''No more riddles,
No more tests.
No more curses you can't undo,
Left by fathers you never knew.
No more quests,
No more feelings.
Time to shut the door...
“Great griefs exhaust. They discourage us with life. The man into whom they enter feels something taken from him. In youth, their visit is sad; later on, it is ominous.”
— Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
"I see my wife first. My dear Constance. Her body is in pieces. Harriet lies nearby, indescribably violated. Almost idly, I wonder her head is. And then I look at the doll's house. And the doll's house...
Slowly, methodically I put on mother's wedding dress...
and I kneel down.
I kneel down in that nursery abattoir. It all seems perfectly rational... Perfectly, perfectly rational."
—Dr. Amedeus Arkham, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
"I have dreamed a dream. ...But now that dream is gone from me."
—Morpheus, The Matrix Reloaded
"I kept the accounts for a major Earth corporation. I lived in a world of numbers: Clean, smooth, logical, precise. We took a vacation to the Mars colony, the first time we'd ever been. We were in a crawler, halfway across the Amazonis Planitia when the ground gave way beneath us. I woke up in a hospital with a few bruises — but Sarah and the children, gone. I grieved for a long time. A very long time. Eventually I went back to work, but the numbers didn't add up anymore."
—Aldous Gaji, Babylon 5 ("Grail")
Jade: Poor Woof... I know how you are. You tried to help them... You told yourself that you wouldn't let them come to any harm. That you'd be there to protect them. I know, boy. I know.
...But that isn't what actually happened. The kids are gone. And you? Ha! You couldn't do anything! Yet you're here, alive and well! Who do you think you are? Did you think you'd actually be able to make a difference? Well, Woof, you were wrong, boy. Completely and utterly wrong. There's nothing anyone can do. There's nothing anyone can do...
Double H: W-we must go now, Miss Jade.
J.D.: Hey! Remember what you told me? The second you start blaming yourself for people's deaths... there's no coming back.
Dr. Cox: Yeah... You're right. (walks out)
"This isn't happening! There's no reason for me to go on! WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOR?!"
Natsumi: [Keroro and the others] went and left you all be yourself!
Dororo: Left me...? All... by myself...?
Narrator: Childhood trauma switch: on!
Dororo: (sulking in the Corner of Woe) That's OK... I'll be fine. I'm used to this kind of thing. It happens all the time... Doro... Doro... Doro...
— Keroro Gunsou, "Encounter 71: Fish Battle!! The Invasion Will Be Child's Play!!!"
Shinji: Nobody understands me
Rei: You didn't understand anything.
Shinji: I thought it was supposed to be a world without unpleasantness... without uncertainity.
Rei: Because you thought that everyone else was like you.
Shinji: Betrayed! You've betrayed my feelings!!
Rei: You've misunderstood from the start. You simply assumed without asking.
Shinji: Nobody wants me. So, everybody just die.
Rei: Then, what are those hands for?
Shinji: Nobody cares whether I exist or not... Nothing will change. So, everybody just die.
Rei: Then, what is that heart for?
Shinji: It'd be better if I wasn't here either. So I should just die, too.
Why won't it move? Piece of junk... Fufufu... I see, I'm the one... who's a piece of junk.
— Asuka, Neon Genesis Evangelion
Venkman: Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon... what've you got left?
Egon: Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.
Myn just lies there, staring off into nowhere. He'll eat if you put food in his hand, drink if you put the cup to his lips. But he's gone somewhere.
— Tyria Sarkin, about her squadmate Myn Donos, Wraith Squadron
Cambyses: Why, not being moved by the calamity of [your] son and daughter, [should you] with so great impatience bear the misfortune of [your] friend?
Psammenitus: It is because only the last affliction was to be manifested by tears, the two first far exceeding all manner of expression.
— Herodotus, as quoted by Michel de Montaigne.
Hi... Honey. Huh. Guess what I did at work today? I wore a bomb. A nuclear bomb in a field of flowers. I could get lucky. Tomorrow I could have a bigger bomb. I could kill... more people. Maybe they'll be innocent people. Children... maybe.
— John Crichton, Farscape S4
Don't do this to me... You never give up.
— Donna Noble, to the Doctor, who is currently giving the impression that he very much has, Doctor Who
Wilf hopes that the Doctor has a trick up his sleeve, some of the old flim-flam, sort of thing. The Doctor doesn't. It's probably on account of, oh, he lost Rose and Martha left him and the Master died on him and he lost Rose again and Donna's mind borked and the Master is crazyface and he thinks he's going to die. One suspects there is a limit to "does well in adversity."
My god, I am sick.
I've been used!
And you knew
All the time!
God I'll never ever know
Why you chose me for your crime
For your foul bloody crime.
You have murdered me!
— Judas, Jesus Christ Superstar
That's it, man! Game over, man! Game over! What the fuck are we supposed to do now, huh? What are we gonna do?!
— PFC Hudson, stranded on an alien-infested planet, Aliens.
The lights are on... but you're not home.
You've drifted off... somewhere alone.
Somewhere that's safe... no questions here...
A quiet place, where you hide from your fears.
— Staind, "Reality"
Listen, could it be? IT'S THE STICKY NOTES OF THE APOCALYPSE!
— Edd, Ed, Edd n Eddy
Dil wants his monkeys, and monkeys want their 'nanners... everybody gets what they want!
— Tommy Pickles, The Rugrats Movie
Karkat: EVERYBODY OUT OF THE GODDAMN WAY. I GOT A LAB FULL OF HUMANS, A MOUTH FULL OF YELLING, AND A TORTURED PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE FULL OF TOTALLY HYSTERICAL EMOTIONS AND UNAIRED GRIEVANCES AT PRACTICALLY EVERYBODY.
— Karkat, Homestuck
Shulk: What was I doing? What was the purpose of my life? ...No. I've got it wrong. I was never alive. It was Zanza! All along! I...Everything I did was...
Alvis: "...Do you want to say 'pointless'?"
I froze. It was not guilt that froze me. I had taught myself never to feel guilt. It was not a ghastly sense of loss that froze me. I had taught myself to covet nothing. It was not a loathing of death that froze me. I had taught myself to think of death as a friend. It was not heartbroken rage against injustice that froze me. I had taught myself that a human being might as well look for diamond tiaras in the gutter as for rewards and punishments that were fair. It was not the thought that I was so unloved that froze me. I had taught myself to do without love. It was not the thought that God was cruel that froze me. I had taught myself never to expect anything from Him. What froze me was the fact that I had absolutely no reason to move in any direction.
Bad End!Riker: We won't go back... you don't know what it's like in our universe... The Federation's gone, the Borg is everywhere—! [Console explodes, Bad End!Worf races to fix it.] We're one of the last ships left, please... you've got to help us!
AU!Riker: I'm sorry, there's no choice. If this works, everything will return—
Bad End!Riker: NO! WE WON'T GO BACK!
—Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Parallels"
"I... I've been fighting because I couldn't live with what Yggdrasill was doing. But I did exactly the same thing. I claimed I was protecting people, but I had to sacrifice others to do it.[...] Then what was I fighting for? Just to decide who would be saved, and who would have to go? Can you call that protecting at all?"
— Kouta Kazuraba, Kamen Rider Gaim
Judy: I'll leave you to your thoughts.
Simon: I haven't got any thoughts. I'm just staring vacantly into space while a distant voice in the back of my head goes, "Oh, shit!" like a car alarm in the middle of the night.
I sat down on the hardwood floor, sticky dots of blood drying on my face, snowflakes melting on my knees. I couldn't think of a single reason to ever stand up again.