Quotes: Dare to Be Badass

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    Anime and Manga 

Your drill is the drill that's gonna pierce the heavens!

    Comic Books 

Wendy Harris (Proxy): What if I don't want to be a hero...
Barbara Gordon: It's time for Wendy Harris to decide what she wants to do with her future. Firewall is upgraded and ready to go whenever you are. Batgirl will be out on patrol soon. You have the ability to be so much more than you believe you can be.
Proxy: Look, Barbara...
Barbara: Goodnight, Ms. Harris.

Someone needs to save the world. You're someone. Do the math.
— Solicitation blurb for Young Avengers (vol. 2) #1

Doom has asked you to live on your knees. Every day of your life, he's beaten you as you lie there. What do you do? You stand up. What time is it, Ben Grimm? WHAT TIME IS IT?
Thanos, Secret Wars (2015) - Siege

    Film — Animated 

You guys are so talented and imaginative... but you can't work as a team. I'm just a construction worker, but when I have a plan and we were working together, we could build a skyscraper. Now you guys are Master Builders. Just imagine what you could do if you did that! ...You could save the universe!
Emmet, The LEGO Movie

Hugo: Okay. Okay, Quasi. We'll leave you alone.
Victor: After all, we're only made out of stone.
Laverne: We just thought maybe you were made of something stronger. (The gargoyles turn back into stone.)

    Film — Live-Action 

Goro can be killed, and Shang Tsung's power can be destroyed by Mortal men and women. You can overcome any adversary, no matter how bizarre their powers may seem; there is always a way. Only one thing can defeat you: Your own fear.
Raiden, Mortal Kombat

We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, "Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone."

Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad!

I don't want you to protest, I don't want you to riot; I don't want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad! You've got to say, "I'm a HUMAN BEING, GOD DAMN IT! My life has VALUE!"

So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!"
Howard Beale, Network

Remember kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong.
Babe Ruth, The Sandlot

We can climb outta hell one inch at a time. Now I can't do it for ya; I'm too old. I look around, I see these young faces and I think, I mean, I've made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make. I've pissed away all my money, believe it or not. I chased off anyone who's ever loved me. And lately, I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror. You know, when you get old, in life, things get taken from you. I mean, that's...that's a part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losin' stuff. You find out life's this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game—life or football—the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team we fight for that inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when add up all those inches, that's gonna make the fucking difference between winnin' and losin'! Between livin' and dyin'! I'll tell you this: in any fight it's the guy whose willing to die whose gonna win that inch. And I know, if I'm gonna have any life anymore it's because I'm still willing to fight and die for that inch, because that's what living is, the six inches in front of your face.
Tony D'Amato, Any Given Sunday

Now, your father was captain of a Starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother's and yours. I dare you to do better.
Christopher Pike, Star Trek

Steve Rogers: At least they're letting me do something. Philips would have made me a lab rat.
Peggy Carter: And are those your only choices? Dancing Monkey or Lab Rat? You know you were meant for something greater.


"Stand like an oak,' cried Marcus,
'Stand like a Roman wall!
Eldred the Good is fallen—
Are you too good to fall?"

"When we were wan and bloodless
He gave you ale enow;
The pirates deal with him as dung,
God! are you bloodless now?"

To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of nonexistence.
—Galt Speech, Atlas Shrugged

Caution is the path to mediocrity. Gliding, passionless mediocrity is all that most people think they can achieve.

    Live-Action TV 

If I did give you power, then you've got nothing! Nobody "gives" you power. Real power is something you take!
Jock Ewing, Dallas

Eddie: I just think it's funny. I was born a loser, but you're one by choice.
Mulder: On what do you base that astute assessment?
Eddie: Experience. (leans forward) You should live a little. Treat yourself. God knows I would, if I were you.
The X-Files, "Small Potatoes"

You said you loved him. Are you brave enough to act on it?
Molly Blaine, The Unit, "Pilot"


We can beat them, just for one day
We can be Heroes, just for one day
David Bowie, "Heroes"

Some people settle for the typical thing
Livin' all their lives waitin in the wings
It ain't a question of 'if', just a matter of time
Before I move to the front of the line
—"Stand Up", Power Line

Here's to the heroes, those who move mountains
Here's to the miracles they make us see
Here's to all brothers, here's to all people
Here's to the winners all of us can be
—"Winners", Frank Sinatra

If you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted, one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar,
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule?
A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He's just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
(And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule)
Bing Crosby, "Swinging On A Star"

    Professional Wrestling 

As long as we're spouting statistics, can I lay one on you? Can I give you a number? Two, nine. Two nine, 29. The total accumulative days I held the WWE Championship during my three title reigns. And guess what, Punk, all these years later, no one cares. You wanna be a statistic, or do you wanna be a legend!? No one cares about dates! What they care about are the moments, that go on to define us. The moments of greatness, and in my estimation, as someone who is still relevant, you need one more.
Mick Foley to CM Punk, Monday Night Raw — Sept. 24, 2012


This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause
—"Impossible Dream", Man of La Mancha

    Video Games 

I believe the morning sun
Always gonna shine again and
I believe a pot of gold
Waits at every rainbow's end, oh
I believe in roses kissed with dew
Why shouldn't I believe the same in you?
MOTHER, "Pollyanna"

And they ask 'What is a Hero?'
though the answer's evident,
He's the one who faces death
knowing that his life's well spent.
Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire

Mission Objective: Be a Badass

The obvious path is humble, safe, but pays the wage of a cook, not a champion.
Lion Statue, Jade Empire.

They call it a suicide mission.'' Prove them wrong.
— Tagline in Mass Effect 2 advertising

You don't win by being lucky - you win by being bold!
Captain Falcon, F-Zero GX

The President has been kidnapped by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the President?

Become Legend

    Real Life 

Up, Sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1741)

Dare! this word contains all the politics of our revolution.
Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, French Revolutionary.

Everybody want to be the one to strike the head of the tyrant, but not the one to hold the axe.

A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
Ezra Pound

The use of self control is like the use of brakes on train. It is useful when you find yourself in wrong direction but merely harmful when the direction is right.

Without heroes we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go.
Bernard Malamud

Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained sensitive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity, who is not yet "for sale", who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence - briefly, a person who has remained a person and not become a thing - cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society. He cannot help doubting himself and his own convictions, if not his sanity. He cannot help suffering, even though he can experience moments of joy and clarity that are absent in the life of his "normal" contemporaries. Not rarely will he suffer from neurosis that results from the situation of a sane man living in an insane society, rather than that of the more conventional neurosis of a sick man trying to adapt himself to a sick society. In the process of going further in his analysis, i.e. of growing to greater independence and productivity, his neurotic symptoms will cure themselves.
Erich Fromm

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?
Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT.