The Promise – Quotes
Ismet Ogan (?): The Armenians are a tumor in our midst.
Mikael: I made a promise. I can’t go back on that, Uncle.
Mikael: Were you throwing cabbages?
Ana: And couple of potatoes.
Mikael: They can go make soup!
Ismet Ogan: You will join the military. I do not want to lay eyes on you again until you restore honor to the family name.
Armenian prisoner: He’s better off dead. We’re all better off dead.
Armenian prisoner: I was a clown in the circus. I used to make the children laugh.
Marta Boghosian: You told me you would grow to love Maral and you will, my son. You will.
Mikael: [Constantinople] was another life.
Chris: Dozens of orphans are arriving every week. Most of them have seen their parents murdered in front of them.
Marta: We’ve lived through these Turkish threats before.
Mikael: Threats?! They want us dead.
Chris: Without reporters, the Armenian people would disappear and no one would know.
Chris: If I sign this, it destroys everything…everything I’ve ever written… my future.
Emre: What future?! No one knows you’re here. No one will know you died!
Chris: You’ll know.
Governor: We will not walk like sheep to slaughter… If the Turks will not leave us alone, we will fight.
Military Man: You are Jewish. Why are you so concerned about these Armenian Christians?
Mikael: I know it won’t bring any of them back, but God help me, I want revenge.
Ana: Our pledge will be to survive.
Armenian Woman: They say the Turks will kill us all. Is not true. God will protect us, yes?!
Mikael: There was nothing that could be said. We both lost the woman we loved.
The Turkish government still refuses to acknowledge their slaughter of the Armenians.
I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia. —William Saroyan