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?"
"Be a man
We must be swift as the coursing river
Be a man
With all the force of a great typhoon
Be a man
With all the strength of a raging fire
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon"
— Mulan, "I'll Make A Man Out Of You"
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
"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?"
"Caution is the path to mediocrity. Gliding, passionless mediocrity is all that most people think they can achieve."
"To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of nonexistence."
—Galt Speech, Atlas Shrugged
“Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.”
"Your drill is the drill that's gonna pierce the heavens!"
— Kamina, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
"I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be.
We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. 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
"You said you loved him. Are you brave enough to act on it?"
— Molly Blaine, The Unit, "Pilot"
Shepard: If you want to help Urdnot, you need to get back there. But it would take a real badass to make it back to camp while injured.
Scout: I can do it!
Shepard: You? I said a badass, not some scout whining like a quarian with a tummyache!
Tali: (if present) I'm standing right here!
Scout: I can do it! I'm up! And I'm going to the female camp!
Shepard: Damn right you are! Get back there and show them what you're worth! Go, go!
Scout: Raaaaargh! (Charges off)
"They call it a suicide mission. Prove them wrong."
— Tagline in Mass Effect 2 advertising
"Now hold your heads high like true krogan. There's a Reaper that needs killing!"
— Urdnot Wrex, Mass Effect 3
Hugo: Come on Quasi, snap out of it!
Victor: Your friends are down there!
Quasimodo: It's all my fault.
Laverne: You gotta break these chains!
Quasimodo: I can't. I tried. What difference would it make?
Victor: But you can't let Frollo win!
Quasimodo: He already has.
Hugo: So - you're giving up? That's it?!
Laverne: These chains aren't what's holding you back, Quasimodo-
Quasi: Leave me alone!
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. A moment passes. Then Quasi looks up, and the music changes...)
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.
"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're all gonna die. The only question is how you check out. Do you want go on your feet, or on your fucking knees, begging?"
— Dillon, Alien³
"Someone needs to save the world. You're someone. Do the math."
— Solicitation blurb for Young Avengers (vol. 2) #1
"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
We are the Brunnen-G and we were once were great
And I must say to you it is not too late,
We may die, but we must fight, let us act this very night
Why should we lay down, and accept this fate.
— Kai, Lexx
Mission Objective: Be a Badass
Spider-Man: Man, this was way easier when I had my Spider-Sense.
Shang-Chi: No. That was a crutch. A barrier that kept you from your true potential. You must go beyond the spider. Beyond the man. Beyond even the fighter. And become the fight itself!
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.
"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.”
“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.”
“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."
—Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book