Quotes / Dirty Business

Yes, I'll "win". The dirtiest campaign in the history of corrupt politics. And if I win, I must fill all the dishonest pledges made in my name.
Abe Lincoln in Illonois (1940)

The Operative: I believe in something greater than myself. A better world. A world without sin.
Mal: So me and mine gotta lay down and die... so you can live in your better world?
The Operative: I'm not going to live there. There's no place for me there... any more than there is for you. Malcolm... I'm a monster. What I do is evil. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.

Rorschach: Blake's murder. You confess?
Adrian Veidt: "Confession" implies repentance. I merely regret his involvement.

To protect the innocent, to avoid being one of Burke's good men who do nothing, you have to accept permanent scars that cincture the heart and traumas of the mind that occasionally reopen to weep again.
To do
something, to do what you feel sure is right and in the aid of justice, you sometimes have to do things that, when recalled on lonely nights, make you wonder if in fact you are the good man that you like to believe you are.
Odd Thomas, Odd Hours

Jouster: You want us to keep your secret?
Alexandria: Not the secret. Echidna. Four capes were inside her when she was scoured away. More were injured or killed in the course of the fight, or in Shatterbird’s attack. We can’t cover that up. We shouldn’t. They were good capes. But we can’t tell the whole story.
Alexandria: I won’t argue. Everything we did, we did for the right reasons. I understand it’s ugly, without the context.

Skitter: Are you fighting to keep the PRT going, or are you working to rebuild it?
Miss Militia: Rebuild it.
Skitter: And you’re doing it by starting with a lie. Just like they did.
Miss Militia: Yes. There’s no pretty, perfect answers, and concessions have to be made. Questions and issues on a greater scale mean more repercussions for failure, and they call for bigger concessions if we want to ensure success.
Miss Militia and Skitter discuss lying to the public for the greater good, Worm, Cell 22.6

Merle Dixon: Maybe these people need somebody like me around, someone to do their dirty work; a bad guy.

"That's it, is it? I'm not virtuous enough for you, not noble? Fine, quit! Next time you need a deal made, call the Dalai Lama. A long time ago, I had to make a choice between being a good agent and a good person, because trust me, you can't be both! So forgive me if I don't have time to make everybody warm and fuzzy. I am just too busy spending every waking minute pouring any drink, pulling any shameless tricks I can to make my clients' dreams come true! I AM A STARMAKER!
Bebe Glazer, Frasier

Misato:"I'm the fool. And I've become a monster."
Kaji:"You made hard choices. And you had your responsibilities."
Misato:"So much blood, Kaji. I have so much blood on my hands."
Kaji:"But you knew had to, [...] You had a reason."
HERZ, chapter 9

Dev-Em: It was an inforunning operation out of a Dark Circle world. My contact was a man in deep cover. Their cointelpro caught up to us just after an information drop. We had made arrangements on what to do if such a thing happened. I exposed him as a traitor. My cover held. He was taken away, tortured, and killed. I got the package through. Later, I saw to it that his torturers got theirs. No, I didn't do it personally... but I made sure it was done. That's how it is in my world. Not pretty, but we get the job done.
Kara Zor-El: ...
Dev-Em: No, don't think I enjoyed it. Rolg's face still comes to me in a particularly juicy nightmare every now and then. But he has to wait his time in line. And you know what he tells me? He tells me about the people of that world who were liberated, in time, with the information I got through. He tells me that I did the right thing.