survival

Yes, victors are our strongest. They’re the ones who survived the arena and slipped the noose of poverty that strangles the rest of us. They, or should I say we, are the very embodiment of hope where there is no hope. And now twenty-three of us will be killed to show how even that hope was an illusion.

Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

In District 12, looking old is something of an achievement since so many people die early. You see an elderly person, you want to congratulate them on their longevity, ask the secret of survival. A plump person is envied because they aren’t scraping by like the majority of us.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. “Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen”.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

The best way to dull the pain of your best friend’s murder is to have your mother abandon you as soon as possible. It’s like hitting your thumb with a hammer, then when it’s throbbing so badly you don’t think you’ll survive, you cut the damn thing off.

Veronica Mars

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like for everything inside me that’s denied and unknown to be revealed. But I’ll never know. I live my life in hiding. My survival depends on it.

Dexter Morgan, Dexter

The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why and Where phases.

For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question ‘How can we eat?’ the second by the question ‘Why do we eat?’ and the third by the question ‘Where shall we have lunch?’.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

All we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us.

Penelope Widmore, LOST

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