Victoria and Abdul – Quotes
Abdul: The skill of a carpet is to bring all the different threads together and make something we can all stand on.
Abdul: Life is like a carpet...
Abdul: In India, I make a leger of the prisoners.
Victoria: We are all prisoners.
Victoria: How do you like your new Scottish costumes?
Abdul: They’re very scratchy.
Victoria: Everything in Scotland is scratchy.
Man in the group: [The cold] is all right for her – she’s upholstered.
Victoria: oh to be by oneself—in a simple, rudimentary existence.
Victoria: I’m so lonely. Everyone I’ve really loved has died and I just go on and on.
Victoria: It’s an impossible position. No one really knows what it’s like to be Queen.
Victoria: I’ve had 9 children. All of them selfish and vain... And look at me – fat and impotent... what’s the point?
Abdul: Service. I think we are here to be servants...for a greater purpose.
Berti: Has she completely lost her mind? She’s the head of the church of England for crying out loud!
Abdul: Life is a big adventure. You just need to open up and enjoy it.
Abdul: You are the most special person to me in the world – even more than my wife.
Berti: Don’t you see mama?! He’s using his position for his own gain!
Victoria: How does that make him any different from you?
Victoria: I want you to be courteous. Repeat after me: I will be courteous to the Munshi!”
Victoria: It is apparent, to receive any respect from the household, he must be formally recognized.
Berti: Drop this or we will have you certified insane.
Victoria: I think it’s time you went home, Abdul.
Abdul: This is my home.... I am your servant. As long as I shall live, I will always be by your side.
Victora: I am your Queen.
Abdul: And I am your Munshi.
Listen little drops and give yourself up without regret. You will return to the great sea.
Abdul: Love is the whole. We are only the pieces.
Victoria: Goodbye. Take care, my sweet son.
Abdul returned to India in 1901. He died in 1909.