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


"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"

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"

    Film — Live-Action 

Most people have a full measure of life, and most people just watch it slowly drip away. But if you can summon it all up at one time, in one place, you can accomplish something... glorious.
Ramirez, Highlander 2: The Quickening

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

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.

    Film — Animated 

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...)

    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

    Real Life 

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

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.