“The Emperor's Club” quotes(2002)
Plot – St. Benedict School, West Virginia. Exuberant but impatient young Sedgewick Bell joins the class of William Hundert, professor of Latin and Greek history. Hundert struggles to contain the boy's excesses, he talks about him with his father, who is a state senator, but does not get positive results. The highest honor of the year is the title of Julius Caesar, which is awarded to those who demonstrate the best knowledge of classical history. Bell is one of the three finalists, but Hundert, realizing that the boy is cheating, asks an unexpected question and the victory goes to young Deepak. In the spring of 1976, Bell graduates. Twentyfive years go by. On the death of Headmaster Wooldbridge, Hundert thinks he will be called to replace him, but the Council chooses another. Retired, Hundert is called one day when the school wants to repeat the competition that had taken place many years earlier, in view of a generous donation promised by Bell. Hundert formulates the questions and once again he realizes that Bell is cheating. The winner is once again Deepak, but Bell takes the opportunity to announce his candidacy for the seat in the Senate that had been his father's.
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“The Emperor's Club” Quotes 11 quotes
“It is not living that is important, but living properly. Socrates chose to die an unjust death, a death he freely accepted, rather than break the laws of Athens to which he pledged his loyalty.”
“The worth of a life is not determined by a single failure or a solitary success.”
“- William Hundert: Follow the path, Mr. Masoudi. Walk where the great men before you have walked.
- Louis Masoudi: Yes, sir. It’s… it's better for the grass.
- William Hundert: It's better for you.”
“A man's character is his fate. And as a student of history, I find this hard to refute. For most of us our stories can be written long before we die.”
“The end depends upon the beginning.”
“As I've gotten older, I realize I'm certain of only two things. Days that begin with rowing on a lake are better than days that do not. Second, a man's character is his fate.”
Aristophanes once wrote, roughly translated: "Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever”.
“- William Hundert: You passed.
- Sedgewick Bell: It's only a C-.
- William Hundert: Well, you know what they say about Rome.
- Sedgewick Bell: It wasn't built in a day?
- William Hundert: No. All roads lead to it.”
“Great ambition and conquest without contribution is without significance. What will your contribution be? How will history remember you?”