Lucilla: Today I saw a slave become more powerful then the Emperor of Rome.

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Commodus: I think I understand my own people.
Gracchus: Then perhaps Caesar will be so good as to teach us… out of his own extensive experience.
Commodus : I call it love. I am their father. The people are my children. I shall hold them to my bosom and embrace them tightly.
Gracchus: Have you ever embraced someone dying of plague, sire?

Maximus: I knew a man who once said, ‘Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.’

Maximus: What we do in life echoes in eternity.

Maximus: 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.

Commodus: Am I not merciful?