Quotes / Do Not Go Gentle

Fiction

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Dr. Diane Turner: (referencing the Dylan Thomas poem) Thornton, what does that poem mean to you?
Thornton Mellon: It means... I don't take shit from no one!

"We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. No one will remember us now and we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy - the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won."
Justicar Alaric, Warhammer 40,000

"Zeon's strength was expended in the Battle of Loum! There is no way they can create new soldiers overnight, and Ghiren Zabi knows it. I therefore appeal to all the citizens of the Earth Federation, to each and every one of you. Zeon is exhausted! Now is not the time for us to kneel before Zeon. It is time for us to rise! Now, more than ever, is our chance to defeat Zeon!"
General Revil, Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening by Yoshiyuki Tomino

“Do not tell me what I am or am not,” the demon hissed, “It doesn’t matter that God has Felled me, that the Adversary is ready to welcome me to Hell, that my wings are, are icky and that I have talons, because I still want to help people, I still want to undo all of the wrongs I see, and, God-approved or not, the most grievous wrong is that this world, this beautiful world that I’ve spent the last six thousand years in, that we’ve spent the last six thousand years in, is going to be destroyed, and it’s all my fault, and that you and I are going to be parted forever when I finally got the courage to tell you how I’ve felt for a thousand years if not longer - angel, demon, Heaven, Hell, good, evil, they’re all words, they’re all labels, they all mean absolutely bloody nothing, all that matters is that I love this world, I love this life, and I love you, you complete and utter bastard, and I will do anything to keep the things I love safe, and if we don’t do this, you and I, we’ll cease to exist anyway, or we will spend a short time on the run, maybe, before we are captured and you’re put through all kinds of torments that I simply cannot abide, and I think if you were thinking clearly you would agree you’d rather stop being if it meant you wouldn’t have to go through that, and that if there were a chance, any chance at all, that you could avoid that, that the world could avoid that, you would take that opportunity, so you, right now, are going to turn this stupid old amazing wonderful piece of machinery around, and we are going to go to Manchester, and we are going to do our damnable, blessed best to save the world so that we can live in it together.”
Zira, Manchester Lost

I know at the end of the blogs, they tell you that when the time comes that he comes after you, that you should end it yourself. Take your own life so that he doesn't take it. Well today, I tell you the opposite. Don't quit. Don't give up. Fight. Fight him as long and as hard as you can. He may win in the end. But don't give him the satisfaction of an easy kill. Let the fucker work for his food. You can't keep letting him think that just because he holds the royal flush that it means you have to just fold. If enough people fight, if enough people give him a good run around... it may be enough to finish him. So please. Don't give up. Give it everything you've got. If you have to end it before he gets you, then do it. But give it your all before you do. Give him one hell of a show before you do.
Zeke Strahm, Seeking Truth

"My brethren, hear me, for there is little time left. All that remains of our race, our civilization, are those that stand beside you now. Trust in each other. Strike as one will. Let our last stand burn a memory so bright we will be remembered forever. En taro Tassadar!"
Artanis, Starcraft II

"It's good to see you survived that last assault, but when the Burning Legion makes its final push, they'll wipe us out. It's been an honor to fight by your side all these years, but our strength was not enough to save Azeroth. Before we meet death, let's send a few hundred demons screaming back to the Twisting Nether!"
Archmage Khadgar, World of Warcraft

"Maybe you're right. Maybe we can't win this but we'll fight you regardless, just like we did Sovereign. Just like I'm doing now. However insignificant we might be, we will fight, we will sacrifice, and we will find a way. That's what humans do."
Commander Shepard, Mass Effect 2

"If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die historic on the fury road!"

Your last chance, last summer
Your last dance, beat to your own drummer
Go out fighting, go out young
A flash of lightning, eclipse the sun
Madeon, "Finale"

Well, I'm out of rockets, but I want to unload everything. It's better to die in a low-gravity ballet trying to kill an Elder God than... well, that's my only option, really.

Real Life

"I [would] rather die on my feet than live upon my knees."
— First said by Emiliano Zapata, popularized by later revolutionaries such as Dolores Ibárruri.

"In God's name, if it is absolutely necessary to declare either for peace or war, and the former can not be preserved with honour, why is not the latter commenced without delay? I am not, I confess, well informed as to the resources of this kingdom, but I trust it has still sufficient to maintain its just rights, though I know them not. But, my Lords, any state is better than despair. Let us at least make one effort, and, if we must fall, let us fall like men!"
William Pitt The Elder, during the American Revolution

"Whether or not a woman should give an example of courage to men, is neither here nor there. At a moment of desperate danger one must do what one can. I think that flight, even if it brings us to safety, is not in our interest. Every man born to see the light of day must die. But that one who has been emperor should become an exile I cannot bear. May I never be without the purple I wear, nor live to see the day when men do not call me "Your Majesty." If you wish safety, my Lord, that is an easy matter. We are rich, and there is the sea, and yonder our ships. But consider whether if you reach safety you may not desire to exchange that safety for death. As for me, I like the old saying, that the purple is the noblest shroud."
Empress Theodora during the Nika Riots


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