My Favourite Fictional Character Quotes

Like all things, a work in progress 🙂 This list doesn’t try to be exhaustive, just a selection of ones I like. 

Daria (1997-2002)

…given the unalterable fact that high school sucks, I’d like to add that if you’re lucky enough to have a good friend and a family that cares it doesn’t have to suck quite as much. Otherwise my advice is – stand firm for what you believe in, until and unless experience proves you wrong. Remember, when the emperor looks naked, the emperor is naked. The truth and a lie are not sort of the same thing. And there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with pizza. Thank you.” (Daria Morgendorffer – ‘Is It College Yet?’)

Press Gang (1989-1993)

Okay – it’s like this. There’s a tribe living by a river, and in the river there are crocodiles. The tribe has one particular piece of wisdom passed down through the generations. It goes like this: if you happen to meet a crocodile, don’t stick your head in its mouth. Every now and then – and who knows the reason – people ignore this advice. Which is sad. Because they die. But very stupid because they were warned. They had a choice. The moral of this story is – you can’t afford to be stupid. There are crocodiles.” (Lynda Day ‘There Are Crocodiles.’)

Star Trek the Next Generation (1987-1994) 

If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.’” (Jean-Luc Picard, ‘Encounter at Farpoint.’)

Mr. Worf, villains who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot. Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well-camouflaged.” (Jean-Luc Picard, ‘The Drumhead.’)

The road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think.” (Jean-Luc Picard, ‘The Drumhead.’)

We are what we are, and we’re doing the best we can. It is not for you to set the standards by which we should be judged!” (Jean-Luc Picard, ‘All Good Things.’)


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