You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Well, you know, you can count me out.
— Revolution, by The Beatles
You know...I loved being you. Back when I first started, at the very beginning, I was always trying to be old and grump and important, like you do when you're young...and then I was you! And it was all dashing about, playing cricket and my voice going all squeaky when I shouted...
— The Tenth Doctor to the Fifth, Doctor Who, "Time Crash"
The Doctor: You coming?
Amy Pond: No.
The Doctor: You wanted to come fourteen years ago.
Amy Pond: I grew up.
The Doctor: Don't worry. I'll soon fix that.
—- Doctor Who, "The Eleventh Hour"
Tiga: ...Now I have a question. People of Sylvarant, what do you plan to do in Tethe’alla, the land of your enemies?
Lloyd: I’ve been thinking about that for a long time. Someone asked me why I came all the way to Tethe’alla…what it is that I want to do. I want a world where everyone can have a normal life. I’m tired of people having to become sacrifices. I’m tired of discrimination. I’m tired of people becoming victims. I’m tired of it all.
Tiga: You are an idealist. The worlds of Tethe’alla and Sylvarant flourish only by victimizing the others. So long as that structure remains the same, anything you say is mere sophistry.
Lloyd: Then we need to change that structure! This world was made by that Yggdrasill guy, right?! If a human or elf built this, then we should be able to change it as well!
Tiga: Hahahaha! You speak like the hero, Mithos. He was a sublime idealist. He ended the Ancient War by insisting there was a way for the two warring countries to coexist in peace. Are you saying you can become the next Mithos?
Lloyd: I’m not Mithos. I want to save the two worlds my way, with the help of my friends.
Pit: Why are you all doom and gloom all the time, Pittoo?
Dark Pit: I think a better question is why are YOU so annoyingly cheerful?
Pit: I'm not annoying. I'm positive!
Palutena: (singing) You gotta stay upbeat, upbeat, upbeat...
Pit: (singing) Or you'll be dead meat, dead meat, dead meat...
Dark Pit: Like I said. Annoying.
"Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.."
"Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”
— Noam Chomsky
"That's the problem with you sad city types. You think a place has to be boring and dull as ditch water before you accept it as real."
— Blabbermouth Haroun and the Sea Of Stories
"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
"In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically."
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
— George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
In a time of dismay and dread, is it admirable for filmmakers to depict pure evil? Have 9/11, suicide bombers, serial killers and kidnappings created a world in which the response of the artist must be nihilistic and hopeless? At the end of your film, after the other characters have been killed in sadistic and gruesome ways, the only survivor is the one who is evil incarnate, and we hear his cold laughter under a screen that has gone dark. Your answer, that the world is evil and therefore it is your responsibility to reflect it, is no answer at all, but a surrender.
— Roger Ebert, to David DeFalco on his film Chaos.
"Crapsack worlds and anti heroes have their place. Sometimes, they are very necessary. But an endless diet of dreary cyberpunk and dark fantasy won't do us any more favors than an endless feast of glurge. I'd argue that the cynical nature of these really hurt our ability to hope and work for better. It gets us to accept the hopelessness and jaded outlook of things as 'That's the way it is. I can't change it,' and stops us from fighting when we NEED to fight."
There’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? That only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place.
That idealism is— easy, I guess. Butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.
But I’ve known since I was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.
I constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? Of course humans behave this way.” It’s easy to see the world and go “Ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when I believed that were easy. Miserable— but easy.
It is hard work to see the good in people. It is hard work to hope. It is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.
— Blogger pluckyminna
Bruce Wayne: I need your help.
Selina Kyle: And why would I help you?
Bruce Wayne: For this. [Holds up a USB drive] Clean slate.
Selina Kyle: [Skeptical] You'd trust me with that. After what I did you.
Bruce Wayne: I'll admit I was a little let down. But I still think there's more to you.
“You can go wrong by being too skeptical as readily as by being too trusting.”