"The truth is, you're the weak. And I am the tyranny of evil men.
"But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd."
-- Jules Winnfield, from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
"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 allow my fear to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone I will turn my inner eye to see its path. And where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
-- The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, from Frank Herbert's Dune
"With Orion's sword the hunter arose
and conquered the world in fury and grace.
In him was I born, in him shall I die,
in him shall I lose name, station, and face.
"Death over weakness,
death over despair,
death over personal gain.
Death over dishonor,
death over undeath,
death over the fire with no flame.
"All this I pledge thee,
O Grendel, Great Khan,
to serve and protect against death's endless tide.
With your words in my heart,
your eyes in my face,
and your tooth
"In my hand, by my side."
-- The Grendel Oath of Obedience, from Matt Wagner's Grendel
"Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes that make it useful.
Therefore benefit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there."
-- The Eleventh Plate of the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tsu
"Expect the movement of trains, engines or cars at any time, on
any track, in either direction."
-- Norfolk Southern Operating Rules, General Rules, Rule M
"I am a leaf on the wind.
"Watch how I soar."
-- Hoban "Wash" Washburne, from Joss Whedon's Serenity
"You were looking for a way to change your life. You could not do this on your own. All the ways you wish you could be? That's me. I look like you wanna look; I fuck like you wanna fuck. I am smart, I am capable, and most of all, I am free. In all the ways that you are not."
"Nothing is static. Everything is evolving. Everything is falling apart."
-- Tyler Durden, from Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club