Quotes / Face Death with Dignity

"I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost... in time, like tears... in rain. Time... to die."

Van Pelt: End of the line Sonny Jim; game's up. Start running.
Alan: No.
Van Pelt: Aren't you afraid?
Alan: I'm terrified, but my father told me: you should always face what you are afraid of.
Van Pelt: (laughs) Good lad. You're finally acting like a man. Any last words?

I have been many things in my life, Mollari. I have been silly. I have been quiet when I should have spoken. I have been foolish, and I have wasted far too much time. But I am still Centauri, and I am not afraid.
Milo Virini, Babylon 5 ("The Fall of Centauri Prime")

Gozaburo: The code says you have to die for saving him!
Sun: Yeah, and I can accept that. I meant to save his life! It's my choice! Go on! Go ahead, boil me, grill me, whatever!

Prepare to fight. If we die, we die with honor.
Shang, Mulan

I can die with dignity, or I can suffer abject humiliation. Or, in my case, both, but without the dignity.

The Doctor: I wish I had known you better.
Father Octavian: I think, sir, that you know me at my best.

My ancestors are smiling at me, Imperials. Can you say the same?
'Stormcloak Soldier, at his execution, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Let the Dragonborn finish it. It will make for a better song.
Ulfric Stormcloak, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, at the end of the Civil War storyline on the Legion side

If I am going to die, I'm going to do it with dignity.
Rarity The End of a Nightmare

Rebecca Adler: I just want to die with a little dignity.
Dr. Gregory House: There's no such thing! Our bodies break down, sometimes when we're 90, sometimes before we're even born, but it always happens and there's never any dignity in it! I don't care if you can walk, see, wipe your own ass... it's always ugly, always! You can live with dignity; you can't die with it!

No point asking when it is,
No point asking who's to go,
No point asking what's the game,
No point asking who's to blame,
'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
If you're gonna die, die with your boots on...

Bill: How do I look?
Beatrix: You look ready.
*Bill calmly stands up, takes five steps, and dies from the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique*

How awesome would Darth Vader’s death scene really be if, after his heroic sacrifice, he spent his last few moments screaming “The force lightning! It BUUUURNS! This is the worst pain IMAGINABLE!! Luke, would you stop sitting there like a nerf herder and get your old man some freaking MORPHINE?!”

Up that narrow street he stepped, smiling proud and young
About the hemp rope on his neck, the golden ringlets clung
There is never a tear in his blue eyes, though sad and bright are they
As young Roddy McCorley goes to die on the bridge of Toome today.
There is never a one of all your dead, more bravely fell in fray,
Than he who marches to his fate on the bridge of Toome today,
True to the last, true to the last, he treads the upward way,
As young Roddy McCorley goes to die on the bridge of Toome today.
— Ethna Carbery, Roddy McCorley

Jerry: Can't you at least die with a little dignity?
George: No, I can't! I can't die with dignity! I have no dignity! I want to be the one person who doesn't die with dignity! I live my whole life in shame! Why should I die with dignity?

"And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his Gods."
—Lord Macaulay, Horatius at the Bridge

"If you're going to die, at least die with courage."
Leanne to Zephyr, Resonance of Fate

Alan Quatermain: Well look on the bright side — at least we're the main course.
Jesse Huston: Oh sure, a joke! Well I don't need to die with dignity! I want to scream...ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!
(Cannibals give war-cry in response)

Just make it quick Warden. I can face the Maker knowing Ferelden is in your hands.
Loghain Mac Tir, Dragon Age: Origins

Down by the donut prince
A fifteen year old boy lies on the sidewalk
With a bullet in his forehead
In a final act of indignity
The paramedics take off all his clothes
For the whole world to see
While they put him in the bag
Eels ' "Susan's House" from Beautiful Freak.

Richter: How long do I have?
Rooster: You? You don't have much time. No one does.
Richter: There's nothing I can do about it, right?
Rooster: No. By now, there's nothing anyone can do about it.
Richter: Okay. No need to fight it then.
Rooster: I'm glad you understand. ...leaving the world is not as scary as it sounds.

Anakin Skywalker: (in Darth Vader mask) Luke, help me take this mask off.
Luke Skywalker: But you'll die.
Anakin: Nothing can stop that now. Just for once, let me look on you with my own eyes.
(Luke nods, takes the mask off, revealing Anakin's scarred face)
Anakin: (faintly) Now, go, my son. Leave me...
Luke: No, you're coming with me. I'll not leave you here, I have to save you.
Anakin: You already have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister you were right...

He behaved with great composure and resolution, saying he thought it the duty of every good Officer, to obey any orders given him by his Commander-in-Chief; and desired the Spectators to be at all times prepared to meet death in whatever shape it might appear.
— Diary of Frederick MacKensie, British officer and witness to the hanging of Nathan Hale

I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy, in that England which I shall see no more. I see Her with a child upon her bosom, who bears my name. I see her father, aged and bent, but otherwise restored, and faithful to all men in his healing office, and at peace. I see the good old man, so long their friend, in ten years’ time enriching them with all he has, and passing tranquilly to his reward.
I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. I see her, an old woman, weeping for me on the anniversary of this day. I see her and her husband, their course done, lying side by side in their last earthly bed, and I know that each was not more honoured and held sacred in the other’s soul, than I was in the souls of both.
I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name, a man winning his way up in that path of life which once was mine. I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his. I see the blots I threw upon it, faded away. I see him, fore-most of just judges and honoured men, bringing a boy of my name, with a forehead that I know and golden hair, to this place—then fair to look upon, with not a trace of this day’s disfigurement—and I hear him tell the child my story, with a tender and a faltering voice.
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
— Sidney Carton's last thoughts whilst awaiting execution, A Tale of Two Cities

"I've had more lifetimes than any 10 people put together, and it's been an amazing ride...So this is O.K."
Patrick Swayze, on battling pancreatic cancer

Lincoln: Try to sway me if you want, but there's no turning this thing back around.
Hive: I can see that. I think we're already going to share a connection as we experience the one thing that's eluded me all these years... death.

"Though immortality may have eluded me... perhaps it's for the best. After all... what is eternity without my beloved Agnes by my side? This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a-"
Holden Radcliffe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "World's End"

William Travis: "We could try to get you out with an escort. If you're captured, perhaps given your condition, mercy would be extended."
Jim Bowie: "I don't deserve mercy. I do deserve a drink. You got anything stronger than water?"
William Travis: [Smiles] "I don't drink, Jim, you know that. I gamble, go to whores, run off on wives... but drinking, I draw the line."
Jim Bowie: "You know, if you live five more years, you might just be a great man."
William Travis: "I think I will probably have to settle for what I am now."

"No! Wait, yes. This will be so ra-"
King Radical, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja note 

The Raider: What you've done is wrong! You feast, while all around you people starve?! You and your warriors will learn to live like the rest of us...or you will become food for crows!
Ragnar: Idiot child! Might as well ask me to pick up...FARMING! We're vikings!
The Raider: So that's a "no"?
Ragnar: (with open arms) Valhalla...

"Holy creatures, transform me into your humble servant. Show me the path to enlightenment as you alter my flesh and free my soul."
Samuel Irons, just before being killed by Necromorphs, Dead Space: Downfall

Leper: Spare the others, I am ready.
Bounty Hunter: ...hm.
Hellion: Send me to hell then! AAAKYLORAAAHHH!
Occulist: Finally, the face of my tormentor. Come, then.
Man-at-Arms: I go with a clear conscience. I've given my all.
Abomination: Whatever awaits, it cannot be worse than what I've endured.
Musketeer: All for one, and one for all!
Houndmaster: Steady, girl. If we're called, we answer.
Flagellant: I've waited long for this! DON'T TAKE IT FROM ME.
Shieldbreaker: Another nightmare. A fitting audience for my last dance.

The witch, weakened and weary, sighed and leaned its head back on the chair. So the correction was not yet complete. No wonder then it was still so tired. Seeing what was coming, it was clear now that this was to be the last and it was sad, but it had lived quietly and cleverly now for nearly three thousand years.
The end was never in the gift of the witch. Unlike the humanity it moved amongst, it could not bring about its own demise, but in common with them it nevertheless treaded carefully and had learned to accept its fate.
It looked with sorrow at the optimistically packed rucksack by the door, then stood on weakened legs and walked slowly and carefully to the kitchen to open one last tin of gourmet cat food for its beautiful, loyal companion, one of the few friends it had on Earth.
Forgotten, by Muriel Gray

"So, my final enemy is a puppet version of myself... Not bad."
Goro Akechi, Persona 5

"I've never been prouder of you than I am right now, brother/sister. It's been a pleasure serving with you."
Paladin Danse, Fallout 4, if the player chooses to execute him for being a Synth