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  • Quintus: People should know when they’re conquered.
    Quintus: People should know when they're conquered.
    Gen. Maximus: Would you, Quintus? Would I?


  • Maximus: The frost.. sometimes it makes the blade stick


  • Proximo: And the great whore will suckle us until we are fat and happy and can suckle no more.


  • Maximus: Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.


  • Proximo: You should see the Colosseum Spaniard. Fifty-thousand Romans... watching every movement of your sword... willing you to make that killer blow. The silence before you strike and the noise afterwards. It rises. It rises up... like a storm. As if you were the thunder god himself.
    Proximo: You should see the Colosseum Spaniard. Fifty-thousand Romans watching every movement of your sword, willing you to make that killer blow. The silence before you strike and the noise afterwards. It rises. It rises up like a storm. As if you were the thunder god himself.


  • Maximus: My name is Gladiator


  • Proximo: Gladiators... I salute you.


  • Juba: I will see you again, but not yet. Not yet.


  • Commodus: If you're very good, tomorrow night I'll tell you the story of emperor Claudius who was betrayed by those closest to him, by his own blood. They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired but the emperor Claudius knew they were up to something. He knew they were busy little bees. And one night he sat down with one of them and he looked at her and he said, "Tell me what you've been doing busy little bee or I shall strike down those dearest to you. You shall watch as I bathe in their blood." And the emperor was heartbroken. The little bee had wounded him more deeply than anyone else could ever have done.
    Commodus: If you're very good, tomorrow night I'll tell you the story of emperor Claudius who was betrayed by those closest to him, by his own blood. They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired but the emperor Claudius knew they were up to something. He knew they were busy little bees. And one night he sat down with one of them and he looked at her and he said, 'Tell me what you've been doing busy little bee or I shall strike down those dearest to you. You shall watch as I bathe in their blood.' And the emperor was heartbroken. The little bee had wounded him more deeply than anyone else could ever have done.


  • Marcus Aurelius: I am dying, Maximus. When a man sees his end, he wants to know there was some purpose to his life. How will the world speak my name in years to come? Will I be known as the philosopher? The warrior? The tyrant? Or will I be the emperor who gave Rome back her true self? There was once a dream that was Rome.


  • Maximus: What we do in life echoes in eternity.


  • Maximus: What We Do In Life, Echos In Eternity.
    Maximus: What we do in life echoes in eternity.


  • 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: Who will help me carry him?


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


  • Lucilla: Today I saw a slave become more powerful than the Emperor of Rome.


  • Gracchus: I don't pretend to be a man of the people. But I do try to be a man for the people.


  • Marcus Aurelius: There was once a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile.


  • Maximus: At my signal, unleash hell!


  • Marcus Aurelius: Death smiles us all. All a man can do is smile back.
    Marcus Aurelius: Death smiles on us all. All a man can do is smile back.


  • Commodus: A general who became a slave. A slave who became a gladiator. A gladiator who defied an emperor.


  • Maximus: "Father to a murdered son. Husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."
    Maximus: Father to a murdered son. Husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.


  • Maximus: Are you not entertained?


  • Proximo: Ultimately, we are all dead men. Sadly we cannot choose how but we can decide how we meet that end in order that we are remembered as men
    Proximo: Ultimately, we are all dead men. Sadly we cannot choose how but we can decide how we meet that end in order that we are remembered as men.


  • Maximus: "What we do in life.....echoes in eternity"
    Maximus: What we do in life... echoes in eternity.


  • Proximo: We are nothing but dust and shadows. Dust and shadows!


  • Maximus: At my signal..... unleash hell!
    Maximus: At my signal... unleash hell!


  • Maximus: 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.


  • Juba: Can they hear you?
    Maximus: Who?
    Juba: Your family. In the afterlife.
    Maximus: Oh yes.
    Juba: What do you say to them?
    Maximus: To my son - I tell him I will see him again soon. To keep his heels down while riding his horse. To my wife... that is not your business.


  • Maximus: 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.


  • Maximus: Strength and honor
    Maximus: Strength and honor.


  • Maximus: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!?


  • Quintus: I'm sorry, Ceaser has spoken. Ride until dawn... and then execute him.
    Maximus: Quintus look at me, look at me! Promise me that you will you look after my family.
    Quintus: Your family will meet you in the afterlife.
    Maximus: NO! (Is hit in the head by a sword and falls unconscious)
    Maximus: NO! [is hit in the head by a sword and falls unconscious]


  • Juba: I will see you again. But not yet. Not yet.
    Juba: I will see you again... but not yet. Not yet!


  • Maximus: 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.


  • Maximus: On my signal, unleash hell !
    Maximus: At my signal, unleash hell.


  • Proximo: You have sold me queer giraffes.


  • Maximus: My name is Gladiator.


  • Maximus: Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity
    Maximus: Brothers, what we do in life... echoes in eternity.


  • Commodus: Am I not merciful? AM I NOT MERCIFUL?
    Commodus: Am I not merciful? [Lucilla turns her head]
    Commodus: AM I NOT MERCIFUL?


  • Juba: [to his dead friend] I will see you again... but not yet... not yet...
    Juba: I will see you again... but not yet... not yet.


  • Maximus: Are you not Entertained?
    Maximus: [after swiftly dispatching another gladiator] Are you not entertained?


  • Commodus: it vexes me. I am extremely vexed
    Commodus: It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed.


  • Maximus: At my signal, unleash hell.


  • Maximus: Maximus: Strength and Honour


  • Maximus: 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.


  • Maximus: Father to a murdered son. Husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.


  • Maximus: Are you not entertained?


  • Commodus: Your Emperor asks for your loyalty, Maximus. Take my hand, I only offer it once.


  • Gracchus: I don't pretend to be a man of the people. But I do try to be a man for the people.


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