Quotes / Knight in Sour Armor


"If there's a new way,
I'll be the first in line
But it better work this time"
MEGADETH, "Peace Sells"

Sometimes cynicism is the last refuge of the idealist.
LE Modesitt Jr, The Ethos Effect

Fighting for the little guy is for suckers. We all do it once in a while, but the trick is to get in and out quickly without getting involved. That's one trick I never really mastered.
Michael, Burn Notice ("Pilot")

Ha. 'Legendary guardian'? I was just a boy. A boy about your age, actually. I wanted to change the world too — but I changed nothing. That is my story.
Auron, Final Fantasy X

Taylor: Everything Iíve said in the past stands. Humans are idiots. Theyíre selfish and injust and unfair, theyíre violent and clumsy and petty and shortsighted. Donít get me wrong. Every part of that applies to me, too. Iím not setting myself above them on any level. But at the end of the day, sometimes humanity isnít so bad.
Lisa: Sometimes. Took me a while to realize that. The more you find out, the uglier things tend to look. But you keep looking, and itís not all bad at the end.

Woman in alley: Thank you! Thank you! That thing was going to kill me!
Spike: Well, what did you expect? Out alone in this neighborhood — I've got half a mind to kill you myself, you half-wit.
Woman in alley: What?
Spike: I mean honestly, what kind of retard wears heels like that in a dark alley? Take two steps and break your bloody ankle.
Woman in alley: [annoyed] I was just trying to get home.
Spike: Well, get a cab, you moron, and on the way, if a stranger offers you candy, don't get in the van!
Angel, "Soul Purpose"

Jon Snow: I did what I thought was right. And I got murdered for it. Now, I'm back. Why?
Davos Seaworth: ...I don't know. Maybe we'll never know. What does it matter? You go on. You fight for as long as you can. You clean up as much of the shit as you can.
Jon Snow: I don't know how to do that. I thought I did...but I failed.
Davos Seaworth: Good. Now go fail again.
Game of Thrones, "Oathbreaker"

John McClane: You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, 'attaboy! You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.
Matt Farrell: Then why you doing this?
John McClane: Because there's nobody else to do it right now, that's why. Believe me, if there were somebody else to do it, I'd let them do it, but there's not. So we're doing it.

Liara: So tell me, Shepard, what are you fighting for?
Shepard: I guess I'm fighting for us. All of us.
Liara: That's a pretty big responsibility.
Shepard: People are messy, awkward, sometimes selfish and cruel. But they're trying, and I'm going to make sure they have a chance.

I'm no hero. Never was, never will be. Just an old killer, hired to do some wet-work.
Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid

Do not be deceived, Wormwood. [Satan's] cause is never more in danger, than when a human, no longer desiring, but intending, to do our Enemy [God]'s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.
The Demon Screwtape, The Screwtape Letters

The future is an inherently good thing. And we move into it one winter at a time. Things get better one winter at a time. If you're going to celebrate anything, then have a drink on this: The world is, generally and on balance, a better place to live this year than it was last year.
Spider Jerusalem, Transmetropolitan

Hey! Mother Theresa! I was gonna do it anyway. I just hate being lectured.
Gene Ryack, Air America

Marston: Escuella was always a torn man. A cynic who desperately wanted to be a romantic.
Abraham: Whereas you, John, are a romantic who wants to be a cynic.

Arthur: I did build a stronghold. Kaamelott, they call it. I sought and hired knights in the whole kingdom; in Caledonia, in Carmelid, in Gaunes, in Vannes, in Wales; I ordered a big table, to have the knights sitting together; I ordered it round, to prevent having a knight sitting in a corner, or at the end of it; it was complicated, so I tried to explain what was the Grail, to make sure everyone understand; it was hard, so I tried to laugh, to make sure nobody got bored; I failed; but I don't want anyone to say that I did nothing. Because it's not true.

Renate: A Knight in Shining Armor did nothing for nobody. He never fought. A knight in dented, scraped armor, now that's what you want.
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy

Nicodemus: Such as why you chose this kind of life for yourself. To appoint yourself protector of mortal kind, and to make yourself the enemy of any who would do them harm. To live outcast from your own kind, laughed at and mocked by most mortals. Living in a hovel, barely scraping by. Spurning wealth and fame. Why do you do it?
Harry Dresden: I'm a disciple of the Tao of Peter Parker, obviously.
The Dresden Files: Death Masks

Tough cop, whore from the slums, true love—love that overcomes a powerful curse. A fairy tale... In a world dominated by scorn and meanness, a world full of bandits and murderers, true love can still work wonders. Lost causes are worth the struggle. A fairy tale...
Geralt, The Witcher

A sword is a weapon. The art of swordsmanship is learning how to kill. That is the truth. What Miss Kaoru says is sweet and innocent talk that only those whose hands have never been stained with the blood of men can believe. But to tell you the truth, I much prefer Miss Kaoru's sweet and innocent talk over the truth, that I do.
Himura Kenshin, Rurouni Kenshin

Word of advice, Ressler. This work we perform, it does not serve to look backward. This city (London), wickedness will ever leave its spores here. You and I, we are not magicians. We cannot see through walls or into men's minds. Dozens perished but hundreds who were ill are now well once more. We fight. Well fight with all the skills we may muster. Beyond that, we may do no more.
Edmund Reid, Ripper Street

"Stop that," he says. "That pseudo-mysterious omnipotent voice might trick the soccer moms at the local Renaissance fair, but due to my inherent cynicism it's going to take a hell of a show to convince me."

"Oh, no," she says. "You, Mr. Vantas, are a fake cynic, the worst and most tragic kind."
— The fic look up, look up

"Hey! I'm going to be dead in a few hours, so before I go, let's have this out. You and me, once and for all. "Winning?" Is that what you think itís about? I'm not trying to win. I'm not doing this because I want to beat someone, because I hate someone, or because I want to blame someone. It's not because it's fun. God knows it's not because it's easy. It's not even because it works because it hardly ever does. I do what I do because it's right! Because it's decent! And above all, it's kind! It's just that... Just kind. If I run away today, good people will die. If I stand and fight, some of them might live. Maybe not many, maybe not for long. Hey, you know, maybe there's no point to any of this at all. But it's the best I can do. So I'm going to do it. And I'm going to stand here doing it until it kills me. And you're going to die too! Some day... And how will that be? Have you thought about it? What would you die for? Who I am is where I stand. Where I stand is where I fall. Stand with me. These people are terrified. Maybe we can help a little. Why not, just at the end, just be kind?"
The Twelfth Doctor, "The Doctor Falls"

"I don't know any of you. But that doesn't matter, does it? My family: the family you demonized and excommunicated, has fought and died through generations for this country. We do this thing... for Wallachia, and her people. We don't have to know you all. We do it anyway. And it's not the dying that frightens us; it's never having stood up and fought for you. I'm Trevor Belmont. Of the House of Belmont. And dying... has never frightened me."
Trevor Belmont, Castlevania (2017)

"And yeah, it's a shit, shit world, but you know what? Good things are done every day. Just not, apparently, by you."
Maddie Bowen, Blood Diamond

Real Life

You have to be pretty goddamn tough to be an optimist, and you have to be an asshole to stay completely apathetic. Find the middle ground. It's the best you can do.

A good game's gonna have both. In a good game, you fight for a dozen reasons, against men with similar drives and goals. You play politics, you fuck up. You try to do good, but often settle for trying not to make things any worse. You do your best, and hope that's enough.

And then one day you're on patrol, fighting in a war you've forgotten the reasons for, on a side that you can't say for sure is better than any other, and you come to a town. Someone's been there first. The men are dead. The children are crying. The women have been taken. And you remember who the hell you are, and you ride out and kick ass and bring those kids' mothers back to them.

A knight in shining armor is a man who has never had his metal truly tested.

I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.
Antonio Gramsci