August 3, 2014

Beautiful Quotes from Fiction.

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What is your favorite quote from a fictional character?

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you can miss it.” – Ferris Beuller


I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing…… Only I will remain.

~ Paul Atreides, “Dune”


“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” ~ Roy Batty

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“They don’t know about real loss, because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself.” ~ Sean from Good Will Hunting (Robin Williams)

Red: [narrating] I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free. ~ The Shawshank redemption

“War is war and hell is hell, and of the two, war is a lot worse.”

“Why is that?”

“Who goes to hell Father?”

“Sinners, I suppose.”

“Exactly, in hell there are no innocent bystanders, war is chock full of them. In fact, aside from a few of the brass almost everyone is just an innocent bystander.” – Hawkeye, MASH


“You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back.” – Vincent Freeman, Gattaca


Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote for shame. ~ Iroh

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“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.” ~ Gandalf the Grey


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ Jojen Reed in A Dance With Dragons

On the other hand,

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ~ Albus Dumbledore


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We buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like. ~ Fight Club


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“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.” ~ George R.R. Martin

“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.” ~ A Game of Thrones


“Worry is interest paid in advance on a loan that never comes due.” ~ George Lang, The Spanish Prisoner
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“I’d like to share a revelation I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species, and I realised you aren’t actually mammals. Every mammal instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with their environment, which you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource has been consumed. And then you have no choice but to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows a similar pattern; do you know what it is? A virus. You humans are a disease, a cancer of this planet; you are a plague. And we…we are the cure.” ~ Agent Smith, The Matrix


 Ideas are bulletproof. ~ V

“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”

~ Miles Halter, “Looking for Alaska” by John Green.


“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an Emperor, that’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in; machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity, more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.

Without these qualities life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say: do not despair.

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators will die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die liberty will never perish.

Soldiers: don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder!

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men!! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate, only the unloved hate. The unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers: don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty!

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written: – “The kingdom of God is within man.” Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men: in you!

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers! In the name of democracy: let us all unite!”  ~ The Great Dictator

“When I was a young man, I had liberty, but I did not see it…I had time, but I did not know it…and I had love, but I did not feel it. Many decades would pass before I understood the meaning of all three…And now, the twilight of my life, this understanding has passed into contentment. Love, liberty, and time – once so disposable are the fuels that drive me forward.” – Ezio Auditore de Firenze

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“Home is where the heart is.” ~ Winnie the Pooh


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