somber subject matter, there are no funny lines or snappy one liners of the sort you'd find in many films. There are also stretches of the story that are dialogue-free. Scenes of characters speaking to one another are matched by the number of scenes in which dialogue is heard in voiceover, as the two main characters write letters to one another. Nevertheless, the screenplay has its fair share of emotionally and intellectually meaningful lines.

The film is based on a true story. August Diehl plays Franz Jägerstätter, a farmer who refuses to fight for the Nazis or swear loyalty to Adolf Hitler. For this, he is imprisoned. Valerie Pachner plays his wife Fani, who supports his moral objection to the war, while still recognizing that his absence creates great hardship for their family. Through Franz's story, the movie looks at what it means to be a conscientious objector and to stand up against immoral leadership.

A Hidden Life was written and directed by Terrence Malick, the acclaimed filmmaker who also brought us The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Badlands, and Days of Heaven.

Vote up the most memorable A Hidden Life quotes from the list below, regardless of which character speaks them. 

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    Suffer Injustice

    Lorenz Schwaninger: Better to suffer injustice than to do it.

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    I Am Free

    Major Schlegel: Sign and you'll go free.

    Franz Jägerstätter: I am free already. 

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    For The Children

    Fani Jägerstätter (to Franz Jägerstätter): My husband, I want to die with you - together - but I have to live for the children.

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    Rightly Or Wrongly

    Franz Jägerstätter: A man worth anything has only one thing to consider: whether he is acting rightly or wrongly. 

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