Best history movie quotes of all time

Please vote as you browse around to help the best rise to the top.

Movie Quote Quiz
Miracle picture

Herb Brooks: Red line, back. Blue line, back. Far blue line, back. Far red line, back. And you have 45 seconds to do it. Get used to this drill. You'll be doing it *a lot*. Why? Because the legs feed the wolf, gentlemen. I can't promise you we'll be the best team at Lake Placid next February. But we will be the best conditioned. That I can promise you.

More Miracle quotes

300 (2006)

300 picture

Messenger: What makes this woman think she can speak among men?
Queen Gorgo: Because only Spartan women give birth to real men.

More 300 quotes
Victoria and Abdul picture

Abdul Karim: Listen, little drop, give yourself up without regret and in return you will gain the ocean. Give yourself away and in the great sea you will be secure.

More Victoria and Abdul quotes
Troy picture

Hector: All my life I've lived by a code; and the code is simple: Honor the gods, love your woman, and defend your country. Troy is mother to us all. Fight for her!

More Troy quotes
Apollo 13 picture

Gene Kranz: I don't care about what anything was *designed* to do. I care about what it *can* do.

More Apollo 13 quotes
Black Hawk Down picture

Pilla: Colonel, they're shooting at us! Colonel, they're shooting at us!
McKnight: Well shoot back!

More Black Hawk Down quotes
12 Years a Slave picture

Bass: The law says you have the right to hold a n****r, but begging the law's pardon... It lies. Is everything right because the law allows it? Suppose they'd pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave?
Edwin Epps: Ha!
Bass: Suppose!
Edwin Epps: That ain't a supposable case.
Bass: Because the law states that your liberties are undeniable? Because society deems it so? Laws change. Social systems crumble. Universal truths are constant. It is a fact, it is a plain fact that what is true and right is true and right for all. White and black alike.

More 12 Years a Slave quotes
Schindler's List picture

Oskar Schindler: Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't.
Amon Goeth: You think that's power?
Oskar Schindler: That's what the Emperor said. A man steals something, he's brought in before the Emperor, he throws himself down on the ground. He begs for his life, he knows he's going to die. And the Emperor... Pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.
Amon Goeth: I think you are drunk.
Oskar Schindler: That's power, Amon. That is power.

More Schindler's List quotes
Kingdom of Heaven picture

Hospitaler: I put no stock in religion. By the word "religion" I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the 'Will of God.' Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is here [points to head], and here [points to heart], and by what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man. Or not.

More Kingdom of Heaven quotes
The Irishman picture

Jimmy Hoffa: You always charge a guy with a gun! With a knife, you run away.

More The Irishman quotes
Secretariat picture

Eddie Sweat: Hey, Kentucky! Big old Red done ate his breakfast this morning! And you about to see something that you ain't never even seen before.

More Secretariat quotes
Gandhi picture

Brigadier: You don't think we're just going to walk out of India.
Gandhi: Yes. In the end, you will walk out. Because 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate.

More Gandhi quotes
Seabiscuit picture

Tom Smith: You know, you don't throw a whole life away just 'cause he's banged up a little.

More Seabiscuit quotes
1776 picture

[After hearing Dickinson bang on a desk.]
Benjamin Franklin: Please, Mr. Dickinson, but must you start banging? How is a man to sleep?
John Dickinson: Forgive me, Doctor Franklin, but must you start speaking? How is a man to stay awake?
John Dickinson: We'll promise to be quiet, sir. I'm sure everyone prefers that you remain asleep.
Benjamin Franklin: If I'm to hear myself called an Englishman, sir, I assure I prefer I'd remained asleep.
John Dickinson: What's so terrible about being called an Englishman? The English don't seem to mind.
Benjamin Franklin: Nor would I, were I given the full rights of an Englishman. But to call me one without those rights is like calling an ox a bull. He's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his.
John Dickinson: When did you first notice they were missing, sir?

More 1776 quotes
The Elephant Man picture

John Merrick: No! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I. Am... A man!

More The Elephant Man quotes
Eddie the Eagle picture

Eddie Edwards: I've been kicked off every team before I even got a chance to prove myself.

More Eddie the Eagle quotes
Patriots Day picture

Katherine Russell: For a Muslim woman, marriage is a lilting dance of duality, strength and submission. Beautiful, selfless, rapturous love of two masters, the carnal and the divine. The life a Muslim woman lives is a dangerous and difficult one. If she does not submit to her husband, there is a spot reserved for her in Hell. Yes. My husband kissed me before he left, and he will kiss me again when I see him in Heaven. And you can't prove anything.

More Patriots Day quotes
Fearless picture

Moon: Because, "If you're sad", my Grandma told me "then cry", "After you cry, you still have to live life"

More Fearless quotes
Valkyrie picture

Henning von Tresckow: We have to show the world that not all of us are like him. Otherwise, this will always be Hitler's Germany.

More Valkyrie quotes
Battle of Britain picture

Squadron Leader Canfield: The engine's overheating, and so am I! Either we stand down, or blow up! Now which do you want?

More Battle of Britain quotes

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.