Quotes / Sparing the Aces

"I would as soon destroy a stained glass window as an artist such as yourself."
The Man in Black, The Princess Bride

"I've no plans to call on you, Clarice. The world is more interesting with you in it."
Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs

"Why do they always assume that I mean 'if you lose you die?'. Here I thought I was being quite clear that you just had to prove that you weren't pathetic, that you weren't a waste of life. Well, even if the boy isn't very good with word comprehension, holding out against me for as long as you have, as well as you have, shows you are something special. You will live."

Nymeria Martell: You're making yourself quite endearing to me, quite arduous to kill. To deprive the world of such a budding prospect because of a rotten twist of the fates. Perhaps... Tell me, boy. How would you feel coming with me?
Shirou Emiya: Wha...? Why would...? You want to kill me...
Nymeria Martell: I do not wish to end your life, boy. I'm purely doing what I was instructed to do. That's why I'm presenting you with this opportunity. So I won't have to.
Shirou Emiya: I don't understand.
Nymeria Martell: I can tell you possess a natural aptitude for Augmentation spellcraft. Though, as of now, it stands raw, unrefined, in need of a teaching hand. The shoddy, yet exemplary attempt at that blade is proof of my assumption. Mayhap my Master could take you on as his apprentice. I reckon he wouldn't be hard to persuade. A man of his character seems to have an eye for your kind of innate ability.