In The Sunset Limited, White aka "the professor" (played by Tommy Lee Jones) quotes a short German sentence.

I am German myself, but I was unable to understand it. Were the words he said actually german? Did he just pronounce them in a strange way maybe?

What did he say and who did he quote?

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Analysing some subtitles I found out that the quotation can be:

Ich kann nicht anders

Maybe the pronunciation wasn't that great. The quotation is attributed to Martin Luther:

Hier stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir. Amen!: "Here I stand, I cannot do differently. God help me. Amen!"

  • I just rewatched the scene, and you are right. The pronounciation is really bad though.
    – magnattic
    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:42

1- literally: I cannot do otherwise. 2- meaning: I do what I want. 3- "I did it my way". 4- I am my own boss.

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