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Asuka: ... I... couldn't do it...
Shinji: I won't let you.
Asuka: That's not it... I had been in this room for five hours before you got home... trying finding a way to do it.
Asuka: But... I just couldn't do it! Seriously- I'm a failure at everything! When all I had to do was the pull the trigger and my suffering- everyone's suffering- would be over... Even then I couldn't do it! How weak can one get?
Shinji: Asuka... What do you mean weak? Is that weak to you? You are the one who taught me that all living creatures have an instinctive need to survive and protect themselves... You're the one who taught me how important that was...
Asuka: Pretty words. I don't need such bullshit anymore!
Shinji: Don't you see what's going on? Why you couldn't pull the trigger? It's not because you are weak but because you are strong! It makes perfect sense! Your very life is the biggest, most important piece of who you are! It's the foundation of everything that is Asuka. All the other stuff- ambition, charisma, loves, hates- That's all just stuff that grows out of the basic foundation of who you are... And you've been fighting to hang on to that, Asuka! Today, you walked into this room to kill yourself. But whether you realize it or not... There's a side of you that just refuses giving that up! And it's the biggest part of you... The hardest thing to hold on to. You're probably the only person I've ever known who had the courage not to kill themselves after going through what you've been through.
Evangelion 303, chapter 12

Gohan, let it go.. It is not a sin to fight for the right cause.. there is those who words alone will not reach. Cell is such a being.. I know how you feel Gohan, you are gentle.. you do not like to hurt. I know because I too have learnt these feelings.. but it's because your cherish life that you must protect it. Please.. drop your restraints. Protect the life I once loved.. you have the strength, my scanners sensed it.. Just.. let it go.
Android 16 's Famous Last Words to Gohan, Dragon Ball Z

Listen, Simon. Never forget, just believe in yourself. Not in the Simon that I believe in, not in the Kamina that you believe in. Have faith in the Simon that believes in you.

    Comic Books 
"You're much stronger than you think you are. Trust me."

Captain America: Courage. Honor. Loyalty. Sacrifice. You're braver than you think.
Captain America: The Chosen

"You can do this. You're so much stronger than you give yourself credit for. Sure, our family shield can be a target. But it's also a badge of honor that I know you wear proudly each and every day."

Hellboy: On the way to Alice's place, I ran into a bunch of giants. I could have walked right past them, but I picked a fight. And I got slapped around pretty good, till I got mad. Then I grabbed a piece of broken sword... And I went nuts. I cut them all to pieces... And I loved it. What the hell does that say about me? If swinging that crappy, busted chunk of metal made me lose control like that... What the hell would happen if I had that sword?
Vasilisa: You are so ready to believe all the bad things said about you. Why can’t you believe what she believed? Forget armies and saving the world; she knew you. She believed the sword would save you. She believed you were worth saving.
Hellboy: The Wild Hunt

Damian: Kara. I'm... not a good person.
Kara: Nonsense.
Damian: You don't know me. You don't know—
Kara: Your grandfather wants to kill millions. Your father is the Batman— evil incarnate as I understand it. Your mother?
Damian: She's an assassin.
Kara: Of course she is. Damian. Your family sounds like pure evil. But I've known you for less than a day, and in that time I've already seen you willing to sacrifice your life for a stranger. You don't have to go back to them.

Supergirl: But even if I do go... the Ring... I can't take it off. I'm a Red forever. Without you and the others, how will I — What am I supposed to do?
Guy Gardner: You'll find your way. You're strong, Kara. You didn't choose this life, but I've seen enough in our time together to know that you can make something of it. You're better than all of us.

You know the cliché, Fred. Everyone does. "When you're about to die, your life flashes in front of your eyes." But I've been there, and it's crap... isn't it? You see something, though. You see the holes... the missing bits. And all of the things that would have made your life complete, if you had one more year... a day... a second. I don't know what you saw, Fred, but considering you were in free fall for a solid minute, I bet it was an eyeful. Maybe you are a screw-up. A loser. A drunk. But maybe, the piece you're missing... can make you something better. But only if you go to her, and try. Merry Christmas, Fred. Hope it's a good one.
Supergirl, DCU Infinite Holiday Special issue #1

Supergirl: Is she right, Kal? Am I "a tarted-up teenager in a short skirt and cape with some to prove"? Am I "not worthy of the legacy of Superman"?
Superman: I think you're more than worthy.
Supergirl (Vol 5), issue #34

Supergirl: Honestly...? I'm... torn. I remember what Darkseid turned me into —
Superman: ... We've been over this, Kara. Darkseid lives for manipulation. He has magics at his disposal. Hypnotists. Scientists whose only function is to break your spirit. Ask Barda if you want to hear the horror stories she and Scott suffered through. Darkseid IS evil.
Supergirl: But... Did he influence me... or bring out a darkness that is already there?
Superman: I already know that answer.

Superman: I'll handle him. You need to do something else. Brainiac's fired some kind of weapon at the Sun. Kara. Whatever is heading towards the Sun, you need to stop it. If it gets there, it's going to trigger a supernova. And that fire will engulf the Earth.
Supergirl: I-I'm not fast enough.
Superman: Yes, you are.
Supergirl: I can't do it.
Superman: Yes, you can.
Supergirl: I'm scared.
Superman: It's okay to be scared.
(Supergirl's look changes from fear to determination. By the way, she succeeds.)

"I know you- I know you aren't the cold-hearted killers you're made out to be. I have lived with you, fought alongside you, and I know you liked being heroes. I know it felt good for you to do the right thing, and that you don't want this. Am I wrong? Abe? Melissa? Erik? Can you honestly tell me I am wrong?"
Jolt to her teammates, Thunderbolts

Felicity Rose:note  I don't know...I feel like I don't know anything anymore. I don't know what to do.
Superman: Can I make a suggestion? A friend of mine, many years ago, took her life. She was terminally ill, every day was an agony, and she decided one day that she knew - without question - that she would never have another happy day. And she...well, I guess you could say she checked out early. I understood. I didn't approve, still don't. But I understood. If you honestly believe, in your heart of hearts, that you will never, ever have another happy day...then step out into the air. I'll keep my promise. I won't stop you. But if you think there's a chance - no matter how small - that there might be just one more happy day out there - then take my hand.
Felicity: (steps off the ledge and into Superman's arms)
Superman: (holding her tightly as she cries) It'll be all right. You're safe. You're safe.
Shaman: ...So I left the X-Men and became his student, and after Michael retired, I took up the mantle of Shaman.
Thunderbird: That never happened to me. I suppose it never will.
Shaman: Why? Because you're a "monster?" We're the same person, John. I know what you've thought all your life. We come from a people who have been slaughtered, raped, discarded and forgotten. Then you discovered that you have powers to fight being subjugated to this unknown prison. To help your race. But you feel false. Unworthy to be a champion. And unnatural - a mutant. Our father was a miserable, self-loathing monster who was beat-down by life for so long that all he had left was to take it out on his sons. You took his talk to heart. I know I did. You felt like a monster long before Apocalypse did this to you. It's just taken you further off your path.
Thunderbird: What is my path.
Shaman: That remains to be seen. But you are John Proudstar... and you are a hero.
Exiles #5: Up North And In The Green Part 1


Asuka: 'You're just like me', [...] But... not this time. I know you never wanted to be a Pilot, or even heard of it at all before you arrived here... but being a Pilot has been my entire life since I was four years old. What's left of me if you take that away?
Shinji: You're still the stunningly beautiful girl I'm in love with, the brilliant genius who finished a college degree before she was 14, and the fearless warrior who defeated alien monsters out of nightmare time after time, [...] My father, [...] Can't take any of that away from you. There's a lot more to you than just being a Pilot, Asuka. Even without that, you're still the most vibrant, alive, wonderful person I know. And we've still got each other. 'Together, forever and always,' I promised you. Nothing says we have to be Eva Pilots for that.

Ching: Deep down, the worst part of your heart hates yourself. The loss of your mother hit you when you weren’t even four, and deep inside you concluded that if your mother doesn’t want you, you must be a terrible person not deserving of love. You hate yourself for being unlovable, and you keep everyone away from your heart because you are utterly convinced that if anyone knew the ‘real you’ they’d agree you’re as repulsive as you’re convinced you are and leave you. You hate yourself for betraying yourself by giving up, both for wanting to die with your mother but still living. You hate yourself for failing as a Pilot, letting Shinji and even Ayanami surpass you towards the end of the war. You hate yourself for ever having gone to Winthrop, selling out another piece of your soul to keep on living. You hate yourself so much it made me weep last night, Asuka. Sweet Lord and Lady, I wish you’d let me or someone hug you.
Asuka (glaring silently): ...
Ching: You have to forgive yourself, Asuka. You are not unlovable. You are brilliant, strong, fierce, you fought with your friends against terrible odds to protect your whole world...You’re a hero, Asuka. [...] You’re not unlovable. And I’m going to show you proof.
A Crown of Stars, Chapter 16

"I rejected you. Even at that price. The whole of humanity’s survival wasn’t enough to overcome my pride." Asuka’s voice was as dry as ash. "I’d rather see everyone lost than unbend enough to help even someone as low as you. why are you still here? I’m terrible. I sold myself to Winthrop rather than talk to you. Why... why are you still looking at me? I’ve never given you anything. Your whole life would be better without me. Why do you keep coming back? Why are you still looking at me?" When Shinji raised his head again, it was her this time that couldn’t meet his gaze. He could see her starting to shake. "I’m filthy. I call you stupid and yell at you for trying to protect people. I hurt you without even thinking. Why did you hold me? Why did you call me beautiful? Why did you... kiss me?" Her eyes snapped back to his. "Tell me why," she said, her voice barely audible.
"You... you're not terrible, Asuka. I called you beautiful because... because you are. I spent I don’t know how long after I woke up just staring at your smile, because it was the most wonderful thing I’ve seen in years. I held you because I felt more... happy, more alive when I did it than any other time in my life. I kissed you because..." He closed his eyes to pen in the tears that threatened to escape. ‘Because I’ve wanted to for years. Because I dream about it all the time. Because a world without you lacks any other meaning for me. Because I think I love you. Say something, Ikari!’ "Because I thought I was dreaming a good dream, and I wanted to make you happy. I know I was awake now...and I would still do it again."
A Crown of Stars, Chapter 25

Ritsuko: If you knew the things I mean… I'm a horrible, horrible person.
Shinji: You may have done something wrong, but you're still a human being, and there is good in you. I can see it, even if you can't.
Ritsuko: Bullshit, [...] Get out, I don't want to hear this. I told you, if you knew half of what I've done, you'd want to kill me yourself.
Shinji: That's not true.
Ritsuko: I'm scum. I deserve everything Gendo does to me and more.
Shinji: You're better than you think you are.
Last Child of Krypton Redux, Chapter 8

Asuka: D-don't, [...] D-d-don't you like me?
Shinji: I do, [...] You're the bravest person I know. You're smart and talented and kinder than you think you are.
Last Child of Krypton Redux, Chapter 9

Hikari: Come on, Asuka. Everything can't be so bad. You have to believe that things will work out. You'll go back to pilot your Eva. Maybe have a talk with Shinji.
Asuka: It's... I'm used to it. I deserve it.
Hikari: No, Asuka…
Asuka: That day … that day I got in the Eva, the Angel showed me what I was like. It made me realize … that I deserved it.
Hikari: Nobody deserves to be hurt like that.

So don't give a damn about those armchair Generals second guessing you either Asuka. You're a hell of a pilot - today was the toughest battle we've ever been in and you handled yourself incredibly well. Regardless of our motives going into this, you rose to the challenge today. I'm proud of you - and Rei of course.

Asuka: You… you only pretend to be a kid. You’re stronger than me.
Shinji: Alright, no more of this morose bullshit Asuka. Do you want to know why I’m always so damned strong? Because when I was four, my mother died and my father just fucking abandoned me. The day after the worst day of my life, he just said, ‘Fuck you son, your mother’s dead now so I’m not going to bother acting like a man, I’m just going to send you on your merry way’. After that, I had a choice: break or become stronger than the fuck head that did that to me.
Asuka says: So you got stronger.
Shinji: No, I broke! I was four! The age of four isn’t categorized by robust emotional strength, its categorized by insecurities and crying. You were the one who decided to get strong, not me.

“Taylor… I…” Emma gulped, and looked straight at her. “I don’t want to ever feel like that anymore. I… I want to be strong… I can’t—“
“You ARE strong!” Taylor’s voice rang loud and clear. Emma’s mouth closed as Taylor moved past Sophia and towards her. “Emma… if you hadn’t been there for me when dad died, I’d… I would be here now.”
Her friend’s gaze fell, and Taylor stopped. “… Somebody can be another person’s strength.” She whipped around and pointed to the interloper. “There is NOTHING wrong with helping others when they are down! And in FACT…” She slowly grinned. “… I’m going to demonstrate it to you.”

Gumball: Of course you've done a lot, Teri! You've done so much for me in the past month: you've managed to pull me out of a depression that has been plaguing me for three months (although I still have some issues to settle.), you've helped me fight the Nephilim by making sure that I can keep up with them, I have been saved by you on many different occasions, you took down Toxic Pill's shield all on your own, your second plan succeeded in defeating Concretin, and you're really smart and observant. You're awesome Teri and if it weren't for you, I probably wouldn't be here to say these things.

Kara: I guess Jasmine is the broken tooth. But I failed, Daddy.
Zor-El: You did not fail! You got beaten. The only way you fail is if you let this beat you. Kara, life is a lot tougher than some wrestling match. And you're old enough now that I shouldn't have to be doing this. So what next? Do you want to get back in that ring?
Kara: (hesitating) I'm scared of her.
Zor-El: I didn't ask if you were scared of her. Do you want to get back in that ring and get back at her? Say it, Kara. I won't say it for you. Do you want to get back in the ring?
Kara: Yes! Yes, yes, yes, I do! I want to get back at her and show her up and get that stupid belt back, and then give it up. That's what I want, Daddy. That's what I want. But how do I do it? How... do... I...
Allura: With our help, honey. That's how you do it. With both of us by your side, all the way. But most of all, with you on your side. Are you ready to start facing life, instead of just making right turns to it?
Kara: I guess so. Yes.
Zor-El: Say it again. Yes, what?
Kara: Yes, I'm ready to face up to life. (pause) It's going to be hard, Daddy.
Zor-El: It always is, Karaish.
Kara: You really think I can do this thing?
Zor-El: Do you think you can do it?
Kara: I really think I can tr—
Zor-El: Stop it! (Covering her mouth) Now, I'm going to let you repeat the first part of that sentence. If you say the wrong thing, this hand is going over that mouth again. Now what?
Kara: I really think I can.
Zor-El: (smiling) I really know you can. But you have to face up to her. And I can't do that for you.

    Film — Animated 
"Terry... I've been thinking about something you once told me, and you were wrong. It's not Batman that makes you worthwhile, it's the other way around. Never tell yourself anything different."

Hiccup: Why couldn't I have killed that dragon when I found him in the woods? Would've been better, for everyone...
Astrid: Yep. The rest of us would have done it. So why didn't you? (pauses) Why didn't you?
Hiccup: I don't know... I couldn't.
Astrid: That's not an answer.
Hiccup: Why is this so important to you all of a sudden?
Astrid: Because I want to remember what you say. Right. Now.
Hiccup: Oh, for the love of... I was a coward! I was weak! I wouldn't kill a dragon!
Astrid: You said "wouldn't" that time.
Hiccup: Agh, whatever... I wouldn't! Three hundred years, and I'm the first Viking who wouldn't kill a dragon!
Astrid: First to ride one, though.

Sulley: Mike, I don't know a single scarer who can do what you do! I know, everyone sees us together, they think I'm the one running the show, but the truth is I've been riding your coattails since day one! You made the deal with Hardscrabble! You took a hopeless team and made them champions! All I did was catch a pig!
Mike: Technically, I caught the pig.
Sulley: Exactly! And you think you're just "okay"?! You pulled off the biggest scare this school has ever seen!
Mike: That wasn't me!
Sulley: That was you! You think I could have done that without you? I didn't even bring a pencil on the first day of school! Mike, you're not scary. Not even a little. But you are fearless.

"Your story may not have had such a happy beginning, but that doesn't make you who you are. It is the rest of the story. Who you choose to be."
The Soothsayer, Kung Fu Panda 2

Mufasa: Simba...
Simba: Father?
(Simba looks at the sky and sees the clouds form the shape of his father)
Mufasa: Simba, you have forgotten me.
Simba: No, how could I?
Mufasa: You have forgotten who you are, and so, forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.
Simba: How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be...
Mufasa: Remember who you are: You are my son, and the one true king. Remember who you are...
(Mufasa's image begins fading)
Simba: No, wait! Stop! Come back! Father!
Mufasa: (repeating) Remember...
Simba: (forlorn) Don't leave me...

Charlie Brown: Before you leave, there's something I really need to know. Why, out of all the kids in our class, would you want to be partners with me?
Little Red-Haired Girl: That's easy. It's because I admire the type of person you are.
Charlie Brown: An insecure, wishy-washy failure?
Little Red-Haired Girl: That's not who you are at all. You showed compassion for your sister at the talent show. Honesty at the assembly. And at the dance, you were brave yet funny. And what you did for me, doing the book report while I was away, was so sweet of you.

Little John: Look, why don't you stop moonin' and mopin'' around. Just... Just marry the girl.
Robin Hood: Marry her? You don't just walk up to a girl, hand her a bouquet, and say "Hey, remember me? We were kids together. Will you marry me?" No, it just isn't done that way.
Little John: Aw, come on, Robbie. Climb the castle walls, sweep her off her feet, carry her off in style.
Robin Hood: (sigh) It's no use, Johnny. I thought it all up. It just wouldn't work. Besides, what have I got to offer her?
Little John: Well, for one thing, you can't cook.
Robin Hood: I'm serious, Johnny, she's a highball lady of quality!
Little John: So, she's got class. So what?
Robin Hood: I'm an outlaw, that's what! That's no life for a lovely lady, always on the run. What kind of a future is that?
Friar Tuck: Oh, for heaven's sake, son. You're no outlaw. Why, someday, you'll be called a great hero.

Woody: Over in that house is a kid who thinks you are the greatest. And it's not because you're a Space Ranger, pal. It's because you're a toy. You are his toy.
Buzz: But why would Andy want me?
Woody: Why would Andy want you? Look at you! You're a Buzz Lightyear! Any other toy would give up its moving parts just to be you! You've got wings! You glow in the dark! You talk! Your helmet does that... that... that "whoosh" thing! You are a cool toy!

Nick: If the world is only gonna see a fox as shifty and untrustworthy, there's no point in trying to be anything else.
Judy: Nick, you are so much more than that.

Aladar: We're not meant to survive.
Baylene: Oh yes, we were! We're here, aren't we? And how dare you waste this good fortune by giving up! Shame on you! Shame on you, shame on you! The worst part of is it that you led an old fool like me to believe that I was important, that I was needed. And do you know what? You were right, and I'm going to go on believing it. And I, for one, am not willing to die here!

Y'know, little buddy... there's a yin for every yang. If there's bad, good will rise up against it. It's taken me a long time to find my calling. Now it's about time you find yours.
Metro Man to Megamind

    Film — Live-Action 

Schindler: I... could have got more out. I could have got more. I don't know, if I'd just... I could have got more...
Itzhak:: Oskar, there are eleven-hundred people who are alive because of you. Look at them.
Schindler: If I'd made more money... (laughs) I threw away so much money... (begins to tear up) You have no idea... If I'd just...
Itzhak: There will be generations because of what you did.
Schindler: I didn't do enough!
Itzhak: You did so much.

Hawkeye: Doesn't matter what you did, or what you were. If you go out there, you fight, and you fight to kill. Stay in here, you're good, I'll send your brother to come find you. But if you step out that are an Avenger.

"You will always be the God of Mischief, but you could be more."
Thor to Loki, Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: His head was over there... His body over there.... And what was the point? I was too late. I was just standing there. Some idiot with an axe.
Frigga: You are no idiot. You’re here, aren’t you? Seeking counsel from the wisest person in Asgard. Idiot no. A failure? Absolutely. But you know what that makes you? Just like everyone else.

You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

Kittynote : I'll hide, I can go back to hiding.
Anastasianote : I've watched you for a week now. You won't hide. You'll lead.

Shallan: What would you do, Vathah, to erase the past? Would you protect instead of kill, if you had the choice? Would you rescue instead of rob if you could do it over again? Good people are dying as we speak here. You can stop it.
Vathah: We can't change the past.
Shallan: I can change your future.
Vathah: We are wanted men.
Shallan: Yes, I came here wanting men. Hoping to find men. You are offered the chance to be soldiers again. Come with me. I will see to it you have new lives. Those lives start by saving instead of killing.

Skitter: I don't think you're a monster.
Panacea: [laughs] No?
Skitter: Everyone knows how you visit hospitals. How many people have you helped over the past three years? How many lives have you saved, how many people have you rescued from a lifetime of misery?
Panacea: I hated it. It was such a burden. So many long hours spent around sick people, and I got numb to it, I stopped caring. Do you know how many hours I’ve spent awake at night, wishing my powers would just go away, or that some circumstance would come up where I’d make some excusable mistake where they would eventually forgive me, but where I couldn’t visit the hospitals anymore?
Skitter: You didn’t ask for your powers. I'm sure even doctors get worn out, they hate their job, they have bad weeks. Except doctors have fellow staff members, they have friends and everything to go back to, and they’re adults. You're still a teenager. You started doing what you were doing at a time when most people didn't. You didn’t have the maturity and the defenses against the pain you were seeing that doctors pick up over the course of the first twenty-five years of their lives.

In the absence of any word from her, he'll torture himself without limit. He'll think she despises him. His betrayal will bore into him and fester, fatal. He'll die of some simple, stupid, preventable thing-a rotten tooth, an infected cut he fails to treat. He'll die of idealism, of being right when the world is wrong. He'll die without knowing what she's powerless to tell him-that he has helped her. That his heart is as good and as worthy as wood.

    Live Action TV 
Angel: Look, I'm weak. I've never been anything else. It's not the demon in me that needs killing, Buffy. It's the man.
Buffy: You're weak. Everybody is. Everybody fails. Maybe this evil power did bring you back, but if it did, it's because it needs you. And that means you can hurt it. Angel, you have the power to do real good! To make amends! But if you die now, then all you ever were was a monster!

Rebecca: But if I try with Nathaniel, something will happen, okay? He'll go out to dinner with a friend, and he won't answer my texts, or he'll go on a trip and he won't call me enough and I know what I'm capable of when I feel abandoned. I can go to a really dark place, and it's a place where I can hurt myself, and I never want to be in that place again, ever.
Dr. Akopian: Rebecca, that fear is always gonna be there. But as a person who has known you for a long time, you're more stable and self-aware than you were. And you're a loving person who deserves love. One day, I hope you believe that.

Boris: I'm an inconsequential man, Valery. That's all I've ever been. I hoped that one day I would matter, but I didn't. I just stood next to people who did.
Valery: (shakes head) There are other scientists like me. Any one of them could have done what I did. But you... everything we asked for, everything we needed. Men, material, lunar rovers. Who else could have done these things? They heard me, but they listened to you. Of all the ministers and all the deputies, entire congregation of obedient fools, they mistakenly sent the one good man. For God's sakes, Boris... you were the one who mattered most.

"You've decided that the universe is better off without you, but the universe doesn't agree!"
River, Doctor Who

War Doctor: Go back. Go back to your lives. Go and be the Doctor I could never be. Make it worthwhile.
Tenth Doctor: All those years, burying you in my memory.
Eleventh Doctor: Pretending you didn't exist, keeping you a secret even from myself.
Tenth Doctor: Pretending you weren't the Doctor, when you were the Doctor more than anybody else.
Eleventh Doctor: You were the Doctor on the day it wasn't possible to get it right.

Barry: Magenta! *looks up at Jesse Quick on the roof* I got a little help. So I could help you. Okay, killing your foster father and everyone else inside that hospital isn't going to give you what you need.
Magenta: You have no idea what I need! It's not just John I want to get rid of. I want them both gone.
Barry: I know you're still in there, Frankie. Don't let John destroy the good that's still inside you.
Magenta: He said I was weak. That I was pathetic! He said I was a horrible person.
Barry: He's just blaming you for all the bad things he's caused in his life, it's not your fault, this isn't because of you.
Barry: This isn't the way. Your foster father never forgave himself for his mistakes, that's why he took them out on you. He couldn't face who he is, he couldn't move forward. But you can.
Magenta: *lifts down the ship, starts crying* I'm so sorry!
Barry: It's okay.
Magenta: I'm so sorry!
Barry It's gonna be okay. It's okay, it's gonna be okay.

"Everything you did brought you to where you are now. Home."
Bran Stark to Theon Greyjoy, Game of Thrones

Kermit: There are some people in this world who don't care about anything but themselves. Sometimes I wish I was more like them.
Rowlf: But then you wouldn't be you.

Will: What are you doin' in here, Uncle Phil?
Phil: Is this for your own information, or will this be in USA Today?
Will: C'mon, man. I'm sorry if I made you mad, but the reporter was gonna trash the article until I gave her those pig stories.
Phil: I guess. Well, everyone loves those amusing little agricultural anecdotes. I guess it just never occurred to you they make me look like a fool.
Will: Uncle Phil, your plaid golf shirts make you look like a fool. Those stories make you look great. Man, I mean, you did a lot for black people that I didn't even know of.
Phil: Yeah, I raised a pig for the Young Farmer's Association. Puts me right up there with Martin Luther King.
Will: You were the first black president, and that's something. And what about the whites-only restroom?
Phil: In case my mother didn't make it painfully clear, I wasn't trying to prove a point. I only went in there because I really had to go.
Man: I see a whole lot of that!
Will: I mean, but Uncle Phil, it's just like Rosa Parks. I mean, when she sat in the front of the bus, I mean, she wasn't trying to make a point either. She did it 'cause her feet hurt. I mean, they told her to leave and she didn't. And neither did you.
Phil: I must be kidding myself. I had it all planned out. There was my family all lined up to meet the press. There I was with my perfect image: "Philip Banks pulled himself up from the streets with his own bootstraps". The only problem was I didn't have it that hard. I had two parents who loved me and were always there for me, worked hard to make sure I'd have everything they never had.
Will: I mean...Why are you worried so much about your image? The truth sounds real good to me.
Phil: I don't think my mother will ever forgive me.
Will: Aw, man, you must be trippin'. Granny's great. Just explain it to her.
Phil: Will, there's something you have to learn. Sometimes, parents just don't understand.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, "Not With My Pig, You Don't"

Are you brave and don't know it
Are you brave and can't tell
Are you brave and just don't show it
While others know it very well?

"So when people are cruel to you,
you take all of your fears and your doubts
and you put them them in here, in this box.
And you lock it. And you'll find that
you're stronger than you think you are.
Lionel Luthor, Smallville

Well I met an old man dying on a train
No more destination, no more pain
Well he said one thing, before I graduate
"Never let your fear decide your fate."
AWOLNATION, "Kill Your Heroes"

"Don't ever let anyone tell you you deserve that"

You don’t have to tell a flower how to bloom
Or light how to fill up a room
You already are what you are
And what you are is beautiful
—"What You Are" by Jewel

If you have a heart that's in pain
Don't be afraid, you're not to blame
There's a better world inside of us
Where we always thought it was
You don't need to hide
You can open up your eyes
And you'll discover
That there is another, world
Andrew W.K., Totally Stupid

Hey little Danny don’t you cry
I am you from much later in your life
I know your hair is wild, I know you have no style
You’re still a virgin and you will be for a while

Danny don’t you know that you are hot as fuck on the inside
Everybody knows the best bananas will be ripe with time
Danny don’t you know that you kick so much ass on the inside
Danny don’t you know

    Video Games 
"Fix [Nora] and quit this life. You're better than this."
Batman to Mr. Freeze, Batman: Arkham City

Lyndon: If I keep helping you kill the lords of Hell maybe I'll be a good person, eh?
Nephalem: No.
Lyndon: Are you serious?
Nephalem: You already are one.

"As shaman of the Skaal, I am charged with the spiritual well-being of my people. While you are not of the Skaal, you are Skaal-friend, and so I give you this warning. Herma-Mora forced you to serve him in order to defeat Miraak. Do not let him lure you further down that path. The All-Maker made you Dragonborn for a higher purpose. Do not forget that. Walk with the All-Maker, Skaal-friend."
Frea to the Dragonborn, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dragonborn

Max Caulfield: This is my storm. I caused this… I caused all of this. I changed fate and destiny so much that… I actually did alter the course of everything. And all I really created was just death and destruction!
Chloe Price: Fuck all of that, okay? You were given a power. You didn't ask for it… and you saved me. Which had to happen, all of this did… except for what happened to Rachel. But without your power, we wouldn't have found her! Okay, so you're not the goddamn Time Master, but you're Maxine Caulfield, and you're amazing.

Hanzo: Real life is not like the stories our father told us! You are a fool for believing it so!
Genji: Perhaps I am a fool to think there is still hope for you. But I do.

Alejandra: You're one of those heroes, aren't you?
Soldier: 76: Not anymore.
Alejandra: I think you are.

Goro Akechi: In the end... I couldn't be special.
Ryuji Sakamato: Dude, you're more than special...
Makoto Niijima: It pains me to admit... but your wit and strength far exceeds ours.

You have put yourself down many a time, but I have witnessed you in earnest. You're the kind of person who would risk her life for a fellow in need! Sure, some may say they would die for a friend. Yet, how many would actually do it? You may not be as strong as the others in battle, but your selflessness knows no bounds! Of that, I'm certain!
Navarre (to Asahi), Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Olivia: You're really... my daughter?
Lucina: Yes. I swear it.
Olivia: But you're so strong and beautiful... Nothing like me!
Lucina: Everything like you... milady.

    Visual Novels 
Chiaki: You're probably just scared, right? Not just of disappearing. You're scared of moving toward the future with such a heavy burden, right?
Hajime: Yeah...I'm scared. I'm obviously terrified...of that...
Hajime: Huh?!
Chiaki: Didn't you want to become someone with confidence? Isn't that why you admired Hope's Peak Academy?
Hajime: B-but...even Hope's Peak Academy tricked me.
Chiaki: Hajime, you've had it wrong this whole time.
Hajime: ...wrong?
Chiaki: Having talent isn't the goal. There's something much more important than whether or not you have talent, right? What's important is that you believe in yourself. If you can't do that, no matter how much talent you possess, you will never be confident in yourself. Just you were in the past.
Hajime: Y-you...hey, who are you? I should've already disappeared, right?
Chiaki: But past Hajime is in the past. He's not the same Hajime who spent time with me and the others in this world. So it's going to be alright. I think it's time you finally had confidence in yourself.
Hajime: Hey Chiaki...can you tell me something? Which choice should I make? My hope...the world's hope...which one should I choose?
Chiaki: You guys are the only ones who have the right to decide your future. And the responsibility too.
Hajime: So you're saying...I should choose for myself?
Chiaki: But if you can't choose either future, why don't you just create one?
Hajime: Create?
Chiaki: Even if this world is just a game, you guys aren't part of the game. You don't have to just choose a future. You should be able to create one as well.
Hajime: Do you think someone like me can do that?
Chiaki: Since you're not part of the game, you don't have to worry about talent, skill, or level. You guys have a tremendous ultimate move that can overcome anything. I guess what I'm trying to say is...if you just do it, things will turn out okay.
Hajime: I-if I do it, things will turn out okay.
Chiaki: Of course, games aren't very fun when they're easy to clear.
Hajime: But...this isn't a game, right?
Chiaki: Hey, Hajime...this isn't for the sake of anyone else. have to do this for yourself. Now then! It's about time you show me your cool side, Hajime. C'mon, I'll help out too...

    Web Animation 
Blake: How can you still love me after what I did?
Ghira: Blake... your mother and I will always love you.
Blake: You were right. I shouted at you and yelled at you. But you were right. I called you cowards!
Ghira: It's okay.
Blake: I should have left the White Fang with you and Mom. I should've listened to you, and I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry.
Ghira: Blake, it's fine. We never held anything against you, and I never feared you would fail. The only thing I ever feared was that you would fall down the wrong path, and I am so proud to see you haven't.
Blake: But I did! I was—
Ghira: And you pulled yourself out. You came back. There aren't many who possess that kind of strength and even fewer that have the courage to face their demons again.

    Web Original 
"It is not against the law to go missing under your own volition. You might have debts to pay or contracts to honor, but if you are an adult, the act of disappearing is not illegal in and off itself. You have the right to go missing. But believing that no one would miss you? That is ridiculous and unscientific. Statistics would suggest otherwise. David Wong wrote one of the most powerful articles I've ever read. There is a lot of information out there. There's even a word for it: infobesity. It takes a lifetime to even experience some of it. It's easy to think that everyone knows everything you know, but every year, more than 100 million new people are born and not a single one of them is born knowing they are made out of atoms, or that black holes are awesome. Someone needs to be there to tell them. To show them."
"How many jokes do you hear every day? Every week? How many jokes do you hear every year? Here's a fun thought: by considering average life expectancy and the typical number of jokes a person hears every year, David Wong posited a thought rough in its approximation, but sharp in its essence. If you are under the age of 38, odds are the funniest joke you will ever hear is a joke you haven't even heard yet, and if you are over the age of 38, odds are you already know a joke that, to more people than you could ever possibly meet, might be the funniest joke they will ever hear."
"So, wherever you are, we're glad you're there. And as always, thanks for watching."
Michael, Vsauce: How People Disappear

"Gohan, I want to tell you... if you don't do this, Piccolo is gonna die. Your mom is gonna die. Everyone is gonna die. But before all that, if you don't do this... you're gonna die. And you're better than that! You're better than [Cell]. You're better than me! [...] See? I'm not even close to that strong (yet)! You are more than just my son. You are Son Gohan! Now plant your feet, grit your teeth, and EAT. THAT. HORSE!"

"You can't keep doing this to yourself. Winifred! I know you think you deserve this. The pain, the humiliation, and...perhaps you do, but you can't let the mistakes of your past dictate your future. The things you did to me, to Lucy, I know you regret. You need to let the past go. Every day you dwell on it, you breathe life into its lungs, every moment you give it credence, it gains power. Don't give it your attention. Let it die. We all have shadows at our heels. You need not let them consume need only turn on the light."
—-Fleischer, Satellite City

    Western Animation 
"There's no such thing as perfect. You're beautiful as you are, Courage. With all your imperfections, you can do anything."
Fish, Courage the Cowardly Dog, "Perfect"

Pacifica: You wanna know why this room was locked up? This is what I found in here. A painted record of every horrible thing that my family's ever done. Lying, cheating, and then there's me. I lied to you just because I'm too scared to talk back to my stupid parents! You were right about me. I am just another link in the world's worst chain.
Dipper: Pacifica, I'm sorry about what I said earlier. But just because you're your parents' daughter doesn't mean you have to be like them. It's not too late.
Gravity Falls, Northwest Mansion Mystery

Luna: How can I forgive myself? I am no better than I was then! My creation is about to turn the world into a living nightmare!
Twilight: But look at what you're doing! Nightmare Moon would have wanted the Tantabus to turn Equastria into a nightmare! You're doing everything you can to stop it! Don't you see? This proves you're not the same pony you were then! Everypony who knows you knows that Nightmare Moon was in the past! We all trust you, Luna! Do you trust us enough to believe we're right?
Luna: ...I do!
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?"

Pearl: When we fuse, I can feel what it's like to be you. Confident, and secure, and complete. You're perfect. You're the perfect relationship. You're always together, I just... I wanted to be a part of that.
Garnet: You're wrong! I'm not as strong as you think. I-I fell apart over this. Ruby and Sapphire were in turmoil over how you deceived me. I came undone. It's not easy being in control. I have weaknesses, too, but I choose not to let them consume me. I struggle to stay strong because I know the impact I have on everyone. Please understand, Pearl. You have an impact, too. There are times when I look up to you for strength. You are your own Gem. You control your destiny. Not me, not Rose, not Steven. But you must choose to be strong. So we can move forward. So I can trust you again.
Pearl: I understand. I can't give up anymore!
Garnet: Good.
Steven Universe, "Friend Ship"

Logan: I came here to get away from fightin'. I wanna be like you. I just wanna live in peace.
Oku: Do you? Peace comes with purpose. My faith gives me mine.
Logan: Rippin' up people is no purpose!
Oku: But protecting and caring for people is. Like many, perhaps you see yourself less well than others see you. Try looking at yourself with new eyes.
X-Men, "The Lotus And The Steel"

Miranda: What's the matter, sweetheart?
Sofia: I don't want a royal ball.
Miranda: Oh, Sofia...I've never known you to turn down a party, especially one thrown just for you.
Sofia: But I don't know anything about being a princess! And I don't know how to dance! I'm going to trip and everyone's going to laugh at me!
Miranda: You'll do fine. And besides, no one ever laughs at a princess.
Sofia: Says who?
Miranda: Come here, Sofia. Just try the best you can. And if it's not good enough for all those stuffy dukes and duchesses, then, that's their problem.
Sofia the First, "Once Upon a Princess"

Eugene: Hello? Blondie? Come on, you kicked butt and saved the day. What are you upset about?
Rapunzel: Eugene, today, I turned my back on a desperate friend in need, I sent the man I love to face possible death, and then did the same to my oldest friend. I entrusted the entire welfare of Corona to a fairytale. In a lot of ways, today was the most difficult day of my life.
Eugene: Sweetheart, what are you saying?
Rapunzel: I'm not sure I want to be queen.
Eugene: Hey, Rapunzel. I know today was overwhelming, and I can't say I wouldn't be feeling the same way, but you becoming queen is a long time away. Just know that when that time comes, no matter what you decide, I will be right here with you.
Rapunzel: Thank you for bringing my parents home.
Eugene: got it.
Tangled: The Series, "Queen For a Day"

    Real Life 
"You are an extremely unique and individual person, so I'm telling you; don't let those invalid opinions of others just bring you to the pits. Okay? You're strong, so own it. Love, me."

If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to Hell because that is exactly where it came from.


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