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Quotes: Godwin's Law

Quotes from works

"Re, re, re your post,
Gently down the thread
Hitler and Stalin and Godwin and Nazis
Now the horse is dead"
"ClassicDrogn", on the Drunkard's Walk Forums, 2/26/06

"You know the rule — all debate ends when it gets to Hitler."

Judge Greenspan: Mr. Soprano, do you have a problem with wearing an electronic bracelet?
Uncle Junior: It sounds like Nazi Germany to me!
Judge Greenspan: Obviously you need a history lesson, sir.
The Sopranos, "Do Not Resuscitate"

Ratbert: I'm debating on the internet! Ha ha! I'm winning every argument by saying the same thing!
Dilbert: What's that?
Ratbert: "How would you like it if Hitler killed you?"
Dilbert: (incensed) Hey, I debated you last night!

Informant: General, Italian forces have entered Egypt.
General: As I expected. This is a foolish move by Mussolini, but like Hitler he will no doubt force his commanders to—
Informant: Hey, Godwin's Law.
General: Dammit. (beat) You know, this may become a problem.

Quotes from Real Life

"The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies 'something not desirable.'"
George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language", 1946

"It's 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon', except there's just one degree, and Kevin Bacon is Hitler.

"Please stop calling people 'Hitler' when you disagree with them. It demeans you, it demeans your opponent, and, to be honest, it demeans Hitler. That guy worked too many years, too hard, to be that evil, to have any Tom, Dick, and Harry come along and say, 'hey, you're bein' Hitler.' No, you know who was Hitler? Hitler!"

"As soon as you label me, or anyone, a bigot, with nothing to support such a toxic charge, you lose the argument."
Robert Avrech

"Whatever its claims, Queen isn't here just to entertain. This group has come to make it clear exactly who is superior and who is inferior. Its anthem, "We Will Rock You," is a marching order: you will not rock us, we will rock you. Indeed, Queen may be the first truly fascist rock band. The whole thing makes me wonder why anyone would indulge these creeps and their polluting ideas."
Dave Marsh, in his review of Jazz by Queen, Rolling Stone, Feb. 6, 1979

"Feminazi."

"You're a fascist, Mr. Bush! Resign!"
Keith Olbermann, special comment in 2007.

"Hitler decided that it was the only empathetic thing to do, to put this child down and put him out of his suffering. It was the beginning of the T4, which led to genocide everywhere. It was the beginning of it. Empathy leads you to very bad decisions many times."

"Soccer is like the metric system, which liberals also adore because it’s European. Naturally, the metric system emerged from the French Revolution, during the brief intervals when they weren’t committing mass murder by guillotine."
Ann Coulter on the World Cup

"I mean, that's the morality of the Holocaust. 'Well, it's only a small percentage,' you know. 'I mean, it's not you, it's somebody else.'"
— Grover Norquist, on the inheritance tax.

"I can't imagine Arizonans now reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation."
Cardinal Roger Mahony on the Arizona immigration law.

"When we just saw that man, I think it was [PZ Myers], talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed …that’s where science leads you. Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people."
Ben Stein

”The homosexual agenda is just like Islam: there is no room for dissent, there is no room to leave, once you're in, you can't leave. Muslims won't let you leave, homosexuals won't let you leave...There's no freedom of choice, there's no freedom of religion — if you have religious views about homosexual behavior, you are squashed. I mean, ladies and gentlemen, they are Nazis. Homosexual activists, when it comes to freedom of speech, are Nazis."
Bryan Fischer

"Most of us are so used to Kanye filling our heads with dried dingles of delusion, if he said, 'I AM LIKE THE JEWS AND THE PAPARAZZI ARE LIKE HITLER', we’d just roll our eyes a little to the left and continue chewing our breakfast sandwich. Kanye doesn’t compare the paparazzi to Hitler, but he does say that being a celebrity today is like being black in the 1960s. Either I wasn’t totally paying attention during the lesson on the Civil Rights Movement in the 6th grade or Kanye’s brain has been switched with that of a dead sloth, because I somehow missed the part where black people were given Givenchy gowns to wear to their protests and instead of getting attacked by police dogs and beaten by racists, they had their picture taken and were asked to sign autographs. I was taught wrong! The American education system is really leaving every child behind. Kuntye should be named Secretary of Education, so he can teach the children how history really went."

Duncan: This is outrageous, Angus, you're just trying to lead me into the sort of self-incriminating argument that frankly wouldn't be out of place in one of Stalin's show trials.
Angus: I take exception to that, that's the sort of meaningless smear used by Goebbels under the Third Reich.
Duncan: You're like Stalin.
Angus: You are Hitler.

"And what hyperbolic discussion is complete without bringing in Hitler?"
Cracked, "6 Innocent-Sounding Topics That Are Guaranteed Flame Wars" (4 of the examples have Godwin's Law demonstrations!)

Hitler: We must rid ourselves of ze Jews. We will go after their businesses, burn their synagogues. We will move them into ghettos and ultimately death camps, killing millions.
Officer: So it will be like in 2014 when someone isn't nice to a rich guy?
Hitler: That would be ze most appropriate comparison I could think of, yes.
Political cartoon by Matt Bors that inverts the trope

"But that's good because 'Godwin' includes 'God' and 'win'. So, when you post a picture of Hitler in front of an article, you can say 'In the name of God, I win the argument.' Godwin's point."

"There have always been and will always be celebrities who are famous for nothing. The fact that they exist tends to baffle and infuriate industrious people, but that's a good thing — uniting in our disgust of objectively terrible people is how we won World War II."

"This month’s adventures into mopiness kick off with a week-long storyline where two guys sit around complaining about the hysteria that surrounds violent video games...I am totally with [Tom] Batiuk on this one. I agree with him a hundred percent, right down to his comparison of stuff like this to the same thing that led Concerned Parents™ to blame the decline of Western civilization on Tales From the Crypt after Seduction of the Innocent was published. That said, I think he might be overselling things just a little bit here when he gets around to comparing kids who play video games to the twenty people who were executed for witchcraft in 1692. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll agree that it’s the same kind of fearmongering, but I’m reasonably sure that no one in Ohio was crushed to death under a pile of stones for refusing to admit that they bought Grand Theft Auto.

Then again, it just wouldn’t be
Funky Winkerbean without a conversation turning inevitably to historical murder."
Chris Sims on Funky Winkerbean

"Lois also calls Lex Luthor a fascist. Good grief...I have FRIENDS, best buddies, who have done stuff worse to me than Lex has, and I wouldn't call them fascists. Fascists burn people in ovens and take over countries. Lex, if anything, is a lasseiz-faire businessman with questionable ethics who once tortured a semi-aquatic superhero that anyone with any respect for what such cheesy characters do to the comic genre might have tortured as well."
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Fanatic")

''I was waiting to see how long it would take the increasingly hysterical fans on the Wilco site to mention Volkswagen’s checkered past. It happened on page 11 of the thread and then flared up big time...
Oh. My. God. Jeff Tweedy IS a Nazi!! Oh crap, now I see that the people condemning him were absolutely right, he has sold us all out! I bet marrying my Jewish sister was just a ruse to further his white supremacist agenda. All that liberal twaddle he spouts at his concerts is just a front ... Dammit, that’s the last time that turncoat comes to our Yom Kippur services!...Have I ruined my chance to get a free Volkswagen?''
Danny Miller (Tweedy's brother-in-law), in response to a thread complaining about Wilco songs in VW ads.

Krebs: In most countries of the world your name is synonymous with pure evil. In Germany itself it is basically illegal to say your name out loud. Few would argue that you remain the most infamous and ruthless dictator the world has ever seen.
Hitler: I don't care about that shit. I want to know what the Americans think about me.
Krebs: Mein Führer... The people...
Jodl: The people in America call everybody they disagree with "Hitler" to the point that it's completely trite and meaningless.
Hitler: ...
Hitler: Do you have any idea how hard I have worked!? To become the most singularly evil person to have lived!? To be, for generations to come, the most feared and repellent figure on Earth!? I cannot believe this shit. Tell me what these fucking Americans are saying. What, do you think you need to protect me? That I can't handle it? I am the Prince of Darkness! I was belched from the fiery depths of hell!
Bugdorf: The Democrats call conservative activists "brownshirts" and claim they wear Swastikas!
Hitler: Fucking hell! The people with those little "Don't Tread On Me" flags?
Bugdorf: And everybody draws your little moustache on their political opponents.
Hitler: You cannot be fucking serious. I have been wearing this ridiculous thing for years... So that it might be the very symbol of evil! Not some convenient talisman for unthinking Americans. What good is it being this boundlessly evil? Systematically killing everybody who disagrees with you just to be turned into a cartoon character like fucking Lex Luthor!? To think I could have had a normal moustache all along like Stalin! I have had it with these Americans. If they cannot tell the difference between a genocidal maniac and those fucking teabaggers they can all go to hell!
Hitler finds out Americans are calling each other Nazis (a ''Downfall Gag Sub where Hitler's goons inform him about his Villain Decay at the hands of American protesters using this trope)

I realize that you're just stating an opinion, but what you're doing is going back to World War II all over again. Hitler wanting to erase Jews from society — you want to erase Justin Bieber...
— A Justin Bieber fan responds to the creation of a tool for blocking him on the internet.

"Hitler was a good person among his friends (if he had any), maybe he didn't mean to do what he did as well?"

This conversation proves that the only thing dumber than an argument on the internet is the same argument in real life.
Marten, from Questionable Content, here

You're Hitler. Don't argue with me. I know you have an overwhelming urge to invade Poland right now.

This goes for any debate; if you're tempted to make comparisons to Hitler or Nazis or the Holocaust, you need to stop and re-examine what you're doing.
A NaNoWriMo moderator, here.

LuigiMaster: It's especially depressing too that I looked up to you and you react like a fucking Nazi.
Robert The Small: Because making fun of someone is equal to killing jews.
A M.U.G.E.N Genesis Forum Conversation

"When you say you're not comparing someone to Hitler, you're comparing them to Hitler. This week, a Georgia congressman said, 'I'm not comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there's the potential of going down that road.' Well, Congressman, I'm not comparing your head to a butt-plug, but it does seem to spend a lot of time up your ass."
Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher

"If he puts a moon roof in the presidential limo, he's not making himself Führer; he's just trying to get the smell of stupidity out of the seats."
Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher, on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential election win.


Ur Example

"Previously the Mormons had been denominating Indians to be the 'Lost Tribes of Israel'. Hitler is kidnapping them."
—John Collier, on Goebbels' claim that the Sioux were Aryan


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