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"To seek strength, one must become isolated. Only one person can stand at the pinnacle of victory. To arrive at that point, I have to beat everyone, no matter who they are. I will beat everyone around me. That's the only path that will take me to what I seek: being the strongest."
Toshiki Kai, Cardfight!! Vanguard

"Nunnally, Rolo, Shirley, the Black Knights... I've lost everything. This is the result which I've been left with. No, it's my just punishment."
Lelouch, Code Geass

"Would you please refrain from using me to comfort your ego just because everybody in the chatroom but you has friends to eat hotpot with?"
Namie to Izaya, Durarara!!

"It is unfortunate, but I do not require a second friend. Past and future, my companion will only be one - and there need not be two kingly ones."
Gilgamesh, Fate/Zero

    Comic Books 
Passerby: [to Scrooge] Get lost, Mr. Big-Shot-Copper-King!
Scrooge: They were my friends! What did I do?
Rockerduck: You got rich, son. Best get used to it like - [sigh] - I did. You'll have their respect, but no longer their love.
The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, "Chapter 4: The Raider of the Copper Hill"

"Who could have guessed that becoming God would prove to be such a hollow victory?"
Thanos of Titan

    Fan Fiction 
"You are the Fire Lord! You have no friends! Those that call themselves such are jackals waiting at your door."

    Films — Animation 
Ralph: This is not what I wanted!
Gene: Well, what did you want, Ralph?
Ralph: I don't know, I just... I was just tired of living alone in the garbage.
Gene: Well, now you can live alone in the penthouse.

    Films — Live-Action 
"So you're a man who has everything... and nothing."
Yinsen to Tony Stark, Iron Man

"[Text superimposed over a shot of him alone with his computer] Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world"

“Surely you have something else to live for.”

He gave her a look that was both incredulous and pitying. She felt a pang of sympathy for Vista, and how she’d reacted when she felt like she was being condescended to.

Maybe life doesn’t offer anything suitably interesting or profound to a man who’s been as powerful as Eidolon is."

"Heralds are all lonely, we’re different [...] Herald-Mages are one step lonelier than that. Then there’s me."
Vanyel, Magic's Promise

"In your rocking-chair, by your window dreaming, shall you long, alone. In your rocking-chair, by your window, shall you dream such happiness as you may never feel."
Sister Carrie

"Have you ever thought what it must be like to be a Grand Master; to know there are only some twelve like you in the world; to know that only one or two come up per generation; that the world depends on you; that a thousand mathematicians, logicians, psychologists and physical scientists wait on you?”
Trask shrugged and muttered, “Good Lord, I’d feel king of the world.”
“I don’t think you would,” said the senior analyst impatiently. “They feel kings of nothing."
— "Jokester"

    Live-Action TV 
"Vir, there is a terrible truth: As one accumulates power, one loses friends. One only has those who wish to use you, and those you wish to use."
Londo Mollari, Babylon 5

Wu Zetian: And where are my enemies now?
Li Chunfeng: All of your enemies are dead!
Wu Zetian: Where are my friends?
Li Chunfeng: They're all dead too.
The Empress of China

"Snap out of this. Stop being defined by what other people think of you. Or how they disappoint you. It's lonely at the top, you know that. What's that song about overcoming professional and personal disappointments? When you smile, when you smile, the whole world smiles with you..."
Rachel's inner monologue, Glee

"When my father dies, kings will come to his funeral, but when yours does, his friends will come."

Facing twenty thousand of your fans
How could anything be so lonely?
Part of the success that never ends
Still I'm thinking about you only.

ABBA, "Super Trouper"

And they say "She's so lucky, she's a star",
But she cries, cries, cries,
In her lonely heart, thinkin':
"If there's nothin' missin' in my life,
Then why do these tears fall at night?"
Britney Spears, "Lucky"

"Then it all crashes down
And you break your crown
And you point your finger
But there's no one around
Just want one thing
Just to play the king
But the castle crumbled
And you've left with just a name
Where's your crown?
King nothing"

"And you could have it all
My empire of dirt"

"Phantom that's all red, inside all white
Like somethin' you ride a sled down, I just want that head
My Brittany got mad, I'm barely her man now
Everybody got the same swag now
Watch the way that I tear it down
Stackin' my bands all the way to the top
All the way 'til my bands fallin' over
Every time that you leave your spot
Your girlfriend call me like, "Come on over!"
I like the way that she treat me
Gon' leave you, won't leave me, I call it that Casanova
She say I'm insane, yeah
I might blow my brain out
Xanny, help the pain, yeah
Please, Xanny, make it go away
I'm committed, not addicted, but it keep control of me
All the pain, now I can't feel it
I swear that it's slowin' me, yeah"
Lil Uzi Vert, "XO TOUR Llif3"

"You gotta keep one eye
Lookin' over your shoulder
But, you know, it's gonna get harder
And harder
And harder
As you get older
And in the end, you'll pack up
Fly down south
Hide your head in the sand
Just another sad, old man
All alone, and dyin' of cancer."
Pink Floyd, "Dogs"

"Some people have everything, and other people don't
But everything don't mean a thing if it ain't the thing you want"
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, "Express Yourself"

    Mythology and Religion 
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

    Tabletop Games 
This is the Circle of Paramountcy, where intruders are tempted with power over others. For the visitor with martial ambition, an army so vast its number is beyond counting awaits upon an endless plain, in fevered anticipation of his commands for conquest. To the politically-minded, this circle appears as a great chamber of debating and governance, from which he can rule entire worlds and command the respect of their populations. In this place of personal aggrandisement, every whim is obeyed, every command fulfilled. Yet to linger within this circle is to eventually succumb to eternal, nagging paranoia; to see contempt beneath every smiling face and hear conspiracy in every obsequious response. Surrounded by the adoring throng, the visitor's own self-doubts become a torturous prison from which there is no escape.
Warhammer 40,000: Codex - Chaos Daemons (4th ed)

"I couldn't be happier! That's right, I couldn't be happier!
Though it is, I admit, the tiniest bit, unlike I anticipated
But I couldn't be happier! Yes, I couldn't be happier!
Well, not simply.
Strange though it seems, getting your dreams, is a little bit complicated
There's a kind of a sort of...cost
There's a couple things that got...lost
There are bridges you crossed you didn't know you crossed until you crossed them!"
Glinda, "Thank Goodness," Wicked

    Video Games 
"For years I've been rushing around, taking whatever I fancied, not giving a tinker's curse for those I hurt. Yet here I am... with riches and reputation, feeling no wiser than when I left home. Yet when I turn around, and look at the course I've run... here's not a man or woman that I love left standing beside me."

"Did you get your end in all of this, Ramza? I... I got this."

    Visual Novels 
"One form of the golden mean is a pyramid. Being at the top means having no one by your side"
Karl Krafft, Dies Irae

    Web Original 
"Fine! You wanna be like that? Die then!
The whole world loved you, but you were MY friend
I'm alone now, with nothing but power and time
And no one on Earth who can challenge my mind..."
Bill Gates to Steve Jobs, Epic Rap Battles of History

"I've been blessed with incredible talents and opportunities. I'm constantly surrounded by love and praise, but when you're placed on a pedestal like that for so long, you become separated from the people that put you there in the first place."
Pyrrha Nikos, RWBY

"This- this is the trouble with being on top.
You're all alo- alone when it counts."

Attila sat alone on the crest of a hill overlooking the bucolic village he would next pillage, envying the simple lives of its denizens, but comforting himself with the knowledge that they would soon all be murdered.
Steve Lerner, Northridge, CA, The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2015

Cell: Do you have any actual friends? Any relationships at all that aren't about your money or your position?
Satan: ...I have a daughter.
Cell: Oh, that poor orphan.

    Western Animation 
"But who here, would ever understand, that the Pumpkin King with the skeleton grin, would tire of his crown? If they only understood... he'd give it all up, if he only could... Oh, there's an empty place in my bones, that calls out for something unknown. The fame and praise come year after year, does nothing for, these empty tears..."
Skellington Jack, The Nightmare Before Christmas
"You can act all tough and destroy the world, but you can't hide what you really are: a lonely girl who desperately wants a friend."
Piper to Master Cyclonis, Storm Hawks

    Real Life 
"I have now reigned about fifty years in victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot. They amount to fourteen."
Caliph Abd-er-Rahman of Andalusia

"It is not uncommon to find in wealthy and powerful patients an extremely low tolerance for frustration, the therapists said... Because so much of ordinary life is built on small failures and frustrations, therapists see among this patient group a great disenchantment. The therapists cited familiar tropes of the new gilded age: the three-year renovation of a country house that becomes "its own infrastructure of entrapment" as one therapist put it; the man so accustomed to travel by private jet and chauffeur that he develops a fear of airports and taxis. "It results in a fear of chaos and vulnerability," Dr. Aidinoff said."

"Even though Kate Gosselin is always in the middle of a crowded room filled with screeching kids, camera men, producers and script writers throwing the next line at her, she stills feels FOREVER ALONE! Kate haz no real fweeeends and her only adult relationship is with her full-time bodyguard Steve who lives in the basement of her house. And by "lives in the basement" I mean his ankle is chained to the water heater with a bowl of shredded wheat and tap water in front of him. It's still not enough, and she’s still got the lonely sads in her heart...
Please. Like Kate needs or wants friends. Haven't we been through this before? A true cunt to the cunt core doesn't need friends! Friends only get in the way. Friends weep tears when you hang up on them during a phone conversation about their stupid problems. Friends delete you on their Facebook when you comment that the picture they posted of themselves make them look like they've got Edema in the face. Friends are nothing but drama! If Kate needs to feed her cunt beast within by breaking someone down emotionally to the point where they're left in the fetal position on the floor of a therapist’s office, she can just call up Jon. That's what he’s there for. Duh!"

"No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather."
Michael Pritchard

"Kings do not have friends - only subjects and enemies."

"The '80s were about acquiring — acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldn't I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn't I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don't know who will lead us through the '90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul."
Lee Atwater

"[Wish] I had been born the son of a farmer and become a friar in El Abrojo [Monastery], not the king of Castile."
Last Words of King John II of Castile


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