Quotes: Refuge in Audacity

Real Life

ďAlways go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth.Ē

"l'Audace, et encore l'audace, et toujours l'audace!"note 
— Georges Jacques Danton, on what it would take to preserve revolutionary France.

"Who Dares, Wins."
— Motto of British SAS

"When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder."
— Field Marshal William Slim

"In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom."
J. G. Ballard

"The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."

"Itís not hard to read stuff like this and think, 'Maybe Tipper Gore had a point.'"
Wil Forbis on GG Allin, Interesting Motherfuckers

"The major problem is that the match is build around how fun itíd be to watch a guy beat the shit out of his mistress. Thatís weird enough, and then Parker gives an admittedly hilarious heel interview about how heís gonna beat her to death and rub her face into the ground because thatís what the people at home want to do to their mistresses or whatever, but are too chicken to. Itís so over-the-top and horribly offensive that Mean Gene is dying in the background. Itís one of those things thatíd be problematic as f*ck if it wasnít an evil womanizing cartoon colonel saying heís going to slap his sidepiece in the face with his dick to honor the memory of Elvis Presley."
Brandon Stroud on WCW Uncensored '96

"I have re-read that answer at least 10 times and Iím not sure if thatís Madonna being shady or truthful. On the one hand, that sort of sounds like how I would imagine Madonna would call someone a boring basic bitch. On the other hand, it sounds like Madonna being self-aware enough to realize that her hard-core commitment to crotchless leather panty couture might be a bit much for the White House. Iím going with shade, if only because Shady Madonna is my favorite Madonna."
DListed, "Madonna Might Get an Invite to the White House if She Was More Like Beyoncť"


"Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity."
Tacitus, Annals, Book XI Ch. 26

"But knocking over Florida is against the law! ... I think."
Muriel, Courage the Cowardly Dog, "The Clutching Foot"

"When the remarkable becomes bizarre, reason turns rancid."
Cheshire the Cat, American McGee's Alice

"Fortune favours the audacious."
Desiderius Erasmus, and the McDuck Family Motto

Police Officer: Hey You! Where are you going with that elephant?
Bowers: Elephant? What elephant?
Billy Rose, Jumbo

"To see [The Producers] for the first time in 1968, when I did, was to witness audacity so liberating that not even There's Something About Mary rivals it."

"The trunk of the car looked like a mobile police narcotics lab. We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can."
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"There was every reason to believe I was heading for trouble, that I'd pushed my luck a bit far. I'd abused every rule Vegas lived by — burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help. The only hope now, I felt, was the possibility that we'd gone to such excess, with our gig, that nobody in a position to bring the hammer down on us could possibly believe it [...] When you bring an act into this town, you want to bring it in heavy. Don't waste any time with cheap shucks and misdemeanors. Go straight for the jugular. Get right into felonies. The mentality of Las Vegas is so grossly atavistic that a really massive crime often slips by unrecognized."
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"Inexperienced operatives give up their cover ID under pressure. Experienced ones play it harder."
Michael Westen, Burn Notice

Marcus: Control! This is Delta! We are continuing toward the objective on a Brumak-
Anya: You're what?!
Marcus: We're riding a Brumak!

"The key is to commit crimes so confusing that police feel too stupid to even write a crime report about them."
Aubrey, Something*Positive

"I just surfed a Robo Dracula from the moon, so all y'alls can just take it."

Senator: Mr acting president, do you know why you're being impeached?
King Radical: I'm sure it's not my various legitimate businesses in Cumberland, Maryland.
Senator: It is not about your empire of crime, no.
King Radical: Is it because I turned the whole city into a giant ghost fueled robot?
Senator:No that's . . . Not illegal.

Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Show 'em the first rate sorcerer you are!
Long as you keep 'em way off balance
How can they spot you've got no talents?
Razzle Dazzle 'em...
And they'll make you a

Chater: You insulted my wife in the gazebo yesterday evening!
Septimus: You are mistaken. I made love to your wife in the gazebo. She asked me to meet her there, I have her note somewhere, I dare say I could find it for you, and if someone is putting it about that I did not turn up, by God, sir, it is a slander.

"If you saw a naked warrior dancing naked while dodging bullets in the tune of Gloria Gaynor's "I will survive", you'd respect the guy for the sheer audacity of the act."

"Run before you walk! Fly before your crawl! Keep moving forward! You think we should try to get a decent mail service in the city. I think we should try to send letters anywhere in the world! Because if we fail, I'd rather fail really hugely."
Moist von Lipwig, Going Postal

Beck: ...You juiced my pizza.
Cat: Why chew what you can drink?
Victorious, "Robarazzi"

"It was like teabagging a bear cub in front of its mother. The sheer audacity of it is the only thing that saved him."
Sven Bianchi, Questionable Content

"You ever try just throwing something at a guy with a hostage? Of course not, who the hell does that? But that is exactly why it works every time."
Detective Kamina, DOUBLE K

"Fetus in a bowl of jello. And people said Game Freak was out of ideas..."
YouTube comment on Duosion from Pokťmon Black and White

"If you can hijack a plane with a pair of tweezers, then frankly, you deserve that plane."
Ed Byrne

"Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive."
Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Well, I was on my way to this gay gypsy Bar-Mitzvah for the disabled when I suddenly thought, "Gosh! The Third Reich's a bit rubbish. I think I'll kill the FŁhrer." Who's with me?
Melody Pond to a group of heavily-armed Nazis, "Let's Kill Hitler"

There's a line in the sand, right, and you can't even see the line in the sand. You're actually out of sand into, like, tropical tundra regions.

"Sometimes, crazy works."
Optimus Primal, Beast Wars

Madeleine: Well, I'd love to tell you what a monster you are, but I have to help Bin Laden's nephew buy a co-op on Park Avenue.
Arthur: If that were true, you wouldn't tell me.
Inside Man (Sure she wouldn't)

Whilst we've been going on with our respectable lives, those with sick and depraved minds have been building their armies and constructing their story. A preposterous story that will redefine history and dazzle the world with mind-blowing special effects. I think you know what I'm talking about, ladies and gentlemen. That's right: MOTHERFUCKING SPACE NAZIS in a film called Iron Sky.

"It's so overt, it's covert."

I think it was only the sheer ridiculousness of the situation which prevented me from tracing a sword and killing someone in embarrassment. I wasn't certain if that someone would be Kazehana or myself, but at least the outrageousness of the scene kept SOMEONE from dying, that much I was certain of.

"Given two possible approaches to any problem, Cayleb will always opt for the more audacious one."
Earl Grey Harbour, First Councilor of Charis, thoughts on his monarch in By Schism Rent Asounder

"You'd be surprised by how many things we get away with that fall into the category of unlikely"
Skulduggery Pleasant, Skulduggery Pleasant

Clerk: Stop! The cameras! The security cameras have seen you! If you kill me, you'll get caught! HA!
Johnny: Now that would be something, though it's unlikely. You see, I never get caught. Not even if I tried. I don't think it's possible but let's not go into that.

"Ah, shut up you old hag, I'd still wreck you like Diana."
— Alucard, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged. Bonus points for saying it to the Queen

And if you have to cross thin ice, then cross it in a dance!

The end of days is here. That's it for the race...unless we win. But we're not going to just barely pull through... We are going to massacre them! We are going to decimate the dark spots. Why? Because it's the least likely outcome! Because it's impossible! Because we have no business doing it! You go too far, and reality snaps like a rubber band. Then we're flying! Our laughter will shred the dark days! That's the only sensible way to face oblivion, Jack. If the world dusts out, my gapped grin is the last thing they'll see.
Daimon Kiyota, The Secret World