A collection of Quotes of the leader of the Masters of the Mystic Arts, the Ancient One.

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Doctor Strange

Spoken by the Ancient One

"Master Kaecilius, that ritual will bring you only sorrow."
―Ancient One to Kaecilius[src]
"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?"
―Ancient One to Stephen Strange[src]
"We never lose our demons, Mordo. We only learn to live above them."
―Ancient One to Karl Mordo[src]
"You're a man looking at the world through a keyhole. You 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."
―Ancient One to Doctor Strange[src]
"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. We harness energy...drawn from other dimensions of the cast conjure shields...and make magic!"
―Ancient One to Doctor Strange[src]
"We don't get to choose our time. Death is what gives life meaning. To know your days are numbered and 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's last words to Doctor Strange[src]

Spoken about the Ancient One

"No one knows the age of the Sorcerer Supreme. Only that she is Celtic and never talks about her past."
Karl Mordo[src]
"I know that she is steadfast, but unpredictable; merciless, yet kind."
Karl Mordo[src]
"She draws power from the dark dimension to stay alive."
Doctor Strange to Karl Mordo[src]
"You still think there will be no consequences, Strange? No price to pay? We broke our rules. Just like her. The bill comes due. Always!"
Karl Mordo to Doctor Strange[src]
"I went to a place called Kamar-Taj and I... talked to someone called "The Ancient One." And I..."
"Oh. So you joined a cult."
"No, I didn't. No, not exactly. No. I mean... They did teach me to tap into powers that I never even knew existed."
"Yeah. That sounds like a cult."
"It's not a cult."
"Well, that's what a cultist would say."
Christine Palmer and Doctor Strange[src]


"Measure your next words very carefully, Doctor."
"Because you might not like them?"
"Because you may not know of what you speak."
―Ancient One and Doctor Strange[src]
"Teach me."
Stephen Strange and the Ancient One[src]

Avengers: Endgame


"Please, please, please..."
"I'm sorry, I can't help you, Bruce. If I give up the Time Stone to help your reality, I'm dooming my own."
"With all due respect, I'm not sure that science really supports that."
"The Infinity Stones create what you experience as the flow of time. Remove one stone and that flow splits. Now, this may benefit your reality but my new one, not so much. In this new branched reality, without our chief weapon against the forces of darkness, our world will be over run. Millions will suffer. So, tell me Doctor, can your science prevent all that?"
"No, but we can erase it. Because once we are done with the stones, we can return each one to it's own time line at the moment it was taken. So, chronologically, in that reality, they never left."
"But you are leaving out the most important part. In order to return the stones, you have to survive."
"We will, I will. I promise."
"I can't risk this reality on a promise. It is the duty of the Sorcerer Supreme to protect the time stone."
"Then, why the hell did Strange give it away?"
"What did you say?"
"Strange, he gave it away. He gave it to Thanos."
"I have no idea. Maybe he made a mistake."
"Or, I did. Strange was meant to be the best of us."
"So he must have done it for a reason?"
"I fear you might be right."
"Thank you."
"I am counting on you, Bruce. We all are."
Hulk and the Ancient One[src]


Doctor Strange Prelude

Spoken by the Ancient One

"If that relic is in the hands of anyone but those who know how to wield it, the effect can be absolutely devastating."
―Ancient One to Karl Mordo[src]
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