William Hundert: Great ambition and conquest without contribution is without significance. What will your contribution be? How will history remember you?
Older Deepak Mehta: A great teacher has little external history to record. His life goes over into other lives. These men are pillars in the intimate structure of our schools. They are more essential than its stones or beams, and they will continue to be a kindling force and a revealing power in our lives.
William Hundert: The waters in which we found ourselves swimming, were precisely as lovely as those we had earlier only imagined. But if time had made concessions for love, it made none for death.
Sedgewick Bell: (about Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar") They should've killed Marc Antony, I mean... Brutus is a pussy.
William Hundert: Well... Senator... The Greeks and the Romans provided a model of democracy, which I don't need to tell you, the framers of our own constitution, used as their inspiration. But more to the point I would think when the boys read Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Julius Caesar even, they're put in direct contact with men, who in their own age, exemplified the highest standards of statesmanship, of civic virtue, character, conviction.
Older Sedgewick Bell: I live in a real world where people do what they need to do to get what they want. If it is lying, if it is cheating, then so be it.
Deepak Mehta: Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child.
Louis Masoudi: I am such an asshole.
William Hundert: However much we stumble, it is a teacher's burden always to hope, that with learning, a boy's character might be changed. And, so, the destiny of a man.
William Hundert: Excuse me?
Louis Masoudi: Huh? What me?
William Hundert: Yes, sir. What is your name?
Louis Masoudi: Uh, Louis.
William Hundert: Just Louis?
Louis Masoudi: Louis Masoudi, sir.
William Hundert: Mr. Masoudi, could you define the word "path" for me?
Louis Masoudi: Well, there are several definitions, I suppose.
William Hundert: Would "a route along which someone or something moves" be among them?
Louis Masoudi: Yeah. Oh, yeah. No. Yeah. I'm s-sorry, sir.
William Hundert: Follow the path, Mr. Masoudi. Walk where the great men before you have walked.
Louis Masoudi: Yes, sir. It's, uh - It's better for the grass.
William Hundert: It's better for you.
William Hundert: Aristophanes once wrote, roughly translated; "Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but STUPID lasts forever."
William Hundert: The worth of a life is not determined by a single failure or a solitary success.
Senator Bell: (chuckling) That's a horse that can talk. So you're saying my son Sedgewick has his head up his ass.
(Sedgewick cheated at the Mr. Julius Caesar competition)
William Hundert: Why, Sedgewick? You knew the material.
Sedgewick Bell: Why not?
William Hundert: (discussing 41 specific emperors) Can you name any of them?
Sedgewick Bell: I can name 7.
William Hundert: Go ahead...
Sedgewick Bell: Grump, Sleepy, Sneezy, Doc...
William Hundert: Seriously, do you know any of them?
Sedgewick Bell: I can name 4.
William Hundert: Go ahead.
Sedgewick Bell: (in an English accent, counting off his fingers) John, Paul, Ringo
(closes all but the middle finger)
Sedgewick Bell: and George.
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