The Patriot

The Patriot
Colonel William Tavington: You know, it's dirty business doing one's duty... but just occasionally it's a real pleasure.

 Benjamin Martin: Before this war is over, I'm going to kill you.
 Colonel William Tavington: Why wait?

 Charlotte: You have done nothing to be ashamed of.
 Benjamin Martin: I have done nothing. And for that I am ashamed.

 Reverend Oliver: [explaining to his church why he is marching off to war] A shepherd must tend to his flock, and at times, fight off the wolves.

 Benjamin Martin: Aim small, miss small.

 Benjamin Martin: I'm a parent. I haven't got the luxury of principles.

 Benjamin Martin: Why should I agree to swap one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away?

 Benjamin Martin: I have long feared that my sins would return to haunt me, and the cost would be more than I could bear.

 Nathan Martin: Father, I killed those men.
 Benjamin Martin: It's alright, Nathan. You had no choice.
 Nathan Martin: I'm glad I killed those men. I'm glad.

 Colonel William Tavington: Let it be known if you harbor the enemy you will lose your home.

 Benjamin Martin: He cannot be held as a spy.
 Colonel William Tavington: Oh, we're not going to hold him. We're going to hang him.


 [At the Battle of Cowpens.]
 General O'Hara: My Lord, if we re-form and wheel right, we may be able to turn their flank.
 Lord General Cornwallis: You dream, General.

 Gabriel Edward Martin: I'm not a child.
 Benjamin Martin: You're my child.

 Benjamin Martin: My sons were better men that you ever were.

 Colonel William Tavington: Would you like a lesson, sir, in the rules of war? Or perhaps your children would?

 [After Benjamin removes a British soldier's uniform off of Thomas]
 Benjamin Martin: Not yet...Thomas.
 Thomas: When?
 Benjamin Martin: 17.
 Thomas: That's two's already been two. The war could be over by then!
 Benjamin Martin: God willing.

 [Grooming himself before battle]
 Major Jean Villeneuve: If I die, then I will die well dressed.

 John Billings: I say we drink the wine, eat the dogs, and use the paper for musket lining
 Reverend Oliver: [alarmed] eat the dogs!
 Benjamin Martin: [going along with Billings' joke] a dog is a fine meal.
 Reverend Oliver: [still alarmed] G-G-Good Heavens!
 [Billings and Martin laugh]

 Benjamin Martin: When you have a family of your own, you'll understand.
 Gabriel Edward Martin: When I have a family of my own, I won't hide behind it.

 Gabriel Edward Martin: I've come to call on Anne.
 [Anne's father puts an ear piece in his ear to hear. Gabriel leans in and tries again louder]
 Gabriel Edward Martin: I've come to call on Anne.
 Mr. Howard: Well of course you call yourself a man!
 Miss Anne Howard/ Mrs. Anne Martin: Father stop it! You heard him!

 John Billings: There's a story going around 'bout how some 20 Redcoats got killed by a ghost or some damn thing, carried a Cherokee tomahawk.
 Benjamin Martin: Aren't you a little old to be believing in ghost stories?

 Susan Martin: Papa! Papa please don't go. I say anything, just tell me what you want me to say and I'll say it. Papa please to don't go-oo.

 Colonel William Tavington: Pretty impressive for farmers with pitchforks.

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