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Julius Caesar (Character)
from Cleopatra (1963)

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Imperium: Augustus (2003) (TV)
Augustus: Did I play my role well, in the comdey of life?
Julia: The gods will tell you father.
Augustus: Applause, please.

Julia: Who will love Gaius and Lucius? You? You are not capable of real love, only your dream - your perfect Roman Empire. You should have killed me when I was born, father! Instead you tortured me slowly, with never ending pain.
Julia: They call you Augustus... But you are not a god.

Livia: Why haven't you told them?
Julia: You know?
Livia: Yes, why does that surprise you? Go and tell them now before they embarrass us in public.
Julia: How do I tell them their father is dead, Livia?
Livia: They barely knew him.
Julia: Marcus Agrippa was a good father and a loving husband.
Livia: Oh, come now Julia! Don't play the poor young widow to me.
Julia: You are a merciless woman!
Livia: [pause] Perhaps. It is necessary.

Iullus: I love you.
Julia: But Iullus, my father...
Iullus: Wouldn't approve? What else does he want from you? Didn't it satisfy him enough to have married you to *old* Agrippa in order to beget an heir from your marriage bed?
Julia: I was faithful to Agrippa until he died...
Iullus: So, come to my bed.
Julia: I can't, Agrippa...
Iullus: He's dead, Julia! And you've mourned that beloved, so-called husband for months. You've done your duty for Rome!

Julia: I will be by your side always, father.

[of Iullus]
Augustus: I spared his life!
Julia: But not mine.

Scipio: Hail to our queen!
Julia: Scipio! Don't holler so loud.
Scipio: No worries, we're in disguise. You don't want your father to arrest us for scandal in Rome, do you?
Julia: You do scandalize Rome!
Phoebe: Which is why you love us! Your father caught us one time.
Scipio: He called us "naughty children"!
Julia: He's absolutely right!
Iullus: Indeed. Augustus is *always* right!

Livia: You must marry Tiberius.
Julia: I can't stand him.
Livia: I'm not asking you to love him.
Julia: Good, cause I won't!
Augustus: Shut up, the pair of you! If a fight is what you want give me three days notice to place the bets.

Tiberius: I'll find Iullus and kill him!
Julia: No, you won't. You'll go back to the boarder and continue playing "soldier" or I'll have father throw you in prison as a deserter.

Tiberius: My duty is to maintain authority over Rome's legions; you undermine that with your adultery which you don't even attempt to conceal. I can not live with that!
Julia: Then do us both a favour and fall on your sword!

Julia: You already have what you wanted of me, father. Heirs. My sons. Now let me live my life!

Augustus: My grandsons! Gaius and Lucius! Beautiful, aren't they? Devil see them, the pair of them- they take after their mother!
[Julia enters through the crowds]
Julia: They do not! They take after their father and their grandfather. Come along boys, your grandfather is far too busy being "king" to play with his grandsons.
Augustus: Julia, I'm not a king- there are no "kings" in Rome.

Julia: Have I ever been anything more to you then a instrument to fulfill your destiny.
Augustus: I have never loved anyone in my life as much as I love you.
Julia: Then why are you taking my life away from me?
Augustus: Julia, I want you to be happy, but you have to remember that you aren't just my daughter; you are the daughter of the Empire. As Rome's princess, your body and soul belongs to state, and the state is the body of world - if Rome falls, civilization falls!

Augustus: You're not finished dressing...
Julia: Actually I am, it's the current style. Would you have me weave my dresses as I did when I was a little girl?
Augustus: Perhaps, with a little more wool.

Augustus: You've not changed from your wedding dress?
Julia: I thought that maybe, if I slept in it, when I next awoke it would be gone like a bad dream.

[to Augustus]
Julia: You are *not* master of the future! You conquered the world...
Julia: But you lost your soul.

Augustus: Iullus Antonius blames me for his father's death, he thinks I destroyed the republic, he thinks I'm a tyrant!
Julia: You *are* a tyrant!

[to Augustus before he dies]
Julia: Your father had a dream, and so did mine.

[On sending Tiberius away]
Augustus: I've sent him away, Julia. You don't have to worry about him anymore.
Julia: Am I supposed to thank you, father?
Augustus: No, I'll be content if you don't hate me.

Julia: Tiberius! I was not informed that you were returning to Rome.
Tiberius: You mean "warned"?
Julia: Why should I need to be "warned"?
Tiberius: The northen boarder is as far away as your father could send me, but reports of your affair with Iullus arrive regulary... In explisite detail.

Julia: You used my mother Scribonia too, you had a baby from her and then you threw her away to marry Livia.
Augustus: I loved your mother.
Julia: No, you loved her money!
Augustus: No, I love her because she gave me you.

[after Tiberius hits her]
Julia: You've wanted to do that for a *very* long time.

[to Gaius and Lucius as Julia takes them away]
Augustus: Off you go with your mother boys...
Augustus: Oh! And boys... Agrippa will be home tomorrow. So let us plan are tactics so that then together, your father, you and I can make war on your mother's camp!
[Julia turns and laughs playfully]
Julia: And I will defeat you all - I'm a better sword fighter then any of you.
Augustus: Alas! It is true, one should have never taught that woman how to use a sword.

Cleopatra (1934)
Cleopatra: Together we could conquer the world.
Julius Caesar: Nice of you to include me.

Cleopatra: It seems strange to see you working. I've always pictured you either fighting or loving.
Julius Caesar: Well, I have had some experience with fighting.
Cleopatra: But none with loving, I suppose.
Julius Caesar: Well, none with pretty little queens.

Cleopatra: I had to walk miles across the desert to the sea... to find the fishing boat that brought me to you. But just seeing you is magic, immortal Caesar.
Julius Caesar: That's quite a speech. Your tongue is no longer bewitched by Caesar, eh?
Cleopatra: No. It's my heart now.

Cleopatra: Come to my chambers and dine. We'll make such plans.
Julius Caesar: Are your plans for India or me?
Cleopatra: Both! Shouldn't a Queen choose as her confident, a King?
Julius Caesar: Shhh! The word King is not well liked in Rome.
Cleopatra: Caesar takes what he wants.

Cleopatra: If I implored you to marry me, you wouldn't?
Julius Caesar: I'd have to ask my wife in Rome.
Cleopatra: [laughs] Oh, as if you care about that. Divorce her. Together we could conquer the world!

Cleopatra: Let's not talk any more.
Julius Caesar: I picked a flower in Britain once, the color of your eyes.

Soothsayer: Caesar. Caesar! Beware of the ides of March.
Julius Caesar: One dates as good as another for a funeral.
Soothsayer: Beware!

Julius Caesar: What's this? Antony hates women too?
Marc Antony: Out of their place, I do. They have no place amongst men! They can't think and they can't fight. They're just playthings for us.
Julius Caesar: Most of them.
Marc Antony: All of them!

Julius Caesar: For what I have done, Calpurnia, pardon. For what I'm about to do, courage.

Cleopatra: Nothing must happen to you, my Caesar.
Julius Caesar: Nothing will!

Soothsayer: Caesar, I warned you, the ides of March.
Julius Caesar: The ides of March are here!
Soothsayer: But, not gone!

Julius Caesar: You? You too, Brutus?

Carry on Cleo (1964)
Julius Caesar: Infamy, infamy. They've all got it in for me.

Cleopatra: [to Hengist who is dressed as Caesar] You do not look like your bust.
Julius Caesar: [who is dressed as Hengist] No, he's not. He's just a bit cracked.

[running gag]
Julius Caesar: Friends, Romans...
Whoever happens to be next to him: Countrymen.
Julius Caesar: I know!

Julius Caesar: I've cleaned up this city. Have you forgotten my slogan? 'Nihil expectore in omnibus' - no spitting on the public transport.

Bilius: Caesar, there is a messenger here without.
Julius Caesar: I'm not surprised, if we stay here much longer we'll all be without.

[Of the Britons]
Mark Antony: You know I just don't get these Britons; everytime we get a good punch up going, someone behind the line yells "Teas up!" and they all disappear!
Julius Caesar: "Teas up"? How very odd! It must be one of these strange gods they worship, like this other one they're always talking about, "Crumpet."
Mark Antony: What?
Julius Caesar: "Crum-pet", I don't understand it at all.
Mark Antony: You know something; I don't think these Britons don't want to be conquered.

[Reading a letter from Seneca]
Mark Antony: Hello - there is news from Egypt, Ptolemy is trying to usurp Cleopatra.
Julius Caesar: Trying to do what with her?
Mark Antony: Usurp her.
Julius Caesar: Sound positively revolting.

Julius Caesar: Tony!
Mark Antony: Julie! I caught you with your toga up!
Julius Caesar: Oh yes, I'm sorry I've caught something, one of these local things I can't seem to shake off. It's called "a-stinking-cold"!

Bilius: I'm sorry Caesar but for the good of Rome, you must die!
Julius Caesar: But you're my personal bodyguard and champion gladiator, I don't want to die! I may not be a very good live emperor but I'd be a worse one dead!

Brutus: The senate are worried about matters in the east, the affairs involving Ptolemy and Cleopatra.
Julius Caesar: Are they having an affair? Oh do tell!

Julius Caesar: ...beware the nuts in May.

Cleopatra (1963)
Julius Caesar: Ah, yes. I seem to recall some mention of an obsession you have about your divinity... Isis, is it not?
Cleopatra: I shall have to insist that you mind what you say. I AM Isis. I am worshipped by millions who believe it. You are not to confuse what I am with the so-called divine origin which every Roman general seems to acquire together with his shield. It was, uh, Venus you chose to be descended from, wasn't it?

Agrippa: Nothing bores me so much as an intellectual!
Julius Caesar: Makes a better admiral of you, Agrippa.

Julius Caesar: Germanicus! A guard to escort Queen Cleopatra to her apartments.
Germanicus: Guard!
Cleopatra: The corridors are dark gentlemen, but you mustn't be afraid. I am with you.

Julius Caesar: [speaking of the Grand Eunuch] ... a position not acquired without some, shall we say, sacrifices?

Julius Caesar: [after the execution of Pothinus] Return Apollodorus's dagger to him, but clean it first. It has Pothinus all over it.

Julius Caesar: You all look so impressive. Any one of you could be king.
Pothinus: His Majesty King Ptolemy, kindred of Horus and Ra, beloved of Thoth...
Julius Caesar: Et cetera, et cetera; you welcome me. And I, Gaius Julius Caesar, Consul of the Roman Senate, Pontifex Maximus, et cetera, et cetera, thank you.

Julius Caesar: Why should the eyes of a statue always be without life?

Julius Caesar: Two hours until dawn. We will hold where we are.
Agrippa: And what happens at dawn?
Julius Caesar: I thought you knew. The sun comes up.

Cleopatra: Catullus doesn't approve of you. Why haven't you had him killed?
Julius Caesar: Because *I* approve of *him.*

Julius Caesar: [to Cleopatra] You, a descendant of generations of inbred, incestuous, mental defectives!

Caesar (2002) (TV)
Aurelia: If you marry Cinna's daughter you will be identified with the popular party whether you wish or not.
Caesar: I wish it.
Aurelia: They are not our people.
Cousin: You wish to join with farmers and hagglers and beggars?
Caesar: Our family itself did not exactly drop straight out of Jupiter's ass.

[Brutus is reading]
Caesar: Let me see... Plato's laws? Do you read this?
Marcus Brutus: Yes.
Caesar: And, what did you think of it?
Marcus Brutus: Well Plato thinks that democracy is doomed to failure; he thinks that a state should be run by a dictator, a dictator who's become enlightened through experience and learning.
Caesar: I don't think that your Plato would get on with your Uncle Cato.

[Caesar is dying]
Caesar: Brutus...

[Caesar and Brutus are talking before Pompey's triumph]
Portia: Brutus, hurry up! Are you coming?
Caesar: Hurry and catch up, or else you'll have to come along with me.

Caesar: There's a lot of Rome still out there, it just isn't called Rome yet.

Caesar: [interviewing a prospective tutor for his daughter] Sophistry? Uh, doesn't that mean you know how to tell fancy lies?
Appolonius: There's great power in ambiguity, sir, but not all men use advantages to wicked ends.
Caesar: Are you experienced teaching the young?
Appolonius: Yes, I much prefer it to teaching the old.
Caesar: Why is that?
Appolonius: Because they exhibit more wisdom.

Caesar: Are you trying to seduce me?
Cleopatra: I don't try! I seduce... or I don't!

Caesar: Cleopatra rules a large part of Africa.
Calpurnia: And ALL of you!

Spartacus (1960)
Julius Caesar: Rome is the mob.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: No! Rome is an eternal thought in the mind of God.
Julius Caesar: I'd no idea you'd grown religious.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: [laughs] It doesn't matter. If there were no gods at all I'd still revere them. If there were no Rome, I'd dream of her.

Julius Caesar: [about Spartacus] Did you fear him, Crassus?
Marcus Licinius Crassus: Not when I fought him, I knew he could be beaten. But now I fear him, even more than I fear you.
Julius Caesar: Me?
Marcus Licinius Crassus: Yes, my dear Caesar, you.

Marcus Licinius Crassus: [about Antoninus and Spartacus] Let them fight now. Unchain them.
Julius Caesar: The entire city's been told, they'll fight tomorrow in the temple of your ancestors.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: They will fight now, for me! Here! And to the death! And the victor will be crucified!

Julius Caesar: I thought you had reservations about the gods.
Gracchus: Privately I believe in none of them - neither do you. Publicly, I believe in them all.

Julius Caesar: Is it me you want or is it the garrison?
Marcus Licinius Crassus: [laughs softly] Both.

The Gaul (2001)
Julius Ceasar: We have made an enemy, and it would have been much better to have him as a friend.

Julius Ceasar: I offered to make you a king.
Vercingetorix: So now, accept the surrender of a king.

Julius Ceasar: When Alexander the Great was ten years younger than I am today, he had conquered the entire civilized world.
Vercingetorix: At your age, he was dead
Julius Ceasar: All the more reason to hurry.

Julius Ceasar: I will make you a king, appointed by Rome.
Vercingetorix: Why not a king appointed by destiny?

Vercingetorix: I come to offer you the glory of your victory, which Rome will forever honor with inscriptions in stone and eternal flames.
Julius Ceasar: The light of my victory will make my invisible past failures heavier.

"Rome: Caesarion (#1.8)" (2005)
King Ptolemy XIII: [presenting the head of Pompey Magnus] We were going to make him a body, with moving arms and legs, and do a mime show with real animals and everything, and...
Gaius Julius Caesar: Silence!
[long, heavy silence]
Gaius Julius Caesar: Shame on the house of Ptolemy for such barbarity. Shame.
Pothinus: But... you are enemies.
Gaius Julius Caesar: [shouting] He was a consul of Rome!
[guards draw swords]
Gaius Julius Caesar: A consul of Rome. To die in this sordid way - quartered like some low thief. Shame!

Pothinus: That is not just.
Posca: Post mortem interests of this type are legally entailed to the presiding consul, i.e. Gaius Julius Caesar. It's... law.
Pothinus: Roman law.
Gaius Julius Caesar: Is there some other form of law, you wretched woman?

Gaius Julius Caesar: I have conquered Gaul. I have defeated Pompey Magnus. I can handle a small boy and a eunuch.

Mark Antony: I'm glad you are so confident; some might call it hubris
Gaius Julius Caesar: It's only hubris if I fail

"Rome: The Spoils (#1.11)" (2005)
Gaius Julius Caesar: I don't think I can take another one of Cicero's eulogies.
Mark Antony: He praises you so long and high one might think he was being sincere.

Gaius Octavian: Did you? Did you have him killed?
Gaius Julius Caesar: I didn't even know he existed, until he no longer did.

Gaius Julius Caesar: You know I've always looked upon you as a son.
Marcus Junius Brutus: Oh dear, one of those conversations.

Gaius Julius Caesar: I trust you completely.
Marcus Junius Brutus: So much so that you would send me from Rome to govern Macedonia. Well. Thank you, I am honored, but I will not go.
Gaius Julius Caesar: It is in my legal power to insist that you do go.
Marcus Junius Brutus: As my father. As my father I looked on you!
Gaius Julius Caesar: For a year or so, no more. Until the city's stable.
Marcus Junius Brutus: [near tears] Forgive me. I feel unwell. Perhaps we can finish this game another time.
Gaius Julius Caesar: Be reasonable! You're on every wall with a knife at my throat! It would be foolish to ignore it.
Marcus Junius Brutus: Only tyrants need worry about tyrant killers.

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
Julius Caesar: And so to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right, and justice, and peace, until the gods create a race of men that can understand.

Julius Caesar: What's the matter?
Cleopatra: You're bald! That's why you wear the wreath!

Julius Caesar: Go, Ptolemy. Always take a throne when it is offered to you.

Julius Caesar: Is it sweet or bitter to be a queen?
Cleopatra: Bitter.
Julius Caesar: Cast out fear, and you will conquer Caeser.

"Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall (#1.5)" (2005)
Gaius Julius Caesar: They say slaves talk of bravery as fish talk of flying.
Posca: They say that, do they? How very witty of them.

Gaius Julius Caesar: They say slaves talk of bravery as fish talk of flying.
Mark Antony: They say that; do they? How very witty of them.

Gaius Julius Caesar: You'll remain here with the 13th to keep the peace.
Mark Antony: Keep the peace?
Gaius Julius Caesar: The city will be in your charge. I'll leave Posca to assist you.
Mark Antony: That's ridiculous. I'm a soldier, not a peacekeeper.

Mark Antony: Poor sad wretch gives everything you ask for. The Senate will ratify your status. You get your triumph, stand for consul, and Pompey will retire to Spain. He'd suck Posca's cock if you asked him to.
Gaius Julius Caesar: Too generous by far. I never thought Pompey would accept such terms.
Mark Antony: You think it's a strategem?
Gaius Julius Caesar: I doubt it. He and what few forces he has are trapped and grow weaker by the day. We might crush him at will. But now that he has offered truce, I would look like the worst sort of tyrant if I attack him. Posca here thinks I should accept. Make peace.
Mark Antony: In exchange for what?
Posca: Peace is its own reward.
Mark Antony: Snivelry! The ram has touched the wall! No mercy!
Posca: Pompey has no great army, but he has the Senate with him. He has legitimacy.
Mark Antony: In Rome they are the Senate. Beyond these walls they're just three hundred old men.
Gaius Julius Caesar: As you say Anthony. But others will agree with Posca. They have made this shameful surrender public. It will be read throughout Italy. If I am not a tyrant. If I merely seek legitimacy then why would I not accept such favorable terms?
Posca: [Perusing Pompey's surrender] He refuses to meet us in person?
Gaius Julius Caesar: [thinking] Very good. Simple. Hoi polloi can understand a reason like that. He refuses to meet me face to face, man to man.
[in mock anger]
Gaius Julius Caesar: He refuses to meet me!
Mark Antony: [laughing] Right. That's it. No truce. Let's be after him.
[begins to leave]
Gaius Julius Caesar: Patience. He's well caught. We'll leave when the time is right.
Mark Antony: When?
Gaius Julius Caesar: When the time is right.
Mark Antony: But we should have left Rome long ago. The apple is ripe for plucking and we sit here doing nothing?
Gaius Julius Caesar: Pompey's not an apple. And I am not a farmer.

"Rome: Pharsalus (#1.7)" (2005)
Gaius Julius Caesar: My poor boy.
Marcus Junius Brutus: I am sorry. I am so sorry.
Gaius Julius Caesar: Not at all. It is I who am sorry. I presented you with an impossible dilemma. You did only what you thought honourable.

Gaius Julius Caesar: I ought to have you scourged and crucified! In the future, you will remember that it is *I* that offers mercy. No one else. Clear?
Lucius Vorenus: Clear, sir.
Gaius Julius Caesar: Dismissed!
[Vorenus and Pullo salute and leave]
Mark Antony: I do not like to disagree with you, but you are being far too lenient with him. He let Pompey go, and you let him live? The man should be made an example of!
Gaius Julius Caesar: Any other man, certainly. But those two... They found my stolen standard. Now they survive a wreck that drowned an army and find Pompey Magnus on a beach. They have powerful gods on their side, and I will not kill any man with friends of that sort.

[Caesar orders the army to prepare for battle]
Posca: We are outnumbered three to one on foot and five to one on horse. What uninjured men you have are scared and hungry and desperate.
Gaius Julius Caesar: That is the advantage we must press home.
Posca: I was not aware that irony had military usage.
Gaius Julius Caesar: We must win or die. Pompey's men have other options.

[Posca prepares to shave his master]
Gaius Julius Caesar: Try to avoid bloodshed this time.
Posca: Wait a day or two, and Pompey can shave you instead.

"Empire" (2005)
[Caesar is dying]
Caesar: Protect him, protect my successor.
Tyrannus: Antony?
Caesar: No. Not Antony. Octavius. My sister's boy. He will save the dream of Rome, Tyrannus. Teach him to fight, teach him to rule.

[to Brutus]
Caesar: And you, my child?

Caesar: Look at you, Brutus... A model senator! The army wouldn't recognize you...
Brutus: I've fooled them all.

Caesar: And what do you know of real battle, Octavius?
Octavius: I've studied.

Julius Caesar (1953)
Julius Caesar: [after being stabbed by Brutus] Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!

Julius Caesar: Cowards die many times before their deaths; / The valiant never taste of death but once.

"Xena: Warrior Princess: Endgame (#4.20)" (1999)
Julius Caesar: [Brutus drops the sack Xena gave him at Caesar's feet. Caesar picks it up and looks inside, only to find Pompey's severed head] Pompey's changed his hairstyle. Too bad!
[he and his guards chuckle]

"Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic (#1.2)" (2005)
Gaius Julius Caesar: Soldiers! Pompey and the Senate have formally declared that Gaius Julius Caesar is an enemy of Rome. They have declared that I am a criminal. They have declared, in effect, that all of you *also* are criminals. Tribune's veto was not exercised. People's tribune Mark Antony and 50 men of the 13th were assaulted by 1000 head of Pompeian scum! A tribune of the plebs assaulted on the steps of the senate house. Can you imagine a more terrible sacrilege? Our beloved republic is in the hands of madmen. This is indeed a dark day, and I stand at a fork in the road. I can surrender my arms, in accordance with the law and watch Rome fall to tyranny and chaos. Or, I can return home *with my sword in my hand* and run these maniacs to the Tarpeian rock!

"Cleopatra" (1999)
Cleopatra: Divorce your wife! Marry me and name Caesarion your one true heir!
Julius Caesar: No! Caesarion is my son. Octavian is my heir.

"Rome: Stealing from Saturn (#1.4)" (2005)
Gaius Julius Caesar: You're a thief - a foolish, incompetent thief. But you have served us well in the past so we will pretend your foolishness is a species of honesty and let you go unpunished. In fact, I think we should reward you. I do not like to quarrel with fortune and clearly she's taken you for a pet.
[to Marc Antony]
Gaius Julius Caesar: When you find the trove, give him a hundred gold pieces.
Titus Pullo: Thank you, Sir.
Mark Antony: As you wish.

"Clone High: Raisin the Stakes: A Rock Opera in Three Acts (#1.8)" (2002)
Julius Caesar: I've always enjoyed injesting raisins, but I never thought about smoking them. Well now I have. And I *want to do it*!

"Rome: Kalends of February (#1.12)" (2005)
Gaius Julius Caesar: All these years together and it still surprises you I can tie my sandals.

Shadow of Rome (2005) (VG)
Julius Caesar: Et tu, Brute...?
[Caesar dies from his wounds]

"Shakespeare: The Animated Tales: Julius Caesar (#2.4)" (1994)
Caesar: Et tu brute? Then fall Caesar.
[he dies]
Cinna: Libery! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!

"Xena: Warrior Princess: Destiny (#2.12)" (1997)
Xena: Oh, that's right. You're fated to rule the world. Do you really believe that?
Julius Caesar: Of course. Each event in our life is part of a great plan. There are no accidents. Only destiny.
Xena: And who shapes this destiny - the gods?
Julius Caesar: Perhaps. Or it's the blood in our veins, our souls, our desires, our will. They're all in it, together, weaving a tapestry we call 'destiny'.
Xena: Well, I can tell you one thing about your destiny: you're fated to have dinner in my cabin tonight.