Quotes / Bittersweet Ending

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 dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins — but in the heart of its strength lies weakness: one lone candle is enough to hold it back.
Love is more than a candle.
Love can ignite the stars."

"When peace returns to Hyrule, it will be time for us to say goodbye."

"I'm not the fox I used to be. Not by choice. But these days, when I look at myself in the mirror, I try to keep a straight face. At some point, maybe I won't feel the need to turn away."
Mr Fox's final newspaper column, Fantastic Mr. Fox.

"Even happy endings have little tears in their eyes."
Oar, Ascending

"And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you almost lose! I mean, if Jynx would have died earlier in the game, I would've been screwed. (sighs) See that right there? Player defeated Champion Dicks. That's for all the haters right there! They were like, 'Haydunn, you're never gonna be able to beat this game!'" [...] "Well, pretty much all my team died from that, except for Kingdra and Frostitite."
Haydunn, in the final episode of his Pokémon Fire Red Omega Nuzlocke

You are in charge of the last of the Truffula seeds
And Truffula trees are what everyone needs
Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care
Give it clean water and feed it fresh air
Grow a forest, protect it from axes that hack
Then the Lorax and all of his friends might come back

The death toll from the Salvation War was indeed enough. Millions of humans were dead, almost all civilians. The death toll in the daemons and angels was much, much greater. Most of their dead had been warriors, victims of the massive disparity in sheer, raw firepower that had dominated the war. From a military point of view, it was true that the humans had shattered their enemies without breaking into a sweat over it. Economically and socially, the cost had been so much higher. Even now, with the super-hurricanes and super-tornados a thing of the past, it would take decades for the south east cost to recover. The dust storms and the tornados had made the great plains a liability, one that would be put right eventually of course but the short term consequences were still there. The United States was actually a net food importer this year and would be next as well. Another economic fact to be considered. And that brought the meeting full circle.
The President walked over to the great windows that dominated the room and stared out at the world beyond. There had been so much he had wanted to do, so much that he had felt needed to be done and none of it was going to happen. He was quite sure of that. In his heart, he guessed that he was a one-term President and his time in office was already more than half done. It would be for others to take up the dreams he had nurtured and turn them into reality. It would be years before that could happen, the briefing he had just received made that painfully clear.
Ideals and dreams could be gods as well. They were a part of a pantheon just as much as the more tangible 'gods' had been. This had been a war where the human war machine had ruthlessly killed all the gods that had stood in its path. The Pantheon of ideals and dreams had proved no more resilient than the rest.
Final Lines of Pantheocide, The Salvation War

The battle's done
And we kinda won
So we sound our victory cheer:
Where do we go from here?
— "Once More with Feeling", Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professor Lupin: Why do you look so miserable, Harry?
Professor Lupin: Didn't make any difference? Harry, it made all the difference in the world! You helped discover the truth. You saved an innocent man from a terrible fate. It made a great deal of difference.