"There's nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality."
Odo: There is more to life than the rule of law.
Thrax: It has been my observation that only the guilty make that kind of statement.
—Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Things Past"
"You see, here’s how it works; Civic Center and the cops do what the fuck they like, and you sit still. Your boss does what he likes. The asshole at the tollbooth, the bouncer at the local bar, the security guy who frisks you at the clinic, the paper and feedsites that lie to you for the hell of it. They do what they like... You must like it when people in authority they never earned lie to you."
"Even Devils have laws. Abiding the contract gives us power, but break it, and we're bound as slaves."
— Advocate, Grim Grimoire
"One Vision. One Purpose. Peace Through Power."
— mantra of the Brotherhood of Nod
Living or dead, we are all of us marching to our orders - you no less than I, Durkon. It does not matter from whence these orders come, be it man or god. Our place is as an obedient slave to those who command us. Through service, we are rewarded. That is the true natural order.
—Malack, The Order of the Stick
"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently."
"The weak will always be led by the strong. Where the strong see purpose and act, the weak follow; where the strong cry out against fate, the weak bow their heads and succumb. There are many who are weak; and many are their temptations. Despise the weak for they shall flock to the call of the Daemon and the Renegade. Pity them not and scorn their cries of innocence - it is better that one hundred innocently fall before the wrath of the Emperor than one kneels before the Daemon."
—The First Book of Indoctrinations, Warhammer 40,000
"If your enemy defies you, serve him steel and fire. But if he bends the knee, you must help him back to his feet, else no man will ever kneel to you."
—Tywin Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire
You represent chaos. We represent order. Organic life must be harvested in order to bring order to the chaos. It is inevitable.
—Rannoch Reaper, Mass Effect 3
"If the virtuous are placed in positions of evidence, transgressions will remain hidden; but if the wicked are employed, crimes will be punished. In the former case the people will be stronger than the law; in the latter, the law will be stronger than the people. If the people are stronger than the law, then there is lawlessness in the state, but if the law is stronger than the people, the army will be strong. Therefore it is said: 'Governing through good people leads to lawlessness and dismemberment; governing through wicked people leads to order and strength.'"
"Sure we have order...but at what price?"
—Milhouse Van Houten, The Simpsons
The Demon Code prevents me
From denying a Rock-Off Challenge!
What are your terms?
What's the Ca-ha-hatch?"
The Devil, Beelzeboss, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
"The people are happy and content. As I have commanded they be..."
"Imagine. I now possess the power to end hunger. To abolish disease. To eliminate crime. To establish a perfectly content, perfectly ordered world - all under the benevolence of MY IRON WILL!"
"I am not opposed to heroism. On the contrary. I honor it. But the greatest courage is acceptance of what must be. Resignation in the face of a destiny that cannot be fought or deflected or defied. This is the gospel that you must preach, now. A gospel of subservience and order. Teach the people of this world—-and later, those of other worlds—-that Thanos is a kind shepherd to those who obey him. While for his enemies, life will become a burden they can neither endure—-nor escape."
"Say what you like about warlords and dictators; they always pay their bills on time."
"You can't make an omelet without ruthlessly crushing dozens of eggs beneath your steel boot and then publicly disemboweling the chickens that laid them as a warning to others."
— General Tarquin, The Order of the Stick
"I have heard it said evil is nothing more than good's absence, as if evil was the darkness to good's light. A comforting thought, I imagine, for those seeking redemption, but, I tell you, put such thoughts from your mind. You need only peer into a demon's eyes to know evil is not some vacuum waiting for virtue to come and fill its emptiness. Evil is a force. It is an influence in the cosmos, an agency equal to or perhaps even greater than its antithesis. There are two sides in this eternal struggle, one light and the other dark. You might find evil's works reprehensible, yet to those whose hearts belong to corruption, good deeds are equally deplorable. Understand, there is no redemption, only treason against the side you were born to serve."
"The might of the Ministry stands behind me."
— Dolores Umbridge, Harry Potter
"It is not a question of what the Law is, but rather what it is not. The Law is neither noble, nor an end in itself. It is not for the weak-minded or squeamish. The Law is simply a means for those who control it, namely me, to acquire that which I want."
— Sheriff Gorman Truart, Thief 2: The Metal Age
"You should have disposed of your fantasy and accepted me as master."
"Got to stick to your principles."
— Harry, In Bruges
"I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire."
"But captain, to obey - just like that - for obedience's sake... without questioning... That's something only people like you do."
— Doctor Ferreiro to Captain Vidal, Pan's Labyrinth
"I will bring peace to the world. Everlasting peace. And unity, and uniformity."
— Cyber-Controller, Doctor Who
"I like Huffman. But I'll kill him in a second if I get the order."
"We're going to handle this shit like businessmen."
— Stringer Bell, The Wire
"A man must have a code."
— "Bunk" Moreland, The Wire (ironically)
"Oh, no doubt."
— Omar Little (played completely straight)
"The High Courts will look favorably on my conduct, and deem it the proper course of action."
— Klowal after kidnapping the princess - with propriety, Crest of the Stars
"Citizens should not fear their government. This will be enforced."
It's my duty. My duty as a complete and utter bastard!
— Rimmer, Red Dwarf
If we can control it, why shouldn't it be ours?
— The Illusive Man, Mass Effect 3
We can bide our time, we can keep our thoughts in our hearts, deploring maybe evils done by the way, but approving the high and ultimate purpose: Knowledge, Rule, Order; all things that we have so far striven in vain to accomplish, hindered rather than helped by our weak or idle friends. There need not be any real change in our designs, only in our means.
— Saruman, The Lord of the Rings
It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.
— Loki, The Avengers
The Law of Jante
1. You shall not believe that you are anything.
2. You shall not believe that you are as worthy as us.
3. You shall not believe that you are wiser than us.
4. You shall not delude yourself that you are better than us.
5. You shall not believe that you know more than us.
6. You shall not believe that you are more than us.
7. You shall not believe that you are good for anything.
8. You shall not laugh at us.
9. You shall not believe that anyone cares about you.
10. You shall not believe that you can teach us anything.
Unwritten. Perhaps you think we know nothing of you?
— Aksel Sandemose, A fugitive crosses his tracks
"There is always some fool who wants to rule the world! Always forcing others to do what they cannot do for themselves!"
—Asura, Asura's Wrath
“Fear is freedom! Control is release! Contradiction is truth! That is the reality of this world! Listen well, you pigs in human clothing, and submit to that reality!”
—Satsuki Kiryuin, Kill la Kill
"If you must break the law, do it to seize power. In all other cases, observe it."
"The creation of crimes after the commission of the fact, or, in other words, the subjecting of men to punishment for things which, when they were done, were breaches of no law, and the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny."
—Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers No. 84
"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place(d) under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality."
— Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
"Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer"
— Famous slogan of the Nazi Party
"More than once I have ventured to tell me friends that this habit of deferring to law and lawful authority, good in itself, has gone with them into extremes, and would lead them, should they let it grow, into the frame of mind for yielding to the usurpation of any bold despot who may assail their liberties, like Caesar, in the name of law and order!"
—William Hepworth Dixon, New America
"However hard they try, men cannot create a social organism, they can only create an organization. In the process of trying to create an organism they will merely create a totalitarian despotism. "
—Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
“The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not.”
—Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir
"Remember the truism: vagueness in legal threats is the hallmark of meritless thuggery."
"A government with deep ideological commitments to slashing social services to the poor. Outbreaks of violence, mainly among the young, in the areas most affected. A governmental response that amounts to accusing the young of being irredeemable hooligans with an entitlement problem. And, finally, arrests of the rioters and draconian sentences including, famously, a six month jail sentence for someone who stole £3.50 worth of bottled water... this resembles nothing so much as a Robert Holmes story. Indeed, it's basically the plot of ''The Sunmakers', which is, all things considered, ironic."
—Phil Sandifer on the 2011 England riots
-"My mother said that you are never supposed to break the law, but my dad said that some laws need to be broken."
—Martin Luther King III, a son of Martin Luther King, Jr. interviewed in History Channel special focusing on the History of Civil Rights, with the laws in question referring to those that enforced racial segregation that were prevalent in the United States until the 1960s.