The Mandarin Quotes in Iron Man Three (2013)

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The Mandarin Quotes:

  • The Mandarin: A true story about fortune cookies. They look Chinese. They sound... Chinese. But they're actually an American invention. Which is why they're hollow, full of lies, and leave a bad taste in the mouth.

    [smashes fortune cookies on the table with his fist]

    The Mandarin: My disciples just destroyed another cheap American knockoff: the Chinese Theatre. Mr. President, I know this must be getting frustrating, but this season of terror is drawing to a close. And don't worry. The 'Big One' is coming: your graduation.

  • The Mandarin: Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. America, ready for another lesson? In 1864, in Sand Creek, Colorado, the U.S. Military waited until the friendly Cheyenne Braves had all gone hunting. Waited to attack and slaughter the families left behind. And claim their land. Thirty-nine hours ago, the Ali al-Salam Air Base in Kuwait was attacked. I, I, I did that. A quaint military church, filled with wives and children, of course. The soldiers were out on maneuvers. The 'Braves' were away. President Ellis, you continue to resist my attempts to educate you, sir. And now, you've missed me again. You don't know who I am. You don't know where I am. And you'll NEVER see me coming.

  • [from trailer]

    The Mandarin: I'm gonna offer the choice: do you want an empty life, or a meaningful death?

  • [the Mandarin broadcasts his latest message to President Ellis on all networks]

    The Mandarin: Mr. President. Only two lessons remain. And I intend to finish this before Christmas morning. Meet Thomas Richards. Good strong name, god strong job. Thomas here is an accountant for the Roxxon Oil Corporation. But I'm sure he's a really good guy.

    [Richards sobs in fear as Mandarin points a gun down on him]

    The Mandarin: I'm going to shoot him in the head, live on your television in 30 seconds. The number for this telephone is in your cell phone. Exciting, isn't it, imagining how it got there? America, if your President calls me in the next half-minute, Tom lives. Go!

    [President Ellis checks his phone and discovers a phone number]

    President Ellis: How did he hack my phone?

    Secret Service Agent: We can't allow terrorists to dictate...

    President Ellis: I have to make this call.

    Secret Service Agent: I'd strongly advise against that.

    President Ellis: This is the right thing to do.

    [President Ellis calls the number. Mandarin's phone rings. After three rings, Mandarin shoots Richards, shocking everyone watching on television]

    The Mandarin: There's just one lesson left, President Ellis. So run away, hide, kiss your children goodbye. Because nothing, not your army, not your red, white, and blue attack dog, can save you. I'll see you soon.

    [Mandarin ends his broadcast]

    President Ellis: Tell Rhodes, find this lunatic right now.

  • [from trailer]

    The Mandarin: Mr. Stark, today is the first day of what's left of your life.

  • [from trailer]

    The Mandarin: My soldiers are coming. NOTHING can save you!

    Tony Stark: We'll see about that.

  • [Robert Donat's final line in his final film]

    The Mandarin: We shall not see each other again, I think. Farewell, Jen-Ai.

  • Gladys Aylward: You're confusing me.

    The Mandarin: Many people are confused these days.

  • The Mandarin: What is a foreigner Captain? How would you describe yourself?

    Capt. Lin Nan: My heart and my mind are Chinese, only my blood is mixed.

    The Mandarin: If I have offended a guest in my home, I shall not forgive myself.

    Capt. Lin Nan: It is my own mixed blood which offends me.

  • Capt. Lin Nan: It's an interesting problem. I shall be happy to hear when you have solved it.

    The Mandarin: [after a moment's thought] Then be happy Captain, I just solved it!

    The Mandarin: [without emotion] I'm delighted.

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