All of these quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling in the past week except the last are from Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett. Note that football is what is called Soccer in the USA.
“Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.” Ridcully thinking that’s the Unseen University way.
“The crab that mostly keeps you down is you.” Glenda thinking and realizing that much of what she has learned isn’t so. (She’s using a metaphor of a crab bucket, where any crab that tries to climb out is pulled back by the other crabs.)
“Stupid and dogmatic at the same time was too much.” Glenda’s thoughts on the Candle Knave.
“It is a battle between every man and himself.” Nutt trying to teach the Unseen Academicals to play football.
“There is no game without rules. No rules, no game.” Lord Vetinari’s proclamation about the new rules of football.
“You do the best you can with what you have.” Nutt’s paraphrase of Ladyship’s advice.
And finally one from my own work, Tourist Trap: “You never even asked the question.” Roi is warning Penny not to ask questions about his position in the Confederation hierarchy, which at the moment is secret.