Dear diary. On Friday I had a job, a fiancee, a home, and a life that made sense. Then I found an injured girl bleeding on the pavement, and I tried to be a Good Samaritan. Now I've got no fiancee, no home, no job, and I'm walking around a couple of hundred feet under the streets of London with the projected life expectancy of a suicidal fruit fly.
— Richard Mayhew, Neverwhere
I’d done the heroic thing. Drawn Leviathan away from those in the shelter who were still alive. A part of me was proud of myself. The rest of me? Faced with the idea of spending the rest of my life in a wheelchair? I felt like an idiot of epic proportions. I’d bought into the idea of the grand, noble gesture, and in the here and now it felt like I had to convince myself that what I had done mattered. It sure as shit didn’t seem to matter to anyone else.
— Skitter, Worm
He (James Grayson) was seen as a hero by many, but desertion in a time of war was a capital offense. And the law would make no exceptions.
— Colonel Parker. Resistance Retribution
"Nobody's going to tell you nothing. They're wise to your act. You got rules. The Joker, he's got no rules. Nobody's going to cross him for you."
"I don't get it. I finally did a job where I wasn't lazy, stupid or corrupt. And now I'm gonna get killed for it!"
— Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
"There's an old saying that "no good deed goes unpunished". Well, we thought we did a whole lot of good that time we eliminated the Shredder. And... that... other time we eliminated the Shredder. And... the time after that. Am I forgetting one? The point is: now, with Shredder out of the picture, the Mob, the Foot and the Purple Dragons are all duking it out for control of his empire. So, instead of making things better, we actually made them worse. No one felt more responsible than my brother Leo. And no one felt less responsible than my brother Raph. Still, we had to do something. So, we tracked down the reminiscent of the Foot's rundown flophouse. We were about to take them down when this big, honking robot shows up and starts shooting up the whole place! So much for our good deed."
— Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), "City at War (2)"
"The good die young."
"With kindness comes naïveté. Courage becomes foolhardiness. And dedication has no reward. If you can't accept any of that, you are not fit to be a magical girl."
—Akemi Homura, Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Elizabeth: Commodore, I really must protest! Pirate or not, this man saved my life!
Norrington: One good deed is not enough to save a man from a lifetime of wickedness.
Captain Jack: Though it seems enough to condemn him.
No good deed goes unpunished
No act of charity goes unresented
No good deed goes unpunished
That's my new creed
My road of good intentions led where such roads always lead
No good deed goes unpunished!
—Elphaba, "No Good Deed", Wicked.
Varys: What madness led you to tell the queen you'd learned the truth about Joffrey's birth?
Ned Stark: The madness of mercy. That she might save her children.
Varys: Ah, the children. It's always the innocents who suffer. It wasn't the wine that killed Robert, nor the boar. The wine slowed him down and the boar ripped him open, but it was your mercy that killed the king.
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
—The Bible, Proverbs 9:7 (New International Version)