Evil... has every advantage but one - it is inferior in imagination. Good can imagine the possibility of becoming evil... but Evil, defiantly chosen, can no longer imagine anything but itself.
— W.H. Auden on The Lord of the Rings
You have to think about what you're doing. Who and what made you who you are. Your role models. The beliefs they instilled in you. Think of how The Joker could never understand that. It's what makes him who he is. Think.
— Jim Gordon, Hush
Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom or truth, perhaps peace, could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson, vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose, and all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although - only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? WHY DO YOU PERSIST?!
— Agent Smith, The Matrix Revolutions
Cartman: You see guys, it all worked itself out. Tadow, tadow, how you like me now? Feel a little silly now, Kyle? Tadow, how you like me now?
Kyle: I still feel bad, Cartman.
Cartman: What? Hu- How can you feel bad? Somebody else is gonna pay for our crime.
Kyle: Yeah. That makes it even worse.
Cartman: Bu... ...eh... Kyle, you don't seem to understand. We're not gonna get punished for this. Ever.
Kyle: I know.
Cartman: So... so then, how can you feel bad?
Stan: He feels guilty for doing it and for letting someone else pay for it.
Cartman: ...But he's not gonna get in trouble.
Stan: It doesn't matter if you get in trouble of not, you can still feel bad. [to Kyle] I think you're right, Kyle. Maybe we should confess.
Kenny: (Yeah, maybe we should)
Cartman: What?? Eh... [tries to be upbeat] Hey you guys! There's nothing to feel bad about! We're, we're off scot-free!
Kyle: We feel bad for other people.
Cartman: [looks at the other boys in disbelief] For oth-er... [winces] Uh. Oww. ...Ih ...Ih, ih, is it that ...you think you might get in trouble later?
Stan: Tomorrow in school we'll all tell the teacher it was us, and let her decide what to do. [points an accusing finger at Cartman] And Cartman, if you had any thread of a conscience at all, you'll do the same! [He, Kyle, and Kenny leave]
Cartman: Eh buh... eh... eh... Freakin' weirdos, man!
— South Park, "Toilet Paper"
Elan: I saved you 'cause I'm the Good twin, not the Neutral twin.
Blind you are, Morgoth Bauglir, and blind shall ever be, seeing only the dark. You know not what rules the hearts of men, and if you knew you could not give it.
Sephiroth: Tell me what you cherish most. Give me the pleasure of taking it away.
Cloud: I pity you. You just don't get it all. There's not a thing I don't cherish!
Hamilton: Why do you keep fighting? You signed away your Shanshu. There's nothing in it for you anymore.
Angel: The people who don't care about anything will never understand the people who do.
"Kohaku killed his father and his fellow villagers. He massacred an entire town. Yet his sister says she cannot kill him. She loves her brother more dearly than she loves her own life. How can this be? I do not understand."
Agent 146: I'm stupid? Don't you realize the chip is power? Communications, politics, money ... anything! And you're pissing it away!
Cyber-Leader: (watching from above as humans and Cybermen fight) I ordered surrender.
Tenth Doctor: They're not taking instructions. Don't you understand? You're on every street, you're in their homes, you've got their children! Of course they're gonna FIGHT!
— Doctor Who, "Doomsday"
His knowledge remained woefully incomplete, Harry! That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children's tales, of love, loyalty and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth that he has never grasped.
— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Zidane: As long as there's hope, I'm not going anywhere.
Kuja: (beaten) Then... I want you to erase me.
Kuja: The world has disowned me. I have been defeated by life itself.
(Zidane closes the distance between them. Kuja chuckles, perhaps expecting Zidane to go through with it - but Zidane offers him his hand)
Zidane: Do I need a reason to help someone? Or is my help not good enough for you?
Kuja: It's likely that... I will hurt you again.
Zidane: I can take a beating.
Kuja: I don't think I will ever come to understand you.
"Only you would regard love as a weakness."
— Goliath to Xanatos, Gargoyles
Tao En: Impossible. Why are you getting up? Don't you fear me? Why do you fight so hard for one another?!
Tao Ren: I can't answer that. But I know that if I were in their place... I'd do the same for them.
There are those who say that to comprehend evil is to become evil; but they are merely pretending to be wise. Rather it is evil which does not know love, and dares not imagine love, and cannot ever understand love without ceasing to be evil. And I suspect that you can imagine your way into the minds of Dark Wizards better than I ever could, while still knowing love yourself.
— Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
It was a harrowing experience, but I don't hold a grudge. We should love our enemies. It makes them so damned mad.
You still don't get it, do you? Huh?! This ain't about your money, bro, your boy gave you up. That's right. And we ain't had to torture his ass neither!
— Omar Little, The Wire
Choudhury: What about the man in the red suit?
Tanek Nuro: It'll be easy to deal with him, now that we've found out who he really is. First we'll take a hostage. Who does he care about?
Choudhury: Well, he has an ex-wife and a son...
Nuro: I bet he hates his ex and would sell his son to the gypsies if he could. I would.
Forget about [the Chum Bucket], I just can't take so much kindness in one sitting! Need... hatred...
— Plankton, Sponge Bob Square Pants "Walking Small"
[Supreme Chancellor Fey'lya] lives in a world where alliances shift by the moment. Borsk does what Borsk needs to do, at any given moment, to benefit Borsk. And he's so jaded by that political philosophy that he thinks everyone else plays by the same rules.
— Luke Skywalker, Vector Prime
A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping... Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.
Saffron: Everybody plays each other. That's all anybody ever does. We play parts.
Mal: You got all kinds a learniní and you made me look the fool without even trying, and yet here I am with a gun to your head. Thatís 'cause I've got people with me, people who trust each other, who do for each other, and ain't always looking for the advantage.
Man is mortal, and doomed to death and failure and loss.
This lies beyond our comprehension - why do you not despair?
Logical? Is it? To a machine, perhaps. Yes... A soulless machine might make that deduction. But not Lex Luthor. I know better! I know that no man with the power of Superman would ever pretend to be a mere human! Such power is to be constantly exploited. Such power is to be used!!
What were you trying to prove? That deep down everybody is as ugly as you? You're alone.
Exdeath: Why... why won't you die!?
Galuf: Takes a lot more than that... for me to kick the bucket! I'll destroy you, Exdeath... even if it means I have to take you into the afterlife myself!
Exdeath: Fool! All the hatred in existence would never be enough to defeat me!
Galuf: This... isn't anger... isn't hatred... it's...
Exdeath: Then... what...?
He could have killed them both. But he didn't. Why? The emotions that fill Jason right now are alien to him as they are not hate or anger.
Quiz Show Host: Category: You're Boning Your Boss's Wife. Etiquette Question. Do you server red wine or white wine when she comes over?
(the two contestants think it over before the buzzer rings)
Quiz Show Host: All right, that was actually a trick question. The correct answer is, you shouldn't be boning your boss's wife. Now that's something you'd know if you either of you had a conscience.
Picard/Locutus of Borg: Worf. Klingon species. A warrior race. You too will be assimilated.
Worf: The Klingon Empire will never yield!
Locutus: Why do you resist? We only wish to raise quality of life for all species.
Worf: I like my species the way it is!
— Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Best of Both Worlds: Part II"
Maaga: I don't know. I have heard that on occasions, they even die for one another.
Drahvin 3: Die? For their friends?
Maaga: There are many strange things in the universe.
—Doctor Who, Galaxy 4
"You're still evil! And when you're trying to be good, you're even more evil!"
— Lisa Simpson, to Mr. Burns, The Simpsons, "The Old Man and the Lisa"
Christian: Its about love!
Duke: (snarls) Love?
Nostalgia Critic as the Duke: Ah yes that human emotion I have heard so much about.
Pi-ty?! I have no un-der-stan-ding of the word. It is not re-gis-tered in my vo-cab-u-la-ry bank.
—A Dalek, Genesis of the Daleks
Mordred and Agravaine thought Arthur hypocriticalóas all decent men must be, if you assume that decency canít exist.
Homer: Iím telling you Marge, thisíll work. Theyíll think Iím Krusty and give us free stuff. Iíve been getting free stuff all day! Look at this swell bucket of house paint. Look at it!
Marge: I'm not saying it won't work, I'm just saying it's dishonest.
Homer: Well, if we agree, then why are we arguing?
— The Simpsons, episode "Homie the Clown"
Brainiac: I believed you were an intelligent being. A perspicacious creature of many worlds like me. But I was incorrect. You are a threat to no one. You dedicated yourself to a planet that has nothing to offer you. It lacks Krypton's advances in science. Its weapons are rudimentary, even compared to that of the barbaric Rimbor. It is devoid of any quantifiable value. Earth is not necessary to my continued evolution. This culture is useless.
Lois Lane: [from inside the shrunken Metropolis] Superman! Clark, if you can hear me... I don't know what's happening, I don't know if this is the end... but if it is... if it is the end—
Brainiac: This culture is disgusting.
Brainiac: What could this vacuous world possible provide you?
Harriet: Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister.
Dalek: Yes, we know who you are.
Harriet: Oh, you know nothing of any human. And that will be your downfall.