Quotes: Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
Tell me would you kill to save a life? Tell me would you kill to prove you're right? Crash, crash, burn, let it all burn
"Never get out of the boat." Absolutely goddamn right! Unless you were goin' all the way. Kurtz got off the boat. He split from the whole fuckin' program.
"Slippery slopes" can be fun — kind of like a water slide.
People like this focus on purity, they view consensus and incremental progress as a sort of betrayal. Purity of cause, ideological purity and the purifying effect of violence crop up whenever the mindset corrupts one cause or another. It is not an illness of any particular ideology. Self-righteous manicheanism is an inbuilt weakness, a mold that grows on lazy minds, whenever a group meets a cause.
He who fights with monsters
should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. Once begun upon this downward path, you never know where you are to stop. Many a man has dated his ruin from some murder or other that perhaps he thought little of at the time.
— Thomas de Quincey, Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts