I, Claudius screenwriter speaks the truth from the past

Rewatching I, Claudius long after our first viewing 20+ years ago,  I found this quote to be highly appropriate to a large number of situations — from family to work to politics.

I, Claudius screenwriter speaks the truth from the past

Sejanus: There’ll be no trial. I have no need of a trial to prove your guilt.

Gallus: A song sung by every small-town corrupt policeman, which is what you are and what you should have stayed.

I have watched your career with fascination, Sejanus. It’s been a revelation it’s been to me! I

‘ve never fully realised before how a small mind, allied to unlimited ambition and without scruple, can destroy a country full of clever men.

I’ve seen how frail is the structure of a civilisation before the onslaught of a gust of really bad breath!

Yes… But I suppose you are not really the destroyer. No, we must look elsewhere for that. You are merely the putrefaction that spreads after death – the outward and visible sign of its presence!

You’re a lesson in history to me, Sejanus, proving that, above all, Mankind needs its sense of smell.

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