Fiona: The Miami gun smugglers and the Miami people smugglers? They don't get along. And I've always been more of a gun person.
Sam: Sure as hell not a people person.
Burn Notice, "Truth and Reconciliation".
There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?
The first and most important rule of gun-running is, never get shot with your own merchandise.
I sell to leftists, and rightists. I'd sell to pacifists, but they're not the most regular customers.
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.
You know who's going to inherit the earth? Arms dealers. Because everyone else is too busy killing each other. That's the secret to survival. Never go to war, especially with yourself.
Selling guns is like selling vacuum cleaners; you make calls, pound the pavement, take orders. I was an equal-opportunity merchant of death; I supplied to every army but the Salvation Army. I sold Israeli-made Uzis to Muslims...I delivered Communist-made bullets to fascists...I even shipped cargo to Afghanistan while they were fighting my fellow Soviets. I never sold to Osama bin Laden, not on any moral grounds; back then, he was always bouncing cheques.
— All from Yuri Orlov, Lord of War
You get rich by giving the poorest people on the planet the means to continue killing each other. Do you know why I do what I do? I mean, there are more prestigous assignments. Keeping track of nuclear arsenals. You'd think that more critical to world security. But, it's not. No. Nine out of ten war victims today are killed with assault rifles and small arms. Like yours. Those nuclear missiles, they're sitting in their silos. Your AK-47, that is the real weapon of mass destruction.
— Agent Valentine, Lord of War
Did you ever consider that I wanted both sides to lose? Bullets change governments far surer than votes. You're in the wrong place, my young friend; this is no place for amateurs.
— Simeon Weisz, Lord of War
I should've listened to my cousin Gaila. He said, "Quark, I've got one word for you - weapons. No-one ever went broke selling weapons." But did I take his advice? No. And why not? Because I'm a people person.
— Quark, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
May there always be a market for the things we do.
— Donovan Hock, Mass Effect 2
See? Now you respect me - because I'm a threat. That's the way it works. Turns out there are a lot of people - whole countries - who want respect. And they will pay through the nose to get it. How do you think I got rich?
— Syndrome, The Incredibles
"And how can we help the Space Rangers today?" asked Demonica. "Planning to slaughter vast hordes of demon-possessed genetic-mutant zombie ape-creatures? Intent on forcing insectoid hive-minds to see the benefits of individualism? Facing imminent xenocide from ancient berserker-bots with no off-switch? Hoping to draw down on the Asteroid Miner's Wild West Reenactment Society? We've got death dust, hallucinogen gas, world-wreckers, hell-weapons, atmosphere-eaters, self-replicating treknobabble viruses, WMD's incorporating the latest cloaking technology from Iraq, atom bombs the size of atoms, hand grenades that can obliterate the universe..."
— Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space