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The Best Quotes From 'The Last Samurai'

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The Last Samurai quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from the historical drama The Last Samurai as determined by you and your votes. tarring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe and directed by Ed Zwick, The Last Samurai tells the story of Nathan Algren, a captain in the 7th Calvary Regiment, who is sent to destroy the samurai in 19th-century Japan, only to be captured and thrown into personal and emotional conflict. Released on December 5, 2003, the tagline for The Last Samurai was "In the face of an enemy, in the heart of one man, lies the soul of a warrior."

What are the best The Last Samurai quotes? Do you like the Algren line, "I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed"? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top The Last Samurai quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

  • Omura: Katsumoto is an extraordinary man, is he not?
    Nathan Algren: He is a tribal leader. I've known many of them.
    Omura: But none who are samurai. Their ways have great appeal.

  • Colonel Bagley: Katsumoto has attacked the railroad next to his province.
    Omura: We cannot govern a country in which we cannot travel freely. He must be stopped now. My railroad is a priority for this country.
    Nathan Algren: [about the army] They're not ready.
    Colonel Bagley: The rebels don't have a single rifle among them. They're savages with bows and arrows.
    Nathan Algren: Whose sole occupation for the last one thousand years has been war.

  • Katsumoto: With this sword I guarded the Emperor...
    Omura: We are a nation of laws.
    Katsumoto: We are a nation of whores selling ourselves...
    Omura: If we are whores, the samurai made us this way.
  • Omura: Commence firing.. You see, even the mighty samurai cannot stand up to the howitzers. Signal the attack.
    Colonel Bagley: I advise sending in skirmishers first.
    Omura: Nonsense! Full attack!