"Might is the answer; I forgot the question."
—Eighinn Stossuhl, Eclipse
"Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must."
— Thucydides, the Melian Dialogue
Fuck your parliament and your constitution. America is an elephant. Cyprus is a flea. Greece is a flea. If these two fleas continue itching the elephant, they may just get whacked good.
—President Lyndon Johnson to the Greek ambassador
"But now, instead of discussion and argument, brute force rises up to the rescue of discomfited error, and crushes truth and right into the dust. 'Might makes right,' and hoary folly totters on in her mad career escorted by armies and navies."
— Adin Ballou
"Might controls everything, and without strength you cannot protect anything, let alone yourself."
— Vergil, Devil May Cry
"The pope disapproves? How many divisions does he have?"
"Vae victis!" (Woe to the vanquished)
"I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."
— Darth Vader, Star Wars
"Pirates are evil!? The Marines are righteous?! Ha! These terms have always changed throughout the course of history! Kids who have never seen peace and kids who have never seen war will always grow up with different values! Therefore, those who stand at the top determine what's wrong and what's right! Justice will prevail, you say!? Damn right it will! And that's because whoever wins this war becomes justice!"
— Doflamingo, One Piece
"If there are gods, they do not help, and justice belongs to the strong; but know that all things done before the naked stars are remembered."
— Klingon proverb
"Enough might makes what is right irrelevant."
"Listen, then, he said; I proclaim that justice is nothing else than the interest of the stronger."
— Thrasymachus, Plato's Republic
"Political power flows out from the barrel of a gun."
— Chairman Mao - "The Little Red Book"
Mace Windu: The Yinchorri believe that if they're strong enough to take something and hold on to it, it is, by rights, theirs.
Oppo Rancisis: "Might makes right". A short-sighted philosophy, and one that is often recanted upon meeting a more powerful adversary.
"If you steal from another Telvanni, but still live, then clearly you deserve whatever you stole. Murdering your opponents by magic or treachery is the traditional way of settling disputes. If you win, then clearly your argument has more merit."
— The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind introducing you to House Telvanni
"You know as well as we that right, as this world goes, is only in question between equals in power; for the strong do as they will, and the weak suffer what they must."
— The Melian Dialogue, Thucydides' History of The Peloponnesian War
Yusuf: She bears no mark.
Sinbad: Nonsense! All ships bear identity! It's the law of the sea!
Yusuf: Law? What law is stronger than strength?
"(T)hey have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing."
Gold is for the mistress — silver for the maid —
Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.
"Good!" said the Baron, sitting in his hall,
"But Iron — Cold Iron — is master of them all."
—Rudyard Kipling, Cold Iron
Let us oppress the righteous poor;
let us neither spare the widow
nor revere the aged for hair grown white with time.
But let our strength be our norm of righteousness;
for weakness proves itself useless.
""There is only power. Power is of the individual mind but the mind's power is not enough. Power of the body decides everything in the end and only might is right."
Ulysseus: Force should be right; or rather, right and wrong,
Between whose endless jar justice resides,
Should lose their names, and so should justice too.
"The first requirement of being a hero isn't being right. It's being strong. That's why the hero always wins"
— Araragi Koyomi, Bakemonogatari
Treason doth never prosper. What's the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
Baldur: You think you own the planet. What gives you the right?
(charges at Lucifer, who rams a hand through his chest and out his back)
Lucifer: No-one gives us the right. We take it.
— Supernatural, "Hammer of the Gods"
Senator Armstrong, the game's final boss: [headbutt] Might makes right!
Pat: ...no, it doesn't! But if I beat you, does that mean you'll shut the fuck up?
"Ideas don't determine who's right. Power determines who's right. And I have the power. *beat* So I'm right."
— Jonathan Irons, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare