"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'
It truly sucks ass!
Let's knock it all down
And get rid of it FAST!"
—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
"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.
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"
“People with weaknesses get killed by the people who lack them. Notice I'm not dead.”
— Kerrigan, Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon #1)
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 Manner, Angel ("Blind Date")
Shepard: You have a pessimistic view of the universe, Ms. Williams.
Ashley: A pessimist is what an optimist calls a realist.
"A man does not eat an omelette without breaking eggs! Blood is the price of progress! It is the ink in which history's pages are writ! Look around you, boy! Ivalice rots from within! Your brother would carve out the root of its decay, even if it means his hands must needs be soiled!"
—- Gafgarion, Final Fantasy Tactics
"Dr. Tenma, for you all lives are created equal. That's why I finally came back to life. But you finally realize it now, haven't you? There is only one thing that is equal for all, and that is death."
—- Johan Liebert, Monster
"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.
"In the battlefield, there is no place for hope. What lies there is only cold despair and a sin called victory, built on the pain of the defeated. All those people who met there have wholeheartedly admitted the evil and foolishness of this act called ‘war’. As long as people don’t repent and don’t regard it as the most evil taboo, then hell would endlessly reappear in the world.
"However, humans did not realize that truth no matter how high they staked their mountains of corpses. That’s because in no matter what era the courageous and fearless great heroes have always bedazzled the eyes of the multitude with their splendid heroic legends. Because of the wistful actions of those idiots and their refusal to admit that bloodshed is by itself evil, the essence of humans has stayed on the same spot since the Stone Age!"
— Kiritsugu Emiya, Fate/Zero
"You need to become a hero. That is your only emotion, and it's not even your own. You knew. Yes, but you kept that from yourself. I remember, it's not that you felt guilty for being the Sole Survivor. You just admired your Kiritsugu; he looked so happy when he saved you. But you went too far. It would have been fine to admire him. But he left you a curse. I don't even need to say it. That is everything for you. Your ideal is borrowed. You are only imitating what Kiritsugu wanted, what Kiritsugu thought was right. 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."
"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.”
“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."
"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, and 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."
"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."