Okay, so Peterson has tagged me to share five of my favorite quotes on any topic. Hopefully this isn't too much of a cheat, but all of mine come from The Lord of the Rings (book and/or movie versions). So while they're thematically linked, I don't have a simple label to apply to them aside from their source...
"I will take it. I will take the Ring to Mordor... though I do not know the way."
-Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring
"I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."
"So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought."
-Frodo and Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."
-Galadriel, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Go back, Sam! I’m going to Mordor alone."
"Of course you are, and I’m coming with you!"
-Frodo and Sam, The Fellowship of the Ring
"It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here, but we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?
"But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.
"But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going, because they were holding on to something."
"What are we holding on to, Sam?"
"That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for."
-Sam and Frodo, The Two Towers
So there you have it. I guess I'm supposed to tag some people now - so I hereby pass the baton to Christine, JJ and Eric.