Quotes: Above Good and Evil
Above all else, my children, be hard. For what is done for love is beyond good and evil.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
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The morality of my activities escapes me.
— Doctor Manhattan, Watchmen
You would seek to punish me? I am beyond good and evil.
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As for the charges against me, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring.
—Col. Walter E. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now
I don't put a gun to anybody's head and make them shoot. I admit, the shooting war is better for business, but I prefer people to fire my guns and miss, just as long as they keep firing.
—Yuri Orlov, Lord of War
Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil.
— Anatole France, The Revolt of the Angels
You must learn, child, that what would be wrong for you or any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I. The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We must be freed from all rules. Ours is a high and lonely destiny.
—Jadis, The White Witch, The Magician's Nephew
There is no good and evil... there is only power, and those too weak to seek it...
The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.
—H.P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu"
Being good or bad was never a thing for me. Not really. It was all about the actions I was taking and why, instead. I became a warlord and I took care of people. I helped seize the city from Coil and we started implementing changes.
Morals are for men, not gods.
— Gary Mitchell, Star Trek: The Original Series ("Where No Man Has Gone Before")
I don't bother with petty labels such as 'good' and 'evil. Why should I? I am much more concerned with 'necessary' and 'unnecessary'."''
— Lord Doom, The Global Guardians PBEM Universe
I'm not good, I'm not nice, I'm just right!
— The Witch, Into the Woods
Short sighted fool. I have no interest in your narrow interpretation of morality. I'm above all that, above good and evil.
— The Contessa, Sly 2: Band of Thieves
Good and evil, savior and destroyer. These are subjective concepts that exist in the eye of the beholder. Wanting only salvation, fearful mankind saw the Ophiuchus as a savior, even thought it's power transcended good and evil.
My either/or does not denote in the first instance the choice between good and evil, it denotes the choice whereby one chooses good and evil or excludes them.
Has the universe any unity of plan or purpose, or is it a fortuitous concourse of atoms? Is conciousness a permanent part of the universe, giving hope of indefinite growth in wisdom, or is it a transitory accident on a small planet on which life must ultimately become impossible? Are good and evil of importance to the universe or only to man?
—Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy
Nietzsche always escaped a question by a physical metaphor, like a cheery minor poet. He said, "beyond good and evil," because he had not the courage to say, "more good than good and evil," or, "more evil than good and evil." Had he faced his thought without metaphors, he would have seen that it was nonsense. So, when he describes his hero, he does not dare to say, "the purer man," or "the happier man," or "the sadder man," for all these are ideas; and ideas are alarming. He says "the upper man," or "over man," a physical metaphor from acrobats or alpine climbers. Nietzsche is truly a very timid thinker. He does not really know in the least what sort of man he wants evolution to produce.
—G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy