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Rodrigo Borgia (Character)
from "The Borgias" (2011)

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"Borgia: Wisdom of the Holy Spirit (#1.4)" (2011)
Rodrigo Borgia: I will grant you my title as Legate.
Jorge Da Costa: You will offer land in addition to coin? That is a bold step.
Rodrigo Borgia: I have more acreage than Sforza.
Jorge Da Costa: But Perugia? Why choose to give away such a title, such income?
Rodrigo Borgia: The Pope is the servant of the servants of God. Title enough for any man.
Jorge Da Costa: I think you're starting to believe your own words, my friend.

Rodrigo Borgia: [to Medici] I was wrong. You are not young. You are a child.

Cardinal Sforza: Savelli is witnessing the Holy Ghost.
Rodrigo Borgia: Shadows on a ceiling, or a ghost. But not holy.

Cardinal Sforza: You are good at moving money. Like a Spanish Jew.
Rodrigo Borgia: Hmm. Or a Milanese banker.

Cardinal Sforza: You shuffled four mules loaded with coin out of the Vatican treasury.
Rodrigo Borgia: As a precaution.
Cardinal Sforza: Let us rob the bank to save it?
Rodrigo Borgia: I do not need to steal. I have enough gold, silver and rare gems to fill the Sistine to its rafters.
Cardinal Sforza: Shall we see who can fill which room with what?
Rodrigo Borgia: Perhaps I have not mastered the Milanese dialect as well as I thought. I speak not out of pride, but in friendship As Vice Chancellor, you can become rich. Richer than you are, richer than you know.
Cardinal Sforza: Yes, but there is a problem with that. You would be Pope. Do you understand my dialect now?

Rodrigo Borgia: Common men always choose to believe the worst about the noble class. Our transgressions give the poor a sense of cosmic equality.

Rodrigo Borgia: You were expected to vote for me.
Maffeo Gherardo: You and Sforza, your pact, excreted in the toilet. A vote for you puts my soul in danger.

Johann Burchard: Tomorrow I will schedule a meeting to discuss redecorating these chambers.
Rodrigo Borgia: No. I will build new apartments.
Johann Burchard: *We* will build new apartments.
Rodrigo Borgia: You and I?
Johann Burchard: No. You are "We" now.
Rodrigo Borgia: Yes. I am "We." I speak for the souls of mankind.


Assassin's Creed II (2009) (VG)
Rodrigo Borgia: I will cut you down, Assassin!

Rodrigo Borgia: You can't. You can't! This is my destiny. MINE! I am the prophet!
Ezio Auditore da Firenze: You never were.
Rodrigo Borgia: Get it over with then.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze: No. Killing you won't bring my family back. I'm done. Nulla è reale, tutto è lecito. Requiescat in pace.
[Nothing is true, everything is permitted. Rest in peace]

Rodrigo Borgia: So sorry to have claimed your prize, Assassin. Did you honestly think I wouldn't expect you to follow? That I didn't plan for it? We've been at this a lot longer than you.

Rodrigo Borgia: We put our faith in your family and you repay us with inaction and incompetence? Then when asked to account for your failures, you make excuses and insult us? How do you expect me to respond?
Jacopo de' Pazzi: I... don't know...
Rodrigo Borgia: It's alright, I do.
[stabs Jacopo]

Ezio Auditore da Firenze: Doesn't seem like anybody showed up, Rodrigo! How many people have died for this? For what's in this box? And look- There's nobody here!
Rodrigo Borgia: You claim not to be a believer. And yet, here you are... Don't you see him? The Prophet is already here... I am the Prophet. Now give me the Apple.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze: Come and take it from me.

Rodrigo Borgia: This is a losing battle for you, hombrecito. You will die by my hand, just like your father. This war has been going on far longer than either of us have played a role.

Ezio Auditore da Firenze: What do you even want with the Vault, Rodrigo?
Rodrigo Borgia: Don't you know what lies within? Or do you mean to tell me the great and powerful Assassins didn't figure it out?
Ezio Auditore da Firenze: Figure out what?
Rodrigo Borgia: God! It's God that dwells within.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze: You expect me to believe that God lives beneath il Vaticano?
Rodrigo Borgia: A more logical location than a kingdom on a cloud, don't you think? Surrounded by singing angels and cherubim. Makes for a lovely image, but the truth is far more interesting.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze: Let's say I was to believe you - what do you think He'll do when you open that door?
Rodrigo Borgia: I don't care. It's not approval I'm after, just power.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze: And you think He'll give it up?
Rodrigo Borgia: Whatever lies beyond that wall won't be able to resist the Staff and Apple. They were MADE for felling Gods.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze: God is meant to be all knowing. All powerful. You think a couple of ancient relics can harm Him.
Rodrigo Borgia: You know nothing, boy. You take your image of the creators from an ancient book - a book, mind you, written by men.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze: You are the Pope! And yet you dismiss the central text of your Faith?
Rodrigo Borgia: Are you so naïve? I became Pope because it gave me access. It gave me power! Do you think I believe a single god-damned word of that ridiculous book? It's all lies and superstition. Just like every other religious tract written over the past ten thousand years.


"Borgia: The Serpent Rises (#1.12)" (2011)
[first lines]
Site Excavator: [uncovering a figure] Hey! Hey!
Rodrigo Borgia: [shift to viewing of the excavated sculpture] The Laocoon, a relic from the magnificent days of ancient Rome. A cautionary tale, the high priest Laocoon tried to warn the Trojans about the large wooden horse. Fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts. The goddess Athena, as revenge, sent a serpent, which rose from the sea to destroy Laocoon and his sons. The Trojans believed that Laocoon's death proved him wrong. God may destroy a man, but the man may still be right.

Rodrigo Borgia: Who killed my son?
Cesare Borgia: God.
Rodrigo Borgia: God is not so ruthless.
Cesare Borgia: He killed his own son. Why would he not kill yours?

Pedro Calderón: [taking his leave] Pray for me, sweet Lucrezia.
Lucrezia Borgia: I was almost happy!
Rodrigo Borgia: Lust is not happiness, child. Being faithful to God's truth is.

Rodrigo Borgia: We will bury the past in the rich soil of tomorrow.

Rodrigo Borgia: We command you to go to Spain and fulfill your pastoral duties.
Cesare Borgia: And what if, Father, I said I no longer wished to be archbishop? Nor wear the red robe of a cardinal?
Rodrigo Borgia: We would, like a deaf man, stare blankly as your mouth moves.

[last lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: The ancients had many gods, all cruel. How wise of us to consolidate them into one supreme being. And how foolish we are to love God - to love so deeply something as brief and fragile as life.
Rodrigo Borgia: This should be as it was, not as we wish it to be.
[breaks off marble arms]
Rodrigo Borgia: Bury the statue where it will never be found.


"Borgia: Legitimacy (#1.6)" (2011)
[first lines]
Gentile Di Viterbo: [entering chambers] Your ears do not deceive you, Holy Father, respected Eminences. A new world! The visionary navigator and explorer, Cristoforo Colombo, financed by their most Catholic Majesties, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, has discovered a new, immeasurable landmass rich with gold, silver, pearls. Populated by feral natives. King Ferdinand hopes Your Holiness will confer papal legitimacy upon Spain's claims to sovereignty.
Jorge da Costa: [chuckles]
Gentile Di Viterbo: [defiantly turning] Need I remind Cardinal Da Costa that Portugal rejected the proposed expedition not once, but twice?
Jorge da Costa: As did your masters. Cristoforo Colombo is nothing but a cheese dealer.
[Cardinals all laugh heartily]
Cardinal Sforza: Ambassador De Haro, there is not only the King of Portugal to consider, but all the monarchs of Europe.
Rodrigo Borgia: Yes. If we, with our Spanish blood, favor the cause of Spain, what do we gain except wide spread hostility?

Cesare Borgia: Let me help you, Father.
Rodrigo Borgia: *We* are the Holy Father, Bishop. And even if our gut instincts did not warn us of the danger, you know what else convinces us that we're in trouble? A member of our own family refuses to obey. Backstabbing cardinals we can abide, but disrespectful nephews we cannot.
Cesare Borgia: I am sorry, I was only trying to To help, yes.
Rodrigo Borgia: But we do not want your help. We want your loyalty.

Vannozza Catanei: Oh, you are cruel.
Rodrigo Borgia: We are a man of the times.

Francesc Gacet: Shall I decline?
Rodrigo Borgia: To the contrary. Make our meeting a dinner. In wine there is truth. In much wine, opportunity.

Rodrigo Borgia: [about her sutured wound] La Bella, let us see.
Giulia Farnese: You would never love me the same again, if at all.
Rodrigo Borgia: You are right. Not the same. Even more.

[last lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: [in bed] I would have thought you'd be less agitated given the day's other events.
Giulia Farnese: I am very happy for my brother, yes.
Rodrigo Borgia: I can make your brother a cardinal, but you cannot support my claim to paternity.
Giulia Farnese: I can, as long as today's announcement is not your last.
Rodrigo Borgia: Believe me. I have done what I can to make certain there are no more little Borgias running about.
Giulia Farnese: Out there, maybe. But in here?
[smiling and rubbing her belly]
Rodrigo Borgia: No.
Giulia Farnese: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes.
[kissing his neck gleefully]


"Borgia: 1501 (#3.7)" (2014)
Rodrigo Borgia: We have chastised Cesare for being so elusive, yet his success supports his methods.

Lucrezia Borgia: [entering] Della Rovere will surrender Bologna.
Rodrigo Borgia: [chuckles] How I God's great heaven did you convince that son of a fish monger to help your cause?
Lucrezia Borgia: We danced.
Johan Burchard: Dance? Della Rovere danced?

Rodrigo Borgia: [to Alfonso and Lucrezia] My God bless this union with eternal bliss and ten strong children.

Aurelio Borgia Matuzzi: Since finishing my studies in Pisa I've been traveling our great peninsula, working as a priest where ever one is needed, learning the souls of our people.
Rodrigo Borgia: And what do they say of us, the Pope?
Aurelio Borgia Matuzzi: You are respected by many, feared by all. Some question your methods, some applaud.
Rodrigo Borgia: Diplomatic answer, Aurelio. A trait we could sorely use around here. Tell us, how would you like to work at the Vatican? We need a young sharp mind, greater than our own.
[looking over at Buchard]
Rodrigo Borgia: Our the ones that bedevil us. Be our new Papal Secretary.


"Borgia: A Sacred Vow (#1.3)" (2011)
Guiliano Della Rovere: Gherardo is nearly a 100.
Rodrigo Borgia: Who eats as if two men of 50.
Guiliano Della Rovere: And is afraid of his own wind.
Rodrigo Borgia: Of what wind are you afraid, Giuliano?

Rodrigo Borgia: [speaking before the Cardinals] Wolves from outside will one day soon devour our flock and us with a terrible vengeance.
Cardinal: [whispering] Rodrigo has found the Holy Spirit.
Giovanni De Medici: Or maybe the Spirit has found *him*.
Francesco Piccolomini: [from behind them] In either case, it has been a while since the Spirit was last among us.
Guiliano Della Rovere: [elsewhere in the room] Find out who wrote the speech...

Jorge da Costa: There is a wall around Rome. And there is another wall around the wall, made of hands. Hands grabbing for coins.
Rodrigo Borgia: The poor have empty hands, my dear Costa, but their palms are small.
Jorge da Costa: Not so small that they cannot pick up knives and clubs, which will happen if we do not reform the church. We shall be murdered in our beds.
Rodrigo Borgia: I agree. That is why, if chosen, I will, like a potter at his wheel, mold a new church.
Jorge da Costa: Yes. With your big hands. Always reaching beyond your grasp. You have no chance of being elected.
Rodrigo Borgia: I am a Borgia. I leave nothing to chance.

Rodrigo Borgia: My dear Costa, why do you not see that I'm your ally? I believe in the same goals as you.
Jorge da Costa: In voting for my rules, you abstained.
Rodrigo Borgia: In order to remain neutral.
Jorge da Costa: Yes, you are the ultimate bureaucrat.


"Borgia: Pax Vobiscum (#2.4)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: Welcome to Rome, eminence. We trust the city agrees with you.
John Morton: Holiness, if only I could abandon my life in London to the wiles of this most... beauteous country.
Rodrigo Borgia: The English always have an irrational love for Italy.
John Morton: It is the food. You have gnocchi and ravioli, I England, we have mutton.

Rodrigo Borgia: I understand. You're embarrassed being in proximity to a former husband and his new bride, as well as Alfonso D'Este with whom you shared a flirtation, and *his* new bride, while you are alone.
Lucrezia Borgia: Giovanni and Alfonso almost came to blows over me. And now I am of less interest to them than an empty bottle of wine. Do you blame me for my agido?

Giulia Farnese: Lucrezia seems more disturbed by the presence of Alfonso, than the disappearance of her child.
Rodrigo Borgia: What are you implying?
Giulia Farnese: I imply nothing. I merely observe.
Rodrigo Borgia: Lucrezia's bewildered. Her son is now her brother.
Giulia Farnese: I either case, she should show concern. When she thought Cesare might die, Lucrezia was bereft.
Rodrigo Borgia: I worry less about Cesare's physical death than that of his spirit.

Rodrigo Borgia: Killing a man with a pen is no easier than with a sword.
Francesc Gacet: You have sent many men to their deaths.
Rodrigo Borgia: But not this man.


"The Borgias: The Poisoned Chalice (#1.1)" (2011)
Cesare Borgia: That poison was meant for us.
Rodrigo Borgia: You don't poison the Pope!
Cesare Borgia: Do you know what the gossips are calling you? "The mitred ape". Half of Rome is waiting to celebrate your demise.
Rodrigo Borgia: You would poison a dying dog! Not the heir to Saint Peter!
Cesare Borgia: The idea offends you, then?
Rodrigo Borgia: It offends me, it offends nature, it offends God Himself!
Cesare Borgia: Then God will take his revenge.
Rodrigo Borgia: Yes he will... with *our* help!

[first lines]
Pope Innocent: [on his death bed] You are afraid to enter, but you must. I am about to meet my maker. I have confessed. And I confess I am very afraid. Colonna. Sforza. Orsini. Borgia.
Rodrigo Borgia: Your Holiness.
Pope Innocent: Della Rovere. You will fight like dogs over this corpse I leave for this throne of St. Peter's. But it was pure once. We have all sullied it with our greed and lechery. Which of you will wash it clean?
Rodrigo Borgia: It shall be cleansed, Your Holiness, with the tears we shed for you. I swear before the Living God.

Rodrigo Borgia: God will forgive us, my son. But I will not forgive failure from you or your brother.

Rodrigo Borgia: I am Rodrigo Borgia no longer. I am Alexander Sixtus.
Cesare Borgia: But you know who you are. My father, still.
Rodrigo Borgia: I am no longer "I." I am "we." We felt so alone out there. When the crown touched our head. Humbled, even. Even frightened.


"The Borgias: The Borgia Bull (#2.1)" (2012)
Rodrigo Borgia: [to his quarreling sons] We are family, we are one, and we will only triumph as one.

Cardinal Ascanio Sforza: The French ambassador waits, Holiness.
Rodrigo Borgia: [Sarcastically] Isn't he dead yet?
Cardinal Ascanio Sforza: He isn't even sick.

Bianca: [as the Pope sensually bathes her] Will we meet again, Holy Father?
Rodrigo Borgia: Perhaps.
Bianca: Am I to be your mistress then?
Rodrigo Borgia: Alas, no. That position is taken.


"The Borgias: Truth and Lies (#2.8)" (2012)
Vanozza Cattaneo: [Angry that she has been assigned to Lucrezia's wedding] Why I am charged with this task remains a mystery.
Rodrigo Borgia: Well, long may it remain so.

Rodrigo Borgia: [to his son] Do you know what is more poisonous than failure in war or politics? Ridicule!

Rodrigo Borgia: [Rodrigo has been staying up waiting for Juan to come home] I'm a sleepwalker. This wound will not let me rest.
Rodrigo Borgia: Is it your body or your soul that needs healing?


"Borgia: Maneuvers (#1.7)" (2011)
Cesare Borgia: We must surround you with Papal Guards at all times.
Rodrigo Borgia: To live in fear is to live without God.

Rodrigo Borgia: This is one of those rare moments when expediency and vengeance go comfortably in hand.

[last lines]
Giulia Farnese: Orsino's gone - out of our life.
Rodrigo Borgia: Yes.
Giulia Farnese: You're not pleased...
Rodrigo Borgia: In our name men have died in battle. Families have been torn asunder. Those who stood in our way have been silenced. But now the spilled blood has spread under our very own door. This one act of retribution is... murder. Changes everything.


"Borgia: 1495 (#3.1)" (2014)
Johan Burchard: Pope Alexander, Pontifex Maximus, finds you guilty of stealing three carrots from the bin of Angelo Rodi.
Rodrigo Borgia: Three carrots, three lashes...
Defendant: Sire, I am like you foreign-born. I have left Portugal with my family.
[being dragged away]
Defendant: We came to Rome for a better life. Then came the rack of inquisition to find torture of starvation. My babies are dying!
Lucrezia Borgia: [observing her father's indifference] STOP! Holiness, a question. What is most fair, to punish or to provide? The answer is both.
[standing]
Lucrezia Borgia: After the three lashes, you will be gifted three ducats.

Rodrigo Borgia: Tell us, Lucrezia, and be brave in your honesty. Should we step done?
[presents his ring]
Lucrezia Borgia: I could never have sent a man to such a death. Without an iron will and a cruel confidence, I would not be a better sovereign than you.
[handing the ring back]
Rodrigo Borgia: This is true, my daughter. But you are a better person.

[last lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: Today we celebrate the Sancta Familia, an opportunity to reflect on our own family. Cesare, you ride in this tournament. But his mother, his sister, and I, will be by his side, just as he is always by ours. And so with Rome, we Borgia *are* Rome. Now and for eternity!


"Borgia: 1503, Part One (#3.9)" (2014)
Rodrigo Borgia: When we heard the pure and right sounds of the Angelus Bells, we felt as if God had summoned us here. Perhaps our Lord is suggesting that we should exchange jobs.
Fra Celio: I would make a *terrible* Pope.
Rodrigo Borgia: And I a terrible bell ringer.
Fra Celio: We will both end our days where God has placed us.
Rodrigo Borgia: We are not ready to end our days. No, *I* am not read. Because the moment "we" die, we are "me" again.
Fra Celio: Death is part of God's design.
Rodrigo Borgia: Then God's design is flawed.

Rodrigo Borgia: [dying words] A Borgia, and a saint...

[last lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: [narrating] The ancient Egyptians had a god named Apis. He was the god of strength, of fertility. He also protected the deceased in death. The head of the god Apis was that of a bull.


"The Borgias: The Gunpowder Plot (#3.9)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: [Referring to Cesare] ... nobody knows what he's going to do next.
Vanozza Cattaneo: Have you tried talking to him?
Rodrigo Borgia: We never see him to talk to him.
Vanozza Cattaneo: Have you tried forgiving him?
Rodrigo Borgia: For what?
Vanozza Cattaneo: Whatever lies between you two!
Rodrigo Borgia: And what's that?
Vanozza Cattaneo: Well, only you two know.
Vanozza Cattaneo: That's the trouble. You're too alike.
Rodrigo Borgia: Mmmm. The trouble is I miss him.

Mattai the Hebrew: [to Rodrigo trying to reconcile father and son] He is made in your image!
Rodrigo Borgia: [He mutters] We don't know that! He is me! All the fire, the fury, the drive... the pitiless ambition! I look into his eyes - I see myself!
[Yelling rhetirically]
Rodrigo Borgia: Do you expect me to love that?

Cesare Borgia: I'm certain! I can't understand why you don't share my certainty!
Rodrigo Borgia: Certainty is the preserve of youth.


"The Borgias: Nessuno (Nobody) (#1.9)" (2011)
Vanozza Cattaneo: We did love our children, did we not, my dear?
Rodrigo Borgia: To a fault.

King Charles VIII: [Taken aback when he meets the Pope dressed in only a friar's robe in the Vatican] It is not as we expected.
Rodrigo Borgia: Does the Pope of Rome disappoint your highness? Had you hoped for gold and silver vestments? Display has its purpose, but simplicity must rule our hearts. We are all of us naked before God... even the Pope of Rome... even the King of France.

Rodrigo Borgia: [With his new grandson and his family] We should thank God for all the blessings he has visited on this, our family.


"Borgia: Pentecost (#2.6)" (2013)
[first lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: [drinking his medicine] La Bella, you startled me.
Giulia Farnese: The weather startles you, my love? I am here to soothe you.
Rodrigo Borgia: These last several weeks I have not been consistent in my affections. But Giulia, I do love you.
[pours the drug into her mouth]

Rodrigo Borgia: Cesare is both your cousin and your new commander. You will lead our Papal Guard, as you've yearned to do in the past.
Cesare Borgia: I do not walk in the past, father, I run towards the future. As soon as my train is ready, I depart for France to marry Princess Carlotta.
Rodrigo Borgia: King Federigo does not want you to marry his daughter, nor does she.
Cesare Borgia: A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's, she changes it more often.

Alessandro Farnese: Holiness, I reviewed the treasury ledgers. Debt grows while assets decline. The church must secure new means of income. I began this process by dismissing the papal scribes, and installing a printing press under the supervision of renowned artisan Aldus Manutius of Venice.
[a general uproar among the Cardinals]
Alessandro Farnese: We are but a few years from the birth of a new century, and the Church must keep in step. We will do so with the printed word. A Holy Bible, made here in the Apostolic Palace.
Ascanio Sforza: The printed word is not to be trusted. Misprints are too rampant.
Alessandro Farnese: No, misprints can be corrected. And besides, many a near-sighted monk has made mistakes copying.
Ascanio Sforza: Only priests can interpret the Word of God. Yet with this machine, even the lowest peasant now has a Bible in his hut. Holiness. Holiness, my faith lies with the pen, not with the press.
Rodrigo Borgia: Our face... faith lies with Cardinal Farnese to correct our fiscal misfortune.
Ascanio Sforza: [laughs] Then let his Eminence prove the machine's worth.
Alessandro Farnese: In one month scribes produced one Bible. I will bind ten in two days.
[all laugh]


"The Borgias: The Borgias in Love (#1.5)" (2011)
Giulia Farnese: [Hearing that Rodrigo plans to arrange a marriage for 13 year old son Gioffri] Are you ever going to stop?
Rodrigo Borgia: Never!
Giulia Farnese: You are going to ensnare the whole of Europe... in your progeny.
Rodrigo Borgia: What else are families for?

Rodrigo Borgia: We have merged our fortunes with the Sforza name... the consequence of that trust being betrayed would be most severe.
Cardinal Ascanio Sforza: Do you speak to me as Vice Chancellor, Your Holiness?
Rodrigo Borgia: [Soberly] No, as a Sforza!

Rodrigo Borgia: [Shocked to see Ursula on the other side of the confessional] My eyes... !
Rodrigo Borgia: You can believe them, Cardinal. I ask to confess in person to you that I must confess I have nothing to confess.


"Borgia: The Time of Sweet Desires (#2.1)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: Aristotle wrote that a man is wisest when he is 60. Does wisdom come with survival?

Alfonso di Calabria: You must appoint a new Vice Chancellor. The Vatican at present is a body without a head. Movement without purpose. Too much work goes undo. Why are you waiting?
Rodrigo Borgia: Why are you so impatient? Are you not content nibbling on our power as a rat does cheese?
[laughter amongst the Cardinals]

[last lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: I am in your debt, young Farnese. Ask for something.
Alessandro Farnese: The return of my sister Giulia. The heart is missing her.
Rodrigo Borgia: As mine does for her. These past 8 months we have behaved more pauper than Pope. Soon we'll have our strength back. But we are not yet fully in control. Find a reason to justify Giulia return.


"Borgia: A Morality Play (#2.8)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: [as assassin is attempting to stab him] We forgive you.
Rodrigo Borgia: [to guards tackling the assassin] Do not harm the man!
Rodrigo Borgia: [then under his breath] Until we learn who hired him.

Fabrizio Colonna: If I were to marry the girl, you must agree to never touch her again.
Rodrigo Borgia: [slow grudging acquiescence]
Fabrizio Colonna: [rising] Well, I will entertain Giulia at my palazzo this evening. At dinner. Examine La Bella up close.
[takes his leave]
Rodrigo Borgia: [to Gacet] He is perfect. A pompous shit. Giulia will despise him.

[last lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: [conducting ordination] Many disparaging comments have been made the last few weeks by my brother cardinals. But know this. We do what is best for God's Holy Church. With the integrity of faith, and the purity of mind. We intend to make an appointment. As with all others, we demand your unfailing support. And the people of Spoleto will receive their new governor with complete obedience.
Rodrigo Borgia: [picking up the medallion] We present the next governor of Spoleto... Lucrezia Borgia.


"Borgia: 1502 (#3.8)" (2014)
Ippolito d'Este: Don't those of us who are the wisest age the worst?
Sigismondo D' Este: There is a bird in Britannia. It's so small, you cannot see it. I have one.
Alphonso d'Este: Please, forgive my brother. A disease has reached his brain. He is useless.
Rodrigo Borgia: Or he is the holiest of you all.

Rodrigo Borgia: We celebrate. Darling girl, this is your chance for happiness, love, peace.
Lucrezia Borgia: Then why does it not feel so?
Rodrigo Borgia: Because you're unaccustomed to happiness, love and peace. Joys of life are not a given, you must fight for them.

Rodrigo Borgia: [to Lucrezia] You go, and do not look back. You do not look back, because you know no matter what you need, whenever you need it, I will alive or dead be there for you. No go. And when I call you name, do not turn to me. Do not.


"The Borgias: The Purge (#3.2)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: [Opening lines as Cesare is shaving him] Della Rovere's escape was orchestrated by whom?
Cesare Borgia: Of that I must plead ignorance.
Rodrigo Borgia: We are in a snake pit surrounded by venom and smiling vipers, and our son pleads ignorance.
[He sighs]
Rodrigo Borgia: Maybe it was you.
[Cesare nicks his neck with the razor]

Rodrigo Borgia: Think of Rome as a spider's web, my son, and each family has its silken thread attached to an egg which is planted within these walls.
Cesare Borgia: Orsini, Baglioni, Vitelli, Colonna.
Rodrigo Borgia: And each one of these diaphonous threads go back through their families to the tarantula of Forli, the great arachnee, Caterina Sforza, and every egg wears a cardinal's hat and a smile of obedience and piety, and plots to murder you, your mother, your sister, and the plot to murder your beloved brother succeeds.

Vanozza Cattaneo: My life without you has turned out to be another blessing in disguise.
Rodrigo Borgia: Hmmm. We're both blessed then.
Vanozza Cattaneo: Together we were cursed, but apart at least I am at peace.


"The Borgias: The French King (#1.6)" (2011)
Rodrigo Borgia: [Upset with Juan] Do you have any idea what lengths I've gone to to keep your mother's reputation intact?

Rodrigo Borgia: [about the arranged marriage with his 13 year old son with the bastard daughter of the Neapolitan king and the dowry the Borgias will recieve] We need this union more than we need the riches. The wolves are bearing down on the Papal States.

Giulia Farnese: [Guilia finds Rodrigo unresponsive and quiet in bed] You find the art of politics more engrossing than...
Rodrigo Borgia: Than the art of love?
Giulia Farnese: Did I say that?
Rodrigo Borgia: Hmmm, they have more in common than you would think.


"Borgia: The Invasion of Rome (#1.9)" (2011)
[first lines]
Alessandro Farnese: Yes, but the rules of war no longer rule. Hadrian built Castel Sant'Angelo as a mausoleum, not a shelter for Roman refugees. When the French army arrives, I fear this fort will be used as a tomb once more. Within days, hours even.
Rodrigo Borgia: Stay brave, Eminence.
Alessandro Farnese: With all due respect, Holiness, the army of Naples was filled with brave men, who now lie putrefying on the fields north of Rome. And their king has abdicated, fled to Gaeta.

Rodrigo Borgia: We cannot give up this fortress. Charles would hand Sant'Angelo over to della Rovere and soon my body would be floating in the Tiber, decomposed instead of deposed.

[last lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: We have come together, my brothers, only to part. Farnese, you will leave today for Siena. Colonna, for Ferrara. Orsini, for Venice. Riario-Sansoni, to Florence. You will convince the dukes and doges, the merchants and the clergy in each city, that we must, once again, come together to save Italy. The King of Spain will join us. So, we are certain, will the Emperor. We shall forge a Holy League which will decimate the French and bring della Rovere to his knees.
Rodrigo Borgia: [all rise] As with Constantine, Justinian and Charlemagne, the Lance of Longinus bestows victory upon its keeper.
[raises the saber]
Johann Burchard: All hail Pope Alexander!


"Borgia: Ascension (#2.5)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: We have given you a rare commodity: time. Use that time to sway the others.
Cesare Borgia: But to get all of them to agree? They never will. Never.
Rodrigo Borgia: That word was uttered when I entered the Conclave. Never again would a Spaniard be Pope! Yet here is the ring mankind must kiss.

[last lines]
Alfonso di Calabria: [under the sheets] Are you nervous?
Lucrezia Borgia: Are you?
Alfonso di Calabria: Oh, indeed. But I do not mind. You are worth the world, my love.
[they kiss]
Oliviero Carafa: [watching from the foot of the bed] Convincing, but not enough.
Rodrigo Borgia: Alfonso, pull back the sheets.
Alfonso di Calabria: [to Lucrezia] I hear and see only you. Cling tightly. Hear and see only me.
Oliviero Carafa: I still cannot tell whether this is acting.
[taking a candle]
Oliviero Carafa: I am sorry but where is his penis?
Rodrigo Borgia: [with growing discomfort] Children, we must witness the penetration.
Lucrezia Borgia: [getting on top] Fuck me, husband. Yes, fuck me! Fuck me harder! Harder, fuck me! Yes, you - are - a - god! - A - god.
[cry out]


"Borgia: 1492 (#1.1)" (2011)
Rodrigo Borgia: Forty years ago Pope Nicolas, despairing at the disrepair of Saint Peters, had hoped to build a spectacular basilica. He died before he had the chance. I were Pope...
Francesc Gacet: No Spaniard will ever again be Pope.
Rodrigo Borgia: Sometimes, Francesc, I wish you were not always so honest.

[last lines]
[last lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: [to his sons] Some day you'll face more than a bar brawl. The Pope, riddled with fever, inches toward death. Keep your weapons ready, even at mass.


"Borgia: Prelude to an Apocalypse (#1.8)" (2011)
Rodrigo Borgia: [to Lucrezia] Do not dare to lecture me on diplomacy, little girl. Or seek to confuse me with manipulation. I am the master of both.

Lucrezia Borgia: How you enjoy playing games with our lives. Your heart may care about Cesare, but your soul is dead.
Rodrigo Borgia: [slaps her face] My soul is Rome, and we will make any sacrifice, even our daughter, to save this city!


"Borgia: The Blessed Trinity (#2.7)" (2013)
[first lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: These poisons made my soul feel so lofty. Yet in truth they divided my soul from my flesh and my brain!
[breaking vials]
Rodrigo Borgia: The three must rejoin like the Trinity. I will endure. I will renew myself. We are the Vicar of Christ.

[last lines]
Rafaele Riario-Sansoni: [entering] Holiness. In gratitude for my promotion, and in celebration of your recovery, I present you with this exquisite Crucifix.
[men bring in a large figure]
Rodrigo Borgia: Who did this? Which genius?
Rafaele Riario-Sansoni: He waits outside.
Rodrigo Borgia: Bring him to us.
Francesc Gacet: Buonarroti.
Rafaele Riario-Sansoni: I present you the artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti, formerly of Florence.
Rodrigo Borgia: How did you create something so divine?
Michelangelo Buonarroti: With my hands, Good Father.
Rodrigo Borgia: Many men work with their hands. Few connect to the eternal.
Michelangelo Buonarroti: We are so distant from Christ now. In 1500 years He has become an idea alone. I need to know the Jesus who was also flesh. He had a head and a heart, a penis and an arse. His tongue could taste grapes and his teeth could ache. His hands may have felt callous when they caressed another skin. God created the human body, Good Father. We are duty-bound to celebrate such an extraordinary creation.
Rodrigo Borgia: Yes. Yes. We count on Gracious God, ever old, ever new. You shall design our tomb.


"Borgia: Miracles (#1.10)" (2011)
Rodrigo Borgia: Just as 30,000 Venetian soldiers move in concert with King Ferdinand's army to attack the French by land and sea, you suddenly arrive to announce Milan's change of allegiance. The French must be finished, for Lord knows the Sforza only join the side which holds victory in its grasp.
Cardinal Sforza: How are we any different than you, Holiness?

Juan Borgia: I should come with you, Father.
Rodrigo Borgia: We need you here. You must charm the King as long as possible, giving us time to move northward, and for Spain to lay siege to Naples.
Lucrezia Borgia: But Father, the last time Charles came to Rome, you remained.
Rodrigo Borgia: Last time, Charles believed us weak, we believed *ourselves* weak. There was no threat to him. Now the outcome is unknowable.
Lucrezia Borgia: So, when you are weak, you stay, but when you are strong, you flee?
Rodrigo Borgia: As long as even one Borgia dwells in Rome, our travels cannot be seen as flight, because your presence is a sign of our intention to return.
Lucrezia Borgia: But why must both of us stay?
Rodrigo Borgia: Charles will do you no harm.
Lucrezia Borgia: How can you be certain? You said no one would harm my mother.
Rodrigo Borgia: Because Juan will agree, on our behalf, to all the King's demands. Drown him in yeses. Any concordat can be reversed.
Juan Borgia: Holiness, I will reflect you as my armor does the sun.


"Borgia: 1500 (#3.6)" (2014)
Gacet: We have been friends forever. Did I ever once betray you?
Rodrigo Borgia: How would we know?
Gacet: Would you be the Pope if I had?
Rodrigo Borgia: [walking away] Do not act as if we own our life to you. And do not act as if you do *not* owe your life to us!
Gacet: I do. And you do. Our lives are entwined, the two of us. Either I am zero and you are zero, or together we are the universe!
Rodrigo Borgia: [turning back] No, I am the heart, and you are the head. If emotion can now sway you, then we do not work. You claim that what I saw mattered not, but how can I be certain? How can I know which past decisions, guided by you, must be re-examined? Would you yourself not advise me that this is the end?
Gacet: I will be gone tomorrow. Some problems are unsolvable, some questions unanswerable. No matter what we do, we will never be free of mortality, partiality, or error.
[hands him his gloves]

[last lines]
Alfonso d'Este: For all I know, my father himself had the pamphlet written to justify stopping the betrothal. He has sent copies to King Louis.
Rodrigo Borgia: Whose faith in you is already wavering.
Alfonso d'Este: [to Lucrezia] We are lost sweet one. We are lost.


"Borgia: 1499 (#3.5)" (2014)
Michelangelo: [debating in front of a raw block of marble] There is no Goliath inside the stone.
Leonardo da Vinci: If there is no Goliath, there is no David.
Michelangelo: And there lies the fallacy. The marble holds David alone - before battle.
Leonardo da Vinci: Holiness, if David is depicted without Goliath, there is no indication the subject *is* David. It would be the carving of an ordinary man.
Michelangelo: True beauty lies not in victory, but in the hope of victory. Hope shines forth in the fleeting moment before David chooses to a simple stone. When weakest he puts his trust in the Lord. This marble holds an ordinary man, yes, transformed by his leap of faith. He should be celebrated for fidelity, not for brutality.
Rodrigo Borgia: If you succeed, Buonarroti, so does mankind. Begin work today.

Rodrigo Borgia: You have caused great pain to us Borgia. Does not our grief deserve an explanation?
Tommaso albanese: Alfonso married into your family. You are the Pope, so perhaps he was good to you, or you ignored his actions. Did you ever once see how he treated those under him? Do you even notice those under you? He whipped me. He broke my arm, not because I did wrong, but because he felt pleasure in hurting me. But you did not know that.
[to Cesare]
Tommaso albanese: And you, did not know that. Such matters are not part of your unceasing lust, gluttony, and greed.
Rodrigo Borgia: The guilty always accuse the judge.


"The Borgias: The Choice (#2.5)" (2012)
Rodrigo Borgia: Know your enemy, Cardinal. Know him better than your friend.

Rodrigo Borgia: [about Savanarola] Perhaps the good friar could be bought.
Piero De Medici: [Doubtful] With money?
Rodrigo Borgia: With a bishopric. Generalship of the Dominican Order.
Piero De Medici: The Dominican Order already does his bidding.
Niccolo Machiavelli: And how can you buy one who would outlaw trade itself?
Rodrigo Borgia: You offer him something that money cannot buy - Heaven itself!


"Borgia: Transfiguration (#2.9)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: Kings are like children. To stop their sobbing you must wave a shiny new toy.

Rodrigo Borgia: We cannot fight force with force, but we can with cunning. This begins by turning our enemy into an ally.
Ascanio Sforza: Ludovico attempted such a gamble, and was betrayed by King Charles.
Rodrigo Borgia: Cesare informs us that Louis possesses none of the Anjou pride. Still, should he invade Milan, we will impose an interdict upon France. Cutting them off from the Holy Sacraments - from salvation.
Ascanio Sforza: You must issue the interdict *before* Louis invades.
Rodrigo Borgia: Good idea.


"The Borgias: The Beautiful Deception (#2.3)" (2012)
Vanozza Cattaneo: [about Paolo's meeting with Lucrezia] You of all people should understand, Rodrigo, the need to see one's child.
Rodrigo Borgia: It was beyond foolish.
Vanozza Cattaneo: But you can forgive her surely.
Rodrigo Borgia: Question is... can she forgive herself?

Lucrezia Borgia: Permit my Paolo a Christian burial.
Rodrigo Borgia: He is a suicide. It is impossible.
Lucrezia Borgia: [Handing it to her father] This note was pinned to his sleeve.
Rodrigo Borgia: [Examining it] Yes, a suicide note.
Lucrezia Borgia: But he could not read or write, Father. My Paolo could not even pen his own name.
Rodrigo Borgia: [after considerable thought] So it was murder! Where is the murderer?
Lucrezia Borgia: Too close for comfort.


"The Borgias: Stray Dogs (#2.4)" (2012)
Rodrigo Borgia: So deception has a place in warfare?
Cesare Borgia: As in life.

Rodrigo Borgia: Do you pledge your arms to the service of God and his vicar on Earth?
Francesco Gonzaga: I do, Your Holiness.
Rodrigo Borgia: And do you promise to fight in his name and his name alone?
Francesco Gonzaga: I do, Your Holiness.
Rodrigo Borgia: And do you pledge the spoils of battle in its entirety to his holy mother church?
Rodrigo Borgia: [Gonzago's eyes move from side to side as he realizes what the Pope has said] God's blessing comes with a price.


"The Borgias: The Assassin (#1.2)" (2011)
Rodrigo Borgia: [after Orsini's death] So we are one less cardinal this morning!

Cesare Borgia: You are aware, Holy Father, of the plots against us?
Rodrigo Borgia: Oh, what would Rome be without a good plot?


"Borgia: 1496 (#3.2)" (2014)
Rodrigo Borgia: Tell us, why do we imprison men?
Canale: To deprive miscreants of liberty as punishment for wrong doing.
Rodrigo Borgia: Excellent. So then why do allow murders and thieves to leave Terranuova at night?
Canale: Beause they have purchased passes, but must return at dawn.
Lucrezia Borgia: In between they commit more crimes.
Canale: Privileges have always been allowed for those who can afford them.
Rodrigo Borgia: As of this day the sale of passes and privileges is no more. Prisoners must fear time spent in Terranuova.
Canale: What of my income?
Rodrigo Borgia: [raising] You dare to whine to the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church about your petty insignificant needs? We speak of justice! Be gone, Canale.
[sitting back down]
Rodrigo Borgia: We will close our eyes, and when we open them, you will be gone.
[closes his eyes]
Canale: [hesitates, then begins running down the aisle, then collapses clutching his chest]
Gacet: [runs to him] He is dead.

Giulia Farnese: I would never forgive myself if something happened to you and I was not here, holding your hand.
Rodrigo Borgia: You hurt us to the quick - walking out - ignoring our missives.
Giulia Farnese: I was wrong to do so. Mia culpa.
Rodrigo Borgia: We are capable of forgiveness. But not of further heartbreak.


"The Borgias: Paolo (#2.2)" (2012)
Rodrigo Borgia: [Stepping over some of the poor sleeping in filth] How can people live like this?
Vittoria: Because they have no alternative.

Rodrigo Borgia: [Watching a falcon attack a pigeon] Tou must get me a battalion of those birds.


"The Borgias: The Moor (#1.3)" (2011)
Rodrigo Borgia: [to Cesare who will be appointed a cardinal] My beloved son, crimson is a color that becomes us.

Rodrigo Borgia: Goodness and probity make worthy adversaries, do they not?


"The Borgias: Day of Ashes (#2.6)" (2012)
Rodrigo Borgia: [Jokingly] Poisoning would brighten the procedings in an otherwise gloom-laden day.


"Borgia: 1507 (#3.14)" (2014)
Cesare Borgia: I cannot help but wonder, what if Juan had not been murdered. Would I have remained a Cardinal? What if Reginald Louis had not been murdered. Would he have been in Naples instead of de Cordoba and guaranteed my safe passage back to the Romania? What if a malarial fever had not plagued both father and son? If the reign of Pope Alexander had lasted another year? Or even six months, would I now be emperor of Italy? What if Lucrezia and I had consummated our love?
Rodrigo Borgia: [as a dream] "What if" is a game for philosophers and school boys. You're neither.


"Borgia: Who Is Like God? (#2.12)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: [speaking to gathered Cardinals] In Hebrew the name poses the question: Who is like God? The answer is: No one. But, in the tempestuous course of our lives, we can attempt to emulate our Creator. And so we, Alexander the VI, will be leaving Rome tomorrow for the monastery of Monte Casino, where we will fast and pray on spiritual retreat. In our place, we appoint as Reagent of Holy Mother Church, with full Papal authority, one who dwells in the heart of God. Our daughter, Lucrezia.


"The Borgias: Lucrezia's Wedding (#1.4)" (2011)
Gioffre Borgia: It's a big responsibility.
Rodrigo Borgia: Mmm, it is. Sometimes it even stops me sleeping at night.
Gioffre Borgia: I will marry anyone you like that helps you to sleep.


"Borgia: God's Monster (#1.11)" (2011)
[first lines]
Oliviero Carafa: Since the defeat of France, the kingdom of Naples has been without a sovereign. On behalf of my flock, I ask you, Holiness, to invest Federigo d'Aragona, brother of our late liege, with the crown.
Rodrigo Borgia: Federigo is a good man, but he has little experience in government. We fear more unrest if he rules.
Oliviero Carafa: He is an admiral.
Giulia Farnese: Must we talk politics?
Rodrigo Borgia: Yes, La Bella.
Giulia Farnese: Then come, ladies, we shall adjourn to a more festive room and gossip...


"The Borgias: Lucrezia's Gambit (#3.7)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: [Referring to his portrait being painted] Do you think he's caught us?
Mattai the Hebrew: He has caught the office. Catching the man is more elusive.


"Borgia: Ash Wednesday (#2.2)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: A man can only be convinced to do that which he already desires.


"The Borgias: The Siege at Forli (#2.7)" (2012)
Rodrigo Borgia: Wine?
Juan Borgia: No, I only drink water. The clarity of water gives clarity of mind.


"The Borgias: Death, on a Pale Horse (#1.7)" (2011)
Rodrigo Borgia: Who can we trust in this charnal house called Rome?


"Borgia: The Assumption (#2.10)" (2013)
[last lines]
Agapito Geraldini: The King is a bit mad, for he placed both marital chambers next to each other. I could hear he and Anne making love. And I could hear Cesare breaking his lance not once, not twice, but over and over. Then I heard a door creak and footsteps. I saw the King naked, his ear to Cesare's door. After Cesare had broke the lance for the eighth time, he stepped out naked as well to find the King looking at him in stunned admiration. And he said...
Rodrigo Borgia: Who? Who said?
Agapito Geraldini: The naked King. 'You have beaten me in this tournament as well.' And on the spot, increased his stipend to 40,000 francs a year. And granted Cesare the rare honor of placing French lilies alongside the bull on the Borgia coat of arms.
Rodrigo Borgia: After the King retreated to his suite, I made myself known to Cesare.
Rodrigo Borgia: All is well. The first sheets were red. Go to Rome, tell my father.
Rodrigo Borgia: I looked into his room, but I did not see the sweet, young virgin on his bed. And that is because she no longer is. But as he closed the door I could see his smile was one of relief, release, satisfaction, surrender. As if all the women whom he had known in his life had led him to this moment.
Rodrigo Borgia: Eight times? Eight times in one night, you say? Cesare is a Borgia. France is ours. And all of Italy.


"The Borgias: The Wolf and the Lamb (#3.5)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: [In bath with Bianca] Scandal may be the perrogative of kings, but we are the Pope of Rome. We have a church to run.


"The Borgias: The Face of Death (#3.1)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: I saw the face of death.
Cesare Borgia: You're not dead, Father.


"The Borgias: Siblings (#3.3)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: [Referring to the King of France's desire to divorce his ugly queen] Forgive my curiosity. Am I to understand she is so uncomely she is unbedable?
The French Ambassador: In all honesty then...
Rodrigo Borgia: Yeah, honesty is always good.
The French Ambassador: She is what we must call a two sack woman.
Rodrigo Borgia: What?
The French Ambassador: There are women one might take to bed only if they were to wear a sack over their heads, and then there are others where you too must wear a sack lest theirs falls off.


"Borgia: 1497 (#3.3)" (2014)
Giulia Farnese: How are you feeling, my Rodrigo?
Rodrigo Borgia: Like a prisoner in my own body. Completely conscious throwing the fit, yet powerless to gain control.


"Borgia: Palm Sunday (#2.3)" (2013)
[last lines]
Rodrigo Borgia: [on his knees] Dear God, oh that you would bless me indeed to expand my territory. And that your hand would be with me to guide me, and to keep me from evil. Amen.
Rodrigo Borgia: [hands upward] Who serves you best, Lord? Do I or Savonarola? Send a sign. Save my son.