"According to the word of God, the meek would someday inherit the earth. Someday. But God never accounted for the mighty."
—Norman McCay, Kingdom Come
"The universe needs a protector—a real Guardian to right these wrongs. Time for a new start. Clean slate. A re-made universe. My universe. Who knows? Maybe one world... one universe—won't be enough."
—Hal Jordan, Zero Hour
Bashir: It's not our place to decide who lives and who dies! We're not gods!
Jack: Maybe not, but we're the next best thing.
—Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Statistical Probabilities"
"Call me a pessimist if you must, but in my mind, had we superhumans among us the world would surely be reduced to a wasteland within months. I'm not a big believer in the good of humanity, I guess. Sure, the current doom and gloom around us plays heavily into my bleak worldview, but this mindset isn't a new one for me. I don't see much altruism in the average man's heart and never have. It's just not in our reptilian/monkey-brain programming. It's all about me-me-me for the average Joe. Everyone has an agenda, and most everyone has a selfish motivation behind his or her actions. If you randomly bestowed superpowers on our population, you'd give these flawed minds the power to inflict their agendas on the world. There are few among us who would stand up to the task of managing the great responsibility that would come with this great power. Sure, there would be pure-hearted and ethical men and women who would try to sway this, but I believe the sheer number of the corrupted would overwhelm them..."
—Rick Remender, The End League
"The enemy landed on the twelfth day of the harvest. Our armies were crushed on the third month. For three weeks of slavery, we prayed for the Emperor's Angels to save us. On the fourth week, some of us stopped praying. On the eleventh month, only I and a few others prayed. Then the Angels came. Now we pray that they never return."
—Unknown, on the Space Marines; Warhammer 40000.
What is it that makes us Astartes?
Our augmentations and battlegear are as nothing compared to the mastering of our own fears. It is this that places us above the human race.
—The Catechisms Martial, Warhammer 40,000
"We are Exalted. I have been singled out and empowered by the gods. Specifically, by Luna. Endowed with the power to change my own form, and the responsibility to protect the entire world from its enemies. All Exalted are stronger, tougher, even smarter than any normal human. If we will it so, we do not even bleed. Even the greatest sickness gives me only chills, and the most grievous wounds are healed in mere days. Mortal men and women are bound by society, by culture, by destiny. We are not. It is not my place to follow the normal rules of conduct. It is my place to decide what is right or wrong. That has been granted to me by my goddess, Luna. The Moon. In short, in being Exalted, I have divine endorsement to do whatever I please."
—Mareena, Keychain of Creation
Lo, I teach you the Superman: he is that lightning, he is that frenzy!
—Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
"We've lost their trust. The people are afraid of us. Power corrupts, after all, and who has more power than Superman!?"
Batman: As individuals and even more so as a group the Justice League is far too dangerous to lack a fail safe against any possible misuse of our power.
Wonder Woman: We use our power to protect the world and always have.
Batman: And what if we ever used it for some other purpose?...
Superman: We would never do that to you.
Injustice Superman: I am this world's savior. I protect it.
Superman: That's what happening out there? Protection?
Injustice Superman: Disobedient children will be punished.
Superman: Children? We're not gods. We don't decide who lives and who dies.
Injustice Superman: The decision is mine! It became mine when Joker turned me into a weapon of mass destruction!
Superman:I know what you lost.
Injustice Superman: And you judge me? After I've killed you, I'll bring Lois here. When she sees how I've perfected this world, she'll-
Superman: She'll be afraid and disgusted.
Injustice Superman: She'll be alive!
Superman: Lois' death doesn't justify-
Injustice Superman: He stole her from me!
Phir Sē: I have been doing this for ten years. I admire you for retaining your…
Phir Sē: Not a word I’m familiar with, Weaver. Faith?
Weaver: Faith works.
Phir Sē: I have none left, after ten years. No faith. We are a wretched, petty species, and we have been given power to destroy ourselves with.