"Marcus Aurelius: There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."
"Gracchus: But the Senate IS the people, sire. Chosen from AMONG the people. To speak FOR the people.
Commodus: I doubt if any of the people eat so well as you, Gracchus. Or have such splendid mistresses, Gaius."
"Proximo: So Spaniard, we shall go to Rome together and have bloody adventures. And the great whore will suckle us until we are fat and happy and can suckle no more. And then, when enough men have died, perhaps you will have your freedom."
"Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the empire, Sire.
Marcus Aurelius: Ah yes. Ah yes. I remember now."
"Quintus: People should know when they are conquered.
Maximus Decimus Meridius: Would you, Quintus? Would I?"