Quotes from works
"You're not Good, at least not any definition of Good that I would want to follow. You follow the letter of the alignment description while ignoring its intent. Sure, you fight Evil, but when was the last time you showed a "concern for the dignity of sentient beings?" You're just a mean, socially inept bully who hides behind a badge and her holier-than-thou morality as excuses to treat other people like crap."
Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus
(Let there be justice, though the world perish.)
—Philipp Melanchthon, Loci Communes
"The laws were made to help us govern ourselves...but it's been left to rule on it's own. Somewhere along the line it's been twisted into...scripture! And it's used as an excuse not to think."
"Never compromise. Even in the face of Armageddon."
"Is that wise, captain? The Codex Astartes does not support this action-"
—Leandros, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
"[...]only if law serves justice is it a good law."
—Boba Fett, Tales of the Bounty Hunters
"Your father asks you to fix the roof and mow the lawn. When you climb the ladder onto the roof, the ladder is taken away."
"I fix the roof."
"And when you're finished?"
"I jump down."
"You'll break more than bones at this height."
"I see no reason to change my decision. I have not finished mowing the lawn. I must remain loyal to the mission."
Quotes from Real Life
"I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution."
"In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything."
“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.”
"My friends in Los Angeles got these letters warning they could be fined if they water, and I got a letter warning that I could be fined for not watering. I felt like I was in an alternate universe."
The people who control institutions care first and foremost about their power within the institution rather than the power of the institution itself. Thus, they would rather the institution "fail" while they remain in power within the institution than for the institution to "succeed" if that requires them to lose power within the institution.
— Jonathan Schwartz, "Iron Law of Institutions"
"Paul Joyce was a very technically-minded director, meaning that although the designers and visual effects team have nothing but praise for him, others are less enthusiastic... Joyce also got into a dispute with the lighting director, John Dixon, because Joyce wanted to include the lights in a shot of the privateer set (implying that they were part of the privateer) and Dixon wound up stopping the show for two hours in protest. Joyce would later describe the incident as 'Kafkaesque.'"
"There’s an odd tendency among out-of-power political parties to spend a while doubling down on ideological purity in openly self-destructive ways. In the US it’s happening lately with the Republican Party, which, after losing the 2008 election by a landslide to a center-left candidate began insisting that their real problem was that John McCain wasn’t conservative enough, a theory that assumes a large block of voters who, frustrated at McCain’s lack of conservatism, decided to vote for an even less conservative candidate."
"The Pertwee book should be out towards the end of next week if all goes well — I've just gotten the last edits back, and am typesetting and doing the requisite fighting with Amazon's system. (Let's see if they accuse me of plagiarizing my blog again)"
—Phil Sandifer on ''TARDIS Eruditorum
"After some farcical manoeuvres, the Australian Senate has passed the Abbott governments legislation repealing the carbon price/tax/trading scheme...In reality, Abbott and the rest want to do nothing, and the motives for this desire are entirely base. For a minority of the do-nothing group, it is simply a matter of financial self-interest associated with the fossil fuel industry. For the majority, however, it is the pursuit of a tribal and ideological vendetta. Their position is driven by Culture War animosity towards greens, scientists, do-gooders and so on, or by ideological commitment to a conservative/libertarian position that would be undermined by the recognition of a global problem that can only be fixed by changes to existing structures of property rights."
"Lawful stupid is the paladin that charges into hell because he knows there's evil there."
The paladin's alignment is not Lawful Anal.