300 is a 2007 film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller about the Battle of Thermopylae. This film was released on March 9th, 2007.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, War
Director(s): Zack Snyder
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  17 wins & 45 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
R (Restricted)

Persian messenger:
Listen carefully, Leonidas. Xerxes conquers and controls everything he rests his eyes upon. He leads an army so massive it shakes the ground with its march, so vast it drinks the rivers dry. All the God-King Xerxes requires is this: a simple offering of earth and water. A token of Sparta's submission to the will of Xerxes.

Submission. Well, that's a bit of a problem. See, rumor has it that the Athenians have already turned you down. And if those philosophers and... boy-lovers have found that kind of nerve-

We must be diplomatic-

[cutting him off] And of course Spartans... have their reputation to consider.

Persian messenger:
Choose your next words carefully, Leonidas. They may be your last as king.

[Leonidas turns and ponders the offer. He looks at various people standing around, watching him nervously, the last of whom is Gorgo.]

[in his head] Earth and water... [having made up his mind, he draws his sword on the Persian messenger, whose back is to a large well. The Spartan guards follow suit and draw their swords on the other messengers.]

Persian messenger:
Madman... You're a madman!

Earth and water... You'll find plenty of both down there. [indicates the well with his sword]

Persian messenger:
[nervous] No man, Persian or Greek, no man threatens a messenger!

You bring the crowns and heads of conquered kings to my city's steps! You insult my queen. You threaten my people with slavery and death! Oh, I've chosen my words carefully, Persian. Perhaps you should have done the same.

Persian messenger:
This is blasphemy! This is madness! [Leonidas lowers his sword and looks toward Gorgo, who nods]

[facing the Persian messenger] Madness? THIS IS SPARTA! [kicks the Persian messenger into the deep well]

[Xerxes has advanced to meet Leonidas, seated on a solid gold throne carried on the backs of many slaves.]

Let me guess... you must be... Xerxes?

Come, Leonidas. Let us reason together. It would be a regrettable waste, it would be nothing short of madness, were you, brave King, and your valiant troops to perish... all because of a simple misunderstanding. There is much our cultures could share.

Oh, haven't you noticed? We've been sharing our culture with you all morning.

Yours is a fascinating tribe. Even now, you are defiant, in the face of annihilation and the presence of a god. It isn't wise to stand against me, Leonidas. Imagine what horrible fate awaits my enemies when I would gladly kill any of my own men for victory.

And I would die for any one of mine.

You Greeks take pride in your logic. I suggest you employ it. Consider the beautiful land you so vigorously defend. Picture it reduced to ash at my whim! Consider the fate of your women!

Clearly you don't know our women. I might as well have marched them up here, judging by what I've seen. You have many slaves, Xerxes, but few warriors. It won't be long before they fear my spears more than your whips.

It is not the lash they fear, it is my divine power. But I am a generous god. I can make you rich beyond all measure. I will make you warlord of all Greece. You will carry my battle standard to the heart of Europa. Your Athenian rivals will kneel at your feet if you will but kneel at mine.

You are generous as you are divine, O King of Kings. Such an offer only a madman would refuse. But the, uh, the idea of kneeling, it's... You see, slaughtering all those men of yours has, uh, well, it's left a nasty cramp in my leg, so kneeling will be hard for me.

There will be no glory in your sacrifice. I will erase even the memory of Sparta from the histories. Every piece of Greek parchment shall be burned, and every Greek historian and every scribe shall have their eyes put out and their tongues cut from their mouths! Why, uttering the very name of Sparta or Leonidas will be punishable by death! The world will never know you existed at all!

The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many and, before this battle is over, that even a god-king can bleed.

Share your thoughts on 300's quotes with the community:


    Quote of the Day Today's Quote | Archive

    Would you like us to send you a FREE inspiring quote delivered to your inbox daily?

    Please enter your email address:


    Use the citation below to add this movie page to your bibliography:


    "300 Quotes." Quotes.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 30 Jul 2021. <https://www.quotes.net/movies/300_quotes_13094>.

    Know another quote from 300?

    Don't let people miss on a great quote from the "300" movie - add it here!

    Browse Quotes.net


    Are you a quotes master?

    What TV series is this quote from: "I am the one who knocks."?
    • A. The Vampire Diaries
    • B. Game of Thrones
    • C. One Tree Hill
    • D. Breaking Bad