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"Life is about change . . . Some of it good, some of it bad."

~ Aunt May (Judith O'Brien, Mary Jane)


"He's still the same person he always was . . . That's probably the whole change.  No glasses, and Clark Kent becomes Superman.  Everyone else was just a dumb Lois for not seeing the real Clark."

~ Mary Jane Watson (Judith O'Brien, Mary Jane)


"A passing traveler need not give his name."

~ Lone Wolf (Kazuo Koike, Lone Wolf and Cub vol. 2)


"Why does the snow fall?  People grow cold without an answer.  But does the snow know it chills the hearts of men?"

~ Lone Wolf (Kazuo Koike, Lone Wolf and Cub vol. 2)


"Responsibility can be a terrible burden...so can love."

~ Sephie (Barbara Kesel, Meridian: Coming Home)


"Why don't you take a moment to preserve this memory in your heart . . . Then, if there comes a day when life isn't as wonderful, you can return to the memory of this one...to remind yourself how it feels to be happy!"

~ Turos (Barbara Kesel, Meridian: Coming Home)


"It takes wisdom or strength to recognize corruption when it wears a nice suit.  Not everyone has that."

~ Sephie (Barbara Kesel, Meridian: Coming Home)


"Home is more than the place where we sleep.  It's the touchstone for our memories.  Its walls can be destroyed...but the foundation laid, in each of us...survives."

~ Sephie (Barbara Kesel, Meridian: Coming Home)


"Work is the greatest antidote for pain.  Even if it can't make the hurting stop."

~ Sephie (Barbara Kesel, Meridian: Coming Home)


"A man finds himself doing many surprising things for the right woman."

~ Jon Takarty (Barbara Kesel, Meridian: Going to Ground)


"You can tell when some things are about to happen--you can feel it.  Others slip by.  You just don't realize things are about to change.  Forever."

~ Sephie (Barbara Kesel, Meridian: Flying Solo)


"I wish I'd thought to look back, to see everything one more time the way it was...but in my memories, it's still beautiful."

~ Sephie (Barbara Kesel, Meridian: Flying Solo)


"Seeing something so ordinary be so different made me really see it again.  It's like that with a lot of things.  You look at them all the time and never SEE."

~ Sephie (Barbara Kesel, Meridian: Flying Solo)


"It's said that life is basically about perspective.  A tragedy to some might be a blessing to others.  It's all in how you look at it, really, and how it affects you as an individual."

~ San (Sean McKeever, Inhumans [v.6] # 1)


"Your life didn't turn out the way you'd planned.  That is what you get for planning it in the first place."

~ Nallo (Sean McKeever, Inhumans [v.6] # 1)


"We might have cause to fear religion, at times.  But I can never make myself believe that God ever--TRULY--abandons us."

~ Nightcrawler (Chuck Austen, Uncanny X-Men # 424)


"In Genesis 28 through 30, "The Word of God" gives mankind the right of dominion over all beasts of the earth [...] Once a people is "demonized"--equated with something less than, or not even human--then, by the Word of God, mankind has dominion over them.  Control.  Governance.  Authority.  The power of life and death.  Those same people believe you may not abort an unborn fetus.  That you are murdering a human life.  That human life is sacred.  At least until it's born, and old enough to become a soldier for another country--evil--or "collateral damage."

~ Nightcrawler (Chuck Austen, Uncanny X-Men # 424)


"There must always be survivors.  Someone has to remain behind to tell the tales of warning.  Someone has to endure so that they can relive the horror for the rest of their days."

~ Jim Starlin (Cosmic Odyssey Book Two: Disaster)


"Y'know, for a land that holds freedom so dear...it's surprising how little of it is actually tolerated."

~ John Constantine (Brian Azzarello, Hellblazer: Freezes Over)


"Myths--legends, they do us well.  Whether it's a murderin' bogeyman or a bleedin' apparition of the bloody virgin mother.  Faith and fear is what it is.  The glue of humanity."

~ John Constantine (Brian Azzarello, Hellblazer: Freezes Over)


"On the subject of traveling, I've found there are two schools.  One believes the destination is the point: Get to where you are going to, and see what needs seeing to.  Bollocks.  The other school of traveler tends to relish getting lost in the journey itself...that mad adrenaline rush brought on by all the wrong turns and unexpected discoveries along the way.  If you haven't guessed, I subscribe to the latter.  After all, what is a life...if not a trip?"

~ John Constantine (Brian Azzarello, Hellblazer: Freezes Over)


"Why do we need to make up some excuse just to say hello?  Are we so scared we can't even just be, you know, people?  We have to justify it, lie about it?"

~ Lucy Braddock (Greg Rucka, Wolverine # 1)


"In a mean world, you've got to portion out caring, right?  You have to pick your battles.  Decide who's worth the effort.  The measure can be arbitrary, it doesn't matter...as long as the measure is yours, right?"

~ Lucy Braddock (Greg Rucka, Wolverine # 1)


"The torment of hopeless labor. One always finds one's burden again."

~ Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes (Priest, The Crew # 1)


"Even if you do nothing more, please, do this for me. [...] Don't forget me."

~ Lucy Braddock (Greg Rucka, Wolverine # 1)


"If you're turned away from one road, there's always another--filled with risk but also adventure. Roads less taken are always the most rewarding ones."

~ Max Allan Collins (August, 2001) [Road to Perdition]


"When your own life is worthless...everyone else's is, too."

~ Narrator (Brian Azzarello, Hellblazer: Hard Time)


"Friendship's the most goddamn important thing in the world.  It's what really gives your life worth."

~ Mr. Stark (Brian Azzarello, Hellblazer: Hard Time)


"A frien' is someone who'll do smoethin' nice fer you for no goddamn reason.  A frien' looks out fer you..."

~ Mr. Stark (Brian Azzarello, Hellblazer: Hard Time)


"It's been my experience that those who are the most passionate...tend to be the most easily punished."

~ Batman (Joe Casey, The Adventures of Superman # 614)


"Sometimes, dreams are all we got."

~ (Action Comics # 800)


"It's hard to have a dream.  Easy to forget, to 'grow up,' to just move on."

~ (Action Comics # 800)


"I've grown up with the belief that ordinary people are made extraordinary through the collision of circumstances and character.  That at the heart of it all, kindness begets kindness, and no matter how dark the world gets...No matter how dark...Evil cannot stand the light of Truth, Justice, and the American Way."

~ (Action Comics # 800)


"There's the law, the Written Word, and there's Justice.  Sometimes, you gotta choose..."

~ Ed Wilson (various writers/artists, Action Comics # 800)


"Good men fail every day . . . Great men fight on until they get it right."

~ Ed Wilson (various writers/artists, Action Comics # 800)


"The world is not a kind place . . . Fate plays games with us all.  Life rarely goes according to plan...and that's what makes it so damn incredible."
~ Lana Lang (various writers/artists, Action Comics # 800)


"Give the world ordinary heroes, and the extraordinary will follow."

~ Ed Wilson [Quoted by Lois Lane] (various writers/artists, Action Comics # 800)


"You can't isolate yourself from the whole world, and say none of it has anything to do with you just because that's the way you want it."

~ Ezekiel (J. Michael Straczynsky, Amazing Spider-Man v2 # 49)


"It's not enough to say that I love you.  You can love more than one person.  You can love in more than one way.  You can love somebody as a friend..."

~ Peter Parker (J. Michael Straczynsky, Amazing Spider-Man v2 # 50)


"I can do 'all these things' because you believe in me.  Because you give me the strength and the will to get them done.  Everything's easier when you're there and harder when you're not.  Without you, nothing works teh way it should.  But when I know you're there, in my life, I feel like I can do anything..."

~ Peter Parker (J. Michael Straczynsky, Amazing Spider-Man v2 # 50)


"A word to the wise from someone who's been down this road for a while.  The mask is supposed to hide your face.  Don't let it hide your heart."

~ Captain America (J. Michael Straczynsky, Amazing Spider-Man v2 # 50)


"He saved a man's life once, and that made all the difference.  I think it's the Chinese who say, If you save someone's life, you are forever responsible for that life.  That's harsh, but maybe true."

~ Nat Irons (Mark Schultz, Superman versus Darkseid: Apokolips Now!)


"I was raised to believe that love and commitment and personal responsibility hold us all together..."

~ Nat Irons (Mark Schultz, Superman versus Darkseid: Apokolips Now!)


"I know he believes that, if you save one life, you save the world.  I know he would go to the ends of the universe for a friend."

~ Nat Irons (Mark Schultz, Superman versus Darkseid: Apokolips Now!)


"I would never do anything to make you feel bad.  I care about everything about you.  If you would sit me down and tell me about any of this stuff that was going on with you, I would be there.  I want to be there for you."

~ Peter Parker (Brian Bendis, Ultimate Spider-Man # 37)


"We all feel so much pain and confusion--Each of us keeping his personal torment bottled up inside...Each seeking relief in his own way. The cure hangs plainly, clearly in front of our faces, but who will be the first to reach out? We Need Each Other!"

~ April O'Neil (Eastman & Laird, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book IV)


"Yet, our experience teaches us, in all the universe change is the only constant. Thus, the way of harmony is to accept change. We make our choices in life--and our karma is to accept the changes those choices bring . . . Life is good...and life goes on."

~ Splinter (Eastman & Laird, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book IV)


"Everyone just muddles along, dreaming their dreams and suffering their shame and their failures. It's not shame that makes a man a failure . . . It's givin' in to it."

~ Ferguson Donelly (Kurt Busiek, Astro City: Tarnished Angel)


"You're a fool, Charles! Look at them! They can't even make peace with EACH OTHER!"

~ Magneto (X-Men season 1, episode 3 "Enter: Magneto")


"I know why they do it now. Why they put on the suits, and the masks, and go out there into the night. They're angry. Full of rage. They want to hit back. They want to fill the hole that's burning inside them!"

~ Tim Drake (Alan Grant, Batman # 455)


"But I guess we all need something to help us make sense of it all. We need to find meaning in the pain...patterns in the chaos."

~ Dick Grayson (Alan Grant, Batman # 455)


"But no suit--No mask--can ever hide you from yourself!"

~ Batman (Alan Grant, Batman # 455)


"You don't need the suit! You don't need the mask! It's in you! You make yourself a hero!"

~ 'Robin' (Alan Grant, Batman # 457)


"Do you ever get tired? Do you ever wonder if what we do makes any difference?"

~ Robin (Tom Lyle, Robin [mini] # 5)


"For him, it isn't about saving the world. It's about saving himself."

~ Robin (Tom Lyle, Robin [mini] # 5)


“It is the bonds we make that we know will be broken, those we love who we know will not be with us forever—that are all the more precious, simply because they will one day be gone. Those are the bonds we must take joy in, the comrades we must celebrate now, while they remain near to us.”

~ Thor (Kurt Busiek, Avengers vol. 3, # 55)


"You should always make time for the people who need it."

~ Lana Lang (Geoff Johns, Superman # 189)


"My whole life, my whole silly life I've always just eaten what was put in front of me. I've always settled for second best--in EVERYTHING. I'm not settling this time."

~ Lana Lang (Geoff Johns, Superman # 189)


"You don't need a cape to inspire people."

~ Clark Kent (Geoff Johns, Superman # 189)


"You make choices or they get made for you sometimes, I guess...All the time. I don't choose things. I settle. I move where I'm pushed or pulled . . . But I lose. I always lose."

~ Lana Lang (Joe Kelly, Adventures of Superman # 611)


"I was...lost, recently. Lost and alone like I bet a lot of you are, right now. Alone...With the weight of sorrow strapped across your heart. I couldn't carry that weight alone. I thought I could, but I was wrong, and it almost cost me everything."

~ Superman (Joe Kelly, Action Comics # 798)


"I want to make you believe that there is more than darkness in your lives. I want you to see what I see...people weighed down by sorrow...but not beaten. People who can soar, if they just believe. And if you can't remember any love, any magic in your lives...then I'll give you some of mine."

~ Superman (Joe Kelly, Action Comics # 798)


"I know it's not enough...but let it be a start...I believe in you. Believe in yourselves and know...you are all loved. You are not forgotten."

~ Superman (Joe Kelly, Action Comics # 798)


"Everything has an ending. Everything. Schemes, dreams, luck. Innocence, relationships, the universe. Everything."

~ Mark Schultz, Superman: the Man of Steel # 134


"Some secrets are worth keeping, and some lies are necessary if we want to truly protect those we love."

~ Perry White (Mark Schultz, Superman: the Man of Steel # 134)


"But secrets and lies are two different things, and I think their prices are very different..."

~ Clark Kent (Mark Schultz, Superman: the Man of Steel # 134)


"You just try to do the right thing. You just try your honest best to keep it simple and straight...even though it's almost never simple and straight. Everything changes . . . Nothing is forever . . . So whatever you choose to be . . . Be a hero. Make your life count for something. Make the world a better place."

~ Superman (Mark Schultz, Superman: the Man of Steel # 134)


"Every day something ends. And something new begins."

~ Mark Schultz, Superman: the Man of Steel # 134


"Look at this--college is people making important life decisions, self-discovery--whoah...check her out."

~ Peter Parker (Brian Bendis, Ultimate Spider-Man # 33)


"Oh my god--this is how these people live? How do they get any work done? Eeew--what's that smell? This entire place smells like a--whoah...check HER out."

~ Peter Parker (Brian Bendis, Ultimate Spider-Man # 33)


"This stuff, it's sooo important to you now...oh, the drama. Let me tell you--thing is--it only hurts this much now because you have nothing to compare it to. It's all just training wheels, man. It all fades away. When real life starts--when REAL LIFE starts you'll know it."

~ Eddie Brock (Brian Bendis, Ultimate Spider-Man # 33)


"That is IT!! That is #$!@% it!! EVERY time I turn around there's some greedy piece of garbage looking to turn something of value into a twisted nightmare! [...] Someone tries to do something worthwhile...Someone tries to make the world a better place than they found it. And what happens?"

~ Spider-Man (Brian Bendis, Ultimate Spider-Man # 33)


"Vengeance is not Justice."

~ Superman (Joe Kelly, Action Comics # 796)


"It's a mess...The scary thing is...It'll be twenty years before people realize these are the good ol' days."  

~ Mike Grell (Green Arrow: The Wonder Year # 1)


"Obeying codes and rules the other side has trashed is stupid."

~ Jean Paul Valley (Doug Moench, Batman # 500)


How close is the real world coming to the comic world?  We were talking about crazy madmen launching attacks on the world years ago."

~ Grant Morrison (writer of New X-Men.)


"True heroics are found just as easily in the mundane--such as harvesting the earth and yielding sustenance from her fertile soil.  One needn't a costume for that."

~ Connor Hawke (Kevin Smith, Green Arrow: Quiver)


“Snow down your Osh Koshes isn’t the most comfortable introduction to the concept of cold.”

~ Batman (Kevin Smith, Green Arrow: Quiver)


“There’s always time to wait. Remember that.”

~ Oliver Queen (Kevin Smith, Green Arrow: Quiver)


“I believe in Justice. Period.”

~ Batman (Kevin Smith, Green Arrow: Quiver)


“There’s a moment…All you have to do…Your only job…is to wait for it.”

~ Roy Harper (Kevin Smith, Green Arrow: Quiver)


“Feels like ages since I’ve done this. But it’s like riding a bike. Once you’re back in the seat…And you’ve lifted the kickstand…You firmly grip the handlebars…And mow down a few of the other kids!”

~ Olliver Queen (Kevin Smith, Green Arrow: Quiver)


“My friend was hurting, and I just wanted to help him.”

~ Oliver Queen (Kevin Smith, Green Arrow: Quiver)


“You’re more averse to change than a money clip.”

~ Oliver Queen (Kevin Smith, Green Arrow: Quiver)


“You tryin’ to tell me Buddha didn’t drink?! With that beer belly of his?”

~ Oliver Queen (Kevin Smith, Green Arrow: Quiver)


“So we make like John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart? Beat each other senseless? Male bonding through mayhem? Look, if that’s how it has to be, I’m up for it.”

~ Oliver Queen (Dennis O’Neil, Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow)