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
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.
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