Author Archive: William Ong

Gladiator (2000)


“Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.”

“Brothers, what we do in life.. echoes in eternity.”

“People should know when they are conquered.”

Would you? Would I?



“But you know that I gave all I had and then some after that.”

I still don’t understand.

“I buy your love, but you’re giving me the shortchange.”

Who is the fool here?

“So you can paint me any way you like, I can be the villain if it helps you sleep at night.”

Everyday I relive the same nightmare.

“You were so quick to find all my weakness.”

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.”



“There’s gotta be another way out
I’ve been stuck in a cage with my doubt”

“The only thing we’re allowed to do is to believe that we won’t regret the choice we made.”

No regrets?



“There’s a place you just can’t reach unless you have a dream too large to bear alone.”

My theme in this year’s competition is “love”.

I’ve been helped by many people in my competitive career thus far, but I’ve never thought about “love” until now.

Though I was blessed with support, I couldn’t take full advantage of it. I always felt like I was fighting alone.

I was finally able to realize that something like love exists all around me.

Now that I know what love is and am stronger for it, I’ll prove it to myself with a contract!



“If you begin to regret, you’ll dull your future decisions and let others make your choices for you. All that’s left for you then is to die.”

“Nobody can foretell the outcome. Each decision you make holds meaning only by affecting your next decision.”

“I don’t understand. I’ve never understood. Even if I believe in my own strength.. even if I believe in the decisions of my trusted friends.. in the end..”

“Forgotten is the life we led
Now it seems
You don’t care what the risk
The peaceful times they have made us blind
So you can’t fly if you never try
You told me oh long ago

It was like a nightmare
It’s pain for me
Because nobody wants to die too fast
Remember days of grief
Now it’s strange for me
I could see your face
I could hear your voice

Remember the day we met
It’s pain for me
Because nobody wants to die too fast
Remember the days we dreamed
It’s pain for me
I could see your face
I could hear your voice

Song for the reluctant heroes
Oh give me your strength
Our life is so short
Song for the reluctant heroes
I wanna be brave like you

I will never regret this decision for as long as I live.



“Whether I believed in my own abilities, or whether I believed in the decisions of my trusted comrades, in the end no one ever knew what the outcome would be. So I guess.. you have to do your best to make a decision that you won’t regret.”

God as my witness..

“He’s a true monster. No matter how much he’s held back, no matter what cage he’s in.. no one can force him to submit.”



“People who are unable to abandon anything will fail to bring about any change. If it’s required to overcome monsters, one must toss aside their humanity.”


“This world is merciless.. and it’s also very beautiful.”


“If I died, I won’t be able to remember you. So I’ll win, no matter what! I’ll survive no matter what!




“What is one more demon, when I already have so many?”

“The old wounds ache. They are reminders.”

“The more I see the more I realize how much remains hidden.”



“Woman’s virtue is man’s greatest invention.”



I remember crying after my first defeat. 20 years ago. I would cry every time I lost. It wasn’t very often, but it was brutal when it did happen. People would stare at me. I felt weak. I couldn’t control myself. But then, slowly, my eyes began to dry up. I thought that was strength.

“In your eyes, there’s a heavy blue.”

I hated that feeling so much. The repetitive convulsing of the chest as the lungs and heart suffer the cruelest, destructive pain. The slow bleeding of tears through wounded and shielded eyes. And I wondered why it hurt. I wondered how to avoid it at all costs.

“I’ve been down the darkest alleys, saw the dark side of the moon.”

When you deny your feelings and store them in the deepest trespasses of your mind, it trains your heart to produce cold blood. And that was what you once wanted and needed. Iced veins.

“I’ve been running through the jungle, I’ve been crying with the wolves to get to you.”

But now you must acknowledge your feelings. And accept yourself.

“Took too much to ease the anger.”

Let your emotions ebb and flow like the tides rising and crashing upon the shattered sands of the beach.

“You cannot know strength.. until you are broken.”