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The Thorn Birds (miniseries) Quotes

The Thorn Birds is a TV show that first aired in 1983 on American Broadcasting Company. The Thorn Birds stopped airing in 1983.

The Thorn Birds aired for 4 episodes. It features Henry Mancini as theme composer, and Bill Butler (cinematographer) as head of cinematography.

The Thorn Birds is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of The Thorn Birds is 467 minutes long. The Thorn Birds is produced by David L. Wolper-Stan Margulies Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Television. Spinoffs for this show include The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (1996).

The Thorn Birds Quotes

  • (Unnamed) "As for Ralph, he'll never know Dane's his, unless you tell him. And if you do, I warn you, I'll be as merciful to you, as you've always been to me."
  • (Unnamed) "That dear and gentle God who has taken from me everyone that I've loved most in the world. One by one. Frank, and Hal -- and Stuie -- and my father. And you, of course. Always you. If God is merciful -- left me no one else to grieve."
  • (Unnamed) "He is merciful, I know you can't see that now, but he is. He spared the rose. He sent the rain."
  • (Unnamed) "Oh Ralph -- who sent the fire?"
  • (Unnamed) "Oh, go away. I can't bare to look at you anymore. And there's one thing you've forgotten about your precious roses, Ralph, they've got nasty hooky thorns."
  • (Unnamed) "The day that I first saw you at the Gilly station, you smiled at me, then you said my name. Then you touched me."
  • (Unnamed) "And since that day, I have somehow known, though I never saw you again, that my last thought this side of the grave would be of you."
  • (Unnamed) "And there's nothing I can do to change it. Do you know how terrifying it is, that power you have over me?"
  • (Unnamed) "Poor little Meggie. It must be hard being the only girl."
  • (Unnamed) "But I've been blessed with sons, these and the two I've buried. It's her sons a mother thinks of, isn't it?"
  • (Unnamed) "Meggie don't dawdle. You've got the chickens to feed."
  • (Unnamed) "Well we're just glad you did show up, Your Grace, It's good to know there's someone in the world who cares about the poor girl."
  • (Unnamed) "Thank you. I want to go back into her."
  • (Unnamed) "Cares about her, Luddie? If you ask me, he's in love with her."
  • (Unnamed) "Oh Father. I'm so glad I'm not dying. What would I ever do without you?"
  • (Unnamed) "Oh silly. You'll never be without me."
  • (Unnamed) "What kind of man is this Luke O'Neill, who roams about and doesn't even make a home for Meggie?"
  • (Unnamed) "The ambitious kind."
  • (Unnamed) "There's a story -- a legend, about a bird that sings just once in its life. From the moment it leaves its nest, it searches for a thorn tree -- and never rests until it's found one. And then it sings -- more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. And singing, it impales itself on the longest, sharpest thorn. But, as it dies, it rises above its own agony, to outsing the lark and the nightingale. The thorn bird pays its life for just one song, but the whole world stills to listen, and God in his heaven smiles."
  • (Unnamed) "What does it mean, Father?"
  • (Unnamed) "That the best -- is bought only at the cost of great pain."
  • (Unnamed) "Fee, she's your daughter. It's as if you never remember that."
  • (Unnamed) "Does any woman? What's a daughter? Just a reminder of the pain -- a younger version of oneself -- who will do all the same things, cry the same tears. No, Father. I try to forget I have a daughter."
  • (Unnamed) "Oh, Meggie. You've the face of an angel and the body of a goddess, and what you mean is, you don't know how to make a man get you pregnant? What you need is a good education. Lady Chatterley's lover. And Henry Miller, definitely Henry Miller."
  • (Unnamed) "When your rose fell to the ground, I understood at last, the sadness you always wear like a holy mantle."
  • (Unnamed) "Oh Vittorio, I have tried so hard to get her out of my heart."
  • (Unnamed) "You think I don't know that?"
  • (Unnamed) "Then why?"
  • (Unnamed) "Ralph, our God has given us freewill. And with that freewill comes the burden of choice. It is time, far past time that you took up that burden, because until you do, you cannot go on."
  • (Unnamed) "Mom, is this you? Oh, you were beautiful."
  • (Unnamed) "Were? Oh the cruelty of youth."
  • (Unnamed) "It was a lovely dress. Blue wasn't it?"
  • (Unnamed) "No, Mum, yours was blue."
  • (Unnamed) "Meggie's dress was rose. "Ashes of Roses", it was called. And in it, she was the most beautiful thing any of us had ever seen."

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