Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.

David Franzoni (b. 1947) American screenwriter
Gladiator (2000)

Screenplay, with John Logan, William Nicholson. The words are attributed in the movie to Marcus Aurelius, though they are not found in his writings. In his Meditations 9.3, though, he writes, "Do not despise death, but welcome it gladly" (or, alternately, "smile at its coming.")

Added on 12-Dec-07 | Last updated 15-Apr-09
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