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Gladiator quotes

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Marcus Aurelius

Quintus: People should know when they are conquered.
Maximus: Would you, Quintus? Would I?

[After Maximus' team defeats the Scipio Africanus legionnaires]
Commodus: My history's a little bit hazy Cassius, but didn't the barbarians lose the Battle of Carthage?
Cassius: Yes, sire. I'm sorry, sire.
Commodus: Who is that man? [refers to Maximus]
Cassius: They call him "The Spaniard", sire.
Commodus: I think I'll meet him.

[Proximo explains the story of his gladiator career]
Proximo: He [Marcus Aurelius] touched me on the shoulder, I was free.
Maximus: [laughs wildly] You knew Marcus Aurelius –
Proximo: I didn't say I knew him, I said he touched me on the shoulder once!

[After winning against seemingly impossible odds] Are you not entertained? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!? Is this not why you are here? [Crowd chanting] Spaniard!!! Spaniard!!! Spaniard!!!

Am I not merciful? [loses patience] Am I not merciful?!

Ancestors I ask for your guidance! Blessed mother come to me with the gods' desires for my future. Blessed father watch over my wife and my son with a ready sword! Whisper to them that I only live to hold them again! Ancestors I honor you and I try to live with the dignity you taught me!

At my signal, unleash hell.

Better to die for a friend than to die for gold.

Five thousand of my men are out there in the freezing mud. Three thousand of them are bloodied and cleaved. Two thousand will never leave this place. I will not believe they fought and died for nothing.

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.

Frost...sometimes it makes the blade stick.

He sleeps so well because he is loved.

I am a slave! What possible difference can I make?

I am Proximo. I will be closer to you in these next few days, which will be the last days of your miserable lives, than that bitch of a mother who first brought you screaming into this world. I did not pay good money for your company, I paid it so I could profit from your deaths. And just as your mother was there at your beginning, so I shall be there at your end. And when you die, and die you shall, your transition will be to the sound of [he claps his hands]. Gladiators, I salute you.

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