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Quotes / Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!

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    Anime and Manga 
"See, just like so — just like you said, Iri. This great Heroic Spirit dares to think that the battlefield is better than hell. What a joke! No matter in what era, the battlefield has always been a veritable hell."

"A superhero? Don't make me laugh. Over and over you said you wished to help people, but that's not even your wish. It's conceited to think you could help anyone! That's right! You admired his desire to save people because it was beautiful! But none of that feeling was your own! What else can you call that but hypocrisy!? Driven by your need to help someone, you don't notice how wrong you are! But it's all fake. You can't save anything. You don't even know what you wanted to save in the first place! That ideal is a failure. It's all fantasy. If you can only live holding on to that, drown in your ideals."
Archer to Shirou, Fate/Unlimited Blade Works

"I want to be alone. If I'm alone, I won't be hurt by anyone. "People can understand each other"... What a live action series-worthy cliché line. In truth, they all only think about themselves. "But I was believing in you!!"... and then, only to be betrayed in the end. I don't want to experience this feeling ever again."
Kaori Yae, in the first Drama track of her Tokimeki Memorial 2: Blooming Stories CD

    Fan Fics 
"If you are going to give us some sort of speech about Ruby being all alone, I suggest you save it," Weiss said, folding her arms behind her back. "We are not going to deal with that issue with you."
"They're right," Blake added. "As long as we're here, she won't be alone."
"Everyone is alone," the Dreamguard replied, almost sadly. "It always happens in the end, because no matter what happens, we always die, and not matter who is there for us, it will not help us in death."

    Film - Animation 
"Life isn't some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true! So let it go."
Chief Bogo, Zootopia

    Film - Live-Action 
"There's always a confused soul that thinks that one man can make a difference. And you have to kill him to convince him otherwise. That's the hassle with democracy."
Senator Charles F. Meachum, Shooter

Kick-Ass: No way. I'm not going to kill anybody. I'm supposed to be a fucking superhero.
Hit Girl: Oh, kiss my ass. What is this? The Silver Age?

"Dan... grow up. My new world demands less obvious heroism. Your schoolboy heroics are redundant. What have they achieved? Failing to prevent Earth's salvation is your only triumph."
Ozymandias, Watchmen

"What do we do now, huh, boy producer? Huh? Mister Win-an-Emmy, Social-Conscience, Whale-Shit, Save-the-Rainforest, Peacenik-Commie, Fuckin' Hire-a-Convict shithead? Huh?! What do we do now, Liberal, Affirmative Action, Shithead, Peacenik Commie FUCK!?"
Winifed Ames, Wag the Dog

"Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness."
The Architect, The Matrix Reloaded

"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!"
Agent Smith, The Matrix Revolutions

    Live-Action TV 
"It's like my father used to say: 'When I was a child I thought as a child and spoke as a child, but when I became a man I took that child out back and had him shot'."
Bill, NewsRadio

Davros: The universe is at war, Doctor. Name one planet whose history is not littered with atrocities and ambitions for empire. It is a universal way of life.
Doctor: Which I do not accept.
Davros: Then you deny what is real.

"You’re a damn schoolboy, Mulder. You have no idea. No idea. I used to be you. I was where you are now. But you’re not me, Mulder. I don’t think you have the heart."
X, The X-Files, "One Breath"

Garak: I must tell you I'm disappointed at hearing you mouth the usual platitudes of peace and friendship regarding an implacable foe like the Romulans. But I live in hope that you may one day see the universe for what it truly is, rather than what you'd wish it to be.
Dr. Bashir: Well, I shall endeavor to become more cynical with each passing day, look gift horses squarely in the mouth, and find clouds in every silver lining.
Garak: If only you meant it.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"

Rani: Do you know what cynical means?
Clyde: It's what I call being realistic.

"I did some crazy stuff when I was your age, yeah? Searching and all. Took me awhile to figure out how the world was put together and where I belonged in it. And actually, the world isn't that complicated; it's designed for those who know how to use it."
Holland Manners, Angel, "Blind Date"

"He is strongly identified with rebels, you see, and very popular with rabbles. They will follow him, and he will fight to the last drop of their blood. [smiles] Idealism is a wonderful thing. All you really need is someone rational to put it to proper use."

"I'm thirty. I'm five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor."
Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby

Inidar: You have to learn to avoid naïveté, Ellimist. It's not the good and worthy who prosper. It's just the motivated.
Ellimist: Yes, and you can go surface.
Animorphs - The Ellimist Chronicles

"You see, the happy peoples' biggest problem is
They're never fearing the worst
While the rest of us will never sleep until
Your happy bubbles are burst"

"Sure, once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
Ah, but I've grown older and wiser
And that's why I'm turning you in
So love me, love me
Love me, I'm a liberal"

"There's a place called the rainforest that truly sucks ass
Let's knock it all down and get rid of it fast
You say 'save the rainforest', but what do you know?
You've never been to the rainforest before!
Getting Gay with Kids is here
To tell you things you might not like to hear
You only fight these causes 'cause caring sells
All you activists can go fuck yourselves."
— "Rainforest Shmainforest", South Park

"Once upon a time
I had an open point of view
But that was just so long ago
Before I had a clue"
— "Battleborn", by Five Finger Death Punch

"Dreams are all you have, dreams have held you back
Dreamers never live, only dream of it
Dream cars, dream houses, dream jobs, dream spouses
Dreams of tornadoes, cities of emerald"
— "Dorothy at Forty", by Cursive

"Blow your candles out — for nowadays the world is lit by lightning!"

"Forget that foreign word 'ideals'. We have that good old native word: 'lies'."
Relling, The Wild Duck

    Tabletop Games 
"Each must find their own way. If those in our heartland had witnessed the savageries of the void as have we they would know this. The hand of each of the starfarers is turned against the other; none will join their strength together just to see their ancient enemies prosper. Neither should we."
Commander Farsight, Warhammer 40,000

    Video Games 
Dr. Peyton Phillips: You missed a wonderful opportunity to talk about recycling and organ donation!
Dr. Mary Phillips: Agh! God give me STRENGTH! I married a fool!
Peyton: I married a fool!
Mary: You know, when we first met, Peyton, I thought you were so "glamorous" with your long hair and "big ideas". You were studying for a PhD in cultural ceramic history, or cross-cultural underwear or something, and I was very young. Very foolish. Now I see you for what you are.
Peyton: Sigh, and what might that be, exactly?
Mary: An intellectual cesspit. A middle-class disaster. A guilt trip wrapped in neuroses and completely unable to function in this society! No wonder I've begun to sleep around.
I Say, You Say, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

"You know, I really hate people who refuse to see the inevitable — refuse to do the smart thing. [simpering voice] 'Nooo, I must do the right thing!' I blame you. For a smart guy, you really can be stupid at times."
B.B., Max Payne

Shepard: You have a pessimistic view of the universe, Ms. Williams.
Ashley: A pessimist is what an optimist calls a realist.

"Don't go following causes. They'll just break your heart. When idealism meets reality, it's rarely reality that backs down."
Michael Liberty, StarCraft:Liberty's Crusade

"Yeah, yeah, friendship, teamwork, blah blah blah. I still won. Results beat idealism."
Tohru Adachi victory quote, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax

"Little prince/princess... The sad truth is that justice is an illusion. A fairy tale for children. There is no light path that always leads to good, nor dark path that leads to evil. To believe that - to see the world in black and white - is missing half the picture. All that matters are the choices we make - especially the hard ones."
Xander, Fire Emblem Fates (Conquest route, Chapter 24)

"Whole days would pass without seeing the sun. We were told to remain calm, that all was well. And like fools, we listened... We were gathered together, those who were left. Us and our protectors. They led us away from our homes, believing all was well. Because a fool is quick to hope, and slow to learn."

Zamira Vata: Just 'cuz you've become old and bitter don't mean you have to take us all down with you. Everything is changing, mate! It's not the Templars anymore: it's the New Templars, independent of skin colour, heritage, or gender.
Konrad Engel: Oh, the naiveté of youth, it is heartbreaking. My heart is literally breaking apart. Listen, you can hear it.
Zamira Vata: Fuck off.
Konrad Engel: For my retort, allow me to paraphrase Aesop: "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." Power and influence within an organisation such as ours has little to do with a person's worth, but rather it is a reflection of their willingness - and aptitude - to deceive.

"Compassion is for fools!"
Shao Khan, Mortal Kombat 11

    Western Animation 
"Look, Ben, life is full of disillusion. How old are you? Five? It's about time you learn."
Kevin Levin, on stopping a war in another planet at the request of a little girl, Ben 10: Alien Force, "Simple"

    Web Animation 
Ruby: As a girl, I wanted to be just like those heroes in the books... Someone who fought for what was right, and protected people who couldn't protect themselves!
Blake: That's... very ambitious for a child. [Frowns] Unfortunately, the real world isn't the same as a fairy tale.
RWBY Volume 1, Episode 3

"You've got spirit, Red, but this is the real world! The real world is cold! The real world doesn't care about spirit! You wanna be a hero? Then play the part and die like every other Huntsman in history! As for me, I'll do what I do best: lie, steal, cheat, and survive!"
Roman Torchwick, right before being eaten by a Griffon Grimm in RWBY Volume 3, Episode 11

Blake: I didn't want this! I wanted equality! I wanted peace!
Adam: What you want is impossible!
RWBY Volume 3, Episode 11 (again)

"Nice?! You think this world is NICE?! In this world you're either an asshole or a pushover, a Bob or a Boopkins, and I sure as hell don't want to be a Boopkins!"
Bob, SMG4's Mario Bloopers - "The Mario Concert"

    Web Comics 
"No matter how many lies you tell, you will always be the thing you were before. You can't wallpaper over it with a sorry and a smile. It will always be there.
Redemption is a story. Redemption is not real."
Rachel, Dumbing of Age

    Web Original 
"In the wake of 9/11 Enterprise seems to drift between scarred and scorched worlds...This perhaps reflects the clear wounds that had been dealt to the philosophy of the Star Trek franchise. After all, the Federation had always been an extrapolation of the United States into the future – a “final frontier” built from John F. Kennedy’s “new frontier.” So the brutal terrorist attack upon the United States inevitably reverberated into the franchise itself. Deep Space Nine had interrogated and examined the Federation during its seven-year run, but it did so from the comfort and stability of the nineties. The political climate surrounding Enterprise was something altogether different."

"Troughton's Doctor was fundamentally utopian. In the end, it can be argued, misguidedly so, but utopian all the same. Baker's Doctor isn't at all. Baker's show isn't at all. It's not that the show has nothing to say, nor that what it has to say is wrong. It's just that it doesn't seem to have anything good to say about the world."

"Ironically, Hitchens started his life (or at least his university life) as a member of the Trotskyist International Socialists. He allegedly turned up late to a lecture declaring, 'Sorry I'm late: I've been starting the revolution!' He is a great example of the quote 'If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain,' even if a great many of his utterances put the second conclusion in doubt."
Rational Wiki on Peter Hitchens

"In The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon makes the point that depression sufferers see the world, their own circumstances and failings, more accurately than healthy people...Our doom is programmed in the optimism that is the defining characteristic of our human condition. Thus our doom is programmed in us. We were meant to be this way. We were meant to end the world. Woo-hoo!"
Maya Gurantz, "Don't Be Sad, Millennials: Today Is Actually Pretty Great! (P.S. You're All Going To Die)"

"How do you go from far-left socialist to far-right monarchist in three years? How do you go from, in 2011, marching in self-declared solidarity with the '99 Percent' holding a banner saying 'Give Class War A Chance' to, in 2014, tweeting that liberalism is 'Truly one of the worst ideas ever,' calling for a return to aristocracy with techies as the aristocrats and saying the solution to the unemployment crisis is to bring back chattel slavery?

You wouldn’t think it was possible. But Google software engineer Justine Tunney did exactly that."
Arthur Chu, "Occupying the Throne"

"You hear a lot of bitching these days about 'professional victims' and the 'age of outrage' and the 'PC police,' but the reality is that not only are teenage Tumblr activists not driving global political discourse, we, as a society, are in fact becoming increasingly permissive about slavery."''

    Real Life 
"Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope."
Aristotle, Book II

"For he gives his opinion as if he were in Plato's Republic, not in Romulus' cesspool."
Cicero on Cato the Younger

"I go further, and affirm that bills of rights, in the sense and to the extent in which they are contended for, are not only unnecessary in the proposed Constitution, but would even be dangerous...For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?"
Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers No. 84

"Too many moralists begin with a dislike of reality."
Clarence Day

"An idealist is a cynic in the making."

"Could it be that only those things are considered worthy of being learned with which one can earn money or prestige, and that love, which "only" profits the soul, but is profitless in the modern sense, is a luxury we have no right to spend energy on?"
Erich Fromm

"Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive."
William F. Buckley Jr.

"Altruism is a brief phase through which some adolescents must pass. It is rather like acne. Happily, as with acne, only a few are permanently scarred."
Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation

"Foreign policy should not be confused with missionary work."
Henry Kissinger

"Against Roddenberry's complaints, I dug in my heels. Where was there any evidence, I wanted to know, that bigotry had disappeared—or would disappear—in human affairs? Was racism still not a powerful force in America? Were the Serbs and Croats not intent on 'ethnic cleansing'? Were not Muslims still fighting Christians? Had it not always been thus since the beginnings of man? What, I demanded, was the justification for Roddenberry's optimism? The evidence of millennia was on my side."
Nicholas Meyer, The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood.

"Optimism is covardice"
Oswald Spengler


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