Col. Ives
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Col. Ives (Character)
from Ravenous (1999)

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Ravenous (1999)
Ives: Eat to live. Don't live to eat.

Ives: If you die first, I am definitely going to eat you, but the question is, if I die, what are you going to do? Bon appétit... Eat or die.

Ives: That was very... sneaky

Ives: Morality. The last bastion of a coward.

Ives: It's not courage to resist me Boyd. It's courage to accept me.

Ives: [looking out over the mountains] Manifest destiny. You know come april, thousands of gold-hungry Americans will over those mountains, on their way to new lives, passing right through...
[turns around indicating Fort Spencer]
Ives: here.

Ives: [takes a big breath of smoke] You know, not too long ago I couldn't do that. Could barely take a breath without coughing up a pint of blood. Tuberculosis. That along with fierce headaches... depression... suicidal ambition. I was in pretty horrible shape. In fact I was on my way to a sanatorium to convalesce when a native scout told me a curious story. Man eats the flesh of another, he takes the other man's strength, absorbs his spirit. Well. Naturally I just had to try. Consequently I ate the scout first and you know he was absolutely right. I grew stronger. Tuberculosis? Vanished. As did the headaches and the black thoughts. I returned that spring happy. And healthy. And virile...

Ives: We won't kill indiscriminately. No... selectively. We don't want to break up families.

Knox: What are you cooking?
Ives: It's, uh... stew.
Knox: Need any help?
Ives: No, no, no. Perhaps later you might... contribute.

Ives: [gun clicks] That's sooo annoying.

Ives: I found your Private Reich up there... or what was left of him. You didn't finish! Well, I can't blame you: he was tough.
[snorts]
Ives: But then, a good soldier ought to be.

Ives: Of course, we've no wish to recruit everyone. We've enough mouths to feed as it is!
[laughs]

Ives: You remember this? You smell it? The scent - always jogs the memory - don't you think? Remember the energy? The potency of someone else coursing through your veins? Someone brave. You know the disappointment as it dissipates. The strength slipping from your grasp. The growing, killing need to replenish. But I don't have to remind you of that. You're feeling it right now.