Everyone uses movie lines in everyday life and "Gladiator" quotes are no exception. Some quotes are powerful, while others get your attention. Depending on the situation, some quotes get a laugh. Work these quotes into your conversations and see what happens.
“Am I not merciful?” This quote comes from Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). He wants his sister to have his baby, so she won’t be executed as a traitor. Eww. If she looks at him cross-eyed, he’ll kill her son. He thinks he’s merciful.
“My name is Gladiator.” Spoken by Maximus, General of the Northern Roman Armies, played by Russell Crowe. The General has become a slave, now a gladiator. Commodus wants to know who the seemingly indestructible slave is. Once Gladiator removes his helmet- surprise! The man Commodus ordered murdered stands before him. Ever see an Emperor shake in his boots?
“Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.” Maximus knows he’s done for. While Commodus tries to gloat, he doesn’t seem to be having any success rattling his victim.
“At my signal, unleash hell.” This line from Maximus has been quoted on television and in movies since Russell Crowe made it famous. It may go down in history as one of the most quoted "Gladiator" lines of the decade.
“Rome is the mob.” Senator Gracchus (Derek Jacobi) is no fool. He knows that Commodus knows how to rule and it’s by keeping the ordinary man happy. Little does Commodus know that politicians can play that game, too.
“You will see them again, but not yet.” Juba (Djimon Hounsou) offers hope in a hopeless situation. He’s letting Maximus know that death won’t separate him from his murdered family, but he still has a ways to go before they’re together again.
“Some are good for fighting, others for dying—you need both, I think.” The Slave Trader (Omid Djalili) makes one of the most interesting sales pitches in history. Who says there’s no honesty in sales?
“We who are about to die, salute you!” Gladiator Slaves in the arena salutes the emperor who will watch them fight and die for his sick pleasure. This line has been whispered by troops around the world when an officer gives an unpleasant order.
“I’m not a Legionnaire, I’m Maximus, the savior of Rome!” Spoken by Lucius (Spenser Treat Clark) makes his famous declaration as he plays with wooden swords. It upsets Commodus to learn he’s no longer his nephew’s hero, Maximus is.
“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” Maximus has a way of inspiring the troops to do their best, no matter what. Good lesson for all of us. It’s nice to know not only presidents think about history.