How Green Was My Valley (1941) Poster

Walter Pidgeon: Mr. Gruffydd



  • Mr. Gruffydd : You've been lucky, Huw. Lucky to suffer and lucky to spend these weary months in bed. For so God has given you a chance to make the spirit within yourself. And as your father cleans his lamp to have good light, so keep clean your spirit... By prayer, Huw. And by prayer, I don't mean shouting, mumbling, and wallowing like a hog in religious sentiment. Prayer is only another name for good, clean, direct thinking. When you pray, think. Think well what you're saying. Make your thoughts into things that are solid. In that way, your prayer will have strength, and that strength will become a part of you, body, mind, and spirit.

  • Angharad : Look now, you are king in the chapel. But I will be queen in my own kitchen.

    Mr. Gruffydd : You will be queen wherever you walk.

    Angharad : What does that mean?

    Mr. Gruffydd : ...I should not have said it.

    Angharad : Why?

    Mr. Gruffydd : I have no right to speak to you so.

    [he leaves] 

    Angharad : [stopping him]  Mr. Gruffydd, if the right is mine to give, you have it.

  • Mr. Gruffydd : Huw, I thought when I was a young man that I would conquer the world with truth. I thought I would lead an army greater than Alexander ever dreamed of, not to conquer nations, but to liberate mankind. With truth. With the golden sound of the Word. But only a few of them heard. Only a few of you understood.

  • Mr. Gruffydd : But remember, with strength goes responsibility - to others and to yourselves. For you cannot conquer injustice with more injustice - only with justice and the help of God.

  • Mr. Gruffydd : I know why you have come - I have seen it in your faces Sunday after Sunday as I've stood here before you. Fear has brought you here. Horrible, superstitious fear. Fear of divine retribution a bolt of fire from the skies. The vengeance of the Lord and the justice of God. But you have forgotten the love of Jesus. You disregard His sacrifice. Death, fear, flames, horror and black clothes. Hold your meeting then, but know if you do this in the name of God and in the house of God, you blaspheme against Him and His Word.

  • Mr. Gruffydd : Who is for Gwilym Morgan and the others?

    Dai Bando : I, for one. He is the blood of my heart. Come, Cyfartha.

    Cyfartha : ...'Tis a coward I am. But I will hold your coat.

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