Scenes I Love: Conan the Barbarian

Just been watching The Social Network on Starz and I couldn’t help but think back to this important scene from one of my favorite films of all-time. It was the film which propelled Arnold Schwarzenegger from just being a bodybuilding icon but into superstar film icon. The scene occurs during the part of the film where Conan has just gone through years of becoming the best pit-fighter in all the lands and now repaing the accolades from other warriors, warlords and women. One of the warlords (looking like a Mongol horselord) asks the important question that everyone should be asking: “What is best in life?”

The scene finishes with Conan answering this important life question. An answer which actually has it’s roots from a much more detailed quote from the greatest conqueror in history: Genghis Khan. A quote that goes like so…

“The greatest pleasure is to vanquish your enemies and chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth and see those dear to them bathed in tears, to ride their horses and clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.” – Genghis Khan

Conan’s answer is quite similar but has been simplified for the film, but still retains it’s impact. This is a life lesson everyone should live by. Mark Zuckerberg definitely lives by them.

One response to “Scenes I Love: Conan the Barbarian

  1. Hearing his delivery of the condensed version, I wonder if perhaps the original quote was shortened to spare Arnold (and the viewer) some pain.

    (I wouldn’t normally poke fun at someone’s language skills, and I, as you also seem to be, have long been an Arnold fan, but since he recently has proven to be yet another adulterous cad, I feel comfortable taking this mild shot. And, in case he happens to read this, as Liberace said, he can cry all the way to the bank.)


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