Quotes from our favorite Barbarian, Conan!

You wouldn't think a Cimmerian would be so quotable, but Conan and his cohorts have proven us wrong.  Our amazing prop replicas from the classic film aren't the only memorable things coming from this awesome property.

You might not know there have been three big budget movies featuring the warring barbarian to date.  Conan the Barbarian was released in 1982, which was followed by a sequel, Conan the Destroyer in 1986.  Of course each starred one of our favorite action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The third was a more recent 2011 offering and sought to recapture the fan base and was also titled Conan the Barbarian, this time featuring a new action star, Jason Mamoa (you probably know him better as Aquaman now).  Although the quotable lines definitely got thinner as the movies went on we still have some lines we can’t forget.  Here are some of our favorites:

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

The Wizard sets the tone in classic Robert E. Howard style as he narrates the opening:

Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!

The best quote of them all will be obvious to Conan fans; this was Conan’s answer to what is best in life:

“To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentations of their women.”

Subotai: “I have not eaten for days.”
Conan: “And who says you will?”

Subotai: “We’re thieves! Ha! Like yourself. Come to climb the tower.”
Valeria: “You don’t even have a rope! Ha! Two fools who laugh at death. Do you know what horrors lie beyond that wall?”
Conan: “No.”
Valeria: “Then you go first.”

King: “There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a father’s love for his child.”

“What daring! What outrageousness! What insolence! What arrogance!… I salute you.”

Thulsa Doom: “You broke into my house, stole my property, murdered my servants and my pets, and THAT is what grieves me the most! You killed my snake…”

Conan the Destroyer (1986) 

Jehnna: “I suppose nothing hurts you.”
Conan: “Only pain.”

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

Conan: “I live, I love, I slay, and I am content.”

“No man shall live in chains.”

Conan: “Do you have a name?”
Tamara: “My name is Tamara Amalia Jorvi Karushan. And yours is?”
Conan: “Conan.”
Tamara: “Conan… that’s it?”
Conan: “How many names do I need?”

How many names indeed!  We think one in Conan’s case is more than sufficient.  And on that note, we leave you to ponder your own favorite quotes.

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