Quotes (110)

Achilles: I'll tell you a secret. Something they don't teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we're mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we're doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.

Achilles: You gave me peace in a lifetime of war.

[last lines]

Odysseus: [voiceover] If they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles.

Achilles: You're still my enemy in the morning.

Priam: You're still my enemy tonight. But even enemies can show respect.

Odysseus: [to Achilles] War is young men dying and old men talking. You know this. Ignore the politics.

Achilles: Imagine a king who fights his own battles. Wouldn't that be a sight?

[goes to fight Boagrius]

Agamemnon: Of all the warlords loved by the gods, I hate him the most.

[first lines]

Odysseus: [voiceover] Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?

Achilles: [to Hector's corpse] We will meet again, my brother.

[Priam kneels and kisses Achilles' hands]

Achilles: Who are you?

Priam: I have endured what no one on earth has endured before. I kissed the hands of the man who killed my son.

Achilles: [realizes, stands abrubtly] Priam? How did you get in here?

Priam: I know my country better than the Greeks, I think.

Achilles: [walks forward, lifts Priam] You are a brave man. I could have your head on a spit in the blink of an eye.

Priam: Do you really think death frightens me now? I watched my eldest son die, watched you drag his body behind your chariot. Give him back to me. He deserves a proper burial, you know that. Give him to me.

Achilles: He killed my cousin.

Achilles: He thought it was you. How many cousins have you killed? How many sons and fathers and brothers and husbands? How many, brave Achilles?

Achilles: [to his men] Myrmidons! My brothers of the sword! I would rather fight beside you than any army of thousands! Let no man forget how menacing we are, we are lions! Do you know what's waiting beyond that beach? Immortality! Take it! It's yours!

Briseis: Why did you choose this life?

Achilles: What life?

Briseis: To be a great warrior.

Achilles: I chose nothing. I was born and this is what I am.

Thetis: If you stay in Larissa, you will find peace. You will find a wonderful woman, and you will have sons and daughters, who will have children. And they'll all love you and remember your name. But when your children are dead, and their children after them, your name will be forgotten... If you go to Troy, glory will be yours. They will write stories about your victories in thousands of years! And the world will remember your name. But if you go to Troy, you will never come back... for your glory walks hand-in-hand with your doom. And I shall never see you again.

Hector: You say you're willing to die for love but you know nothing about dying and you know nothing about love!

Messenger Boy: Are the stories true? They say your mother was an immortal godess. They say you can't be killed.

Achilles: I wouldn't be bothering with the shield then, would I?

Messenger Boy: The Thesselonian you're fighting... he's the biggest man i've ever seen. I wouldn't want to fight him.

Achilles: Thats why no-one will remember your name.

Hector: All my life I've lived by a code and the code is simple: honor the gods, love your woman and defend your country. Troy is mother to us all. Fight for her!

[Eyes closed, Briseis has blade against his throat]

Achilles: Do it.

[Briseis doesn't do anything, but only stares at him. Achilles opens his eyes]

Achilles: Do it. Nothing is easier.

Briseis: Aren't you afraid?

Achilles: Everyone dies, whether today or fifty years from now.

Briseis: If I don't, you'll kill more men.

Achilles: Many.

Achilles: Go home, prince. Drink some wine, make love to your wife. Tomorrow, we'll have our war.

Hector: You speak of war as if it's a game. But how many wives wait at Troy's gates for husbands they'll never see again?

Achilles: Perhaps your brother can comfort them. I hear he's good at charming other men's wives.

Paris: Do you love me, brother? Will you protect me from any enemy?

Hector: Last time you spoke to me like this, you were 10 years old and you'd just stolen Father's horse. What have you done now?

Achilles: Play your tricks on me. But not on my cousin.

Odysseus: You have your swords. I have my tricks. We play with the toys the gods give us.

Hector: I've seen this moment in my dreams. I'll make a pact with you. With the gods as our witnesses, let us pledge that the winner will allow the loser all the proper funeral rituals.

Achilles: There are no pacts between lions and men.

[stabs spear into ground, and takes off helmet, throwing it to the side]

Achilles: Now you know who you're fighting.

Hector: [takes off helmet and throws it aside] I thought it was you I was fighting yesterday. And I wish it had been, but I gave the dead boy the honor he deserved.

Achilles: You gave him the honor of your sword. You won't have eyes tonight; you won't have ears or a tongue. You will wander the underworld blind, deaf, and dumb, and all the dead will know: This is Hector. The fool who thought he killed Achilles.

Achilles: Of all the kings of Greece, I respect you most. But in this war you're a servant. And I refuse to be a servant any longer.

Odysseus: Sometimes you need to serve in order to lead. I hope you understand that one day.

Achilles: What's your name?

[no reply]

Achilles: Did you not hear me?

Briseis: You killed Apollo's priests!

Achilles: I've killed men in five countries, never a priest.

Briseis: Well, then your men did. The sun god will have his vengeance.

Achilles: What's he waiting for?

Briseis: The right time to strike.

Achilles: His priests are dead, and his acolyte's a captive. i think your god is afraid of me.

Briseis: Afraid? Apollo is master of the sun, he fears nothing.

Achilles: Where is he?

Briseis: You're nothing but a killer! You wouldn't know anything about the gods!

Achilles: I know more about the gods than your priests. I've seen them. You're royalty, aren't you? Spent years talking down to men.

[sniffs her hair]

Achilles: You must be royalty. What's your name? Even the servants of Apollo have names.

Briseis: Briseis.

Achilles: Are you afraid, Briseis?

Briseis: Should I be?

Eudorus: [poking head through door flaps] My lord, Agamemnon requests your presence. The kings are gathering to celebrate the victory.

Achilles: You fought well today.

Eudorus: My lord.

Briseis: What do you want here in Troy? You didn't come for the Spartan queen.

Achilles: I want what all men want, I just want it more. You don't need to fear me, girl. You're the only Trojan who can say that.

Achilles: We men are wretched things.

Achilles: At night I see their faces. All the men I've killed. They're standing there on the far bank of the river Styx. They're waiting for me. They say, 'Welcome, brother'.

[from director's cut]

Priam: When you were very young, you came down with scarlet fever. Your little hand was so hot. The healer said you would not last the night. I went down to Apollo's temple, and I prayed until the sun came up. That walk back to the palace was the longest of my life. When I went into your mother's room, and you were sleeping in her arms, your fever had broken. I promised that day to dedicate my life to the gods, I will not break my promise. For 30 years I have worked for peace, *thirty* years. Paris is a fool sometimes, I know that, but I will fight a thousand wars before letting him die.

Hector: Forgive me father, but you won't be the one fighting.

Agamemnon: I see you're not hiding behind your high walls. Valiant of you. Ill-advised, but valiant.

Hector: You come here uninvited. Go back to your ships and go home.

Agamemnon: We've come too far, Prince Hector.

Menelaus: Prince? What prince? What son of a king would accept a man's hospitality, eat his food, drink his wine, embrace him in friendship, and then steal his wife in the middle of the night?

Paris: The sun was shining when your wife left you.

Menelaus: She's up there, watching, isn't she? Good. I want her to watch you die.

Agamemnon: Not yet, brother. Look around you, Hector. I brought all the warriors of Greece to your shores.

Nestor: You can still save Troy, young prince.

Agamemnon: I have two wishes. If you grant them, no more of your people need die. First, you must give Helen back to my brother. Second, Troy must submit to my command, to fight for me whenever I call.

Hector: You want me to look upon your army and tremble? Well I see them. I see 50,000 men brought here to fight for one man's greed.

Agamemnon: Careful boy, my mercy has limits.

Hector: And I've seen the limits of your mercy and I tell you now, no son of Troy will ever submit to a foreign ruler.

Agamemnon: Then every son of Troy shall die.

Achilles: If I hurt you, it's not what I wanted

Patroclus: Prince Hector, is he as good a warrior as they say?

Odysseus: The best of all the Trojans. Some would say...

[sidelong glance at Achilles]

Odysseus: ...he's better than all the Greeks.

[Achilles snorts]

Odysseus: Even if your cousin doesn't come, I hope you'll join us, Patroclus. We could use a strong arm like yours.

Achilles: Play your tricks on me. But not on my cousin.

Briseis: Would you leave this all behind?

Achilles: Would you leave Troy?

Odysseus: [Achilles throws his spear into a nearby tree] Your reputation for hospitality is fast becoming legend.

Hector: Fight me!

Achilles: Why kill you now, Prince of Troy, with no-one here to see you fall?

Achilles: [to Briseis] You are free. If I hurt you, it's not what I wanted.


Achilles: Go. No one will stop you. You have my word.

Achilles: [to Briseis] Trojan soldiers died protecting you. Perhaps they deserve more than your pity.

Glaucus: [the Appolonians are making their last stand] Soldiers of Troy! You men are warriors! To lead you has been my honor!

[to Paris]

Glaucus: My prince! The boatman waits for us! I say, we make him wait a little longer!

[Trojans attack as the Greeks break down the last barricade]

Helen: You should not have come here tonight.

Paris: That's what you said last night?

Helen: Last night was a mistake.

Paris: And the night before?

Helen: I have made many mistakes this week.

Briseis: I thought you were a dumb brute. It would have been easier to forgive a dumb brute!

Priam: I've fought many wars in my time. Some I've fought for land, some for power, some for glory. I suppose fighting for love makes more sense than all the rest.

Achilles: Why? Are the Greeks tired of fighting each other?

Odysseus: For now.

Achilles: Patroclus, put down your spear...

Patroclus: But I'm fighting the Trojans, cousin.

Achilles: Not today.

Patroclus: But I'm ready. You taught me how to fight.

Achilles: You're a good student, but you're not a Myrmidon yet. Look at these men, they are the fiercest soldiers in all of Greece, each of them has bled for me. You will guard the ship...

Patroclus: But this is a war!

Achilles: Cousin, I can't fight the Trojans if I'm concerned for you, guard the ship!

Andromache: 50,000 Greeks did not cross the sea to watch your brother fight. You know this.

Paris: Pearls from the sea of Propontus.

Helen: They're beautiful, but I could never wear them, Menelaus would kill us both.

Paris: Don't be afraid of him.

Helen: I'm not afraid of dying, I'm afraid of tomorrow. I'm afraid of watching you sail away and knowing you'll never come back. Before you came to Sparta, I was a ghost. I walked and I ate and I swam in the sea... I was just a ghost.

Paris: You don't have to fear tomorrow... come with me!

Helen: Don't play with me, don't play.

Paris: If you come, we'll never be safe. Men will hunt us, the gods will curse us, but I'll love you. Until the day they burn my body, I'll love you.

Achilles: [to Hector] Get up, Prince of Troy! I won't let a stone rob me of my glory!

Achilles: If you sailed any slower the war would be over.

Odysseus: I'll miss the start as long as I'm here at the end.

Agamemnon: [on the death of Patroclus] That boy may have just saved the war for us.

Agamemnon: Achilles is one man!

Odysseus: Hector is one man! Look what he did to us today!

Agamemnon: Hector fights for his country! Achilles fights only for himself!

Odysseus: I don't care about the man's alliegence, I care about his ability to win battles!

Achilles: I told you how to fight but I never told you why to fight.

Patroclus: I fight for you.

Achilles: Yes, but who will you fight for when I'm gone? Soldiers fight for kings they've never even met. They fight when they're told to fight, they die when they're told to die.

Patroclus: Soldiers obey.

Achilles: Apparently you won some great victory.

Agamemnon: Ah, Perhaps you didn't notice. The Trojan beach belonged to Priam in the morning. It belongs to Agamemnon in the afternoon.

Achilles: You can have the beach. I didn't come here for sand.

Agamemnon: No. You came here because you want your name to last through the ages. A great victory was won today, but that victory is not yours. Kings did not kneel to Achilles. Kings did not pay homage to Achilles.

Achilles: Perhaps the kings were too far behind to see, the soldiers won the battle.

Agamemnon: History remembers kings! Not soldiers! Tomorrow we'll batter down the gates of Troy! I'll build monuments to victory on every island of Greece. I'll carve "Agamemnon" in the stone.

Achilles: Be careful, king of kings. First you need the victory.

Agamemnon: Your men sacked the temple of Apollo, yes?

Achilles: You want gold? Take it. It's my gift to honour your courage. Take what you wish.

Agamemnon: I already have. Aphareus! Haemon!

[Aphareus and Haemon appear dragging Briseis]

Agamemnon: The spoils of war.

Achilles: No argument with you, brothers. But if you don't release her, you'll never see home again. Decide!

Agamemnon: Guards!

[Achilles draws his sword]

Briseis: [breaking free from guards] Stop! Too many men have died today. If killing is your only talent, that's your curse. I don't want anyone dying for me.

[Achilles groans, then sheathes his sword]

Agamemnon: Mighty Achilles, silenced by a slave girl. Tonight I'll have her give me a bath, and then, who knows?

Achilles: You sack of wine! Before my time is done, I will look down on your corpse and smile.

Achilles: [when asked why he let Hector go] It's too early in the day to be killing princes.

Hector: [Feeling guily about killing Patrocolus] I killed a boy today. He was young; too young.

Odysseus: Then fight for me. My wife will feel much better knowing you're riding beside me. I'll feel much better.

[first lines]

Title Card: 3200 years ago. After decades of warfare Agamemnon, King of Mycanae, has forced the kingdoms of Greece into a loose alliance. Only Thessaly remains unconquered. Agamemnon's brother Menelaus, King of Sparta, is weary of battle. He seeks to make peace with Troy, the most powerful rival to the emerging Greek nation. Achilles, considered the greatest warrior ever born, fights for the Greek army. But his disdain for Agamemnon's rule threatens to break the fragile alliance apart.

Priam: Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves, will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we're gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?

Nestor: One more thing, we need Achilles and his Myrmidon.

Agamemnon: Achilles? He can't be controlled. He's as likely to fight us as the Trojans.

Nestor: We don't need to control him, we need to unleash him. That man was born to end lives.

Agamemnon: Yes, he's a gifted killer. But he threatens everything I've built. Before me, Greece was nothing. I brought all the Greek kingdoms together. I created a nation out of fire worshippers and snake eaters! I build the future Nestor, Me! achilles is the past. A man who fights for no flag. A man loyal to no country.

Nestor: How many battles have we won off the edge of his sword? This will be the greatest war the world has ever seen. We need the greatest warrior.

Agamemnon: There's only one man he'll listen to.

Priam: [to Achilles] I knew your father. He died well before his time. But he was fortunate enough to not have lived long enough to see his son fall.

Eudorus: [about Patroclus] He wore your armor. Your sheild, your greaves, your helmet. He even moved like you.

Agamemnon: [upon seeing Achilles' boat to land first on the beaches of Troy] The man wants to die!

Achilles: [to Priam] You are a far better king than the one leading this army.

Odysseus: It's no insult to say a dead man is dead.

Hector: Yesterday the Greeks underestimated us. We should not return the favor.

Achilles: You were brave to fight them. You have courage.

Briseis: To fight back when I'm attacked? A dog has that kind of courage.

Hector: [to priest] Bird signs? You want to plan out strategy based on bird signs?

Achilles: Things are less simple today.

Odysseus: Women have a way of complicating things.

Agamemnon: [approaches king] Good day for the crows.

Triopas: Remove your army from my land.

Agamemnon: Why, I like your land, I think we'll stay. I like your soldiers too.

Triopas: They won't fight for you.

Agamemnon: That's what the Messenians said, and the Acardians, and the Opeians, now they all fight for me.

Triopas: You can't have the whole world, Agamemnon. It's too big, even for you.

Agamemnon: I don't want to watch another massacre. Let's settle this war in the old manner. Your best fighter against my best.

Triopas: And if my man wins?

Agamemnon: We'll leave Thessaly for good.

Triopas: Boagrius!

[cheers from Thessalian army. Boagrius comes out from the centre of the army]

Agamemnon: Achilles!


Triopas: Boagrius has this effect on many heroes.

Agamemnon: Be careful who you insult, old king.

Greek Soldier: My king, Achilles is not with the army.

Agamemnon: Where is he?

Greek Soldier: I sent a boy to look for him.

Briseis: Am I still your captive?

Achilles: You're my guest.

Briseis: In Troy, guests can leave whenever they want.

Achilles: We should leave.

Helen: I can't ask anyone to fight for me. I'm no longer queen of Sparta.

Hector: You're a princess of Troy now.


Hector: And, my brother needs you tonight.

Odysseus: This war will never be forgotten, nor will the heroes who fight in it.

Agamemnon: The Gods only protect the strong.

Agamemnon: [Observing Achilles' ship racing in fronnt of the others] He's going to take the beach of Troy with 50 men?

Achilles: Myrmidans! Brothers of the sword, I rather fight beside you than any army of thousands!

Myrmidans: Ahhooooo!

Achilles: Let no man forget how menacing we are! We are Lions!

Myrmidans: Ahhhooooo!

Achilles: Do you know whats there, waiting beyond that beach? Immortality, take it, it's yours!

Myrmidans: Ahhhooo ahooooo ahooooo!

[Paris cowardly bows out of a duel with Menelaus, leaving everyone aghast, especially Menelaus]

Menelaus: [shouts to Helen] Is this what you left me for?

Priam: [to Helen] I have heard rumors of your beauty. And for once, the gossip is right.

Priam: [about Helen] Do you love her, my son?

Paris: Father, you are a great king, because you love your country so much. Every blade of grass, every grain of sand, every rock in the river... You love all of Troy. That is the way I love Helen.

Achilles: Is there no one else? Is there no one else?

Briseis: You lost your cousin, and now you have taken mine. Where does it end?

Achilles: It never ends.

Helen: Menelaus was a brave man. He fought for honor. And every day I was with him, I wanted to walk into the sea and drown.

Hector: If I die...

Andromache: No...

Hector: If I die I don't know how much longer Troy will stand.

Agamemnon: I almost lost this war because of your little romance.

Agamemnon: [to Briseis] You'll be my slave in Mycenae. A Trojan priestess scrubbing my floors. And at night...

[Briseis stabs him in the neck with a Trojan blade]

Messenger Boy: [walks into Achilles's tent and sees him with two women] King Agamemnon has sent for you.

Achilles: Tell the king it can wait until morning.

Messenger Boy: Umm... it is morning.

Helen: [to Hector] All those widows. I still hear them screaming. Their husbands died because I'm here.

[from director's cut]

Helen: You're very young, my love.

Paris: We're the same age.

Helen: You're younger than I ever was.

Hector: Make him swing and miss; he'll tire.

Briseis: Am I still your captive?

Achilles: You're my guest.

Briseis: In Troy, guests can leave whenever they want.

Achilles: We should leave now.

Briseis: Would you leave this war behind?

Achilles: Would you leave Troy?

Menelaus: May the Gods keep the wolves in the hills and the women in our beds!

Odysseus: The men believe we came here for Menelaus' wife, he won't be needing her anymore.

Achilles: The gods envy us.

Menelaus: Princes of Troy, on our last night together, Queen Helen and I salute you!

Paris: [discussing the wooden horse] Father, burn it.

Paris: Father, this is Helen.

Priam: Helen? Helen of Sparta?

Paris: Helen of Troy.

Eudorus: We were going to sail home today.

Odysseus: I don't think anyone's sailing home now.

Priam: [to Achilles about Hector] I loved my boy from the moment he opened his eyes until the moment you closed them.

Thetis: Your glory walks hand-in-hand with your doom.

Agamemnon: Peace is for women and the weak.

Andromache: [to Hector] I can't imagine life without you.

Odysseus: We need you. Greece needs you.

Achilles: Greece got along fine before I was born. And Greece will remain Greece long after I am gone.

Patroclus: Nervous?

Achilles: Petrified.

Menelaus: I want her back.

Agamemnon: Well, of course you do, she's a beautiful woman.

Menelaus: I want her back so I can kill her with my own two hands, and I won't rest till I've burned Troy to the ground.

Agamemnon: I thought you wanted peace with Troy.

Menelaus: I should have listened to you.

Agamemnon: Peace is for the women, and the weak. Empires are forged by war.

Menelaus: All my life I've stood by your side, fought your enemies. You're the elder, you reap the glory. This is the war of the world. But have I ever complained, brother? Have I ever asked you for anything?

Agamemnon: Never. You're a man of honour.

Menelaus: Will you go to war with me, brother?

Hector: [about his baby son] I want to see him grow tall. I want to see all the girls chasing after him.

Achilles: It's a beautiful night.

Achilles: Never hesitate.

Menelaus: May the Gods keep the wolves in the hills and the women in our beds.

[first title cards]

Title card: 3200 years ago... After decades of warfare, Agamemnon, King of Mycenae, has forced the kingdoms of Greece into a loose alliance. Only Thessaly remains unconquered... Agamemnon's brother, Menelaus, King of Sparta, is weary of battle. He seeks to make peace with Troy, the most powerful rival to the emerging Greek nation... Achilles, considered the greatest warrior ever born, fights for the Greek army. But his disdain for Agamemnon's rule threatens to break the fragile alliance apart.

Paris: [to Helen] Then I'll make it easy for him to find me. I'll walk right up to him and tell him you're mine.

Ajax: [to his shipmates, as they approach the Trojan beach] Row you lazy whores, row! Greeks are dying!

Menelaus: [to Paris] See the crows? They've never tasted Prince before.

Briseis: Do you enjoy provoking me?

Achilles: Speak.

Eudorus: Apollo sees everything! Perhaps-perhaps it is not wise to offend him.

[With his sword, Achilles chops off the head of the Statue of Apollo]

Achilles: [Contemptuously referring to Agamemnon] Imagine a king who fought his own battles! That would be a sight!

Agamemnon: May the gods keep the wolves in the fields and the women in our beds.

Hector: All my life, I live by a course, and the course is simple - honor the gods, love you woman, and defend your country!

Trojan cavalry: Yaaaahhhhh!

Hector: Troy is Mother to us all. Fight for her!

Achilles: Flank! To the flank!