Quotes / The Paragon

"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — No, you move."

"I know I'm asking a lot. The price of freedom is high, it always has been - and it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it. But I'm willing to bet I'm not."

Literally everyone in this movie is of the opinion that “Of course he is doing this, he is Captain Goddamned America!” The only discrepancy is whether or not they are siding with him. The one on his side is following him because “He is Captain Goddamned America!”, while those who are opposing him are like “There is no use debating this with him because he is Captain Goddamned America! and he is certain he is doing the right thing.” Now it is a matter of furious debate if he is in the right, but the matter of fact is that everyone involved in that whole fiasco is involved because of Cap; either because they are on his side or they know the only way to stop him is by brute force. [...] Tony has to appeal to peoples Bigger Picture Point of Logic, but Cap just have to flash his stoic handsomnes in their direction and they are gravitating to his side as if it is just a thing to do.

Do not show anger. They will see it as impotence and despair. Give them something to follow, because to them you are like gods.
The Codex Astartes, Warhammer 40k'

We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be.

As for me...
I came back to ensure that there would be a future. To teach the world that it no longer needed Guardians. The hope for future generations has always resided in mortal hands. And now that my task is done, I will take my place... amongst the legends of the past.
Medivh, the Last Guardian, Warcraft III ending cinematic

Though we gather here today bound together in sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We are all of us privileged to live a life that has been touched by Superman. The Man of Steel possessed many extraordinary gifts, and he shared them with us freely. [...] Let us all strive to accept his gift and pass it along—as an ongoing tribute to Kal-El of Krypton, the immigrant from the stars who taught us all how to be heroes.
J'onn J'onzz's funeral speech for Superman, Justice League

Emma: Screw 'em.
Ashley: What?
Emma: Screw. Them. How old are you?
Ashley: Nineteen
Emma: I was eighteen.
Ashley: When you had a kid?
Emma: Yah. I know what its like. Everybody loves to tell what you can and can't do. Especially with a kid. But ultimately, whatever you are considering on doing, or giving up, the choice is yours.
Ashley: It's not exactly what you might think it is.
Emma: Never is. People are gonna tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say "no, this is who I am." Want people look at you differently, make them. You wanna change things? You have to go out there and change them yourself. Because there are no fairy godmothers in this world.
Emma Swan to Ashley "Cinderella" Boyd, Once Upon a Time

"Do good to others and every man can be a superman."
-"Superman (Clark Kent)"

You're much stronger than you think you are. Trust me.

"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They'll race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders."
— Jor-El, Man of Steel teaser trailer

Kamina: Listen up, Simon. Don't believe in yourself.
Simon: Huh?
Kamina: Believe in me! Believe in the Kamina that believes in you!
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, when Simon is too scared to move

Doc was still wearing the shirt. It peeked out from the open lab coat - a light blue t-shirt with a yellow lighting bolt pointing down and to the left. The symbol of the Resistance against McCarthy, in '54. It still meant something, even now. A lot of people flew it from office buildings instead of the old flag, although the stars and stripes still got wheeled out on state occasions.
John had been right. Doc's job wasn't exploring lost continents or fighting insane scientists. It was just standing up and doing the right thing, and being seen doing it. Because there were a lot of folks who didn't, and the more of those there were, the more the average Joe might start thinking that he didn't have a chance, that the only way to play the game and win was to play it with no rules at all, golden or otherwise. Screw the little guy, stamp him down. Hate the different ones. Why not? They're Them and you're Us and spitting on them might make you more Us, might win you some power. Tell any lie that'll serve your purpose, print them and distribute them to the people while swearing you only speak truth. Believe what you're told without question, or shrug, because what can you do? What can anybody do? The bastards run the world, we just have to live in it. What can you do? [...] Doc knew where that road ended. He had seen it with his own eyes.
So he wore his beliefs on his chest, and he always tried to do the right thing, and when he needed to stand up, he stood up. And because he was who he was, everybody saw it. And maybe somebody took a look at him and realized they could question what they heard, or they could step in when they saw something bad happening, or they could just try and treat people just a little better. Maybe just one person looked at him that day and thought: I should start trying.
That was Doc Thunder's job.
Gods of Manhattan on America's Greatest Hero, Doc Thunder

Simon...just believe in yourself. Not in the Kamina that you believe in, not in the Simon that I believe in...believe in the you that believes in you.

If the heroes run and hide, who will stay and fight?
Saitama, One-Punch Man

He knows a hero when he sees one. Too few characters out there, flying around like that, saving old girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero. Courageous, self-sacrificing people. Setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them to hold on a second longer. I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.
Aunt May, Spider-Man 2