Quotes / You Are Better Than You Think You Are

She really can.

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

Barry: Magenta! *looks up at Jesse Quick on the roof* I got a little help. So I could help you. OK killing your foster father and everyone else inside that hospital isn't going to give you what you need.
Magenta: You have no idea what I need! It's not just John I want to get rid of. I want them both gone.
Barry: I know you're still in there Frankie. Don't let John destroy the good that's still inside you.
Magenta: He said I was weak. That I was pathetic! He said I was a horrible person.
Barry: He's just blaming you for all the bad things he's caused in his life, it's not your fault, this isn't because of you.
Barry: This isn't the way. Your foster father never forgave himself for his mistakes that's why he took them out on you, he couldn't face who he is, he couldn't move forward. But you can.
Magenta: *lifts down the ship, starts crying* I'm so sorry!
Barry: It's OK.
Magenta: I'm so sorry!
Barry It's gonna be OK. It's OK it's gonna be OK.
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.

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

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. And if nobody else ever tells you this, I will tell you this: I care about you."

"You are an extremely unique and individual person, so I'm telling you; don't let those invalid opinions of others just bring you to the pits. Okay? You're strong, so own it. Love, me."

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.
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.

Ritsuko: If you knew the things I mean… I'm a horrible, horrible person.
Shinji: You may have done something wrong, but you're still a human being, and there is good in you. I can see it, even if you can't.
Ritsuko: Bullshit, [...] Get out, I don't want to hear this. I told you, if you knew half of what I've done, you'd want to kill me yourself.
Shinji: That's not true.
Ritsuko: I'm scum. I deserve everything Gendo does to me and more.
Shinji: You're better than you think you are.
Last Child of Krypton Redux, chapter 8

Asuka: D-don't, [...] D-d-don't you like me?
Shinji: I do, [...] You're the bravest person I know. You're smart and talented and kinder than you think you are.
Last Child of Krypton Redux, chapter 9

Shallan: What would you do, Vathah, to erase the past? Would you protect instead of kill, if you had the choice? Would you rescue instead of rob if you could do it over again? Good people are dying as we speak here. You can stop it.
Vathah: We can't change the past.
Shallan: I can change your future.
Vathah: We are wanted men.
Shallan: Yes, I came here wanting men. Hoping to find men. You are offered the chance to be soldiers again. Come with me. I will see to it you have new lives. Those lives start by saving instead of killing.

"Don't ever let anyone tell you you deserve that"

Mufasa: Simba...
Simba: Father?
(Simba looks at the sky and sees the clouds form the shape of a lion)
Mufasa: Simba, you have forgotten me.
Simba: No, how could I?
Mufasa: You have forgotten who you are, and so, forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.
Simba: How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be...
Mufasa: Remember who you are: You are my son, and the one true king. Remember who you are...
(Mufasa's image begins fading)
Simba: No, wait, stop, come back! Father!
Mufasa: (repeating) Remember...
Simba: (forlorn) Don't leave me...

Superman: Listen, Kara. Braniac just fired a missle that will detonate in the sun and cause it to supernova. I can't intercept it while rescuing Metropolis and Kandor. You have to stop it.
Supergirl: I can't do it.
Superman: You can.
Supergirl: I'm not fast enough.
Superman: You are.
Supergirl: I'm scared.
Superman: It's Okay to be scared.
Supergirl's look changes from fear to determination. By the way, she succeeds.
— ''Superman talking to Supergirl during "The Search For Braniac" arc.

Charlie Brown: Before you leave, there's something I really need to know. Why, out of all the kids in our class, would you want to be partners with me?
Little Red-Haired Girl: That's easy. It's because I admire the type of person you are.
Charlie Brown: An insecure, wishy-washy failure?
Little Red-Haired Girl: That's not who you are at all. You showed compassion for your sister at the talent show. Honesty at the assembly. And at the dance, you were brave yet funny. And what you did for me, doing the book report while I was away, was so sweet of you.

Captain America: Courage. Honor. Loyalty.Sacrifice. You're braver than you think.
Captain America: The Chosen

“Taylor… I…” Emma gulped, and looked straight at her. “I don’t want to ever feel like that anymore. I… I want to be strong… I can’t—“
“You ARE strong!” Taylor’s voice rang loud and clear. Emma’s mouth closed as Taylor moved past Sophia and towards her. “Emma… if you hadn’t been there for me when dad died, I’d… I would be here now.”
Her friend’s gaze fell, and Taylor stopped. “… Somebody can be another person’s strength.” She whipped around and pointed to the interloper. “There is NOTHING wrong with helping others when they are down! And in FACT…” She slowly grinned. “… I’m going to demonstrate it to you.”

Asuka: You… you only pretend to be a kid. You’re stronger than me.
Shinji: Alright, no more of this morose bullshit Asuka. Do you want to know why I’m always so damned strong? Because when I was four, my mother died and my father just fucking abandoned me. The day after the worst day of my life, he just said, ‘Fuck you son, your mother’s dead now so I’m not going to bother acting like a man, I’m just going to send you on your merry way’. After that, I had a choice: break or become stronger than the fuck head that did that to me.
Asuka says: So you got stronger.
Shinji: No, I broke! I was four! The age of four isn’t categorized by robust emotional strength, its categorized by insecurities and crying. You were the one who decided to get strong, not me.

Hikari: Come on, Asuka. Everything can't be so bad. You have to believe that things will work out. You'll go back to pilot your Eva. Maybe have a talk with Shinji.
Asuka: It's... I'm used to it. I deserve it.
Hikari: No, Asuka…
Asuka: That day … that day I got in the Eva, the Angel showed me what I was like. It made me realize … that I deserved it.
Hikari: Nobody deserves to be hurt like that.

So don't give a damn about those armchair Generals second guessing you either Asuka. You're a hell of a pilot - today was the toughest battle we've ever been in and you handled yourself incredibly well. Regardless of our motives going into this, you rose to the challenge today. I'm proud of you - and Rei of course.

"I know you- I know you aren't the cold-hearted killers you're made out to be. I have lived with you, fought alongside you, and I know you liked being heroes. I know it felt good for you to do the right thing, and that you don't want this. Am I wrong? Abe? Melissa? Erik? Can you honestly tell me I am wrong?"
Jolt to her teammates, Thunderbolts

Luna: How can I forgive myself? I am no better than I was then! My creation is about to turn the world into a living nightmare!
Twilight: But look at what you're doing! Nightmare Moon would have wanted the Tantabus to turn Equastria into a nightmare! You're doing everything you can to stop it! Don't you see? This proves you're not the same pony you were then! Everypony who knows you knows that Nightmare Moon was in the past! We all trust you, Luna! Do you trust us enough to believe we're right?
Luna: ...I do!
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?"

Chiaki: You're probably just scared, right? Not just of disappearing. You're scared of moving toward the future with such a heavy burden, right?
Hajime: Yeah...I'm scared. I'm obviously terrified...of that...
Chiaki: How much longer are you going to be this indecisive?!
Hajime: Huh?!
Chiaki: Didn't you want to become someone with confidence? Isn't that why you admired Hope's Peak Academy?
Hajime: B-but...even Hope's Peak Academy tricked me.
Chiaki: Hajime, you've had it wrong this whole time.
Hajime: ...wrong?
Chiaki: Having talent isn't the goal. There's something much more important than whether or not you have talent, right? What's important is that you believe in yourself. If you can't do that, no matter how much talent you possess, you will never be confident in yourself. Just like...how you were in the past.
Hajime: Y-you...hey, who are you? I mean...you should've already disappeared, right?
Chiaki: But past Hajime is in the past. He's not the same Hajime who spent time with me and the others in this world. So it's going to be alright. I think it's time you finally had confidence in yourself.
Hajime: Hey Chiaki...can you tell me something? Which choice should I make? My hope...the world's hope...which one should I choose?
Chiaki: You guys are the only ones who have the right to decide your future. And the responsibility too.
Hajime: So you're saying...I should choose for myself?
Chiaki: But if you can't choose either future, why don't you just create one?
Hajime: Create?
Chiaki: Even if this world is just a game, you guys aren't part of the game. You don't have to just choose a future. You should be able to create one as well.
Hajime: Do you think someone like me can do that?
Chiaki: Since you're not part of the game, you don't have to worry about talent, skill, or level. You guys have a tremendous ultimate move that can overcome anything. I guess what I'm trying to say is...if you just do it, things will turn out okay.
Hajime: I-if I do it, things will turn out okay.
Chiaki: Of course, games aren't very fun when they're easy to clear.
Hajime: But...this isn't a game, right?
Chiaki: Hey, Hajime...this isn't for the sake of anyone else. You...you have to do this for yourself. Now then! It's about time you show me your cool side, Hajime. C'mon, I'll help out too...

You can do this. You're so much stronger than you give yourself credit for. Sure, our family shield can be a target. But it's also a badge of honor that I know you wear proudly each and every day.

Supergirl: But even if I do go... the Ring... I can't take it off. I'm a Red forever. Without you and the others, how will I — What am I supposed to do?
Guy Gardner: You'll find your way. You're strong, Kara. You didn't choose this life, but I've seen enough in our time together to know that you can make something of it. You're better than all of us.

Bruce: Terry, I've been thinking about something you once told me, and you were wrong. It's not Batman that makes you worthwhile, it's the other way around. Never tell yourself anything different.

Nick: If the world is only gonna see a fox as shifty and untrustworthy, there's no point in trying to be anything else.
Judy: Nick, you are so much more than that.

Hanzo: Real life is not like the stories our father told us! You are a fool for believing it so!
Genji: Perhaps I am a fool to think there is still hope for you. But I do.

Schindler: "I... could have got more out. I could have got more. I don't know, if I'd just... I could have got more..."
Itzhak: "Oskar, there are eleven-hundred people who are alive because of you, look at them."
Schindler: "If I'd made more money... [laughs] I threw away so much money... [begins to tear up] you have no idea... if I'd just..."
Itzhak: "There will be generations because of what you did."
Schindler: "I didn't do enough!"
Itzhak: "You did so much."