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Identify an end of democracy quote, possibly by F. Herbert

I recall that there was a quote about downfall or ending of democracy, either through its own excesses or through overblown bureaucracy, or something similar. I suspect it's from one of F.Herbert's ...
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Is there a story behind the misquote, “Luke, I am your father”?

I've wondered for a long time how a misquote of the famous reveal in The Empire Strikes Back crystalized in pop culture history rather than Vader's actual line: No, I am your father. How did the ...
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Elvish transcription - Upon the Hearth the Fire is Red

Does anyone know if this transcription is correct? It's a portion of Upon the Hearth the Fire is Red. Home is behind, the world ahead, And there are many paths to tread Through shadows to the ...
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Where do we hear about the Crimson King's sigul being destroyed?

The two authoritative analyses of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series claim that the Crimson King was "tower-pent" - that is, trapped on a balcony outside the Tower itself - because he had removed a ...
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Is this a real quote from the Dark Tower series?

I found this line (attributed to Jake Chambers, and referring to the rest of his Ka-tet) in Bev Vincent's analysis The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus: “I love ...
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Quotation about the future of technology being paper

I've been looking for a quotation for some time now and it bugs me. A sci-fi author was asked what the information technology of the future would be and he described a tech with lots of benefits, ...
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Looking for a quote by Raistlin Majere

I am looking for a quote, possibly by Raistlin Majere of Dragonlance series. I saw it on a Chinese forum with Chinese text and I couldn't find the exact quote anywhere in the book. Quote in Chinese ...
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When does Jade say that just sub the speed of light is the fastest the ship can go?

When John and Jade were going through the Yellow Yard, John asks if they could go any faster to which Jade replies that the fastest the ship can go is just sub the speed of light. When does she say ...
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When is the not whole truth quote that Doc Scratch says?

In Homestuck, I recall at one point Doc Scratch telling Rose that humans were the ones that defined not telling everything is lying. Where was this quote?
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Do the androids need to kill their owners in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

I'm writing my BA thesis on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. In the Polish translation of the book, there is an indication that an android needs to kill its owner to get from ...
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Looking for a specific Tolkien quote about the benefit of allowing suffering in the world

I remember reading something in Tolkien's writings that perfectly summarized his response to the Problem of Evil (in the context of his imagined world, anyway): if God (or Eru) is perfectly good, why ...
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Story ID from an in-text poem about dragons

I read this book, maybe 8 years ago or a bit more. It is fantasy, and humor, and I think part of it was set here and part in a low-tech magical world. I believe one of the characters was a math ...
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Trying to identify a story from a quote - “poke, poke - die, die”

I read this book quite a while ago, about 8-10 years. The book is fantasy based, set in a medieval-ish world (with magic). The protagonist is a man, goes on a journey, fights lots of bad guys. The ...
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What is the provenance of this Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets quote

In a couple of answers that have been posted on this site today (one, two) a quote has been used (to good effect, I hope the authors of these answers know I don't mean to slight their knowledge of ...
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What is this Norwegian shouting?

In this clip from the film The Thing (2011), Sander Halvorsen's speech is interrupted by a bearded guy (Lars?) who stands up and shouts something in Norwegian. I ...
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Text and origin of the original “always be batman” quote

I found different forms of the quote on the internet and mostly without origin. Which one is the real batman quote? Remember to always be yourself. Unless you can be batman. Then always be batman. ...
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What does “My shoes are too tight” mean?

On Babylon 5, episode 7 ("War Prayer"), Londo Mollari says, "My shoes are too tight, and I've forgotten how to dance." The scene: LONDO: ...My shoes are too tight. VIR: ...Excuse me? ...
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Fremen insult about wasting water

I vaguely recall an instance where a Fremen insults someone by indicating that they are so terrible it would be no loss if that person died and their body's water was not reclaimed. I've only read ...
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What's the first movie in which an alien says “We come in peace”?

It occurred to me after yesterday's movie night that The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) is the earliest movie I know of where the alien actually says this. KLAATU ...
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Source of Scotty's advice on appearing a genius

I vaguely recall a quote from Scotty of Star Trek:TOS where he indicated that it's important to always leave a little extra behind so that you can pull it out at the right moment so that you appear to ...
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Where does “Anything that can be made by magic can be unmade by magic” come from?

I am trying to find the source of this quote which I remember reading somewhere, but am running into a brick wall. (Note that the phrasing might not be exact, any quote with the general gist of the ...
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What fantasy show is this quote from?

“We are but pawns on a chessboard too large to see the edges ” I remember hearing this from a show a few years back. I'm fairly certain it was from a fantasy/medieval setting; my first guess was ...
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Where is the quote “received many bounces on the [Internet]” from?

I’ve read a lot of science fiction books in the last two years. I’ve become very interested in a quote I can’t remember where I found: It received many bounces on the [Internet]. (It referred to ...
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Quote from Helix episode Oubliette

In season 2 episode 5 of Helix one of the characters says "We're so far past panic, it would take the light from panic a hundred years to reach us." I know this a reference to something I just can't ...
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Why do many of Heinlein's characters despise gratitude?

In the novel "Stranger in a strange land" by Robert Heinlein there is this passage: ’Gratitude’ is a euphemism for resentment…The Japanese have five different ways to say ‘thank you’—and every ...
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What is the source of the quote: “The universe doesn't care?”

I was reading an article in Time magazine about Interstellar and it opened with a quote that was never attributed: There is no reason at all you should care about the universe. For one thing, it ...
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Episode ID: When did Spock say “To destroy your home planet's ecosystem for…” (did he ever)?

Can anyone identify when onscreen (season and episode, or movie) Spock (or someone else) said this (or something very near to it)? "To destroy your home planet's ecosystem for imaginary wealth is ...
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LEDs sing love poems

I'm trying to track down the source of a quote that's been sitting in my memory for years. It's all rotted away now, but there were two parts to it, something like: "We wrote spells, carved them ...
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What is the origin of this quote by Sheridan?

In the Babylon 5 episode Voices of Authority, this exchange happens between Ivanova and Sheridan: Ivanova: Is there anything else you need? Sheridan: A glass of whiskey, a gun, and two bullets. ...
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What did Yoda mean when he said “Strong am I in the Force, but not that strong.”?

In Return of the Jedi, as Yoda lies dying, he speaks to to Luke: YODA Soon will I rest. Yes, forever sleep. Earned it, I have. Yoda sits himself on his bed, with great effort. LUKE ...
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Where did “you shall not pass” come from?

One of the most memorable lines from the Lord of the Rings movies is when Gandalf stands before the Balrog and says "You shall not pass." He doesn't actually say that in the book. In the ...
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Origin of quote in Abercrombie's The Blade Itself

In the first volume of Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy the title of the first book "The Blade Itself" is attributed to a quote from The Odyssey by Homer "The blade itself incites to deeds of ...
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Is this a legit Star Trek quote? If so, which movie/TV episode/book is it from?

I saw this quote on some StarTrek forums (quoted here, mentioned here) but was not able to authenticate it as coming from actual Star Trek material. "Well don't. Don't let them promote you. Don't ...
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Arthur C. Clarke on science fiction fans

I once read somewhere that on a science fiction convention Arthur C. Clarke made a comment that science fiction fans are more intelligent than the average person. Is it true that he said that or is it ...
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Who is to credit for Aaron Satie's wisdom?

The following quote is from one of my favourite Star Trek: The Next Generations episodes, The Drumhead (4x21); It is cited by Picard and attributed to the fictional Judge Aaron Satie: With the ...
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What are the words of Galadriel at the beginning of the Fellowship?

In the trilogy of the movies, at the very beginning Galadriel says a few words starting with "The World is changed. I feel it..." In the background the words start in Elvish "Yamma presta..." What are ...
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Discworld quote about students getting in the way

There's a famous quote by one of the staff of Unseen University, where they say something along the lines of the university being a great place if it wasn't for all the bloody students. Does anyone ...
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In “The Courts of Chaos”, to whom is Corwin speaking when he addresses Carmen?

In the very last page of "The Courts of Chaos", after mentally addressing his family, Corwin says, and pardon my poor french, "Carmen, voulez vous avec moi?" To whom is he speaking, the reader? And ...
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Does this Vader quote have more meaning than it first appears? [closed]

Everyone follow along with the voices in your heads as you read this script segment from the end of Episode VI: VADER Luke, help me take this mask off. LUKE But you'll die. VADER ...
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Was Obi-wan ever taught by Yoda?

I found a quote whilst researching my previous question about Force Ghosts, about how Obi-Wan was trained by Yoda: Yoda: [Looking away from Luke] I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience. ...
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Did Obi-Wan Kenobi ever become more powerful?

In Star wars: IV A New Hope, Obi-Wan says to Darth Vader: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine. What did he mean by this? ...
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What is the significance of “Hexapodia is the key insight”?

In Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep there is a rather odd communication relay message that contained the keyword phrase "Hexapodia as the key insight": Crypto: 0 As-Received-By: OOB ...
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Why was he glad, his brother changed his last name?

In the 1977 film Wizards Avatar says: But neither Blackwolf, nor Avatar ever had a last name. What was he on about?
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“It's life, but not as we know it” - actual quote

There are a few quotes from Star Trek that aren't actually ever said (such as "Beam me up, Scotty"). Is there an actual episode where Spock (or even McCoy) says something akin to It's life, but ...
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Story about girl who must become REAL to inherit throne

I don't remember if this is a short story or novel. It could be either, but I'm more inclined to think it's a short story. It's been over 20 years since I read it. The story drew a clear ...
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Are there nice wedding-related quotes in Doctor Who?

Two of my friends are getting married. They're both huge Doctor Who geeks, and actually met through a DW RPG. Their wedding invitation contained a very subtle DW reference (you wouldn't have been able ...
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What is the context of the quote “With great power comes great responsibility”?

Without a doubt, this is one of the most famous quotes from Spiderman. I think that in the movie, it's Uncle Ben who says it. However, was the quote also present in the comics? More importantly, what ...
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Trying to identify “I will measure the dust” story

I have a distant memory of a story which involves a person conversing with an intelligent space probe before it's launched on a long-term mission. As I recall it, their conversation goes something ...