[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
->'''Anti-Spiral:''' [[ThisCannotBe How can this be?]] Where are you drawing all of this power from?\\
'''Simon:''' We evolve beyond the person we were a minute before! Little by little, we advance a bit further with each turn. [[{{Koan}} That's how a drill works!!]]
-->-- ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' Episode 27.

->''"Like you said, we humans are weak. We die easily. But no matter how weak we are, even if we're being chopped to bits or stabbed to death, we still want to live. [[ColdBloodedTorture I'm gonna give you a little taste of what it feels like!]]"''
-->-- '''[[{{Manga/Berserk}} Guts]]''', ''to the Snake Baron''.

->''"I don't believe in humanity...But I believe in the ''potential'' of humanity."''
-->-- '''[[{{LightNovel/NoGameNoLife}} Sora]]''', ''to Jibril''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]

->''"I suppose you're wondering why I called you here this evening. Well, you see, [[{{Understatement}} I'm not entirely satisfied with your performance lately]]... I'm afraid your work's been slipping, and... And I'm afraid we've been thinking about letting you go. Oh, I know, I know. You've been with the company a long time now. Almost... let me see. Almost ten thousand years! my word, doesn't time fly? It seems like only yesterday... I remember the day you commenced your employment, swinging down from the trees, fresh-faced and nervous, a bone clasped in your bristling fist... "Where do I start, sir?" You asked, plaintively." I recall my exact words: "there's a pile of dinosaur eggs over there, youngster." I said, smiling paternally the while. "Get sucking." Well, we've certainly come a long way since then, haven't we? And yes, yes, you're right, in all that time you haven't missed a day. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Also, please don't think I've forgotten about your outstanding service record, or about all the invaluable contributions you've made to the company... Fire, the wheel, agriculture... It's an impressive list, old timer. A jolly impressive list. Don't get me wrong. But... Well, to be frank, we've had our problems, too. There's no getting away from it. Do you know what I think a lot of it stems from? I'll tell you... It's your basic unwillingness to get on with the company. You don't seem to want to face up to any real responsibility, or to be your own boss. Lord knows, you've been given plenty of opportunities... [[RefusedTheCall We've offered you promotion time and time again, and each time you've turned us down]]. "I couldn't handle the work, guv'nor," you wheedled. "I know my place." To be frank, you're not trying, are you? You see, you've been standing still for far too long, and it's starting to show in your work... And I might add, in your general standard of behaviour. The constant bickering on the factory floor has not escaped my attention... Nor the recent bouts of rowdiness in the staff canteen. Then of course there's... Hmm. Well, I really didn't want to have to bring this up, but... Well, you see, I've been hearing some disturbing rumours about your personal life. No, never you mind who told me. No names, no pack drills... I understand that you are unable to get on with your spouse. I hear that you argue. I am told that you shout. Violence has been mentioned. I am reliably informed that you always hurt the one you love... The one you shouldn't hurt at all. And what about the children? It's always the children who suffer, as you're well aware. Poor little mites, what are they to make of it? What are they to make of [[TheBully your bullying]], [[StrawNihilist your despair]], [[DirtyCoward your cowardice]] [[HumansAreBastards and all your fondly nurtured bigotries]]? Really, it's not good enough, is it? And it's no good blaming the drop in work standards upon bad management, either... Though, to be sure, the management is [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny very bad]]. In fact, let us not mince words... [[DayOfTheJackboot The management is terrible]]! We've had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I'll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, [[HistoryRepeats to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate]]. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. [[JustFollowingOrders You have accepted without question their senseless orders]]. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with [[ANuclearError dangerous and unproven machines]]. You could have stopped them. All you had to say was'' '''''[[SuddenlyShouting NO!]]''''' ''You have no spine. You have no pride. You are no longer an asset to the company. I will, however, be generous. [[DareToBeBadass You will be granted two years to show me some improvement in your work]]. If at the end of that time you are still unwilling to make a go of it... [[DeadlyEuphemism You're fired]]. That will be all. [[MagnificentBastard You may return to your labours]]."''
-->-- '''V''', ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''

->''"Incidentally, I spoke to Commissioner Gordon before I came in here. He's fine. Despite all your sick, vicious little games, he's as sane as he ever was. So maybe ordinary people'' don't ''always crack. Maybe there'' isn't ''any need to crawl under a rock with all the other slimy things when trouble hits... Maybe it was just'' you, ''all the time.''"
-->-- '''Batman''', ''Comicbook/TheKillingJoke''

[[folder:Live Action TV]]

->''"Our remote descendants, safely arrayed on many worlds through the solar system, and beyond, will be unified. By their common heritage, by their regard for their home planet, and by the knowledge that whatever other life may be, all the humans in the entire Universe come from Earth. They will gaze up, and strain to find the blue dot in their skies. They will marvel at how vulnerable the repository of all our potential once was, how perilous our infancy, how humble our beginnings... how many rivers we had to cross, before we found our way."''
-->-- '''Creator/CarlSagan''', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=iv&v=mTumUJq0CfU&annotation_id=annotation_198192 excerpt]]'' from ''Cosmos''

-> Look at these people, these human beings. Consider their potential! From the day they arrive on the planet, and blinking, step into the sun; there is more to see than can ever be seen... more to do than— No, hold on... ''[{{beat}}]'' Sorry, that's Disney/TheLionKing.
-->-- '''Tenth Doctor''', ''Franchise/DoctorWho''

->''"Aren't you proud? [[NiceJobFixingItVillain 'Cause you helped!]] Do you know how many people are watching this live on the telly? Half a billion--and that's nothing, because the human race will spread out among the stars. You just watch them fly. Billions and billions of them for billions and billions of years and every single one of them, at some point in their lives, will look back at this man taking that very first step and they will never ever forget it."''
-->-- '''Eleventh Doctor''' to the Silence, "Day of the Moon"

->''"I'm not going to swear an oath I can't uphold. Talk about my father if you want, tell me that's the attitude that got him killed. But when enough people make false promises, words stop meaning anything. Then there are no more answers, only better and better lies. And lies won't help us in this fight."''
-->-- '''Jon Snow''', ''Series/GameOfThrones'', "The Dragon and the Wolf"

->Some of you young folks been saying to me, "Hey, Pops! What you mean, 'What a Wonderful World'? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? They ain't so wonderful either!" Well, how about listenin' to old Pops for a minute?\\
Seems to me, it ain't the world that's so bad, but [[HumansAreFlawed what we're doing to it]]. And all I'm saying is, "See what a wonderful world it would be, [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers if only we'd give it a chance]]." Love, baby, love: [[ThePowerOfLove That's the secret.]] Yeeaahhh! If lots more of us loved each other, we'd solve lots more problems. And, man, this world would be a gasser! That's why old Pops keeps saying,
-->''I see trees of green...''
-->'''Music/LouisArmstrong''', spoken-word preface to his obscure ''second'' recording of "What a Wonderful World"[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
->''"Folks, it's time to evolve. That's why we're troubled. You know why our institutions are failing us, the church, the state, everything's failing? It's because, um – they're no longer relevant. We're supposed to keep evolving. Evolution did not end with us growing opposable thumbs. You do know that, right? There's another 90 percent of our brains that we have to illuminate."''
-->-- '''Creator/BillHicks''', ''Filling Up the Hump''

[[folder:Video Games]]
->'''Lambda''': How could you make such an offer? You could destroy me and end your troubles. So then why?\\
'''Asbel''': ...I have something to prove. I want you to know that humans have potential. I'll help you to understand how terrible it would be to end this world. It's not worth it. You still have so much left to learn. Now. Take my hand.\\
'''Lambda''': And if I refuse?\\
'''Asbel''': Then I guess I'll take your hand.
-->-- ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''

[[folder:Web Original]]

->''"So it's actually not about seducing and nailing disabled girls. [[DisabledLoveInterest The girls happen to have disabilities]], but the more you get to know them, the more you come to realise that they are girls just like any other. They are humans with hopes and dreams, and messy, f*cked up insecurities about being alive and happy. They are not strange people - they are regular ordinary human beings who feel the way they feel not because they are disabled, but because they are ordinary. They are the universal allegory for humanity; the archetypal human; the mess you become when you feel sad and alone and unworthy. They are the [[GirlNextDoor girl next door]], the [[AlphaBitch prom queen]], the [[{{Bookworm}} bookworm]], the [[{{TomBoy}} tomboy]], and all the baggage that comes with that - nothing more or less.''\\
''They resonate with you because you recognise your flaws and needs and desires and triumphs and victories, and those [[PowerOfLove of the loved ones you know and care about]]. You want to make them happy, because you want them to be happy, because you know them and are them, and in some way you believe everyone you love deserves to be happy.''\\
'' You are not alone, and you are not strange. You are you, [[HumansAreFlawed and everyone has damage.]] [[RousseauWasRight Be the better person.]]''
-->-- '''[[http://i.imgur.com/9JeSr.jpg A message from the Anonymous of /v/]]''', after playing ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''

->''"We’re swelling in number, and where there used to be only points of light in the midst of the night-time, small candle flames and hearthfires, our nights are ''bright'' now. They have less shadows to lurk in. We’ve grown to a population of billions, and the rules put in place by one brilliant man with an eye to the future have made it so that they can’t really stop us. They kill hundreds, but we grow in terms of ''thousands'' in that same span of time, and then we send our practitioners to ''deal'' with the most problematic ones. They have less fertile ground to grow from, as we put superstition and fear behind us and move on with blind, stupid confidence."''
-->-- [[http://pactwebserial.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/signature-8-7/ Signature 8.7]], ''Literature/{{Pact}}''


[[folder:Real Life]]

->''"The Victorian Age, for all its humbug, was a period of rapid progress, because men were dominated by hope rather than fear. If we are again to have progress, we must again be dominated by hope."''
-->-- '''BertrandRussell'''

->''"I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes, will endure --will endure longer than his home planet, will spread out to the other planets, to the stars, and beyond, carrying with him his honesty, his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage --and his noble essential decency."''
-->-- '''Robert A. Heinlein''', ''[[http://www.heinleinprize.com/rah/thisibelieve.htm

->''"To get people to do needed things is the perennial hard task of government, not to mention of religion and philosophy. That it is right to help someone less fortunate is an idea which has figured in most systems of conduct since the beginning of the race."''
-->--'''Creator/GoreVidal''' [[http://www.esquire.com/features/gore-vidal-archive/comment-0761 on]] ''AtlasShrugged''