Don Raphael Aiuppo:The world that I found had no room for me, so I had to create my own. Me and men like me. We spilt blood to do that. To do something important, which was to feed and protect our families. Today, our grandchildren remember only how to spill blood. They don’t even know why!
— “Squeeze” – Wiseguy, Season 1 (1987)
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Unicorn:Don’t look back, and don’t run. You must never run from anything immortal; it attracts their attention.
— “The Last Unicorn” (1982)
Ahmed ibn Fahdlan:For all we ought to have thought, and have not thought;
For all we ought to have said, and have not said;
For all we ought to have done, and have not done;
I pray thee, God, for forgiveness.
— “The 13th Warrior” (1999)
Jenner:I’ve learned this much: take what you can, when you can!Justin:Then you’ve learned nothing!
— “The Secret of NIMH” (1982)
Brandon Castellano:…We can reduce costs, reduce manpower.Don Raphael Aiuppo:I’ve always measured wealth in the number of people loyal to me!
— “Squeeze” – Wiseguy, Season 1 (1987)
Thetis:What a dangerous precedent! What if one day there were other heroes like him?Hera:What if courage and imagination were to become everyday mortal qualities? What would become of us?Zeus:We would no longer be needed. But for the moment there is sufficient cowardice, sloth, and mendacity down there on Earth to last forever.
— “Clash of the Titans” (1981)
Michael Garibaldi:He’s lying. I can tell.Jeffrey Sinclair:Everyone lies, Michael. The innocent lie because they don’t want to be blamed for something they didn’t do, and guilty lie because they don’t have any other choice. Find out why he’s lying; the rest will take care of itself.
— “And the Sky Full of Stars” – Babylon 5, Season 1 (1994)
Stick:Don’t look for your opponent. Know where he is. I’m blind, and I see more than any of you. Because I don’t look.
— “Elektra” (2005)
Max Suba:Make yourself aware of your own weaknesses, as well as those of your opponents. The good ones try to cover theirs up. The great ones use theirs. Use your weakness.
— “By The Sword” (1991)
J.B. Books:It isn’t always being fast or even accurate that counts. It’s being willing. I found out early that most men, regardless of cause or need, aren’t willing. They blink an eye or draw a breath before they pull the trigger. I won’t.
— “The Shootist” (1976)
Rimgale:In a word, Brian, what is this job all about?Brian McCaffrey:Fire.Rimgale:It’s a living thing, Brian. It breathes, it eats, and it hates. The only way to beat it is to think like it. To know that this flame will spread this way across the door and up across the ceiling, not because of the physics of flammable liquids, but because it wants to. Some guys on this job, the fire owns them, makes ’em fight it on it’s level, but the only way to truly kill it is to love it a little….
— “Backdraft” (1991)
D’Artagnan:When I became a Musketeer, I was told that each time I drew my sword, I should consider not what I was killing but what I was allowing to live.
— “The Man in the Iron Mask” (1998)
Jamis:May thy knife chip and shatter.
— “Dune” (1984)
This is a common Fremen taunt. In a magical world, this could be a proper curse—speaking it to make it happen.
Dr. Ilene Chen:Slaying dragons is a Western concept. In the East, they are sacred; divine creatures who brought wisdom, strength, even redemption.
— “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019)
King Osric:There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle. When the gold loses its luster. When the throne room becomes a prison. And all that is left…is a father’s love for his child.
— “Conan the Barbarian” (1982)
Jack Gretsky:Remember that night in the hills of Mae [Hong] Son, when the Hmong warlord sent his assassins? They had us cornered in a temple…like this one. And we lay there waiting in the dark…and the air was so thick and ancient, you couldn’t breathe it. And when they came, we stood in the middle of the floor; leaning with our backs to each other. It was our swords against their swords.We should’ve died then.
— “Bushido” – Miami Vice, Season 2 (1985)
Anna:When I was little, we found a man. He looked like…like butchered. The old women in the village crossed themselves, and whispered crazy things—strange things: “El diablo cazador de hombres”. Only in the hottest years this happens…and this year, it grows hot. We begin finding our men. We found them sometimes without their skin; and sometimes much, much worse.“El que hace trofeos de los hombres” means “the demon who makes trophies of men”.
— “Predator” (1987)
Elric:…We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit; crystal and scanner; holographic demons and invocation of equations. These are the tools we employ, and we know many things.John Sheridan:Such as?Elric:The true secrets. The important things. Fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever. Seven words to make them go without pain. How to say good-bye to a friend who is dying. How to be poor. How to be rich. How to rediscover dreams when the world has stolen them from you….
— “The Geometry of Shadows” – Babylon 5, Season 2