Quotes: You Are Better Than You Think You Are

You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

Lyndon: "If I keep helping you kill the lords of Hell maybe I'll be a good person, eh?"
Nephalem: "No."
Lyndon: "Are you serious?"
Nephalem: "You already are one."

Kittynote : "I'll hide, I can go back to hiding."
Anastasianote : "I've watched you for a week now. You won't hide. You'll lead."

River: "You've decided that the universe is better off without you, but the universe doesn't agree!"

Skitter: "I don't think you're a monster."
Panacea: *laughs* "No?"
Skitter: "Everyone knows how you visit hospitals. How many people have you helped over the past three years? How many lives have you saved, how many people have you rescued from a lifetime of misery?"
Panacea: “I hated it. It was such a burden. So many long hours spent around sick people, and I got numb to it, I stopped caring. Do you know how many hours I’ve spent awake at night, wishing my powers would just go away, or that some circumstance would come up where I’d make some excusable mistake where they would eventually forgive me, but where I couldn’t visit the hospitals anymore?”
Skitter: ”You didn’t ask for your powers. I’m sure even doctors get worn out, they hate their job, they have bad weeks. Except doctors have fellow staff members, they have friends and everything to go back to, and they’re adults. You’re still a teenager. You started doing what you were doing at a time when most people didn’t. You didn’t have the maturity and the defenses against the pain you were seeing that doctors pick up over the course of the first twenty-five years of their lives.”

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

Well I met an old man dying on a train
No more destination, no more pain
Well he said one thing, before I graduate
"Never let your fear decide your fate."
AWOLNATION, Kill Your Heroes

"So when people are cruel to you,
you take all of your fears and your doubts
and you put them them in here, in this box.
And you lock it. And you'll find that
you're stronger than you think you are.
"
Lionel Luthor, Smallville

You're not stupid. Okay? You're not stupid. Don't ever tell yourself that you are. You're important. What you have in your head may not mean a lot to a lot of people, but it's what makes you special. You are important. You mean something. And you're going to go out there, and you're going to do some wonderful things. But, first and foremost, you're not stupid. You're not an idiot. Don't ever tell yourself that you are.

You don’t have to tell a flower how to bloom
Or light how to fill up a room
You already are what you are
And what you are is beautiful
— "What You Are" by Jewel

"As shaman of the Skaal, I am charged with the spiritual well-being of my people. While you are not of the Skaal, you are Skaal-friend, and so I give you this warning. Herma-Mora forced you to serve him in order to defeat Miraak. Do not let him lure you further down that path. The All-Maker made you Dragonborn for a higher purpose. Do not forget that. Walk with the All-Maker, Skaal-friend."
Frea to the Dragonborn, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dragonborn

Hiccup: Why couldn't I have killed that dragon when I found him in the woods? Would've been better, for everyone...
Astrid: Yep. The rest of us would have done it. So why didn't you? (pauses) Why didn't you?
Hiccup: I don't know... I couldn't.
Astrid: That's not an answer.
Hiccup: Why is this so important to you all of a sudden?
Astrid: Because I want to remember what you say. Right. Now.
Hiccup: Oh, for the love of... I was a coward! I was weak! I wouldn't kill a dragon!
Astrid: You said 'wouldn't' that time.
Hiccup: Agh, whatever... I wouldn't! Three hundred years, and I'm the first Viking who wouldn't kill a dragon!
Astrid: First to ride one, though.

Asuka: ... I... couldn't do it...
Shinji: I won't let you.
Asuka: That's not it... I had been in this room for five hours before you got home... trying finding a way to do it.
Shinji:!
Asuka: But... I just couldn't do it! Seriously- I'm a failure at everything! When all I had to do was the pull the trigger and my suffering- everyone's suffering- would be over... Even then I couldn't do it! How weak can one get?
Shinji:Asuka... What do you mean weak? Is that weak to you? You are the one who taught me that all living creatures have an instinctive need to survive and protect themselves... You're the one who taught me how important that was...
Asuka: Pretty words. I don't need such bullshit anymore!
Shinji:Don't you see what's going on? Why you couldn't pull the trigger? It's not because you are weak but because you are strong! It makes perfect sense! Your very life is the biggest, most important piece of who you are! It's the foundation of everything that is Asuka. All the other stuff- ambition, charisma, loves, hates- That's all just stuff that grows out of the basic foundation of who you are... And you've been fighting to hang on to that, Asuka! Today, you walked into this room to kill yourself. But whether you realize it or not... There's a side of you that just refuses giving that up! And it's the biggest part of you... The hardest thing to hold on to. You're probably the only person I've ever known who had the courage not to kill themselves after going through what you've been through.
Evangelion 303, chapter 12

Woody: Over in that house is a kid who thinks you are the greatest. And it's not because you're a Space Ranger, pal. It's because you're a toy. You are his toy.
Buzz: But why would Andy want me?
Woody: Why would Andy want you? Look at you! You're a Buzz Lightyear! Any other toy would give up its moving parts just to be you! You've got wings! You glow in the dark! You talk! Your helmet does that... that... that woosh thing! You are a cool toy!

Ching: “Deep down, the worst part of your heart hates yourself. The loss of your mother hit you when you weren’t even four, and deep inside you concluded that if your mother doesn’t want you, you must be a terrible person not deserving of love. You hate yourself for being unlovable, and you keep everyone away from your heart because you are utterly convinced that if anyone knew the ‘real you’ they’d agree you’re as repulsive as you’re convinced you are and leave you. You hate yourself for betraying yourself by giving up, both for wanting to die with your mother but still living. You hate yourself for failing as a Pilot, letting Shinji and even Ayanami surpass you towards the end of the war. You hate yourself for ever having gone to Winthrop, selling out another piece of your soul to keep on living. You hate yourself so much it made me weep last night, Asuka. Sweet Lord and Lady, I wish you’d let me or someone hug you.”
Asuka (glaring silently):...
Ching: “You have to forgive yourself, Asuka. You are not unlovable. You are brilliant, strong, fierce, you fought with your friends against terrible odds to protect your whole world...You’re a hero, Asuka. [...] You’re not unlovable. And I’m going to show you proof.”
A Crown Of Stars, chapter 16

“I rejected you. Even at that price. The whole of humanity’s survival wasn’t enough to overcome my pride.” Asuka’s voice was as dry as ash. “I’d rather see everyone lost than unbend enough to help even someone as low as you. ...so why are you still here? I’m terrible. I sold myself to Winthrop rather than talk to you. Why... why are you still looking at me? I’ve never given you anything. Your whole life would be better without me. Why do you keep coming back? Why are you still looking at me?” When Shinji raised his head again, it was her this time that couldn’t meet his gaze. He could see her starting to shake. “I’m filthy. I call you stupid and yell at you for trying to protect people. I hurt you without even thinking. Why did you hold me? Why did you call me beautiful? Why did you... kiss me?” Her eyes snapped back to his. “Tell me why,” she said, her voice barely audible.
“You... you're not terrible, Asuka. I called you beautiful because... because you are. I spent I don’t know how long after I woke up just staring at your smile, because it was the most wonderful thing I’ve seen in years. I held you because I felt more... happy, more alive when I did it than any other time in my life. I kissed you because...” He closed his eyes to pen in the tears that threatened to escape. ‘Because I’ve wanted to for years. Because I dream about it all the time. Because a world without you lacks any other meaning for me. Because I think I love you. Say something, Ikari!’ “Because I thought I was dreaming a good dream, and I wanted to make you happy. I know I was awake now...and I would still do it again.”
A Crown Of Stars, chapter 25

Asuka: "'You're just like me', [...] But... not this time. I know you never wanted to be a Pilot, or even heard of it at all before you arrived here... but being a Pilot has been my entire life since I was four years old. What's left of me if you take that away?"
Shinji: "You're still the stunningly beautiful girl I'm in love with, the brilliant genius who finished a college degree before she was 14, and the fearless warrior who defeated alien monsters out of nightmare time after time, [...] My father, [...] Can't take any of that away from you. There's a lot more to you than just being a Pilot, Asuka. Even without that, you're still the most vibrant, alive, wonderful person I know. And we've still got each other. 'Together, forever and always,' I promised you. Nothing says we have to be Eva Pilots for that."