Quotes: Honor Before Reason
"You might think Motome was disgusting for what he did, but man cannot survive on air alone. Would you truly have acted any differently?"
— Tsugumi Hanshiro
, Harakiri (1962)
: There is something I wish to ask you: why didn't you kill me that night? It would've been easy enough, given my condition. Inuyasha
: I don't play dirty, that's why!
"My honor is dearer to me than my life."
— Don Quixote de La Mancha
, Don Quixote
"To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause"
— Don Quixote de La Mancha
, Man of La Mancha
, "The Impossible Dream"
At least you didn't try to poison me. The Fox:
Never. En garde
— The Interman
"The king heard him. 'You stiff-necked fool,' he muttered, 'too proud to listen. Can you eat pride, Stark? Will honor shield your children?'"
— George R.R Martin
, A Game of Thrones
"Brave men die everyday, unremembered. Courage recieves no prize, but cowardice and dishonour can buy happiness and renown. The brave among us must accept their rewards from within, even in the throes of death."
— The Catechisms Martial
, Warhammer 40,000
A man learns all the details of a situation like ours, well, then he has a choice. Mal:
I don't believe he does.
I had an out. Had every reason in the 'Verse to leave 'em [River and Simon] and haul anchor. Shepherd Book:
It's not your way, Mal.
"But great victories of the human spirit against fearful odds-as both Themistocles and Churchill so clearly saw-are not won in the last resort, by logic. Reason is not enough"
— Peter Green
, The Greco-Persian wars
"It doesn't matter that his Grail may or may not exist, what matters is that he strives for the perfection of his soul and the salvation of his race and that he has never wavered or lost faith."
, Babylon 5
: Think about what you are doing. If you turn your back on me now... for as long as I live, you will not be welcome anywhere in the Klingon Empire. Your family will be removed from the High Council, your lands seized, and your House stripped of its titles! You will have nothing! Worf
: ... except my honor.
— Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, "The Way of the Warrior"
[After being offered "Shameful Letters" from his political enemies while fighting over Pakistan's right to be its own country]: [It would be] more shameful of us to read them. Politician:
We don't read them sir; It was suggested that we use them. Jinnah:
We do not descend to this level! The shame is not theirs, it is ours. Destroy them! Politician:´
They are talking about our county! Savaging our people! [Notices Jinnah's look] ... I am sorry sir. Jinnah:
I am to sorry. For the thought that blackened your generous mind. Guardian Angel:
] Well, a bit prudish of you. You could have changed the entire course of history with those few letters. Christmas!Past!Visiting!Jinnah
: Are you trying to play Satan with me? Did I hear you saying that I should have tried to use blackmail against my political opponents? Guardian Angel
: It would have saved lives. Christmas!Past!Visiting!Jinnah
: History is made by the will and the wants of millions of people, not by some letters and not by some blackmail.
In this movement the gentlemen who led the British army displayed those virtues that were as much a part of their social and intellectual order as the shortcomings that had got them into the present mess. They had defied reason in the interwar years; they defied it now with an instinctive faith that the right thing to do was the most dangerous and difficult. They had been bred to provide leadership; they prized bravery and resolution above any kind of cleverness and expertise; and they were to fight their way out of catastrophe, as had their country in 1940, by treating facts as less real then willpower.
— The Desert Generals
by Correlli Barnett
Peace is a precious and a desirable thing. Our generation, bloodied in wars, certainly deserves peace. But peace, like almost all things of this world, has its price, a high but a measurable one. We in Poland do not know the concept of peace at any price. There is only one thing in the lives of men, nations and countries that is without price. That thing is honor.
—>Polish Foreign Minister Jozef Beck, on the eve of World War 2
(Lex Luthor offers Batman a gun during a battle against Darkseid's armies) Batman
: (shakes head) Not my style. Luthor
: Suit yourself. I'm
planning to live through this.
"I stay 'ere because it's me duty. And bein' a dwarf is about doin' yer duty, even if it makes ye miserable. ESPECIALLY if it makes ye miserable!
"In the same way, when the Lacedaemonians fight one at a time, they are no worse than any other men, but when they fight together, they are the best in the world. Because though they are free, they aren't totally free. Custom is the despot who stand over them, and they secretly fear it more than your people fear you. They do whatever it commands, and its command is always the same: not to run away from any other force, however large, but to stay in formation and either prevail or die."