Quotes: Take a Third Option
Well either one or the other is going to happen. There's no weird third thing.
What was it we had for dinner tonight? Elaine Dickinson:
Well, we had a choice of steak or fish. Dr. Rumack:
Yes, yes, I remember, I had the lasagna.
: What? There's a third option? Crazy and daring? Fatebane
: Daring, definitely daring... possibly fatal... David
: So what else is new?
: All right... I've made my choice. Fionnaoch
: Well it's about bloody time. Bard
: Don't get too excited. I didn't choose you. Fionnaoch
: You choose Caleigh? Bard
: I didn't say that either. Caleigh
: Tell us my champion, whom do you choose? Bard
: A very logical choice... me.
I've made my choice... none of the above
How very predictable. I anticipated you would try to create a third, more favourable option.
— The Batman
, "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind"
There's always another way.
There is a third option. It involves... murder.
My vengeance will be neither swift nor entertaining! I will mete it out over decades, so that you will wonder if the misery in your life is manifest, the machinations of Leonardo Leonardo, or... some third thing. Good day!
— Leonardo Leonardo
the animated series
Doakes said I had two choices - kill him or let him go. But he neglected to look behind door number three...
VII. And Grimma said, We have two choices.
VIII. We can run, or we hide.
IX. And they said, Which shall we do?
X. She said, We shall Fight.
— The Book of Nome
, Quarries, Chap. 3, v. VII-X, Diggers
I'm not going to deal with this now. It's like the classic debate of why measuring the position of an electron changes its momentum and vice-versa. The only correct answer is to get drunk
and set fire to things
Choosing isn't always right! Sometimes, not choosing is the correct answer! It may be referred to as the "harem" option!
: Hello Judy. What can I do for you? Judy
: COMPUTER'S BROKEN. Roy
: Is it a PC or a Mac? Judy
One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?" So I drank the water. No more problem.
— Alexander Jodorowsky
What are you making me choose now? DiZ:
Will you take the road to light — or the road to darkness? Riku:
Neither. I'm taking the middle road. DiZ:
You mean the twilit road to nightfall? Riku:
No... The road to dawn.
When forced to choose between the universe and the woman you love, choose both and have the courage to back it up.
Neo... nobody has ever done anything like this before. Neo:
That's why it's going to work.
There's an old Talaxian expression. "When the road before you splits in two... take the third
It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it's better still to be a live lion. And often easier.
Thirty years hence, I am presented with a dilemma. Let's call it a two-sided coin. If the coin falls one way, I sacrifice myself
, and thus restore the Pillars. But as the last surviving Vampire in Nosgoth
, this would be the annihilation of our species. Moebius made sure of that. If the coin lands on the reverse, I refuse the sacrifice, and thus doom the Pillars to an eternity of collapse. Raziel:
We agree, then, that the Pillars are crucial, and must be restored. Kain:
Yes, Raziel. That's why we've come full-circle to this place. Raziel:
So after all this
, you make my case for me? To end this stalemate, you must die so that new Guardians can be born. Kain:
The Pillars don't belong to them
, Raziel. They belong to us. Raziel:
::sighs:: Your arrogance is boundless, Kain. Kain:
::chuckles:: There's a third
option. A monumental secret, hidden in your very presence here. But it's a secret you have to discover for yourself. Unearth your destiny, Raziel. It's all laid out for you here. Raziel:
You said it yourself, Kain. There are only two sides to your coin. Kain:
Apparently so. But suppose you throw a coin enough times. Suppose one day...it lands on its edge.
"Russia, Japan, must you kill each other so? We can negotiate! Or, if you want to, we can safari. FUCK IT LET'S DO BOTH."