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Quo Vadis (1951)
[Nero is exasperated with the mobs]
Emperor Nero: Do I live for the people or do the people live for me?
Petronius: You are the sun in their sky! Does the sun have privacy?
Emperor Nero: The sun has the night! These people expect me to shine daily - hourly!

Emperor Nero: [as the Christians enter the arena to die] They're singing!

Emperor Nero: [During the burning of Rome] What do they want?
Petronius: Justice.
Emperor Nero: A mob doesn't want justice - they want revenge!

Emperor Nero: [On learning that Petronius is dead] I shall never forgive him for this!

Emperor Nero: [none of his closest men will die for him in light of the mob's anger over Rome's burning] I'm surrounded by eunuchs!

Emperor Nero: [annoyed] Why do you stare at me, Acte?
Acte: My lord, I can only say... when all this sets with the final sun, remember the look of Acte.
Emperor Nero: [snidely] Why should I remember you?
Acte: No one loves you as I love you.
Emperor Nero: I command you to *stop* loving me!

Emperor Nero: Poppaea, one woman shouldn't judge another. She hasn't the glands for it. Ha-ha!

Emperor Nero: [as Vinicius and the other soldiers march past] Come closer. Look. They march as they fight: strong, brave, relentless... our unconquerable children. We must take them to our breast.
Poppaea: [Obviously attracted to Vinicius and interpreting the double-entendre literally] Yes, my lord.

Emperor Nero: Is it possible that human beings can produce such a sound?
Petronius: Yes, when they've been pushed too far.


"Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire: Nero (#1.1)" (2006)
[Last lines]
Nero: No matter what everyone thinks of me, the world is losing a great artist.

[to a slave boy who reminds him of Poppea]
Nero: Make him... a woman.

[after killing Poppea]
Nero: What have I done?
Ofonius Tigelinus: Nothing.

Seneca: You know, years ago, your father falsely accused me of adultery. Exiled me, ruined my name. But he was Emperor. Denying t would have cost me my life. I know what it is to be the enemy of an emperor Nero. I'm too old to be one again.
Nero: You'll never be my enemy.

Nero: I'm a god, you see? Must be. Must be. I steal and destroy and nothing happens. I kill people. I killed people. I killed her and nothing happened. How can that be? If I'm not a god how can that be?


History of the World: Part I (1981)
Emperor Nero: Here, wash this!

Marcus Vindictus: Oh, Caesar. I've spread civilization to the farthest reaches of the Empire! I've conquered and subdued the barbaric hordes in the name of Rome! I've penetrated into the farthest...
Emperor Nero: What's under the sheet?
Marcus Vindictus: Sheet?
Emperor Nero: SHEET!
Marcus Vindictus: Oh! Oh, the sheet! Yes, to begin with, Number One, a beautiful, hand-carved, alabaster...
[whips off the sheet]
Marcus Vindictus: Bathing basin!
Emperor Nero: Nice. Nice. Not thrilling, but nice.


Roman Legion-Hare (1955)
Emperor Nero: Get me a victim right away, or you'll be the victim.


While Nero Fiddled (1944)
Nero: Delicious debauchery!


The Sign of the Cross (1932)
Emperor Nero: My head is splitting... the wine last night, the music... the delicious debauchery!


"I, Claudius: Old King Log (#1.13)" (1976)
Nero: What a pretty thing a fire is.


Nero's Mistress (1956)
[repeated line]
Nero: Mother... is always Mother!


Barabbas (1961)
Emperor: Gladiator Barabbas, you're becoming quite a legend among us, I hear. For your remarkable persistence in life, we have a traditional answer to this public acclaim. We make you a free man. We give you your liberty. Here is the symbol of your freedom!
[holds up a carved staff for everybody to see, then tosses it into the arena next to Barabbas' feet; he picks it up and slowly exitst the Coliseum]