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100 Gladiator Quotes to Help You Survive in Life

2. “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?” – Maximus

3. “People should know when they’re conquered.” – Quintus

4. “You know dirt cleans off a lot easier than blood, Quintus.” – Maximus

5. “Nothing happens to anyone that he is not fitted by nature to bear.” – Maximus

6. “Death smiles on us all. All a man can do is smile back.” – Marcus Aurelius

7. “I think you’ve been afraid all your life.” – Maximus

8. “Ancestors, I honor you and will try to live with the dignity that you have taught me.” – Maximus

9. “He enters Rome like a conquering hero. But what has he conquered?” – Commodus

10. “Three weeks from now, I will be harvesting my crops. Imagine where you will be, and it will be so.” – Maximus

11. “I’ve seen much of the rest of the world. It is brutal and cruel and dark, Rome is the light.” – Maximus

12. “Commodus, your faults as a son is my failure as a father.” – Marcus Aurelius

13. “Today I saw a slave become more powerful than the emperor of Rome.” – Lucilla

14. “I don’t pretend to be a man of the people. But I do try to be a man for the people.” – Gracchus

15. “Whatever comes out of these gates, we’ve got a better chance of survival if we work together. Do you understand? If we stay together, we survive.” – Maximus

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16. “At my signal, unleash hell.” – Maximus

17. “I am required to kill, so I kill. That is enough.” – Maximus

18. “Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to.” – Cicero

19. “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 ? The tyrant? Or will I be the emperor who gave Rome back her true self?” – Marcus Aurelius

20. “You have a great name. He must kill your name before he kills you.” – Juba

21. “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

22. “All I’ve ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar. Father.” – Commodus

23. “He’ll bring them death, and they will love him for it.” – Gracchus

24. “And the great whore will suckle us until we are fat and happy and can suckle no more.” – Proximo

25. “I wonder, did your friend smile at his own death?” – Commodus

26. “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.” – Lucilla

27. “We are nothing but dust and shadows. Dust and shadows!” – Proximo

28. “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.” – Marcus Aurelius

29. “A general who became a slave. A slave who became a gladiator. A gladiator who defied an emperor.” – Commodus

30. “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, and 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

31. “Anyone can train to be a gladiator. What marks you out is having the of a champion.” – Manu Bennett

32. “You have proven your valor once again, Maximus. Let us hope for the last time.” – Marcus Aurelius

33. “Give him time. He’s young. I think he could do very well.” – Falco

34. “The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end. Highness.” – Maximus

35. “I search the faces of the gods―for ways to please you, to make you proud. One kind word, one full hug―where you pressed me to your chest and held me tight. Would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years. What is it in me that you hate so much?” – Commodus

36. “Yes, you can help me. Forget you ever knew me, and never come back here again.” – Maximus

37. “No. Because my father loved you. And because I loved you.” – Lucilla

38. “Fear and wonder, a powerful combination.” – Gracchus

39. “No more than I wounded him.” – Lucilla

40. “My brother hates all the world and you most of all.” – Lucilla

41. “He wounded you deeply, didn’t he?” – Commodus

42. “What did you feel when you saw him?” – Commodus

43. “Your Emperor asks for your loyalty, Maximus. Take my hand, I only offer it once.” – Commodus

44. “How dare you show your back to me! Slave, you will remove your helmet and tell me your name.” – Commodus

45. “Your fame is well deserved, Spaniard. I don’t think there’s ever been a gladiator to match you. As for this young man, he insists you are Hector reborn. Or was it Hercules? Why doesn’t the hero reveal himself and tell us all your real name? You do have a name.” – Commodus

46. “They fought for you and for Rome.” – Maximus

47. “Save the bulls. Honor Maximus. He won the battle.” – Marcus Aurelius

48. “You don’t find it hard to do your duty?” – Maximus

49. “I want you to become the protector of Rome after I die. I will empower you to one end alone, to give power back to the people of Rome and end the corruption that has crippled it. Do you accept this great honor that I have offered you?” – Marcus Aurelius

50. “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

51. “Quintus, look at me, look at me! Promise me that you will look after my family.” – Maximus

52. “Because your father chose me.” – Maximus

53. “You must know. He was your father.” – Maximus

54. “Let us pretend that you are a loving daughter, and I am a good father.” – Marcus Aurelius

55. “You see, my wife and my son are already waiting for me.” – Maximus

56. “Your family will meet you in the afterlife.” – Quintus

57. Marcus Aurelius: “When was the last time you were home?”

Maximus: “Two years, 264 days, and this morning.”

58. “You loved my father, I know. But so did I. That makes us brothers, doesn’t it? Smile for me now, brother.” – Commodus

59. “The people are my children, I am their father. I shall hold them to my bosom and embrace them tightly.” – Commodus

60. “You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues: wisdom, justice, fortitude, and temperance. As I read the list, I knew I had none of them. But I have other virtues, father. Ambition. That can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, courage, perhaps not on the battlefield, but there are many forms of courage. Devotion, to my family and to you. But none of my virtues were on your list. Even then it was as if you didn’t want me for your son.” – Commodus

61. “Yet you have never been there. You have not seen what it has become.” – Marcus Aurelius

62. “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.” – Maximus

63. “I’m sorry, Caesar has spoken. Ride until dawn―and then execute him.” – Quintus

64. “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.” – Commodus

65. “I will see you again, but not yet. Not yet.” – Juba

66. “Have you ever embraced someone dying of plague, sire?” – Gracchus

67.“The frost―sometimes it makes the blade stick.” – Maximus

68.“Father, congratulations. I shall sacrifice a hundred bulls to honor your triumph.” – Commodus

69. “Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.” – Proximo

70. “Some are good for fighting, others for dying. You need both, I think.” – Slave Trader

71. “If you are a gladiator, a fighter in this sport, in life you can be the same.” – Claudio Ranieri

72. “Some of you are thinking that you won’t fight. Others, that you can’t fight. They all say that, until they’re out there.” – Proximo

73. “They said you were a giant. They said you could crush a man’s skull with one hand.” – Lucius Verus

74. “The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it’s the sand of the coliseum.” – Gracchus

75. “Listen to me. Learn from me. I was not the best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me.” – Proximo

76. “Why not? Do you think I am afraid?” – Commodus

77. “Can any of them fight? I’ve got a match coming up.” – Proximo

78. “There is always someone left to fight. How can I reward Rome’s greatest general?” – Marcus Aurelius

79. “Why do I want that? He makes me rich. Oh I―I know that you are a man of your word, General. I know that you would die for honor. You would die for Rome. You would die for the memory of your ancestors. But on the other hand, I am an entertainer.” – Proximo

80. “Quintus, free my men. Senator Gracchus is to be reinstated. There was a dream that was Rome, it shall be realized. These are the wishes of Marcus Aurelius.” – Maximus

81. “Have I missed it? Have I missed the battle?” – Commodus

82. “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 afterward. It rises. It rises up like a storm. As if you were the thunder god himself.” – Proximo

83. “ No, but if you interrupt me again, I assure you that you will.” – Commodus

84. “Are you the one they call the Spaniard?” – Lucius Verus

85. “You have sold me queer giraffes.” – Proximo

86. “Yes I did. You are good, Spaniard, but you’re not that good. You could be magnificent.” – Proximo

87. “Senator Gracchus. Don’t often see you enjoying the pleasures of the vulgar crowd.” – Falco

88. “I did not say I knew him. I said he touched me on the shoulder once!” – Proximo

89. “My name is Gladiator.” – Maximus

90. “Gladiators―I salute you.” – Proximo

91. “And what is Rome, Maximus?” – Marcus Aurelius

92. “Only a famous death will do” – Commodus

93. “Who will help me carry him?” – Gracchus

94. “Am I not merciful?” – Commodus

95. “There is no one left to fight, sire.” – Maximus

96. “With all my heart, no.” – Maximus

97. “Would you, Quintus? Would I?” – Maximus

98. “Let me go home.” – Maximus

99. “You would fight me?” – Maximus

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