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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'