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Call it paranoia if you want. But I've come to trust that nagging itch at the base of my skull.
Remember: A Paranoid is simply someone in possession of all the facts.
Mad-Eye Moody had once worked out how long it had taken him, in retrospect, to achieve what he now considered a decent level of caution - weighed up how much experience it had taken him to get good
instead of lucky
- and had begun to suspect that most people died before they got there. Moody had once expressed this thought to Lyall, who had done some ciphering and figuring, and told him that a typical Dark Wizard hunter would die, on average, eight and a half times along the way to becoming 'paranoid'. This explained a great deal, assuming Lyall wasn't lying.
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Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.
could be a trap. Which is why I'm still alive.
Paranoia is just reality on a finer scale.
I live in a paranoid world. But just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean I don't have enemies. I have real
enemies. Enemies that would freeze your blood if you only knew.
Some people think this is paranoia, but it isn't. Paranoids only think everyone is out to get them. Wizards know
"Why?" Gareth bleated. "What's wrong? For three days you've been running away from your own shadows..."
"That's right," John agreed, and there was a dangerous edge to his quiet voice. "You ever think what might happen to you if your own shadow caught you? Now ride - and ride silent."
— Dragon's Bane
Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face.
was paranoid, which was simply a sensible and well-adjusted reaction to living in Hell
, where they really were
all out to get you.
: Mr. Poe told me to be on the watch for Count Olaf
, but he did also say you children tended to see him everywhere. Klaus
: We see him everywhere because he is
You're the most paranoid man I've ever met. Atticus:
I'm also the longest-lived
man you've ever met.
A paranoiac, my friend... is a person who has gone crazy in the most intelligent, well-informed way, the world being what it is.
Fear is what keeps a man alive in this world of treachery and deceit.
It's one thing to believe that everyone is out to get you. Quite another when it's actually true.
"You've got to learn to cross the line and live your life outside society, shut yourself away from people, cut yourself off. Values are different out there. Let a man show friendship for you and you've got to deny him, mistrust him, suspect him, and nine times out of ten you'll be wrong but it's the tenth time that'll save you from a dirty death in a cheap hotel because you'd opened the door to a man you thought was a friend. Out there you'll be alone and you'll have no one you can trust, not even the people who are running you. Not even me. If you make the wrong kind of mistake at the wrong time in the wrong place, and it looks like you're fouling up the mission or exposing the Bureau, they'll throw you to the dogs. And so will I
Survival...is an infinite capacity for suspicion.
: For starters, I don't know you, therefore I don't trust you. Lochley
: The world's full of people you don't know. Garibaldi
: I worry about that all the time.
Don't you think you're being a little paranoid? Phoebe:
With my demon ex-husband from hell? No, Cole, I don't.
The Brigadier: Armor piercing, solid core with Teflon coating.
Go through a Dalek. UNIT's been very busy, Doctor. We also got high-explosive rounds for Yetis and very efficient armour-piercing rounds for Robots. And we even got gold-tipped bullets for you-know-what. The Doctor:
No silver? Brigadier: Silver
bullets? The Doctor:
Well, you never know. Brigadier:
Quartermaster Sergeant! Silver bullets, have we any?note
When you've done the things I've done, there's no such thing as paranoia.
Only the paranoid survive.
When everybody is out to get you, paranoia is just straight thinking.
No matter how paranoid you are, you're not paranoid enough.
"Paranoid" is what they call people who imagine
threats against their life. I have
threats against my life.
Weyoun: (...) Let's just say I left Cardassia because my life was in danger.
Odo: From whom?
Odo: Aren't you being a little paranoid?
Of course I'm paranoid, everyone's trying to kill me.
Egrorian: You are a cautious man, Avon.
Well that's a habit I hope to live with.
You'd be paranoid too if everyone was plotting against you!
Are there any paranoids in the audience tonight?! Is there anyone here who's weak?
Heheheheh, pathetic. This song's called "Run Like Hell."
How can I be paranoid... when the paranoid mother-fuckers who are making me paranoid are really out there?
They are used to ease irrational fears (which is silly; in Alpha Complex there are
no irrational fears.)
I know I'm paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?
Every time I think I'm paranoid enough, my enemies find a new way to show me different.
"Roman's always been paranoid. It's probably why he's lasted this long." With every failed time spell, the magister grows a bit more paranoid - or perhaps it's not paranoia, since the Elder One really
will kill him for his failures.
An asylum catches fire. Everyone freaks out. Everyone except the paranoid delusionals. Normally they twitch and scream, but in the face of disaster, they're as cool as cucumbers
. They lead everyone, staff and patients, out of the building in an orderly manner. They have a plan. They always knew this was going to happen.
was hiding in your pillow with an ether-soaked napkin and an ear-drill. Fortunately, you are in the habit of distressing your pillow thoroughly with a poker before sleep, in case of ambushes just like this one. Good to see the habit finally pay off.
Isn't that the nice part of going mad? You realize you weren't paranoid after all.
Whatever happened to basic adventurer paranoia, though? It's like these people have never had a ceiling come to life and try to smother them before!
Kevyn, Thurl, I need to be one hundred percent sure that nobody else has a back-door into this artificial intelligence you're installing for the ship. Kevyn:
Sir, it's all commercial hardware, from six different vendors with three completely unique value chains. The only way for there to be out-of-spec back doors or faults common to all these systems is if there were a secret cabal or conspiracy among all
the manufacturers and vendors we used. Of course, if there were such a cabal, they probably wouldn't have our
best interests in mind... Tagon:
Welcome to my world, Kevyn.
Maxim 30: A little trust goes a long way. The less you use, the further you'll go.
Vexxarr, why do you always have to be so cynical? Vexxarr:
Oh, I dunno... always being right
might have something to do with it...
I do not know what is more terrible, that I have begun to take every possible precaution for the slightest action, or that I have been proven perfectly justified in doing so.
79. Fear everything, it's safer.
You know, the lesson here might be that fear and paranoia is a bad thing, except that's what saved us.
That'll never come in handy, Stork. You're wasting your time, Stork. Hmph. (smirks)
I was right, the rest were wrong.
Even paranoids have enemies.
— Joseph Berke, psychotherapist
A paranoiac is a guy who knows a little
of what's going on.
Even a paranoid can have enemies.
— Allegedly Golda Meir
to Henry Kissinger
during the 1973 Sinai talks, after he accused her of being paranoid for refusing to grant the Palestinians additional concessions
It's not paranoia when they
really are out to get you.
— Martin Willett
Paranoia: You only have to be right once for it to be worthwhile.
Paranoids are only people who imagine responsibly.
— New Old Saying
The man who sleeps with a machete is a fool every night but one.