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Porcius Cato (Character)
from Caesar (2002) (TV)

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"Rome: Utica (#1.9)" (2005)
Scipio: Cheer up. We live.
Porcius Cato: We do, we live.
Scipio: And where there's life, there's hope.
Porcius Cato: I'm afraid if we've done anything, my old friend, we've disproved that proverb.

Porcius Cato: Scipio, you have a tolerant spirit. I suggest that, if you can, you should try and make your peace with Caesar.
Scipio: I shall do whatever you do.
Porcius Cato: [chuckles] Oh, I wouldn't do that.
[Cato commits suicide later that evening]

[after the defeat at Thapsus]
Scipio: We should go.
Porcius Cato: Where?
Scipio: Utica's not far.
Porcius Cato: Utica? What's there for us?
Scipio: Food, shelter.
Porcius Cato: I need neither.
Scipio: Sleep, then.
Porcius Cato: Sleep would be pleasant.

[to Scipio, after being defeated by Caesar at Thapsus, while watching a wounded war elephant die]
Porcius Cato: [distantly] They sleep standing up, you know. Elephants. On account once laid down, they... cannot rise again.


"Rome: Pharsalus (#1.7)" (2005)
Pompey Magnus: Why so melancholy, Brutus?
Marcus Junius Brutus: Oh, do I seem so?
Pompey Magnus: Mmm.
Marcus Junius Brutus: Forgive me. No, Caesar's defeat is a blessing. We cannot endure tyrants. But I cannot celebrate it. Caesar was as my father to me.
Porcius Cato: I feel for you. When do we strike?

[after their defeat at Pharsalus, Cato and Scipio says they must escape and rally fresh troops]
Marcus Junius Brutus: Might one ask where?
Porcius Cato: Africa. We must rally the cities of Africa!
Marcus Tullius Cicero: [bitter chuckle] Africa? Dear gods, we are fast running out of continents.
Marcus Tullius Cicero: And coin! We have taxed every last coin from Greece and spent it all! What shall we use to buy Africa's loyalty? Seashells?
Porcius Cato: We need buy nothing! We are the Senate of Rome...!
Marcus Tullius Cicero: We are old men with mud on our shoes!

[after Brutus announces that he plans to go with Cicero]
Porcius Cato: Without the force of your name, the cause of the Re...
Marcus Junius Brutus: Do not! Do not talk to me of the Republic! If I had known what wretched company and rotten food I would endure, if I had known what an old fool is Pompey, I would never have left Rome...!
[He realizes Pompey is standing behind him]
Marcus Junius Brutus: Forgive my anger. I'm not myself.
Pompey Magnus: Think nothing of it. I merit your disappointment.

Marcus Tullius Cicero: You may fight on as you wish. As for me, I will go from here and surrender myself to Caesar.
Porcius Cato: Have you no dignity? No honor?
Marcus Tullius Cicero: Some little, I hope. Not as much as you, of course.
Scipio: Caesar will kill you.
Marcus Tullius Cicero: That may be. I'm not afraid to die... I'm tired. I want to go home.


"Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic (#1.2)" (2005)
Atia of the Julii: Cicero!
Marcus Tullius Cicero: My dear Atia. A pleasure. Forgive us for imposing at such a ludicrous hour.
Atia of the Julii: Not at all, I adore it! The secrecy, the intrigue, it's most thrilling.
Porcius Cato: Comprehend, woman: this meeting is invisible.
Atia of the Julii: Be assured, Cato, I do not see you.
[there is a knock at the door; Antony enters]
Atia of the Julii: General Antony, we are...
Mark Antony: Oh, gods, your beauty is painful. You are the crucifix of Venus.
[he kisses her hand]
Mark Antony: Let me die in your arms.
Atia of the Julii: [giggling] 'Sist, Antony.
Mark Antony: Good evening to you all.
Porcius Cato: General Antony...
Mark Antony: Tribune Antony, if you please.
Porcius Cato: You are inside the sacred precincts of Rome, but yet you wear the bloody red cloak of a soldier.
Mark Antony: [feigning surprise] Che brutta figura! It completely fell from my mind. I'm most extremely sorry. Will you forgive me, friend Cato?
[he starts to remove his cloak]
Mark Antony: Atia, please, will you take this and burn it?
Marcus Tullius Cicero: That's not necessary.
Mark Antony: Is it not? Oh, bene. Then let's stop all this blathering and get down to business.
Porcius Cato: [offended] Blathering, you say?
Atia of the Julii: [clapping her hands] What a congerie of heroes! Such vim. I feel like Helen of Troy. Would you adjourn to the courtyard?

Pompey Magnus: Speak, young Marcus. What have you to tell us?
Mark Antony: I have been delegated by Caesar to negotiate a compromise. Caesar wishes to avoid bloodshed. He wishes to be seen as a man of reason and probity. Therefore, when his present term as governor of Gaul has ended, he is willing to accept command of a single legion province. Illyria, by preference.
Pompey Magnus: I don't understand.
Mark Antony: Command of a province. So he will have legal immunity. And so that none of you rascals can go dragging him through the courts.
Pompey Magnus: We're here to discuss the terms of Caesar's resignation. He could've avoided prosecution by accepting a few years' banishment.
Mark Antony: [amused] Banishment for what?
Porcius Cato: For fomenting a tyranny! Illegal warfare! Theft! Murder! Treason!
Mark Antony: And what shall be your punishment, Pompey? For betraying a friend, for deserting the cause of your people, for allying yourself with these so-called "noblemen," what punishment for you?
Pompey Magnus: Impudent whelp!
Marcus Tullius Cicero: The man's term of office ends in two weeks.
Mark Antony: We say six months.
Pompey Magnus: Two weeks! He sits alone in Ravenna with one mutinous skeleton of a legion, and he dares to dictate terms to me?
Mark Antony: Caesar has many more legions than the Thirteenth.
Scipio: On the far side of the Alps.
Mark Antony: Winter does not last forever. Spring comes, snows melt.
Scipio: That's a threat!
Mark Antony: [seriously] I assure you, it is no threat. Snows always melt.
[Pompey thinks for a moment]
Pompey Magnus: If he does not get a province?
Mark Antony: Caesar will take all measures required to protect both his interests and those of the Republic.
Pompey Magnus: I am grieved and surprised. I had hoped we would have a rational negotiation. If that is his last word, we shall go.
[pause]
Mark Antony: Then we have no more business.


"Rome: The Stolen Eagle (#1.1)" (2005)
[as Caesar's soldiers distribute war spoils to the mob]
Scipio: What a dreadful noise plebs make when they're happy.
Porcius Cato: This is music. Wait until Caesar starts them howling for our blood. Then you'll hear something dreadful.

Porcius Cato: Neither we aristocrats alone nor you and your soldiers alone can crush Caesar.
Pompey Magnus: Stop there.
Porcius Cato: I do not say that you wish to crush Caesar, I only say that if you did wish it, you could not do it alone.
Pompey Magnus: I have no need of you noble gentlemen. I have only to stamp my feet, and legions will spring up all over Italy. I can squash Caesar like an insect, if I wished it so. I do not wish it.
[Pompey starts to walk away, but Cato grabs him]
Porcius Cato: Renounce him, Pompey! Renounce Caesar! Ally yourself with us, and his strength will wither away. It is you who has the real power. It is you the people truly love. Think you they will still shout Caesar's name when he runs out of Gallic trinkets to throw to them?
Pompey Magnus: Think you I care what names are shouted in the streets?
Porcius Cato: NOTHING is more important.


"Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall (#1.5)" (2005)
[Pompey dictates a response to Caesar's peace terms]
Pompey Magnus: "My dear friend Gaius, how are we come to this absurd position? In the interests of peace and equity, I accept - "
Marcus Tullius Cicero: "The Senate and People of Rome have authorized me to accept."
Pompey Magnus: "... the Senate and People of Rome have authorized me to accept a truce - "
Scipio: No, not "truce." That would imply that he is a sovereign rather than a criminal entity.
Porcius Cato: Quite right. A criminal.
Pompey Magnus: "... have authorized me to accept a cessation of hostilities on the terms offered in your last letter. I await your answer."
Marcus Tullius Cicero: Good enough.
Porcius Cato: Good enough? This abject humiliation is good enough? We're not men, we're worms.
Marcus Tullius Cicero: "Worms" is harsh. Worms cannot run away as speedily as we do. Caesar has not even left Rome - gods know why not - yet his legions chase us from town to town with great ease. We're more like sheep than worms.


Caesar (2002) (TV)
Marcus Cato: This is the greatest crime in Roman law.