Nine Badass Quotes That Motivate

Rockstar guitar. Photo by Sebastiaan ter Burg, Flickr CC 2.0
Rockstar guitar. Photo by Sebastiaan ter Burg, Flickr CC 2.0

Need an extra boost of confidence to face your nemesis? Need to get in the mood for a kid-free weekend trip? Here are some of my favorite ego-boosting, up-to-no-good, rebel-without-a-cause quotes to motivate you!

“I aim to misbehave.”

Mal in Serenity.

“It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum… and I’m all outta gum.”

Duke Nukem, references to They Live.

“Are you always a smartass?” 

“Nope. Sometimes I’m asleep.”

Jim Butcher, Blood Rites

“Not unlike the toaster, I control darkness.”

Christopher Moore, You Suck

“There is no such thing as luck; there is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.”

Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel

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“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”

Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

“I’d call you a genius, except I’m in the room.”

The Doctor in “The Age of Steel”, Doctor Who

“Like every other creature on the face of the earth, Godfrey was, by birthright, a stupendous badass, albeit in the somewhat narrow technical sense that he could trace his ancestry back up a long line of slightly less highly evolved stupendous badasses to that first self-replicating gizmo—which, given the number and variety of its descendants, might justifiably be described as the most stupendous badass of all time. Everyone and everything that wasn’t a stupendous badass was dead.”

Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.”

Robert A. Heinlein

Do you have some favorite quotes that inspire your rebellious streak? I’d love to see them in the comments!

Ariane is a programmer married to another programmer. Together they have two little girls who don't stand a chance against their nerdy lineage. Ariane can also be found writing about STEM travel at Geekling's Guide to the Galaxy.