Sandurz: Prepare ship for light speed!
Dark Helmet: No, no, no, light speed is too slow.
Sandurz: Light speed, too slow?
Dark Helmet: Yes. We're gonna have to go right to... ludicrous speed!
It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off.
— Woody Allen
A rocket ship was launched tonight
to unimaginable heights
A dozen times the speed of light
it will arrive at six... of last night.
— The Strugatsky Brothers, translated from Russian.
Nobody wants to think about Kirk and Spock bravely going to some alien planet while everyone they've ever known dies of old age!
Deploy the... uh, I think it's the yellow button. It's usually flashing. It makes the engine go WHOOSH!''
— Duck Dodgers, Duck Dodgers
Secrets of the black voids
Known only to the ancients
Freedom from the planetoids
And the gravity that chains us
To make a fold in space and slip between the curves
Sacrifice of the sisterhood, to do for those they serve
To cross the universe in hyper-spatial flight
We ride the warp of space into the womb of night!
—The Sword, "Warp Riders"