I can only build if I tear the walls down
Even if it breaks me I won't let it make me frown
I'm falling but no matter how hard I hit the ground

I'll still smile.
Eyedea and Abilities, "Smile"

The Player: We seem to have natural tendencies toward violence, bigotry, xenophobia... and genocide.
Radd: Will it always be that way?
The Player: Who knows? I'd like to believe we can advance beyond it, but we seem to have so far to go. It might be futile.
Radd: Then why even try?

The Player: Because we have to. If there's just the slightest chance we can make ourselves into something better, not trying would be a far greater evil than our inborn prejudices. For now, I can't save humanity, or perhaps even myself, but if I can save your friend... well, that'll be one small step towards bettering the world. It's a long road toward that goal, but all journeys are traveled on step at a time, aren't they?

"Anyone perfect must be lying, anything easy has its cost
Anyone plain can be lovely, anyone loved can be lost
What if I lost my direction? What if I lost sense of time?
What if I nursed this infection? Maybe the worst is behind
It feels just like I'm falling for the first time

It feels just like I'm falling for the first time"
Barenaked Ladies, "Falling for the First Time"
"It's like... Did you ever try to put a broken piece of glass back together? Even if the pieces fit, you can't make it whole again the way it was. But if you're clever, you can still use the pieces to make other useful things. Maybe even something wonderful, like a mosaic."
Moira Brown, Fallout 3
"It's not a perfect universe, Victor. That doesn't absolve us from the responsibility of making it better. Just remember that it'll never be perfect -- and, if you're not careful how you do it, trying to make it so just makes it worse."
Kevin Usher, Crown of Slaves
"The world isn't as bad as you think."
Celty Sturluson, Durarara!!
"The world is not beautiful: therefore it is."
Various, Kino's Journey

Yeah, the wars, they will be fought again.
The holy dove, she will be caught again.
Bought, and sold, and bought again.
The dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.

That's how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

Char: Axis has started its descent!
Amuro: This Nu Gundam isn't just for show!
Amuro: Huh? What are you doing?
Amuro: Stop it! You don't have to go along with this! Back off! Get away from here!
Soldier: We can't let Londo Bell hog all the glory!
Amuro: The Geara Dogas, too? Fall back! It's hopeless!
Soldier: We'll never know unless we try! The Earth is at stake!
Amuro: That's enough! Everyone, stop!
Char: In the end, the tragedies of mankind will spread and destroy the Earth. It's inevitable. That's why the human race must atone for what they have done to their planet. It's judgment day for humanity! Amuro, why can't you understand that?
Amuro: Get back! My Gundam is...
Char: What's this? The Psycoframes are resonating! So much willpower focused here. Will it overload? That being said, I'm not sensing fear. It's more like... How can I explain? Warmth! Even a sense of peace! Fascinating! Even those with the warmest of hearts still have the potential to destroy the Earth! Why can't you see that, Amuro?

Amuro: I do! That's why we have to show the world the light within the human heart!

River: Storm's getting worse.

Mal: We'll pass through it soon enough.