Quotes / Despotism Justifies the Means

"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."

"He would see this kingdom burn if he could be king of the ashes."
Lord Varys about Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish on Game of Thrones.

"Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven."

Superman: Evil never wins!
Black Adam: Control is not evil!

Infinite: "We move forward with the plan?"
Eggman: "Of course! When it's complete, the Resistance will be erased. The world will be nothing but ashes, from which a glorious Eggman Empire will rise!"

"You don't seem to understand my position here. I will not be stopped! Not by you, or the Confederates, or the Protoss, or anyone! I will rule this sector, or see it burned to ashes around me!"
Arcturus Mengsk, StarCraft: Rebel Yell — The Hammer Falls

"The doctrine of your unholy trinity —
The violence, the spite and the enslavement —
You awesome monarch, you man of dominance,
All shall be as you decide."
Meshuggah, "Behind the Sun"

"There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it..."

"Why contain it? Let it spill over the schools and churches, let the bodies pile up in the streets. In the end they'll beg us to save them.
We've had to endure much, you and I, but soon there will be order again. A new age. Aquinas spoke of the mythical city on the hill, soon that city will be real and we will be crowned its kings. Or, better than kings... Gods!"
Bob Page, Deus Ex