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.[to Commodus]
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!
You’re young, pretty, smart, a princess even. But none of that will keep terrible tragedy from falling upon you.
We will create our hope. We will create our destiny. We will create our will. We will not let anyone or anything stop us, because nothing can keep us from being free!
I knew a man who once said, “Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.”[to Commodus, quoting Marcus Aurelius]