Quotes: Ignored Epiphany

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"If I had a dollar for every time
I repented the sin and commit the same crime
I'd be sitting on top of the world today"
Emilie Autumn, "God Help Me"

"We're despicable
We make ourselves
Plain sickable
Berate ourselves,
Hate ourselves
Still none us of wishes he
Would change"
—"We're Despicable", Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

The light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.

I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
Macbeth, Act 3

I am heartily ashamed of myself, Lizzy. But don't despair, it'll pass; and no doubt more quickly than it should.
Mr. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

I was "cured", all right.
Alex DeLarge, A Clockwork Orange

I don't know if you believe in Hell—I don't know if you're into that—but if there is, we're pretty much going there. But I'm not going to lie down until I get there.
Walter White, Breaking Bad ("Say My Name")

You can learn to sweep the guilt under the rug and go on. Otherwise it overwhelms you.
Chris, Match Point

Eric: Am I never to be forgiven for one moment of weakness?
Baxter: According to our latest census you've had at least fourteen moments of weakness, Eric.

There are no more barriers to cross... My pain is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone, in fact I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape, but even after admitting this there is no catharsis, my punishment continues to elude me and I gain no deeper knowledge of myself; no new knowledge can be extracted from my telling. This confession has meant nothing.
Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

I would like, so much, to reach out and touch you in your loneliness. What would that be like, I wonder? I mean, what would be wrong with that? I realize that you're not a person in the strictest sense of the word...Is this the face of a rat? Are these the eyes of a rat? 'Hath not a Jew eyes?' I feel for you, Helen. No, I don't think so. You're a Jewish bitch. You nearly talked me into it, didn't you? (beats her)
Amon Goeth, Schindler's List

The strange thing was, he knew she was right. Without being sure exactly why, he knew he was making the wrong choice. But he dredged up what he needed to keep going. To put one leaden foot in front of the other.

Since that day, my life has changed forever. I could no longer go back to the way I was. I had become a bloodthirsty monster, killing innocents in order to achieve my true, ultimate goal.'' Awesome!

I killed two men. Those were human lives, it won't be overlooked! Besides, who am I to pass judgment on others? ... No. No, wait. Maybe I'm wrong. This is exactly what I've been thinking about lately. This world is rotting, and those who are making it rot deserve to die!
Light Yagami, Death Note

He's...really just leaving me here! He gave me his energy and... left me! Maybe this is a sign... Maybe I should change... Maybe this is my second... and last... chance... Maybe... I was wrong. (beat) NAAAAH!!

Po: You gotta let go of that stuff from the past cause it just doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now.
Lord Shen: You're right. Then I choose THIS!! (draws knives and attacks)

Oh, my God, how can a night that's turned out so badly get even worse?
Wait, don't panic. Think for a second.
...No, this is good, this is sensible.

    real life 

To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1742)

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

There is, of course, a popular myth that people do change; but in real life, they don’t. With age and experience, they simply become more adroit at selling themselves.
Gore Vidal, Playboy 1969

A man who has blown all his options can’t afford the luxury of changing his ways. He has to capitalize on whatever he has left, and he can’t afford to admit — no matter how often he’s reminded of it — that every day of his life takes him farther and farther down a blind alley…
Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

The survivors all suffer from the same certainty: they know that if similar acts of persecution were to begin tomorrow, despite all official demonstrations of sympathy for the victims and condemnation of the oppressors, the rescuers would be as rare as they were before. Their good neighbors who now greet them every morning would once again turn away.
Tzvetan Todorov, Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in the Concentration Camps

Engel fully believed that he'd encountered God, and had awoken from the heart attack hearing the words “Jesus died on the cross for my sins. He is my Lord and Savior” coming out of his own mouth. His friends, however, used to the crazy drug-talk and new age waffle, assumed his chat with the creator was merely the latest bout of fruitcakery, and it wasn't long before he brushed it off too. Within a couple of months, now recovered from the heart attack, he was hoovering up the coke once more.
Stuart Millard on Peter Engel, So Excited, So Scared: The Saved by the Bell Retrospective

Less than a week ago, Billboard published an interview with Chris Brown who claimed that spending 108 days in jail changed him for the better and the new Chris Brown (The New Adventures of Old Chris Brown, now streaming on Netflix) doesn’t get into fights or start shit at the club anymore. But here we are, a week later and Chris Brown is back to his old shit-starting asshole tricks once again. Cue the Welcome Back, Kotter theme song!

Narrator: He puzzled and he puzzled til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grump thought of something he hadn't before. Just because he hates something doesn't mean others should. He could share, not force, his opinions like others would. For it's our different outlooks that can make people grow and everyone is different like every flake of snow. For different points of view can exist for a reason: to learn about one another and to make each other decent.
The Grump: Naw, I'm right. They're wrong.
Narrator: Well, fuck you, then!

In "Let It Go", the line "Let the storm rage on" is followed by "The cold never bothered me anyway" - a line many people remember, as it's said twice, sung in a different style, and is the last line of the song. Of course, as the Snow Queen, Elsa is not bothered by low temperatures in the literal sense. But in the other senses of the word "cold", she is still frightened of it. Uncontrolled release of her powers still remains the primary problem in the story, and after building her ice palace she is never again happy while using her powers, until the end of the movie.
Most importantly, "cold" as in isolation from other people, is still bothering her to the core. Think about what she does after she finishes her song, right after she sings that last line "the cold never bothered me anyway": she turns around and slams shut the doors to her new castle, as she had done in Arendelle. Her way of dealing with her problem is still the same as it was before her coronation: she thinks as long as she shuts people out - and if that doesn't work, as long as she's far enough away and isolated and alone - she'll be okay. But this is diametrically opposed to the central message of the film - that instead of not being bothered by the cold of isolation, she needs to be embraced by the warmth of love.
— A blogger analysing Frozen's usage of this trope

Later on, Weiss is storming away and Ruby comes to catch up to her. Ruby asks why Weiss has reverted back to Ep 5-7 era Weiss after getting her hopes up in Ep 8...
RWBY recap of episode 10