Doctor Strange (2016) Poster

Tilda Swinton: The Ancient One

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

    Dr. Stephen Strange : Which is?

    The Ancient One : It's not about you.

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

  • Dr. Stephen Strange : I'm not ready.

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

    [takes his hand] 

    The 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.

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

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

    The 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.

  • [from trailer] 

    The Ancient One : [to Dr Strange]  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?

  • The Ancient One : You're a man looking at the world through a keyhole. You've spent your whole life trying to widen that keyhole... to see more, to know more. And now, on hearing that it can be widened, in ways you can't imagine, you reject the possibility.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : No, I reject it because I do not believe in fairy tales about chakras or energy or the power of belief. There is *no* such thing as spirit! We are made of matter and nothing more. You're just another tiny, momentary speck within an indifferent universe.

  • The Ancient One : [as Doctor Strange is being moved through various dimemsions of the Multiverse]  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?

  • Dr. Stephen Strange : What did you just do to me?

    The Ancient One : I pushed your astral form out of your physical form.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : What's in that tea? Psilocybin? LSD?

    The Ancient One : It's just tea... with a little honey.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : What just happened?

    The Ancient One : For a moment, you entered the astral dimension.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : The what?

    The Ancient One : A place where the soul exists apart from the body.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : Why are you doing this to me?

    The Ancient One : To show you just how much you don't know. Open your *eye*.

    [She touches Strange's forehead and blasts him into an odyssey across dimensions] 

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

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

    Dr. Stephen Strange : Study and practice. Years of it.

  • The Ancient One : The language of the mystic arts is as old as civilization. The sorcerers of antiquity called the use of this language "spells." But if that word offends your modern sensibilities, you can call it a program. The source code that shapes reality.

  • The Ancient One : You became a doctor to save one life above all others. Your own.

  • The Ancient One : [after forcing Strange to experiencing the alternate dimensions]  Have you ever seen *that* before in a gift shop?

    Dr. Stephen Strange : Teach me.

    The Ancient One : No.

  • [first lines] 

    The Ancient One : Master Kaecilius. That ritual will bring you only sorrow.

  • The 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.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : You think this is where you die.

    The Ancient One : You wonder what I see in your future?

    Dr. Stephen Strange : No. Yes.

    The Ancient One : I never saw your future, only its possibilities. You have such a capacity for goodness. You've always excelled, but not because you crave success but because of your fear of failure.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : It's what made me a great doctor.

    The Ancient One : It's precisely what's kept you from greatness. Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the simplest and most significant lesson of all.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : Which is?

    The Ancient One : It's not about you! When you first came to me, you asked me how I was able to heal Jonathan Pangborn. I didn't. He channels dimensional energy directly into his own body.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : He uses magic to walk.

    The Ancient One : Constantly. He had a choice, to return to his own life or to serve something greater than himself.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : So I could have my hands back again. My old life?

    The Ancient One : You could and the world would be all the lesser for it. I hated drawing power from the dark dimension but as you well know, sometimes one must break the rules in order to serve the greater good.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : Mordo won't see it that way.

    The Ancient One : Mordo's soul is rigid and unmovable, forged by the fires of his youth. He needs your flexibility, just as you need his strength. Only together do you stand a chance of stopping Dormammu.

    Dr. Stephen Strange : I'm not ready.

    The Ancient One : No one ever is. We don't get to choose our time. 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 I can watch the snow.

  • The Ancient One : I spent so many years peering through time... looking at this exact moment. But I can't see past it.

  • The Ancient One : We harness energy... drawn from other dimensions of the Multiverse... to cast spells... to conjure shields... and weapons... to make magic. The Ancient One: Through the mystic arts, we harness energy and shape reality.

  • Baron Mordo : [after The Ancient One leaves Stephen Strange on Everest]  How's our new recruit?

    The Ancient One : We shall see... Any second now.

    Baron Mordo : Oh no, not again.

  • The Ancient One : Have you ever seen *that* before in a gift shop?

  • [from trailer] 

    Dr. Stephen Strange : I don't believe in fairytales about chakras or energy or the power of belief.

    The Ancient One : You wonder what I see in your future? Possibility.

  • The Ancient One : [about Doctor Strange]  You think I was wrong to cast him out?

    Baron Mordo : Five hours later, he's still on your doorstep. There's a strength to him.

  • The Ancient One : Death is what gives life meaning. To know your days are numbered. Your time is short.

  • The Ancient One : [about Dr Strange]  Stubbornness, arrogance, ambition. I've seen it all before.

    Baron Mordo : He reminds you of Kaecilius.

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