The Best Ancient One Quotes

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Vote up the most memorable Ancient One quotes from the MCU.

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?

Vote up the Ancient One's best quotes below, and see where she ranks among the best MCU characters.

  • Never Further
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    39 VOTES

    Never Further

    Ancient One: I've spent so many year peering through time, looking at this exact moment. But I can't see past it. I've prevented countless terrible futures and after each one there's always another, and they all lead here but never further.


    39 votes
  • We Don't Get To Choose
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    72 VOTES

    We Don't Get To Choose

    Stephen Strange: I'm not ready.

    Ancient One: No one ever is. We don't get to choose our time.


    72 votes
  • Surrender To Its Current
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    66 VOTES

    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.


    66 votes
  • Arrogance And Fear
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    83 VOTES

    Arrogance And Fear

    Ancient One: Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the simplest and most significant lesson of all.

    Stephen Strange: Which is?

    Ancient One: It's not about you.

    83 votes
  • Gives Life Meaning
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    102 VOTES

    Gives Life Meaning

    Ancient One: Death is what gives life meaning. To know your days are numbered. Your time is short. You'd think after all this time, I'd be ready. But look at me. Stretching one moment out into a thousand... just so that I can watch the snow.


    102 votes
  • Never Lose Our Demons
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    76 VOTES

    Never Lose Our Demons

    Ancient One: We never lose our demons, Mordo. We only learn to live above them.


    76 votes