Gladiator is an epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, set in ancient Rome. Released in 2000, the film stars Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius, a powerful Roman general who is betrayed by the corrupt Emperor Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix. Stripped of his rank and family, Maximus is forced into slavery and becomes a gladiator, seeking revenge against Commodus for the murder of his loved ones. The film combines intense action sequences, breathtaking visuals, and a gripping storyline to depict Maximus’ journey from a respected military leader to a vengeful warrior seeking justice. Gladiator showcases themes of honor, loyalty, and the quest for redemption, while immersing viewers in the brutal and opulent world of ancient Rome. With its memorable performances, stunning cinematography, and iconic dialogue, Gladiator has become a beloved classic, winning numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. In this list, we bring you a list of 20 best Gladiator quotes.
20. “Listen to me. Learn from me. I was not the best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.”
19. “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?”
18. “Nothing happens to anyone that he is not fitted by nature to bear.”
17. “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”
16. “No, but if you interrupt me again, I assure you that you will.”
15. "Sometimes I Do What I Want To Do. The Rest Of The Time, I Do What I Have To."
14. “A general who became a slave. A slave who became a gladiator. A gladiator who defied an emperor.”
13. “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.”
12. “The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end. Highness.”
11. “There is always someone left to fight.”
10. “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.”
9. “Fear and wonder, a powerful combination.”
8. “Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.”
7. “Win the crowd, and you’ll win your freedom.”
6. Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?”
5. "The Frost, It Sometimes Makes The Blade Stick."
4. "We Mortals Are But Shadows And Dust. Shadows And Dust, Maximus."
3. "I Will See You Again. But Not Yet. Not Yet."
2. "When A Man Sees His End, He Wants To Know There Was Some Purpose To His Life."
1. "Whatever Comes Out Of These Gates, We've Got A Better Chance Of Survival If We Work Together."