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* One of the trailers for ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' opens with a quote from Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' - namely, verses 146-150 from book 2.

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* One of the trailers for ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' opens with a quote from Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' - -- namely, verses 146-150 from book 2.



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' starts each tankubon (bound volume) with a small illustration of a character and a short poem that seems to be written in the voice of that character. And Kubo Tite's poetry is surprisingly ''[[http://halcyonjazz.livejournal.com/103520.html good]]''.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is epigraphed by a passage from Revelation which coincides with the plot.



* Each chapter of ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' starts with one.

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* Each chapter of ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' ''Fanfic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' starts with one.



* Each chapter of ''FanFic/TiberiumWars'' starts with a suitable quotation - most are from sources in-universe, but the very first is a famous line by Robert Heinlein about the importance of the military.

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* Each chapter of ''FanFic/TiberiumWars'' ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars'' starts with a suitable quotation - most are from sources in-universe, but the very first is a famous line by Robert Heinlein about the importance of the military.



* Each chapter of every story in the ''FanFic/DrunkardsWalk'' fanfic cycle starts with one or two relevant quotes, their sources ranging from modern pop music to ancient Greek philosophers.

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* Each chapter of every story in the ''FanFic/DrunkardsWalk'' ''Fanfic/DrunkardsWalk'' fanfic cycle starts with one or two relevant quotes, their sources ranging from modern pop music to ancient Greek philosophers.



* In ''FanFic/ToTheStars'' each chapter starts with one or two excerpts from in-universe works such as history books, instructions, documentations, documentaries etc. etc, that are relevant to the chapter. And one ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''.
* ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'' has one for most of its chapters. A variation on [[ArcWords "What can change the nature of a man?"]] from ''PlanescapeTorment'' is the most common, but the story also uses quotes from ''The Waste Land,'' ''Evangelion,'' and other works.
* ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' and all stories in that universe have quotes/poem verses that fit with the events within the chapter.

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* In ''FanFic/ToTheStars'' ''Fanfic/ToTheStars'' each chapter starts with one or two excerpts from in-universe works such as history books, instructions, documentations, documentaries etc. etc, that are relevant to the chapter. And one ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''.
* ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'' ''Fanfic/{{Stray}}'' has one for most of its chapters. A variation on [[ArcWords "What can change the nature of a man?"]] from ''PlanescapeTorment'' is the most common, but the story also uses quotes from ''The Waste Land,'' ''Evangelion,'' and other works.
* ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' ''Fanfic/HorseshoesAndHandGrenades'' and all stories in that universe have quotes/poem verses that fit with the events within the chapter.



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* ''Film/KillBill'' quotes "Revenge is a dish best served cold" which is (falsely) attributed as being an [[InTheOriginalKlingon old Klingon proverb]].
** Which is parodied in ''AMV Hell 3'', which starts with "At least I have chicken"...still credited as an old Klingon proverb.

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* ''Film/KillBill'' quotes "Revenge is a dish best served cold" which is (falsely) attributed as being an [[InTheOriginalKlingon old Klingon proverb]].
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proverb]]. Which is parodied in ''AMV Hell 3'', which starts with "At least I have chicken"...chicken"... still credited as an old Klingon proverb.



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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' starts each tankubon (bound volume) with a small illustration of a character and a short poem that seems to be written in the voice of that character. And Kubo Tite's poetry is surprisingly ''[[http://halcyonjazz.livejournal.com/103520.html good]]''.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is epigraphed by a passage from Revelation which coincides with the plot.
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* The published script of Tony Kushner's ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'': ''Millenium Approaches'' begins with this one:
->In a murderous time
->the heart breaks and breaks
->and lives by breaking.
-->--Stanley Kunitz, "The Testing Tree"

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* Tony Kushner's ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'':
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The published script of Tony Kushner's ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'': ''Millenium Approaches'' begins with this one:
->In --->''In a murderous time
->the
time\\
the
heart breaks and breaks
->and
breaks\\
and
lives by breaking.
-->--Stanley Kunitz,
breaking.''\\
-- '''Stanley Kunitz''',
"The Testing Tree"



->Because the soul is progressive, it never quite repeats itself, but in every act attempts the production of a new and fairer whole."
-->--Ralph Waldo Emerson, "On Art"

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->Because --->''Because the soul is progressive, it never quite repeats itself, but in every act attempts the production of a new and fairer whole."
-->--Ralph
''\\
-- '''Ralph
Waldo Emerson, Emerson''', "On Art"



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* This wiki, [[TVTropesMoreLikeTVQuotes far too many times]].
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* Common in InteractiveFiction.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'': "If there is evil in this world, it lurks in the hearts of men."

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* Common in InteractiveFiction.
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''Franchise/TalesSeries'':
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''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'': "If there is evil in this world, it lurks in the hearts of men."



* ''TooHuman'' used the Nietzsche quote "Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one" in its advertising material. Not sure if it's used in the game itself.

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* ''TooHuman'' ''VideoGame/TooHuman'' used the Nietzsche quote "Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one" in its advertising material. Not sure if it's used in the game itself.



* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri" uses Genesis 3:24 over the opening movie to great effect
-->Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden. He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
-->--Conclave Bible, Datalinks

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* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri" ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'':
** It
uses Genesis 3:24 over the opening movie to great effect
-->Therefore --->''Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden. He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
-->--Conclave
life.''\\
-- Conclave
Bible, Datalinks



*** Then there is ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' in which every technology has a quote with it from Literature/TheBible to Oscar Wilde to Sputnik. Narrated (mostly) by [[Creator/LeonardNimoy the man]].
*** ''Alpha Centauri'' also has quotes for each tech and facility. Most of them are fictional quotes from the faction leaders, while there are literary or other references sprinkled in.

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*** ** ''Alpha Centauri'' also has quotes for each tech and facility. Most of them are fictional quotes from the faction leaders, while there are literary or other references sprinkled in.
*
Then there is ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' in which every technology has a quote with it from Literature/TheBible to Oscar Wilde to Sputnik. Narrated (mostly) by [[Creator/LeonardNimoy the man]].
*** ''Alpha Centauri'' also has quotes for each tech and facility. Most of them are fictional quotes from the faction leaders, while there are literary or other references sprinkled in.
man]].



* ''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'' opens with a quote from Sir Francis Drake, and ''[[VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves Among Thieves]]'' continues the tradition with a quote from Creator/MarcoPolo.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'':
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''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'' opens with a quote from Sir Francis Drake, and ''[[VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves Among Thieves]]'' continues the tradition with a quote from Creator/MarcoPolo.



* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' contains one or several poems signed Frederica Bernkastel in the beginning, the middle or the end of the arc. They are cryptic but often contains clues or show the emotions that [[spoiler: Rika, the true protagonist]] goes through. Sadly they were not present in the anime version but the ones found in the novels and the manga can be found [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/HigurashiWhenTheyCry here]].



* ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown XCOM: Enemy Unknown]]'' opens with an [[Creator/ArthurCClarke Arthur C. Clarke]] quote:
-->''Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.''

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* ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown XCOM: Enemy Unknown]]'' ''VideoGame/XCom'':
** ''VideoGame/XComEnemyUnknown''
opens with an [[Creator/ArthurCClarke Arthur C. Clarke]] Creator/ArthurCClarke quote:
-->''Two --->''Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.''



-->''Those who play with the devil's toys will by degrees be brought to wield his sword.''

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-->''Those --->''Those who play with the devil's toys will by degrees be brought to wield his sword.''



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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' contains one or several poems signed Frederica Bernkastel in the beginning, the middle or the end of the arc. They are cryptic but often contains clues or show the emotions that [[spoiler: Rika, the true protagonist]] goes through. Sadly they were not present in the anime version but the ones found in the novels and the manga can be found [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/HigurashiWhenTheyCry here]].
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* The chapters from RobertJDefendi's PodioBook ''DeathByCliche'' are all prefaced by gag quotes attributed to the author, often [[SelfDeprecation mocking the action of the chapter they precede]], (particularly those with many {{SaidBookism}}s), or complaining about having to do so many chapter quotes.

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* The chapters from RobertJDefendi's PodioBook ''DeathByCliche'' Robert J. Defendi's {{Podiobook}} ''Podscast/DeathByCliche'' are all prefaced by gag quotes attributed to the author, often [[SelfDeprecation mocking the action of the chapter they precede]], (particularly those with many {{SaidBookism}}s), or complaining about having to do so many chapter quotes.



* WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph from Martin Luther King Jr. about wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].

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* WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph from Martin Luther King Jr. about wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].



26th Jul '16 9:30:09 PM PaulA
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** ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy A Wizard of Earthsea]]'' and ''The Other Wind'' both begin with in-universe epigraphs, "The Creation of Ea" and "The Song of the Woman of Kemay" respectively.

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** ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy A Wizard of Earthsea]]'' ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'' and ''The Other Wind'' ''Literature/TheOtherWind'' both begin with in-universe epigraphs, "The Creation of Ea" and "The Song of the Woman of Kemay" respectively.
12th Jul '16 5:52:22 PM nombretomado
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* Every time you boot up an ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' game, you're treated to a quote from somebody like Creator/ArthurCClarke or AlbertEinstein.

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* Every time you boot up an ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' game, you're treated to a quote from somebody like Creator/ArthurCClarke or AlbertEinstein.UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein.
9th Jun '16 7:05:12 PM Lullaby22
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* ''Nobody'' by Jennifer Lynn Barnes begins with an Creator/EmilyDickinson quote: "Hello, I'm nobody, who are you? Are you nobody, too?" Given the plot of the book (two supernatural beings called "Nobodies" meet and fall in love), it's an appropriate choice.

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* ''Nobody'' by Jennifer Lynn Barnes begins with an Creator/EmilyDickinson quote: "Hello, I'm nobody, who are you? Are you nobody, nobody too?" Given the plot of the book (two supernatural beings called "Nobodies" meet and fall in love), it's an appropriate choice.
5th May '16 10:56:23 PM PaulA
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* The early Pern books by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey have snippets of Harper songs at the start of each chapter.

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* The early Pern ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' books by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey have snippets of Harper songs at the start of each chapter.
5th May '16 5:44:17 AM PaulA
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* Creator/TimPowers almost always quotes a bunch of British poems at the beginning of his books and of the chapters. Often these will include quotes from "William Ashbless", a fictitious poet and shared AuthorAvatar-proxy of Tim Powers and James P. Blaylock; Ashbless appears in Powers' ''Literature/TheAnubisGates''.

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* Creator/TimPowers almost always quotes a bunch of British poems at the beginning of his books and of the chapters. Often these a book will include quotes begin with two quotes, one real and one from "William Ashbless", a fictitious poet and shared AuthorAvatar-proxy of Tim Powers and James P. Blaylock; Ashbless appears in Powers' ''Literature/TheAnubisGates''.


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* ''Literature/TheDragonWaiting'' by Creator/JohnMFord, which concerns the English monarchial succession of the 15th century, has an epigraph quoting from the play ''Perkin Warbeck'', which concerns the English monarchial succession of the 15th century and is by the 17th-century playwright John Ford (no relation).
25th Apr '16 5:53:04 PM StarSword
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* ''Fanfic/AGoodCompromise'' borrows [[https://youtu.be/wpSunpfXoCg "Sacrifice"]] from the soundtrack of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' volume 2. The lyrics are seemingly being used to refer to the Dominion.
24th Apr '16 10:15:19 PM quackytrope
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* WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph about Martin Luther King Jr. wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].

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* WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph about from Martin Luther King Jr. about wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].
24th Apr '16 10:14:24 PM quackytrope
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* The Boondocks uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph about Martin Luther King Jr. wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].

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* The Boondocks WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph about Martin Luther King Jr. wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].
24th Apr '16 10:14:02 PM quackytrope
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* The Boondocks uses this in the episode "Return of the King", which starts with an epigraph about Martin Luther King Jr. wanting the next generation to understand that the privileges they'll have in the future did not come without sacrifice, followed by an anonymous "whatever, nigga". [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It's pretty important to the overall message]].
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