Quotes / In Spite of a Nail

Picard: Change them? You mean change the past? Q, even if you have been able to bring me back in time somehow, surely you must realize that any alteration in this timeline will have a profound impact on the future.
Q: Please! Spare me your egotistical musings on your pivotal role in history. Nothing you do here will cause the Federation to collapse or galaxies to explode. To be blunt, you're not that important.

"Seriously, little wren, suppose my father-in-law, that abominable King Victor, had died in youth, as he nearly did. Suppose my mother-in-law, Queen Mary, had married Georgie York, who was secretly very fond of her—only he could not show it, being so English. Why, then you would have had a quite different Royal Family from the one you have now. But do you suppose anything else would have been the smallest bit different? Pooh!"
King and Joker, Peter Dickinson

Harvey: All modern research points to the elasticity of time, rather than a brittle framework.
Harvey: If nudged closely enough to course, events have a way of restructuring themselves. If the participants are the same, the venue's the same, the motivation's the same, then, well, the outcome is likely to be the same.
Farscape, "Different Destinations"

Giga: Interesting..... What's different?
Rock: Well, Bass is a robot like me, and we generally get into fights. He was made by Doctor Wily, a mad scientist I usually fight, but I will sometimes do other activities with him, like Soccer. I don't know what else is different, though I do sometimes hear Doctor Light be disappointed that his internet advancement research didn't go anywhere.
Giga: Dr. Wily is my enemy as well....He wants revenge on the world because his robotics research wasn't funded.
Rock: ...Wow. So, Dr. Wily doesn't get it right either way...

Question: What makes a good bloodswap?note 
Answer: People seem to like [my bloodswap fic] primarily because I've done a lot of worldbuilding and I've managed to change the characters while keeping true to who they are at a fundamental level; they have different opinions and different designs and different living situations and they still feel familiar because how they work and react to things has not been changed.
Sock, author of Derpbent, here

"Ozpin, you knew this would happen. You knew the moment you made Ruby a leader. Why do you torture yourself like this? How many times are you going to repeat these past 2 years?"
I stand, pull her up by the arm and lock onto her eyes. “As many times as it takes to see her come out of this war alive, Glynda. It has to be her. Don’t you see that?”
"Give up, Ozpin! It’s over!" She pushes me, hands balled into fists. "It’s been 50 damn times! You either need to give this up, or make some huge, drastic change the next time around! And even then, this war will STILL take place! Nothing will ever change that… nothing…" Choking on sobs, she pulls me into her arms.
—>— RWBY fic Did You Make A Mistake?

No matter the timeline, some legends will endure.

"The reason why 9/11 is still so prominent in the minds of Americans today is because it's seen as the start to the world that we live in now. The reason we like to imagine a world without 9/11, probably the reason you clicked on this video, is to think of a world that would've been better because those towers never fell. It's cathartic to believe that if we had prevented 9/11, the issues we face now wouldn't have happened. But after my research, I just can't believe that anymore. And oddly, it's sadder. Instead of our world being an exception because of a dramatic terrorist attack, our world really is something that was just going to happen anyway. In this alternate world, we just get a decade more of peace before the events we face occur due to events being put into motion centuries ago. Entirely out of our control."

"So what's more ominous? The fact that 9/11 caused the world we live in now, or the world's history making an attack like 9/11 inevitable?"

"Now, I know there are those of you out there who are thinking "hey, c'mon, alternate universe stories have value beyond just being places where creators can slaughter characters with impunity! Sometimes it's nice to see a different take on things, and it's not like they're completely obsessed with death!" And you are wrong. And I know this because I've read my all-time favorite alternate universe story, What If #10: "What If The Punisher's Family Hadn't Been Killed." So, what would happen if the Punisher's familly hadn't been killed? Well, as it turns out... if the Punisher's family hadn't been killed, the Punisher's family would still be killed. That is just how What If? rolls."