[[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!!]]
-->-- ''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: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''

->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"

[[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 ''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.

->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''