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The Best Ancient One Quotes

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Here are the best Ancient One quotes from Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Played by Tilda Swinton, the Ancient One is the leader of the Masters of the Mystic Arts and the mentor of Doctor Strange. Honorable and kind, the Ancient One provides wise words for friends and foes alike. What is your favorite quote from the Ancient One?

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    Surrender To Its Current

    Ancient One: You cannot beat a river into submission; you have to surrender to its current, and use its power as your own.

    Stephen Strange: I control it by surrendering control? That doesn't make any sense.

    Ancient One: Not everything does. Not everything has to. Your intellect has taken you far in life, but it will take you no further. Surrender, Stephen.


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    Through A Keyhole

    Ancient One: You're a man looking at the world through a keyhole. You've spent your life trying to widen it. Your work saved the lives of thousands. What if I told you that reality is one of many?


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    You Think You Know

    Ancient One: You think you know how the world works? You think that this material universe is all there is? What is real? What mysteries lie beyond the reach of your senses? At the root of existence, mind and matter meet. Thoughts shape reality. This universe is only one of an infinite number. Worlds without end. Some benevolent and life giving. Others filled with malice and hunger. Dark places where powers older than time lie ravenous... and waiting. Who are you in this vast multiverse, Mr. Strange?


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    How Did You

    Stephen Strange: How do I get from here to there?

    Ancient One: How did you get to reattach severed nerves and put a human spine back together bone by bone?

    Stephen Strange: Study and practice. Years of it.


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