Vinicius Quotes in Quo Vadis (1951)

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Vinicius Quotes:

  • [on being told the Christians are being blamed for the burning of Rome]

    Vinicius: The people won't believe such a lie!

    Petronius: But they are believing it. People will believe any lie, if it is fantastic enough.

  • Vinicius: [as the Christians file into the arena, singing] These people know how to die, Nero. In death you will squeal like a hog!

  • Vinicius: [when asked how his army defeated the Gauls and the Britons] We fought with our bowels! Try it sometime!

  • Petronius: [Nero begins to sing again, and his voice is horrible] Body of Bacchus, I've been listening to *that* since morning!

    Vinicius: [amused] He seems in rare voice!

  • Vinicius: [speaking of Nero] His new wife, Poppea, sounds interesting - a harlot for an empress?

    Petronius: [sardonically humorous] My dear Marcus, what a proletarian observation! You must know that a woman has no past when she mates with a god.

  • Vinicius: [to Lygia about Paul] That beggar-faced philosopher shouldn't be stuffing your head with such nonsense.

  • Poppaea: [as Marcus enters] As usual your entrance is proud and aloof.

    Vinicius: I came proudly as fast as my hands and knees will carry me.

    Poppaea: And as always, sardonic and unassailable.

    Vinicius: So happily, so unassailable? I've never been so readily expertly vanquished in my life.

    Poppaea: I believe everything except the word vanquished.

    Poppaea: [Suggestively while taking wine] I should like to vanquish you Marcus.

    Vinicius: Like the spider who eats her mate when he is no longer a necessity?

    Poppaea: [Suggestively] Mmm-Hmmm - Something like that.

  • Vinicius: [Seeing the mighty Ursus for the first time] Why, with one arm strapped you could kill fifty Nubians in an hour.

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