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Spartan King Leonidas quotes

Madness? This is Sparta!!! [kicks the Persian messenger into a well]

[To Gorgo] It would take more than the words of a drunken adolescent girl to rob me of my desire for you.

[To Captain Artemis] You are a good friend, but a better captain there is none.

Immortals. We'll put their name to the test.

Today, no Spartan dies!

This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die! Remember this day, men, for it will be yours for all time.

[Xerxes is brought to Leonidas on a massive gold throne carried on the back of his servants] Let me guess. You must be ... Xerxes.

[After being threatened with the deaths of the Spartan women] Clearly you don't know our women. I might as well have marched them up here, judging by what I've seen.

[After Xerxes offered to make Leonidas Warlord of his Empire, if he would only kneel before him] You are generous as you are divine, oh king of kings. Such an offer only a madman would refuse. But ... the idea of kneeling, it's, uh ... you see, slaughtering all those men of yours has left a nasty cramp in my leg – so kneeling will be hard for me.

The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle is over, that even a god-king can bleed.

We're in for one wild night.

Spartans! Push!

Spartans! Prepare for glory!

[Response to Daxos, an Arcadian, saying their choices were to retreat, surrender, or die] Well, that's an easy choice for us, Arcadian. Spartans never retreat! Spartans never surrender!

No retreat, no surrender. That is Spartan law. And by Spartan law, we will stand and fight ... and die. A new age has begun: an age of freedom! And all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it!

Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight, we dine in hell!

[After dropping his helmet and his shield whilst being asked to submit] You there, Ephialtes: may you live forever. A Spartan insult: may he live with the guilt of his actions for all of time and never receive the glorious death on the battlefield that all Spartans desire.

[Dying words] My Queen! My wife! My love.

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