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Film — Animated

"I'm not the fox I used to be. Not by choice. But these days, when I look at myself in the mirror, I try to keep a straight face. At some point, maybe I won't feel the need to turn away."
Mr Fox's final newspaper column, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Film — Live-Action

Professor Lupin: Why do you look so miserable, Harry?
Professor Lupin: Didn't make any difference? Harry, it made all the difference in the world! You helped discover the truth. You saved an innocent man from a terrible fate. It made a great deal of difference.
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Literature

"The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins — but in the heart of its strength lies weakness: one lone candle is enough to hold it back.
Love is more than a candle.
Love can ignite the stars."

"Even happy endings have little tears in their eyes."
Oar, Ascending

You are in charge of the last of the Truffula seeds
And Truffula trees are what everyone needs
Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care
Give it clean water and feed it fresh air
Grow a forest, protect it from axes that hack
Then the Lorax and all of his friends might come back

Live-Action TV

The battle's done
And we kinda won
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So we sound our victory cheer:
Where do we go from here?
— "Once More with Feeling", Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"'Two steps forward, one step back' is still one step forward."

Music

No one in the world ever gets what they want,
And that is beautiful
Everybody dies frustrated and sad
And that is beautiful.
They Might Be Giants, "Don't Let's Start"

Tabletop Games

Ragnarök wasn’t the end for humanity, after all, as much as it seemed that way. The casualties were great, but humanity survived. Really, it was the end for the gods. I hear a few are still around, but most of them died fighting — for us, I suppose. Everything we thought we knew about science and the cosmos turned out to be wrong — not to mention most religions. It was a rude awakening, but the gods of Asgard were there when we needed them most.
—"Ragnarok - Post-Apocalypse," The End of the World: Wrath Of The Gods
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Video Games

Chrom: We've won... Somehow I don't feel like celebrating.
Basilio: Victory can be bitter as well as sweet, boy. It's good you learn that now.

"When peace returns to Hyrule, it will be time for us to say goodbye."

"The spectre has retreated to the deep corners of the subconscious; so too has her love, retreated to a world beyond her reach. The city is showing signs of recovery... but many will never know the truth of what happened. Nonetheless, what Tatsuya has left behind will live on in the hearts of the people. At least, that's what I want to believe... I want to see his fire in their hearts..."
Narration before ending scenes, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

But you have won, so be gracious in victory. Treasure the home you can still return to. Protect it from the human stains of petty rivalry... or this shall be your future: rust and vultures. Never come back to this place. Tell them that you saw the Hell Dimensions were lost in entropy. Tell them that Wicker is gone, a foolish man.
My kin... do not come before me abject. Raise your proud and terrible heads. I will find you another world. A better world, where angels fear to tread and man is a cautionary tale...
Theodore Wicker, at the end of the Hell Dimensions arc, The Secret World

Web Video

"And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you almost lose! I mean, if Jynx would have died earlier in the game, I would've been screwed. (sighs) See that right there? Player defeated Champion Dicks. That's for all the haters right there! They were like, 'Haydunn, you're never gonna be able to beat this game!'" [...] "Well, pretty much all my team died from that, except for Kingdra and Frostitite."
Haydunn, in the final episode of his Pokémon Fire Red Omega Nuzlocke

Western Animation

Dipper: Ready to head into the unknown?
Mabel: Nope. Let's do it.
Gravity Falls, "Weirdmageddon Part 3: Take Back The Falls"


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