Quotes: The Remnant

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
Romans 13:1-5, The Bible (New International Version)

Yesterday we were an army with no country. Tomorrow, we have to decide which country we want to buy!
Simon Gruber, Die Hard with a Vengeance

Dear Old Friend, Remember Navarro.
— Password to the Enclave Bunker, Fallout: New Vegas

Now Volantis is the ember of Old Valyria, ensuring that its flame does not go out from this world... as any Volantene will tell you. Pentoshi say the same about Pentos, Lysenes about Lys, and so on. But after enough time in the Nine Free Cities, it is hard to see them as anything but ashes of glory...
Ser Jorah Mormont, Game of Thrones: History and Lore of Westeros - The Free Cities

Quintus: People should know when they are conquered.
Maximus: Would you, Quintus? Would I?

"Rearm?" Pellaeon threw him a quizzical frown. "Have you taken even a cursory look at what we're working with here?" He gestured out the viewport at the Preybirds, disappearing now beneath the edge of the Chimaera's hull as they headed for the Star Destroyer's hangar. "Look at them, Captain. SoroSuub Preybirds. We're reduced to SoroSuub Preybirds."

"There's nothing wrong with the Preybirds, sir," Ardiff said stubbornly. "They're a quite capable midsize starfighter."

"The point is that they're not being manufactured by the Empire," Pellaeon said. "They're being scrounged from who knows where - probably some fringe pirate or mercenary gang. And they're being scrounged precisely because we're down to a single major shipyard and it can't keep up with demand for capital ships, let alone starfighters. So tell me how you plan for us to rearm ourselves."

Ardiff looked out the viewport. "It's still not over yet, sir."

But it was. And deep down, Pellaeon was sure Ardiff knew it as well as he did. A thousand systems left, out of an Empire that had once spanned a million. Two hundred Star Destroyers remaining from a Fleet that had once included over twenty-five thousand of them.

And perhaps most telling of all, hundreds of star systems that had once maintained a cautious neutrality were now petitioning the New Republic for membership. They, too, knew that the outcome was no longer uncertain.

Yosemite Sam: My orders from General Lee is to hold the Mason-Dixie line and no Yankees are crossing it!
Bugs Bunny: General Lee? Why, the War Between the States ended almost 90 years ago.
Yosemite Sam: I ain't no clockwatcher!

Just a jaded debate
Passion left in the past
Is it time to move on,
To surrender at last?
Must we really fight on
When we don't give a damn?
Is it time for release,
For an end to this sham?
The Human League, Sin City

Sulu: But the cause they fought about no longer exists. Does it matter now which one was right?
Spock: All that matters to them is their hate.
Uhura: Do you suppose that's all they ever had, sir?
Kirk: No, but that's all they have left.

We have returned!
— Black Legion battlecry, Warhammer 40,000