Quotes / A World Half Full

"O look, look in the mirror,
O look in your distress:
Life remains a blessing
Although you cannot bless.

O stand, stand at the window
As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
With your crooked heart."
W. H. Auden, "As I Went Out One Evening"

"Anyone perfect must be lying, anything easy has its cost
Anyone plain can be lovely, anyone loved can be lost
What if I lost my direction? What if I lost sense of time?
What if I nursed this infection? Maybe the worst is behind
It feels just like I'm falling for the first time
It feels just like I'm falling for the first time"
Barenaked Ladies, "Falling for the First Time"

"The world isn't as bad as you think."
Celty Sturluson, Durarara!!

"The world is not beautiful: therefore it is."
Various, Kino's Journey

"I can only build if I tear the walls down
Even if it breaks me I won't let it make me frown
I'm falling but no matter how hard I hit the ground
I'll still smile."
Eyedea and Abilities, "Smile"

"It's like... Did you ever try to put a broken piece of glass back together? Even if the pieces fit, you can't make it whole again the way it was. But if you're clever, you can still use the pieces to make other useful things. Maybe even something wonderful, like a mosaic."
Moira Brown, Fallout 3

"It's not a perfect universe, Victor. That doesn't absolve us from the responsibility of making it better. Just remember that it'll never be perfect - and, if you're not careful how you do it, trying to make it so just makes it worse."
Kevin Usher, Crown of Slaves

"We are really fucked. Life is still really good."
Derrick Jensen

"Can you not see a world of troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?"

The Player: We seem to have natural tendencies toward violence, bigotry, xenophobia... and genocide.
Radd: Will it always be that way?
The Player: Who knows? I'd like to believe we can advance beyond it, but we seem to have so far to go. It might be futile.
Radd: Then why even try?
The Player: Because we have to. If there's just the slightest chance we can make ourselves into something better, not trying would be a far greater evil than our inborn prejudices. For now, I can't save humanity, or perhaps even myself, but if I can save your friend... well, that'll be one small step towards bettering the world. It's a long road toward that goal, but all journeys are traveled on step at a time, aren't they?

"Yeah, the wars, they will be fought again.
The holy dove, she will be caught again.
Bought, and sold, and bought again.
The dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in."
Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

Char: Axis has started its descent!
Amuro: This Nu Gundam isn't just for show! Huh? What are you doing? Stop it! You don't have to go along with this! Back off! Get away from here!
Soldier: We can't let Londo Bell hog all the glory!
Amuro: The Geara Dogas, too? Fall back! It's hopeless!
Soldier: We'll never know unless we try! The Earth is at stake!
Amuro: That's enough! Everyone, stop!
Char: In the end, the tragedies of mankind will spread and destroy the Earth. It's inevitable. That's why the human race must atone for what they have done to their planet. It's judgment day for humanity! Amuro, why can't you understand that?
Amuro: Get back! My Gundam is...
Char: What's this? The Psycoframes are resonating! So much willpower focused here. Will it overload? That being said, I'm not sensing fear. It's more like... How can I explain? Warmth! Even a sense of peace! Fascinating! Even those with the warmest of hearts still have the potential to destroy the Earth! Why can't you see that, Amuro?
Amuro: I do! That's why we have to show the world the light within the human heart!

Ruby: I love books. Yang used to read to me every night before bed. Stories of heroes and monsters... They're one of the reasons I want to be a Huntress!
Blake: And why is that? Hoping you'll live happily ever after?
Ruby: Well, I'm hoping we all will. As a girl, I wanted to be just like those heroes in the books... Someone who fought for what was right, and protected people who couldn't protect themselves!
Blake: That's... very ambitious for a child. Unfortunately, the real world isn't the same as a fairy tale.
Ruby: [smiling] Well... that's why we're here. To make it better.

"Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for." I agree with the second part."
Somerset, Se7en

River: Storm's getting worse.
Mal: We'll pass through it soon enough.

"No one in the world ever gets what they want
And that is beautiful.
Everybody dies frustrated and sad
And that is beautiful."
They Might Be Giants, "Don't Let's Start"

"The City did not rise without struggle. Warlords and wilderness fiefdoms clung to power. Starvation, disease, and anarchy menaced. But the Guardians held the frontier, and the children of the Golden Age kept the fire burning through the long climb back.
Legends walk through this history. The Iron Lords. Saint-14's crusade against the Fallen. The mask of the Speaker. The great Ahamkara Hunt. Toland's madness. Terrible Faction Wars - and the horrifying, disastrous effort to retake the Moon.
As the City learned to walk again, it found a world overrun by alien menace. It faced disaster and defeat. Even in recent years, as Guardians begin to venture back to the Moon and the inner planets, the City's territory has withdrawn - outer sections abandoned and converted into fortifications in the wake of the Battle of Twilight Gap.
But the City's shipwrights and foundries hum with energy. The probability kilns and work cooperatives produce new wonders. The Darkness is rising again. But so is the Light."
The City Age, Destiny: Grimoire: The City

John Green: So the next time we think of the 20th century merely as a century of war and genocide and nuclear weapons, we need to remind ourselves that it was also a century in which hundreds of millions of people emerged from poverty and fewer people died as a result of violence.

Gurgeh cleared his throat. No, life is not fair. Not intrinsically.
The apex turned away in exasperation, clutching again at the curled stone top of the battlements. Its something we can try to make it, though, Gurgeh continued. "A goal we can aim for. You can choose to do so, or not. We have. Im sorry you find us so repulsive for that.

"They say that our tree may never grow back. But one day something will. Yes, these crackles are made of synthetic goose and these giblets come from artificial squab and even these apples look fake but at least they've got stars on them."

Marty: Sorry. I'm sorry, Paulie. I didn't want to cry in front of you, but I can't help it. It's just so...unfair. There are so many awful people in the world. And so few good ones.
Paulie: No, dear. I think there are just people. Sometimes those people are on our side, and sometimes, they're not. Sometimes we understand them, and sometimes they're utterly beyond our understanding. But I think anyone can be a good person under the right circumstances, and everyone deserves a chance to show it.

There is no Superman in that phone booth
There is no rewarding our faith
There is no one who can save us
So it's a good thing we don't need to be saved
— "Matches", by Sifu Hotman

Chara: You are right, Asriel. I have been a terrible person. Yet, during that moment, they decided to...
Asriel: Chara...
Chara: This world has good things to offer. I need to see all of that...and figure out how I can contribute. That way, perhaps one day, I'll have done more good than harm.
Chara, SAVE Chara

Ethan: Krupa's still missing. Mary's dead.
Fusco: Yeah, we did the best we could.
Ethan: It wasn't enough.
Fusco: Hey, it never is. That's the curse of what we do, and why we never stop.
Person of Interest, "ShotSeeker"

"Nothing's perfect, the world's not perfect, but it's there for us, trying the best it can. That's what makes it so damn beautiful."
Roy Mustang, Fullmetal Alchemist