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I'm not afraid of dying tomorrow

Pvt. Pierre Arnaud:
I'm not afraid of dying tomorrow, only of getting killed.
soldier in bunk:
That's as clear as mud.
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud:
Well, which would you rather be done in by: a bayonet or a machine gun?
soldier in bunk:
Oh, a machine gun, naturally.
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud:
Naturally, that's just my point. They're both pieces of steel ripping into your guts, only the machine gun is quicker, cleaner, and less painful, isn't it?
soldier in bunk:
Yeah, but what does that prove?
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud:
That proves that most of us are more afraid of getting hurt than of getting killed. Look at Bernard. He panics when it comes to gas. Gas doesn't bother me a bit. He's seen photos of gas cases. Doesn't mean anything to me. But I'll tell you something though, I'd hate like the devil to be without my tin hat. But on the other hand I don't mind not having a tin hat for my tail. Why is that?
soldier in bunk:
You're darn tootin', because...
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud:
Because I know a wound to the head would hurt much more than one to the tail. The tail is just meat but the head- ah, the head is all bone.
soldier in bunk:
That's...
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud:
Tell me this. Aside from the bayonet, what are you most afraid of?
soldier in bunk:
High explosives.
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud:
Exactly, and it's the same with me, because, because I know that it can chew you up worse than anything else. Look, just like I'm trying to tell you, if you're really afraid of dying you'd be living in a funk all the rest of your life because you know you've got to go someday, anyday. And besides...
soldier in bunk:
Yes?
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud:
If it's death that you're really afraid of why should you care about what it is that kills you?
soldier in bunk:
Oh, you're too smart for me, Professor. All I know is, nobody wants to die.

Transcript:
I'm not afraid
of dying tomorrow, only of getting killed.
That's as clear as mud.
Which would you rather be done in by,
a bayonet or a machine gun?
- Oh, a machine gun, naturally.
- Naturally. That’s just my point.
They're both pieces of steel
ripping into your guts.
Only the machine gun is quicker,
cleaner and less painful, isn't it?
What does that prove?
That proves that most of us are more afraid
of getting hurt than of getting killed.
Look at Bernard.
He panics when it comes to gas,
but gas doesn't bother me a bit.
He's seen photos of gas cases.
Doesn't mean anything to me.
But I'll tell you something though - I'd hate
like the devil to be without my tin hat.
But on the other hand, I don't mind
not having a tin hat for my tail.
- Why's that?
- You ought to. That's where your brains are.
Because I know a wound to the head
will hurt much more than one in the tail.
The tail is just meat,
but the head - ah, the head is all bone.
- Ah, speak for yourself.
- Tell me this.
Aside from the bayonet,
what are you most afraid of?
- High explosives.
- Exactly! And it's the same with me.
Because - Because I know that it can
chew you up worse than anything else.
Look, it’s just like I'm trying to tell you.
If you're really afraid of dying, you'd be
living in a funk all the rest of your life...
because you know you've got
to go someday, any day.
And besides, if it's death
that you're really afraid of...
why should you care about
what it is that kills you?
Ah, you're too smart for me, Professor.
All I know is nobody wants to die.
Through to Division, sir. Through to Polygon.
Everything quiet.
All units report themselves ready.
Zero-minus two.
May I offer you gentlemen some cognac?
- Thank you, General.
- Thank you, sir.
After you, sir.
To France.
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zero!

Clip duration: 274 seconds
Views: 2
Movie: Paths of Glory
Year: 1957
Genres: drama, war
Summary: After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.


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Actors

Pvt. Pierre Arnaud - Joe Turkel