Quotes: Defiant to the End

Real Life

"More weight."
Giles Corey, while being crushed to death for refusal to plead during the Salem Witch Trials.

"They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn't want to be broken. Of course I can be murdered but I remain what I am, a political POW and no-one, not even the British, can change that. I may die, but the Republic of 1916 will never die. Onward to the Republic and liberation of our people."
Bobby Sands, while on hunger strike during The Troubles.

Music

You can stand me up at the gates of hell
but I won't back down.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, I Won't Back Down

"Oh, what is death, but parting breath
On many's the bloody plain,
I've dar'd his face, and in this place,
I'll scorn him yet again!
So farewell, light, and sunshine bright
And all beneath the sky;
May coward's shame disdain the name
O' the wretch that dares not die!"
— Attributed to Jamie MacPherson, MacPherson's Lament

Fiction

"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley, Invictus

"Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee."
Captain Ahab, Moby-Dick

"Is that the best you can do, you pansies?"
Marv after surviving his first burst from the electric chair.

"If I am a guilty man, my crime is in daring to believe that the truth will out and that no one lie can live forever. I believe it still. Much as you try to bury it, the truth is out there. Greater than your lies, the truth wants to be known. You will know it. It'll come to you, as it's come to me faster than the speed of light. "
Fox Mulder at his sentencing hearing, The X-Files ("The Truth")

Geoffrey: You chivalric fool! As if it matters how you fall!
Richard: When the fall is all there is, it matters.

There will be times when a officer will find the limitless hosts of the enemies of man arrayed against him, when all hopes for victory fade away to leave them confronted with the bitter truth of their own mortality. Perhaps it could have been avoided, but perhaps not, know that this galaxy despises man and his works, and in such a dark place and dark time, the only victory possible is over one's own despair. The commander must reach deep into his own soul, and the souls of his men, and find the most terrible and potent weapon in his arsenal - devotion to the Emperor, defiance unto death, face the enemy in their multitude with fire in your heart and a prayer on your lips! Your deaths are your own, and thus do you deny the enemy his victory.
The Tactica Imperialis, Warhammer 40,000

Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
Claude McKay, "If We Must Die"

Driven mad by Caesar's victory at Hoover Dam, and unable to escape his memories, Boone staged a suicide mission against the Legate. Fighting as he wished he would've fought on the day of his wife's death, he brought down scores of Legionaries before being caught. Before his crucifixion, he was brought before the Legate, who expressed his admiration for Boone's reckless abandon. Boone spat tobacco in his eye, for all of Caesar's armies to see.
One possible ending for Craig Boone, Fallout: New Vegas

Syrzan, Illitilich: What an idiot you were to return. You knew you were no match for me.
Pharaun Mizzrym: Stop preening. You look ridiculous. This isn't your pathetic dream world. This is reality, where I'm a prince of a great city and you're just a sort of mollusk, and a dead, putrid one at that.
Dissolution (War Of The Spider Queen)

"We are not your slaves."
Rila before detonating a bomb to take out a squad of Reaper forces, Mass Effect 3

Amon: Tell me where the Avatar is and I will let you keep your bending.
Lin Beifong: I won't tell you anything, you monster.
The Legend of Korra, Turning the Tides

Stonefur: [When asked to kill Stormpaw and Featherpaw] You'll have to kill me first!
Tigerstar: Very well. (To Darkstripe) Kill him.
Warrior Cats, The Darkest Hour

Skrull: Swear allegiance to the new skrull empire: Share magic again. Or stay proud and die.
John the Skrull: Terms and conditions apply. Here, General Eccentric, is there a place for silliness in your fascist dreamworld, sir? Got anything for me?

Hougen: Go on, do it! Start crying for help! If you do, I'll put you out of your misery faster!
John: Nobody...nobody would ever beg to lowlife scum like you. I refuse.

Frollo: Your time has come, gypsy. You stand upon the brink of the abyss. Yet even now, it is not too late. I can save you from the flames of this world and the next. Choose me or the fire!
Esmeralda: (spits into his smug face and gives the mother of all Death Glares)

"I do not fear you."
The last words of Ishnifus Meaddle. Delivered while making eye contact with his killer.

Kratos: A choice from the gods is as useless as the gods themselves.
Zeus: Even now, as you draw your last breath, you continue to defy me?!

Agent South: "Oh, come on, Wash... what're ya gonna do, sh-"
Agent Washington: "Yes. Good suggestion.

Here's a good tactic to put the evil mastermind off side. When you've been captured and are about to be subjected to the inevitable megalomaniacal evil villain monologue, taunt the villain! Rattle off a list of how incompetent and stupid he is, and how all his plans are pathetic, and how his underlings are ripping off his evil villain employee pension plan behind his back.
Even better if you can keep this rant up for a good five minutes without letting the villain get a word in edgeways. We guarantee that your GM will be impressed with your roleplaying skills.

Warrior 1:Til shade is gone, til water is gone, into the Shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit in Sightblinder's eye on the Last Day.
Warrior 2:By my honor and the Light, my life will be a dagger for Sightblinder's heart.
Warrior 1:Until the Last Day, to Shayol Ghul itself.
The Wheel of Time, Aiel Warrior's Oath

Kuvira: You swore your loyalty to me, and I gave you a chance of greatness! THIS is how you repay me?!
Zhu-Li: You are a monster! I regret nothing!
The Legend of Korra, Operation Beifong

The acceptance of defeat is an invitation for its repetition.
Space Marine Announcer upon a defeat, Dawn of War

The invading presence descended. It could tell this one was nearly expended - no more energy left to fight. It pushed in on the memories that the creature so jealously guarded... and recoiled at the sudden resistance, a defiance of terrible strength. Keyes clutched at the last of his vital memories, and - inside his mind, where there was no-one but he and the creature that attempted to absorb him - screamed NO!

"Greet death with sword in hand."
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, Magic: The Gathering

"We all may meet our Maker today, but the one thing I do not want on my tombstone: 'she went down without a fight.'"
Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan, Olympus Has Fallen