I can not filibuster in the middle of my dying speech to buy the cleric more time.
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 Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. (...) Time to die.
— Roy Batty, Blade Runner.
This guy sure does talk a lot for someone who's supposed to be dying. I wonder how long he can hold out. You'd think there'd be time to get him a doctor or something.
I was born on a battlefield. Raised on a battlefield. Gunfire, sirens and screams... they were my lullabies... Hunted like dogs day after day... driven from our ragged shelters... That... was my life. Each morning, I'd wake up... and find a few more of my family or friends dead beside me. I'd stare at the morning sun... and pray to make it through the day. The governments of the world turned a blind eye to our misery. But then... he appeared. My hero... Saladin... he took me away from all that...
I became a sniper... hidden, watching everything through a rifle's scope. Now I could see war, not from the inside, but from the outside, ...as an observer... I watched the brutality... the stupidity of mankind through the scope of my rifle. I joined this group of revolutionaries... to take my revenge on the world. But... I have shamed myself and my people. I am no longer the wolf I was born to be... In the name of vengeance, I sold my body and my soul. Now...I am nothing more than a dog.
I finally understand. I wasn't waiting to kill people... I was waiting for someone to kill me. A man like you... You're a hero. Please... set me free.
You never understood why we did this. The audience... knows the truth. The world is simple. It's miserable. Solid - solid all the way through. But if you could fool them - even for a second - then you could make them wonder. And then, you get to see something... very special. You really don't know. It was - it was the looks on their faces.
— Robert Angier, The Prestige
You know what really gets me down, is the way that in opera everyone takes such a long!!!! ... time!!! ... to!!!! ... argh... argh... argh...
— Salzella, Maskerade, at the end of one of these