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!
Ultimately, we’re 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.
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Is Rome worth one good man’s life? We believed it once. Make us believe it again.[to Senator Gracchus]
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]