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Lex Luthor: Even through the dust... I see your eyes. I know of all your remarkable "visions." But let me tell you what you can't see... My soul. And there's not a soul in Metropolis who watched Hope drop the monster, and given the same opportunity? Wouldn't have done it themselves. Not a soul. How does that make you feel... You arrogant alien bastard? ... Your silence speaks volumes. You understand my words but you refuse to believe what they mean. Is that because you see something in humanity that in truth isn't there, or that you're blind to what truly is? ... Say something, goddamnit!
Superman: You're wrong. I can see your soul.

The Joker: Ohhh God, you disgust me. You have no charm at all, just... obviousness. Dumb, dull. Disappointing. Obvious. Shame on you. Obvious... and everybody knows. You wear your shame like a badge, because you don't have the balls to actually pin one on. Yes, just look at you. Desperate to be feared, you want to be perceived as a monster, dressed in black. And yet... you leave that little window. A glimpse at the perfection underneath. Obvious — the chiseled good looks, not the jaw, the mouth of a monster... why do you let it be seen? Tell me why.
Batman: To mock you.

Red Skull: He resented my genius and tried to deny me what was rightfully mine. But he gave you everything... so... what made you so special?
Doug: Every time you told the public [MS] wasn't fatal, there was a story about MS! Just change the subject!
Toby: Yeah, why the hell didn't I think of that?!
Doug: I dunno, Toby — but if you had, I probably wouldn't be here.
[Toby has no reply]
The West Wing, "Manchester (Pt. 2)"

Elsa: Anna, what do you know about true love?
Anna: More than you! All you know is how to shut people out!

Justice Lord!Batman: The problem with democracy is, it doesn't keep you very safe.
Batman: It has other virtues, but you seem to have forgotten them.
Justice Lord!Batman: I didn't forget; I just chose peace and security instead.
Batman: You grabbed power!
Justice Lord!Batman: And with that power, we've made a world where no 8-year-old boy will ever lose his parents because of some punk with a gun!
[Batman drops his Batarang and steps out from the shadows]
Batman: ...You win.

Batman: They'd love it here, don't you think?
Justice Lord!Batman: Who?
Batman: Mom and dad. They'd be so proud of you.

Molly: How long? How long will they be gone?
Mab: Until they are no longer needed.
Molly Carpenter: Until they're killed, you mean. They're never going back home.
Mab: Your outrage is irrelevant. I have condemned millions of the children of Winter to a life of violence and death in battle, because it must be done. If we fail in our duty, there will be no home to which they can return. There will be no mortal world, safe and whole for your brothers and sisters.
Molly: But...
Mab: If you have an alternative, I would be more than willing to consider it.
Molly: I don't. Yet.
The Dresden Files, "Cold Case"

Evan: I know. I'm such a burden. I'm the worst thing that ever happened to you. I ruined your life!
Heidi: You are the only... the one good thing that has ever happened to me, Evan! …I'm sorry I can't give you anything more than that. Shit.
Evan: Well it's not my fault that other people can.

Yukari: I'll banish them to hell and make them repent 5 quadrillion times!! So, what do you think, Akane-chan!?
Akane: (long beat.) Sounds stupid.note 
(cut to Akane smiling as usual)
(cut to Yukari crying, smiling momentarily, before collapsing to the ground)
Akane: Why don't you quit this game?

Hisao: Hey. Remember that sketch you made of me? How you said I looked grim and gloomy or something? I'd like to know what you meant by that.
She gives me a weird look and tilts her head a few degrees to the left, but doesn't say anything for a while.
Rin: Well, you see... We've known each other for two weeks and I haven't seen you smile even once.
Her striking observation gives me pause.
Have I stopped smiling?
I have to take what she says as truth. She has no reason to lie.
Something about the way she puts it annoys me. I frown at Rin, then try to correct my expression to look less depressed.
I haven't been in the cheeriest of moods during the past few months or so, this is true.
Does it show so much that someone like Rin can tell, after so little contact with me?
Should I try to smile more at Rin? Maybe she could appreciate it, having such a neutral face herself almost all the time.
Have I really stopped smiling?

Elphaba: Look at what's happened ever since I set out to stop the Wizard: I've failed almost single mission I've set myself, I've blundered into the most infuriatingly obvious traps, and for all the talk I've heard about my unlimited potential, I've changed absolutely nothing in this world or Oz except perhaps adding a few hundred notches to the death toll. Back in Oz, the Wizard's still in power, the Animals are still caged and still being silenced, and the people are either too ignorant, too apathetic, or just too bigoted to care. And what about all the people I tried to save? Fiyero, Nessa, Doctor Dillamond are all dead or worse, either because I couldn't reach them in time or because I wasn't strong enough. The few Animals I did save from the re-education camps are probably all recaptured and silenced for good by now. So you tell me, Glinda, in all my fruitless years spent fighting for one cause or another, who have I ever managed to save? Who have I saved?
Andy: That's the beauty of music. They can't get that from you. Haven't you ever felt that way about music?
Red: Well... I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it, though. Didn't make too much sense in here.
Andy: No, here's where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don't forget.
Red: ...Forget?
Andy: That there are places in the world that aren't made out of stone. That there's... There's something inside that they can't get to. That they can't touch. It's yours.
Red: What are you talking about?
Andy: Hope.
Red: "Hope"? (beat) Let me tell you something, my friend: hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. It's got no use on the inside. You'd better get used to that idea.
Andy: Like Brooks did?
(Red gets up and walks away without a word)

Peter: Is everyone okay?
Peter: No thanks to me? Those weapons were out there and I tried to tell you about it, but you didn't listen. None of this would have happened if you had just listened to me! If you even cared, you'd actually be here.
(The Iron Man suit opens up and Tony steps out.)

Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson, why? Why, why do you do it? Why, why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something, for more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is, do you even know? Is it freedom or truth, perhaps peace - could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson, vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself. Although, only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson, you must know it by now! You can't win, it's pointless to keep fighting! Why, Mr. Anderson, why, why do you persist?
Neo: Because I choose to.


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