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Quotes: Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!

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You see, the happy peoples' biggest problem is
They're never fearing the worst
While the rest of us will never sleep until
Your happy bubbles are burst

There's a place called the rainforest that truly sucks ass
Let's knock it all down and get rid of it fast
You say 'save the rainforest', but what do you know?
You've never been to the rainforest before!
Getting Gay with Kids is here
To tell you things you might not like to hear
You only fight these causes 'cause caring sells
All you activists can go fuck yourselves.
South Park, "Rainforest Shmainforest"

Once upon a time
I had an open point of view
But that was just so long ago
Before I had a clue
— "Battleborn", by Five Finger Death Punch

Blow your candles out — for nowadays the world is lit by lightning!

There's always a confused soul that thinks that one man can make a difference. And you have to kill him to convince him otherwise. That's the hassle with democracy.
Senator Charles F. Meachum, Shooter

Kick-Ass: No way. I'm not going to kill anybody. I'm supposed to be a fucking superhero.
Hit Girl: Oh, kiss my ass. What is this? The Silver Age?

What do we do now, huh, boy producer? Huh? Mister Win-an-Emmy, Social-Conscience, Whale-Shit, Save-the-Rainforest, Peacenik-Commie, Fuckin' Hire-a-Convict shithead? Huh?! What do we do now, Liberal, Affirmative Action, Shithead, Peacenik Commie Fuck!?
Winifed Ames, Wag The Dog

Lemon, what happened in your childhood to make you believe people are good?
Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock

It's like my father used to say: 'When I was a child I thought as a child and spoke as a child, but when I became a man I took that child out back and had him shot.'
Bill, NewsRadio

You know, I really hate people who refuse to see the inevitable — refuse to do the smart thing. (simpering voice) 'Nooo, I must do the right thing!' I blame you. For a smart guy, you really can be stupid at times.
B.B., Max Payne

Davros: The universe is at war, Doctor. Name one planet whose history is not littered with atrocities and ambitions for empire. It is a universal way of life.
Doctor: Which I do not accept.
Davros: Then you deny what is real.

You’re a damn schoolboy, Mulder. You have no idea. No idea. I used to be you. I was where you are now. But you’re not me, Mulder. I don’t think you have the heart.
X, The X-Files ("One Breath")

Garak: I must tell you I'm disappointed at hearing you mouth the usual platitudes of peace and friendship regarding an implacable foe like the Romulans. But I live in hope that you may one day see the universe for what it truly is, rather than what you'd wish it to be.
Dr. Bashir: Well, I shall endeavor to become more cynical with each passing day, look gift horses squarely in the mouth, and find clouds in every silver lining.
Garak:' If only you meant it.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"

Look, Ben, life is full of disillusion. How old are you? Five? It's about time you learn.
Kevin Levin, on stopping a war in another planet at the request of a little girl, Ben 10: Alien Force, "Simple"

Rani: Do you know what cynical means?
Clyde: It's what I call being realistic.

I did some crazy stuff when I was your age, yeah? Searching and all. Took me awhile to figure out how the world was put together and where I belonged in it. And actually, the world isn't that complicated; it's designed for those who know how to use it.
Holland Manners, Angel ("Blind Date")

Shepard: You have a pessimistic view of the universe, Ms. Williams.
Ashley: A pessimist is what an optimist calls a realist.

"See, just like so — just like you said, Iri. This great Heroic Spirit dares to think that the battlefield is better than hell. What a joke! No matter in what era, the battlefield has always been a veritable hell.

A superhero? Don't make me laugh. Over and over you said you wished to help people, but that's not even your wish. It's conceited to think you could help anyone! That's right! You admired his desire to save people because it was beautiful! But none of that feeling was your own! What else can you call that but hypocrisy!? Driven by your need to help someone, you don't notice how wrong you are! But it's all fake. You can't save anything. You don't even know what you wanted to save in the first place! That ideal is a failure. It's all fantasy. If you can only live holding on to that, drown in your ideals.
Archer to Shirou, Fate/Unlimited Blade Works

Forget that foreign word 'ideals'. We have that good old native word: 'lies'.
Relling, The Wild Duck

I want to be alone. If I'm alone, I won't be hurt by anyone. "People can understand each other"... What a live action series-worthy cliché line. In truth, they all only think about themselves. "But I was believing in you!!"... and then, only to be betrayed in the end. I don't want to experience this feeling ever again.
Kaori Yae, in the first Drama track of her Tokimeki Memorial 2: Blooming Stories CD

I'm thirty. I'm five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor.
Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby

Don't go following causes. They'll just break your heart. When idealism meets reality, it's rarely reality that backs down.
Michael Liberty, StarCraft:Liberty's Crusade

"If you are going to give us some sort of speech about Ruby being all alone, I suggest you save it," Weiss said, folding her arms behind her back. "We are not going to deal with that issue with you."
"They're right," Blake added. "As long as we're here, she won't be alone."
"Everyone is alone," the Dreamguard replied, almost sadly. "It always happens in the end, because no matter what happens, we always die, and not matter who is there for us, it will not help us in death."
Dreamscape Of Roses, a RWBY fanfic

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The young have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things—and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning.
Aristotle, Book II

For he gives his opinion as if he were in Plato's Republic, not in Romulus' cesspool.
Cicero on Cato the Younger

"I go further, and affirm that bills of rights, in the sense and to the extent in which they are contended for, are not only unnecessary in the proposed Constitution, but would even be dangerous...For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?"
Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers No. 84

Too many moralists begin with a dislike of reality.
Clarence Day

An idealist is a cynic in the making.

Could it be that only those things are considered worthy of being learned with which one can earn money or prestige, and that love, which "only" profits the soul, but is profitless in the modern sense, is a luxury we have no right to spend energy on?
Erich Fromm

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
William F. Buckley Jr.

Altruism is a brief phase through which some adolescents must pass. It is rather like acne. Happily, as with acne, only a few are permanently scarred.
Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation

Foreign policy should not he confused with missionary work.

Basically, Injustice is about Superman being evil... again.

Against Roddenberry's complaints, I dug in my heels. Where was there any evidence, I wanted to know, that bigotry had disappeared—or would disappear—in human affairs? Was racism still not a powerful force in America? Were the Serbs and Croats not intent on 'ethnic cleansing"' Were not Muslims still fighting Christians? Had it not always been thus since the beginnings of man? What, I demanded, was the justification for Roddenberry's optimism? The evidence of millennia was on my side.
Nicholas Meyer, The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood.

Star Trek is a show about hope, and about how working together all peoples can create a bright future full of possibilities. In that regard, Enterprise couldn't have picked a worse time to premiere: just two weeks after the September 11th attacks left many Americans depressed and with a lust for vengeance. Enterprise changed to suit the times...it's the least politically correct Star Trek, and it looked at darker themes that Star Trek tended to shy away from.

Troughton's Doctor was fundamentally utopian. In the end, it can be argued, misguidedly so, but utopian all the same. Baker's Doctor isn't at all. Baker's show isn't at all. It's not that the show has nothing to say, nor that what it has to say is wrong. It's just that it doesn't seem to have anything good to say about the world.
Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who, "The Two Doctors"

Ironically, Hitchens started his life (or at least his university life) as a member of the Trotskyist International Socialists. He allegedly turned up late to a lecture declaring, 'Sorry I'm late: I've been starting the revolution!' He is a great example of the quote 'If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain,' even if a great many of his utterances put the second conclusion in doubt.
Rational Wiki on Peter Hitchens

In The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon makes the point that depression sufferers see the world, their own circumstances and failings, more accurately than healthy people...Our doom is programmed in the optimism that is the defining characteristic of our human condition. Thus our doom is programmed in us. We were meant to be this way. We were meant to end the world. Woo-hoo!
Maya Gurantz, "Don't Be Sad, Millennials: Today Is Actually Pretty Great! (P.S. You're All Going To Die)"

How do you go from far-left socialist to far-right monarchist in three years? How do you go from, in 2011, marching in self-declared solidarity with the '99 Percent' holding a banner saying 'Give Class War A Chance' to, in 2014, tweeting that liberalism is 'Truly one of the worst ideas ever,' calling for a return to aristocracy with techies as the aristocrats and saying the solution to the unemployment crisis is to bring back chattel slavery?

You wouldn’t think it was possible. But Google software engineer Justine Tunney did exactly that.
Arthur Chu, "Occupying the Throne"

You hear a lot of bitching these days about 'professional victims' and the 'age of outrage' and the 'PC police,' but the reality is that not only are teenage Tumblr activists not driving global political discourse, we, as a society, are in fact becoming increasingly permissive about slavery.