Gladiator

Gladiator quotes

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Commodus
Juba
Marcus Aurelius
Maximus
Other
Proximo
Quintus


I knew a man once who said, "Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back."


Gracchus: I think he [Commodus] knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they'll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they'll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the Senate, it's the sand of the Colosseum. He'll bring them death...and they will love him for it.
Lucilla: Is Rome worth one good man's life? We believed it once, make us believe it again. He was a soldier of Rome. Honor him.
Gracchus: I do not pretend to be a man of the people. But I do try to be a man for the people.
Lucilla: Today I saw a slave become more powerful than the Emperor of Rome.
We who are about to die salute you!

My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of the Armies of the North. General of the Felix Legions. Loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife...and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end, Highness.

So Spaniard, we shall go to Rome together and have bloody adventures. And the great whore will suckle us until we are fat and happy and can suckle no more! And then, when enough men have died, perhaps you will have your freedom.

You have a great name. He must kill your name before he kills you.

Fratres! Three weeks from now, I will be harvesting my crops. Imagine where you will be, and it will be so. Hold the line. Stay with me. If you find yourself alone, riding in green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled; for you are in Elysium, and you're already dead! [his men burst out laughing] Brothers, what we do in life, echoes in eternity.

What am I going to do with you? You simply won't...die.

They say your son squealed like a girl, as they nailed him to the cross. And your wife moaned like a whore when they ravaged her. Again. And again. And again.

When a man sees his end he wants to know there was some purpose to his life.

(to Maximus) you are the son that I should have had !

Some of you are thinking you won't fight. Others, that you can't fight, they all say that, until they're out there. [He picks up a sword.] Thrust this into another man's chest, and the crowd will applaud and love you for it. In time, you may even begin to love them for that. Ultimately, we're all dead men. Sadly, we cannot choose how, but...we can decide how we meet that end, so that we are remembered...as men.

Listen to me. Learn from me. I was not the best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.

Shadows and dust. [last lines before he is murdered by Commodus's guards]

Strength and honor...