The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.
Governments and entire planets are important, Threepio. But when you sift everything down, they're all just made up of people.
Warriors attack and conquer, they prey on the weak. Soldiers defend and protect the innocent, usually from warriors.
— Carth Onasi, Knights of the Old Republic
Sebastian: You would trade your life for his? I thought you had a destiny? Is that destiny not worth one life? But your great cause...?
Delenn: This is my cause! Life! One life or a billion, it is all the same!
Sebastian: Then you make the sacrifice willingly? No fame, no armies, or banners, or cities to celebrate your name? You will die alone, and unremarked... And forgotten.
Delenn: This body is only a shell. You cannot touch me. You cannot harm me. I am not afraid.
— Babylon 5, "Comes the Inquisitor"
In a ninja's world, those who violate the rules and fail to follow orders are garbage. However, those who do not care for and support their fellows... are even lower than garbage!
— Kakashi (and previously Obito), Naruto
The people of the Imperium have to live with a corrupt regime that would see them dying before admitting it was wrong. They don't deserve Tellos butchering his way through them as well.
— Chapter Master Sarpedon, Crimson Tears
The most pointed is V's belief: 'People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.' I am not sure V has it right; surely in the ideal state governments and their people should exist happily together. Fear in either direction must lead to violence.
Here Lies Harry Dresden
He Died Doing The Right Thing
—The gravestone of Harry Dresden. Note that the headstone (with a burial plot) was actually given to him as a joke from one of his enemies, and Harry kept it after deciding that all in all, it was a decent epitaph.
Rules are not necessarily sacred; principles are.
There is no meaning in strength only used to hurt others. I have dreams... dreams worth dying for!
Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
When the system works, use it. When it doesn't... that's what we are there for.
Green Goblin: If there's one thing [people] love more than a hero, it's to see a hero fall, fail, die trying. Despite everything you've done for them, eventually they will hate you. So why bother?
Spider-Man: Because it's right.
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
I'll slay anything that's evil. That's my deal.
— Finn, Adventure Time
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
You don't need a reason to help people.
— Zidane Tribal, Final Fantasy IX
'Cause I knew I was a hero and I didn't give a a good damn what anybody else thought. To me, bein' a hero means doin' the right thing, no matter the odds or anyone else's opinion. You do what you gotta do.
Kitty Pryde: Mister Jardine, this is going to sound funny, but— why are you helping Pete? He doesn't exactly seem the type to inspire loyalty, if you know what I mean.
Jardine: If you mean he's a rude, unpleasant toerag, then say so, he is. He also saved my daughter's life in China four years ago, and took three bullets doing it. And when I asked him why he did that for a complete stranger — which she was — he said "It needed doing." Remember big fat Doyle from the pub? Pete stole a Black Air chopper to get him to the hospital when his appendix ruptured. "Needed doing", he said.
— Kitty Pryde and Jardine discussing Pete Wisdom, Excalibur
"Never confront evil directly; lest in doing so one should fall to evil."
— The I Ching
It was a sweet day when I realised legal and illegal had nothing to do with right and wrong.
Skullmaster: You FOOL! You can't save the world!
Max: I can die trying!
If you feel like a broken man, and want to run away from the problems you face, if you think you can’t fight for yourself any longer, then the answer is simple. Don’t fight for yourself. Fight for someone else.
— Alsyd Closer Hyde And Closer
Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place that you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as you ever can.
— John Wesley
It's a good tonic, altruism. Nothing keeps one's problems in perspective like allegiance to a higher cause.
Many who live deserve death. Some who die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Do not be so eager to deal out death in judgment.
— Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings
You push back. You want a list of people who give in, look at the assholes we end up fighting. You don't let anything get in the way of what you need to do.
— Jacob Taylor, Mass Effect 2
Someone, somewhere out there, is saying the three most beautiful words in any language - "please help me."
— Captain Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.
— Optimus Prime
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath."
— Mark 2:23-27, The Bible