Screenplay and Quotes from Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011)

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Screenplay

Film Analysis and Interpretations

Film Quotes

Prologue: [on screen, unspoken] “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38: 4,7

Mr. O’Brien: I wanted to be loved because I was great; A big man. I’m nothing. Look at the glory around us; trees, birds. I lived in shame. I dishonored it all, and didn’t notice the glory. I’m a foolish man.

Mr. O’Brien: Wrong people go hungry, die. Wrong people get loved. The world lives by trickery. If you want to succeed you can’t be too good.

Mrs. O’Brien: [

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