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Quo Vadis (1951 film) Quotes

Quo Vadis (1951 film) is a television show that appeared on TV in 1970 . Quo Vadis stopped airing in 1970.

It features Sam Zimbalist as producer, Miklós Rózsa in charge of musical score, and Robert Surtees (cinematographer) as head of cinematography.

Quo Vadis (1951 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Quo Vadis (1951 film) is 171 minutes long. Quo Vadis (1951 film) is distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The cast includes: Leo Genn as Petronius, Walter Pidgeon as Narrator, Robert Taylor as Vinicius, Rosalie Crutchley as Acte, and Patricia Laffan as Poppaea.

Quo Vadis (1951 film) Quotes

Leo Genn as Petronius

  • (Emperor Nero) "Is it possible that human beings can produce such a sound?"
  • (Leo Genn) "Yes, when they've been pushed too far."
  • (Leo Genn) "A genius, Divinity, should hold to his first thoughts on any subject."
  • (Leo Genn) "Now indeed, Nero has his place in history."
  • (Leo Genn) "You ask why I do this. Because I love Nero, perhaps? He fills me with loathing."
  • (Leo Genn) "You will be worthy of the spectacle; as the spectacle is worthy of you."
  • (Leo Genn) "To Nero, Emperor of Rome, Master of the World, Divine Pontiff. I know that my death will be a disappointment to you, since you wished to render me this service yourself. To be born in your reign is a miscalculation; but to die in it is a joy. I can forgive you for murdering your wife and your mother, for burning our beloved Rome, for befouling our fair country with the stench of your crimes. But one thing I cannot forgive; the boredom of having to listen to your verses, your second-rate songs, your mediocre performances. Adhere to your special gifts, Nero; murder and arson, betrayal and terror. Mutilate your subjects if you must; but with my last breath I beg you; do not mutilate the arts. Fare well, but compose no more music. Brutalize the people, but do not bore them, as you have bored to death your friend, the late Gaius Petronius."
  • (Leo Genn) "It is not enough to live well. One must die well."
  • (Emperor Nero) "What do they want?"
  • (Leo Genn) "Justice."
  • (Emperor Nero) "A mob doesn't want justice; they want revenge."

Robert Taylor as Vinicius

  • (Robert Taylor) "The people won't believe such a lie."
  • (Leo Genn) "But they are believing it. People will believe any lie, if it is fantastic enough."
  • (Robert Taylor) "We fought with our bowels. Try it sometime."
  • (Robert Taylor) "These people know how to die, Nero. In death you will squeal like a hog."
  • (Robert Taylor) "That beggar-faced philosopher shouldn't be stuffing your head with such nonsense."

Walter Pidgeon as Narrator

  • (Walter Pidgeon) "This is the Appian Way, the most famous road that leads to Rome, as all roads lead to Rome. On this road march her conquering legions. Imperial Rome is the center of the empire, the undisputed master of the world. But with this power inevitably comes corruption. No man is sure of his life, the individual is at the mercy of the state, murder replaces justice. Rulers of conquered nations surrender their helpless subjects to bondage. High and low alike become Roman slaves, Roman hostages. There is no escape from the whip and the sword. That any force on earth can shake the foundations of this pyramid of power and corruption, of human misery and slavery, seems inconceivable. But thirty years before this day, a miracle occurred. On a Roman cross in Judea, a Man died to make men free, to spread the Gospel of love and redemption. Soon that humble cross is destined to replace the proud eagles atop the victorious Roman standards. This is the story of that immortal conflict. In this, the summer of the year 64 A.D., in the reign of the antichrist known to history as the emperor Nero, the victorious Fourteenth Legion is on its way back to Rome under the command of one Marcus Vinicius."

Rosalie Crutchley as Acte

  • (Emperor Nero) "Why do you stare at me, Acte?"
  • (Rosalie Crutchley) "My lord, I can only say -- when all this sets with the final sun, remember the look of Acte."
  • (Emperor Nero) "Why should I remember you?"
  • (Rosalie Crutchley) "No one loves you as I love you."
  • (Emperor Nero) "I command you to stop loving me."

Patricia Laffan as Poppaea

  • (Emperor Nero) "Come closer. Look. They march as they fight: strong, brave, relentless -- our unconquerable children. We must take them to our breast."
  • (Patricia Laffan) "Yes, my lord."
  • (Patricia Laffan) "As usual your entrance is proud and aloof."
  • (Robert Taylor) "I came proudly as fast as my hands and knees will carry me."
  • (Patricia Laffan) "And as always, sardonic and unassailable."
  • (Robert Taylor) "So happily, so unassailable? I've never been so readily expertly vanquished in my life."
  • (Patricia Laffan) "I believe everything except the word vanquished."
  • (Patricia Laffan) "I should like to vanquish you Marcus."
  • (Robert Taylor) "Like the spider who eats her mate when he is no longer a necessity?"
  • (Patricia Laffan) "Mmm-Hmmm; Something like that."

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