Quotes: Hold the Line

"Here we bloody well are, and here we bloody well stay."
General Vassy, Battle of Thermopylae, 1941

"Our first line of defence shall be the trenches, the second shall be the Aegis lines, the third will be the blessed bastions themselves. Our last line of defence shall be our faith - faith that we can hold our against all odds and above all, faith in the Emperor."
Graf Gurnzeig, Warhammer 40,000, "Siege of St. Thor's conviction"

"In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three.
Now who will stand on either hand,
And keep the bridge with me?"
Thomas Babington Macaulay, Lays of Ancient Rome, "Horatius"

"When we hunt, we kill. No one is safe; nothing is sacred. We are Blackwatch! We are the last line of defense! We will burn our own to hold the red line, it is the last line to ever hold."

"The humble Terran. Mamalia Primate Homo Sapien. His foes are galaxy-spanning horrors that will consume the stars, and terrifying dogmatic aliens with technology to make him and his species look like slugs. He must defend himself against whatever the universe can throw at him with an autorifle and power armour that was around before this homeworld existed, supported with ships and vehicles that barely hold together. He has no lineage, no training, no powers...

But he will hold the fucking line."
Anonymous Youtube comment regarding the Terrans of StarCraft II

"If The Heroes Run And Hide, Who Will Stand And Fight?"
Saitama, One Punch Man, explaining why he always goes out to face whatever disaster is coming, no matter how small or severe.

"1941. Right now, not very far from here the German war machine is rolling up the map of Europe. Country after country, falling like Dominoes. Nothing can stop it, nothing until one tiny, damp little island says "No. No, not here." A mouse in front of a lion. You're amazing. The lot of you. Don't know what you do to Hitler, but you frighten the hell out of me. Off you go, then. Do what you got to do. Save the world."
The Doctor, Doctor Who: 'The Empty Child'

"We have weathered fiercer storms than this! Hold the line, damn you. You will not embarrass the Emperor today by dying!"

"The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!"
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: First Contact

"This is...This is the President. I've just been informed that our midrange military bases at Beta Durani and Proxima 3 have fallen to the Minbari advance. We've lost contact with Io and must conclude that they too have fallen to an advance force. Our military intelligence believes that the Minbari intend to bypass Mars and hit Earth directly and the attack may come at any time. We have continued to broadcast our surrender and a plea for mercy. And they have not responded. We therefore can only conclude... that we stand at the twilight of the Human race. In order to buy more time for our evacuation transports to leave Earth, we ask for the support of every ship capable of fighting to take part in a last defense of our homeworld. We will not lie to you. We do not believe that survival is a possibility. We believe that anyone who joins this battle... will never come home. But for every ten minutes we can delay the military advance, several hundred civilians may have a chance to escape to neutral territory. Though Earth may fall, the Human race must have a chance to continue elsewhere. No greater sacrifice has ever been asked of a people than I ask you now... to step forward one last time... one last battle, to hold the line against the night. May God go with you all."
Earth Alliance President Elizabeth Levy, Babylon 5: In the Beginning

"Eighteen times, the Horselords charged, and eighteen times, the Unsullied locked their shields, lowered their spears, and held the line against twenty thousand Dothraki screamers. When the Khal's archers rained arrows on them, the Unsullied lifted their shields above their heads until the squall passed... and then they held the line. In the end, only six hundred Unsullied remained, but more than twelve thousand Dothraki lay dead, including Khal Temo and all his sons."
Ser Jorah Mormont, Game of Thrones: History and Lore of Westeros - The Unsullied