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William Wallace
William Wallace
Actor: Mel Gibson (age 39 in this movie)
William Wallace's Memorable Quotes:
William Wallace
Princess Isabelle
Why do you help me?Because of the way you are looking at me now.
William Wallace
Veteran
Young Soldier
And if this is your army, why does it go?We didn't come here to fight for them!Home! The English are too many!Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace.William Wallace is seven feet tall!Yes, I've heard. Kills men by the hundreds. And if HE were here, he'd consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.

[Scottish army laughs]

I *am* William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men... and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live.Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!

[Scottish army cheers]

Alba gu bráth! ["Scotland forever!"]

[Army]:ALBA GU BRÁTH! ALBA GU BRÁTH! ALBA GU BRÁTH!

William Wallace
Every man dies, not every man really lives.
William Wallace
We all end up dead, it's just a question of how and why.
Robert the Bruce
William Wallace
I'm not a coward. I want what you want, but we need the nobles.We need them?Aye.Nobles.

[laughs a little]

Now tell me, what does that mean to be noble? Your title gives you claim to the throne of our country, but men don't follow titles, they follow courage. Now our people know you. Noble, and common, they respect you. And if you would just lead them to freedom, they'd follow you. And so would I.
Princess Isabelle
William Wallace
I understand you have recently been given the rank of knight.I have been given nothing. God makes men what they are.
Hamish
William Wallace
Stephen
Your dream isn't about freedom. It's about Murron! You're doing this to be a hero, 'cause ya think she sees ye!I don't think she sees me. I *know* she does. And your father sees you, too.

[Hamish punches him, knocks him down, and stalks off]

[to the sky as he goes to help William up]

Jesus.
William Wallace

[praying before his execution]

Give me the strength to die well.
William Wallace
There's a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.
Robert the Bruce
William Wallace
Now, you've achieved more than anyone ever dreamed. But, fighting these odds, it looks like rage, not courage.It's well beyond rage. Help me. In the name of Christ, help yourselves. Now is our chance. Now. If we join, we can win. If we win, well then we'll have what none of us has ever had before: a country of our own.
William Wallace
Go back to England and tell them there that Scotland's daughters and her sons are yours no more. Tell them Scotland is free.
William Wallace
Are you ready for a war?
William Wallace
It's all for nothing if you don't have freedom.
Princess Isabelle
William Wallace
The king desires peace.Longshanks desires peace?He declares it to me, I swear it. He proposes that you withdraw your attack. In return he grants you title, estates, and this chest of gold which I am to pay to you personally.A lordship and titles. Gold. That I should become Judas?Peace is made in such ways.Slaves are made in such ways. The last time Longshanks spoke of peace I was a boy. And many Scottish nobles, who would not be slaves, were lured by him under a flag of truce to a barn, where he had them hanged. I was very young, but I remember Longshanks' notion of peace.
Murron
William Wallace
You're going to teach me to read, then?Aye, if you'd like.Aye!In what language?Ah, you're showing off now.That's right. Are you impressed yet?No. Why? Should I be?Oui. Parce que chaque jour j'ai pensé à toi.

[Yes. Because every single day I've thought about you]

[hesitates, impressed despite herself, then smiles]

Do that standing on your head and I'll be impressed.Well, my kilt will fly up, but I'll try.
Hamish
William Wallace
Personal escort of the princess.Aye.Musta made an impression.Aye.I didn't think you were in the tent that long.
William Wallace
Lower your flags and march straight back to England, stopping at every home you pass by to beg forgiveness for a hundred years of theft, rape, and murder. Do that and your men shall live. Do it not, and every one of you will die today.
Princess Isabelle
William Wallace
I understand you have suffered. I know... about your woman.[pauses] She was my wife. We married in secret because I would not share her with an English lord. They killed her to get to me. I've never spoken of it, I don't know why I tell you now, except... I see her strength in you. One day, you'll be a queen. And you must open your eyes. You tell your king that William Wallace will *not* be ruled... and nor will any Scot while I live.
William Wallace
I came back home to raise crops, and God willing, a family. If I can live in peace, I will.
Mother MacClannough
William Wallace
[William has asked Murron to go riding with him in the rain]In this? You're out of your mind!Oh, it's good Scottish weather, madam. The rain is falling straight down. Well, slightly to the side like.
William Wallace
Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.
William Wallace
I love you. Always have. I wanna marry you.
Hamish
Campbell
MacGregor
William Wallace
There's somebody coming.MacGregors from the next clan.We heard about what was happenin' and don't want you "Amadans" thinkin' you can have your fun without us.Go home. Some of us are in this; can't help that, now. But you can help yourselves. Go home.We'll have no homes left when the English garrison from the castle comes through and burns us out. And they will!

[Wallace motions for the MacGregors to join them]

Royal Magistrate
William Wallace
The prisoner wishes to say a word.[shouts loud and long] Freedom!
Hamish
Stephen
William Wallace
What the hell are the Irish doing fighting with the English?I wouldn't worry about them. Didn't I tell ya before? It's my island.Hamish, ride ahead to Edinburgh and assemble the council. Order it.Right.Your island?My island! Yup.
Stephen
William Wallace
Hamish
Fine speech. Now what do we do?Just be yourselves.Where are you going?I'm going to pick a fight.Well, we didn't get dressed up for nothing.
King's Advisor
William Wallace
[to Princess] Sanguinarius homo indomitus est, et se me dite cum mendacia.

[He is a bloody murdering savage. And he's telling lies]

Ego nunquam pronunciari mendacium! Sed ego sum homo indomitus.

[I never lie. But I am a savage]

[to Princess] Ou en français, si vous préférez? [Or in French if you prefer?]
William Wallace
Murron

[seeing the spirit of his wife]

I'm dreaming.Yes, you are. And you must wake.[pause] I don't want to wake. I want to stay here with you.
William Wallace
Hamish

[after Hamish drops a boulder at Wallace's feet]

You dropped your rock.Test of manhood.You win.Call it a test of soldiery then. The English won't let us train with weapons, so we train with stones.
William Wallace
Hamish
Campbell
[after being outthrown] That's a good throw.Aye. Aye, it was.I was wondering if you could do that when it matters.

[Hamish stares at him]

As it - as it matters in battle.

[Hamish continues staring]

Could you crush a man with that throw?I could crush you, like a worm.

[Crowd]: Oooohhh!

You could?Aye.Well, then do it.

[to the crowd]

Would you like to see him crush me like a worm?

[the crowd cheers]

[1894]:Aye![picks up a small stone] Come do it.You'll move.I will not.Right.He'll move.[1896]:Come on, Hamish!Come on there, boy!

[Hamish throws the stone but misses the unflinching Wallace]

[pointing at Wallace] Well done!

[Wallace throws his stone hitting Hamish's head]

Ah!

[Crowd]: Oooh!

Fine display, young Wallace!
Guard
William Wallace
Hamish
Stephen
Faudron
Volunteers comin' in![kneels] William Wallace, we've come to fight and to die for you.Stand up, man, I'm not the Pope.[smiles and stands] My name is Faudron. My sword is yours. I brought you this.

[reaches for something, Hamish tries to stop him]

We checked 'em for arms.I brought you this.

[pulls out a sash]

My wife made it for you.Thank you.[starts laughing] Him? That can't be William Wallace. I'm *prettier* than this man!

[to the sky]

Alright, Father, I'll ask him.

[to William]

If I risk my neck for you, will I get a chance to kill Englishmen?Is your father a ghost, or do you converse with the Almighty?In order to find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God.

[to the sky]

Yes, Father!

[to Hamish]

The Almight says, "Don't change the subject, just answer the fuckin' question."Mind your tongue.[1877]:Insane Irish.[draws a dagger on Campbell; everyone draws weapons] Smart enough to get a dagger past your guards, old man.That's my friend, Irishman. And the answer to your question is "yes". You fight for me, you get to kill the English.[grins] Excellent!

[removes his dagger]

Stephen is my name. I the most wanted man on my island, except I'm not on my island, of course. More's the pity."Your island"? You mean Ireland?Yeah. It's mine.You're a madman.

[nods and starts laughing, then Hamish does as well]

I've come to the right place, then.
William Wallace
Hamish
[to a swaying Hamish] You all right? You look a wee bit shaky.Shoulda remembered the rocks.Aye, you shoulda.

[Hamish collapses; helps Hamish up]

Get up ya big heap. It's good to see you again.Aye, welcome home.

[laughs and hugs William]

Oh, me head.Oh, you shoulda moved.
Robert the Bruce
William Wallace
I respect what you said, but remember that these men have lands and castles. It's much to risk.And the common man, who bleeds on the battlefield, does he risk less?
William Wallace
Royal Magistrate
[Wallace is brought before the Royal Magistrate accused of treason against "his" King, Longshanks]Never, in my whole life, have I ever sworn allegiance to him.It matters not. He is your King.
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