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.
Willard, Apocalypse Now

"All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day."
The Joker, The Killing Joke

"Slippery slopes" can be fun! — kinda like a water slide.
Larry, Burn Notice

"There are laws, laws of time. And once upon a time there were people in charge of those laws, but they died! All of them died! And do you know who that leaves? ME! It's taken all these years to realise it, but the laws of time are MINE! AND THEY WILL OBEY ME!"
The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Waters of Mars"

"I am deeply concerned by what is happening here. It began when we apprehended a spy, a man who admitted his guilt and who will answer for his crime. But the hunt didn't end there. Another man, Mister Simon Tarses, was brought to trial and it was a trial, no matter what others choose to call it. A trial based on insinuation and innuendo. Nothing substantive offered against Mister Tarses, much less proven. Mister Tarses' grandfather is Romulan, and for that reason his career now stands in ruins. Have we become so fearful? Have we become so cowardly that we must extinguish a man because he carries the blood of a current enemy? Admiral, let us not condemn Simon Tarses, or anyone else, because of their bloodlines, or investigate others for their innocent associations. I implore you, do not continue with this proceeding. End it now."
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Drumhead"

Real Life

"Fanaticism is redoubling your effort while losing sight of your goal."
George Santayana

"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."
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

"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

"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 finds a cause."
Tim F.


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