Quotes / Refuge in Audacity

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    Comic Books 

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.

    Fan Fiction 

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.

    Film - Live-Action 

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

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

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.

I'm a Catholic whore, currently enjoying congress out of wedlock with my black Jewish boyfriend who works at a military abortion clinic. So, hail Satan, and have a lovely afternoon, madam.
Harry Hart to a bigot woman in Kingsman: The Secret Service

It's so overt, it's covert.

I can do anything I like! I'm eccentric!
Donald Sinclair, Rat Race


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

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.

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.

Given two possible approaches to any problem, Cayleb will always opt for the more audacious one.
Earl Grey Harbour, First Councilor of Charis on his monarch, Safehold

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

You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.

They looked at the parchment, then at us, then to the parchment again. It was fake, of course. I’d known it would be pointless to try to forge something that would pass muster, since we had no idea if invitations like that even existed and what they would look like if they did. So I’d gone the other way and made it a ridiculously obvious fake. It was even signed ‘the King of Winter’, since none of us knew what his actual name was. I could see the nobles wanted to immediately call us out on it, but they hesitated. I smothered a grin. It was just like dealing with Praesi. It was a transparent lie, so naturally there had to be something they were missing. Was it a trap aimed at them, perhaps? A true invitation made to look like a fake so they would offend and give pretext for execution?
“This is a false invitation,” the first fae to have spoken finally said, tone wary.
My companions stirred, preparing for a fight, but I’d bluffed with thoroughly empty hands often enough to know not to react.
“Aleban, don’t be obtuse,” the Marchioness laughed. “Of course it’s true, look at the signature.”

    Live-Action TV 

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

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 Führer." Who's with me?
Mels to a group of heavily-armed Nazis, Doctor Who, "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.
Dara Ó Briain regarding Frankie Boyle, Mock the Week

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


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


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.

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 star!

    Video Games 

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

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 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


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.

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

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

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

    Web Original 

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

I have re-read that answer at least 10 times and I’m not sure if that's 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. I'm 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 Beyoncé"

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.
aaa, Fundies Say the Darndest Things comments section

Queen Elizabeth II: Well, well, well. If it isn't Allie. Your skin is still as smooth as the day I felt it on my own.
Alucard: You know it. Reminds me of when I'd keep your bed warm during the Blitz.
Queen Elizabeth II: Those were better days. I was younger, beautiful...
Alucard: Ah, shut up you old hag, I'd still wreck you like Diana.

The major problem is that the match is build around how fun it'd be to watch a guy beat the shit out of his mistress. That's weird enough, and then Parker gives an admittedly hilarious heel interview about how he's gonna beat her to death and rub her face into the ground because that's what the people at home want to do to their mistresses or whatever, but are too chicken to. It's so over-the-top and horribly offensive that Mean Gene is dying in the background. It's one of those things that'd be problematic as f*ck if it wasn't an evil womanizing cartoon colonel saying he's going to slap his sidepiece in the face with his dick to honor the memory of Elvis Presley.
Brandon Stroud on WCW Uncensored '96

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

Whenever given a choice of options, always pick the crazy one. Nobody ever plans for crazy.

There's some shit that you are willin' to do in a fight [that] if I'm not willing to do that shit, you got it. Like, if I'm like, "Man, I'm gonna beat your ass! I'mma kill you, nigga!" And the other motherfucker's like "Ah! Don't make me suck your dick!", like, I'm confused, like "What the... wait, what?!" He won that fight. I am not gonna go anywhere near this dude, even if I've got a knife, like, he has that shit one hundred percent of the time.

    Western Animation 

Sometimes, crazy works.
Optimus Primal, Beast Wars

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

    Real Life 

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

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

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

l'Audace, et encore l'audace, et toujours l'audace!
(Audacity, still more audacity, always audacity!)
Georges Jacques Danton, when asked what it would take to preserve revolutionary France

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.

Fortune favours the audacious.
Desiderius Erasmus

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

Watching the film is like sitting at a dinner with a teen-ager who believes that, if he swears long and loudly enough, he will shock the grownups into accepting him as one of their own.
Anthony Lane, review of Deadpool in The New Yorker

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

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

Who Dares, Wins.
— Motto of British SAS

The enormity of their crimes proved their safeguard.
Gabriel-Nicolas de la Reynie on the perpetrators of the "Affair of the Poisons".