"It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black."
"Well, Sarda, you did it.
You built us up, made us into warriors of legend. But now? We're demoralized, de-leveled and defeated. And it was all you."
— Black Mage, 8-Bit Theater
In my hour of need
Ha, you're not there
And though I reached out for you
Wouldn't lend a hand
Through the darkest hour
Grace did not shine on me
It feels so cold, very cold
No one cares for me.
— Megadeth, "In My Darkest Hour"
Red Mage: Maybe there's a side we haven't considered yet.
Red Mage: Maybe eternal torment is fun.
Black Mage: That's your alternative?
Red Mage: ...That's all we have left.
"We may yet prevail. That's a conceit, but it's a healthy one. I wonder if the Emperor Honorious, watching the Visigoths coming over the seventh hill, truly realised that the Roman Empire was about to fall. This is just another page in history, isn't it? Will this be the end of our civilisation? Turn the page."
—Cap. Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Best of Both Worlds Pt. 1")
"Have you ever heard of the hour of the wolf? My father told me about it. It's the time between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. You can't sleep, and all you can see is the troubles and the problems and the ways that your life should've gone but didn't. All you can hear is the sound of your own heart. I've been living in the hour of the wolf for seven days, Lyta. Seven days. The wolf and I are now on a first-name basis. In times like this, my father used to take one large glass of vodka before bed. To keep the wolf away, he said. And then he would take three very small drinks of vodka, just in case she had cubs while she was waiting outside. It doesn't work."
— Susan Ivanova, Babylon 5
"These are the times that try men's souls...."
— Thomas Paine, "The American Crisis," written in response to the defeat of the Continental Army at New York.
"The lights are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime".
— Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, on the eve of World War One.