Quotes / Pet the Dog


"Oh, hooray! In a lifetime of evil, at least he didn't add 'Animal Cruelty' to the list!"
— A skeptical Sokka on Zuko, Avatar: The Last Airbender

"We must know when to be strong... and when to show compassion."
Scorpius, in a moment of pragmatic compassion, Farscape.

G'Kar: [stunned] I could have died back there. You risked your life to save mine.
Londo: Yes, you would done the same.
G'Kar: Yes, but I am the better person.
Babylon 5, "The Fall of Centauri Prime"

Fate: No, they did it out of their own free will. I picked up 57 more of them and sent them to school. Well, it looks like it's a hobby for me.
Rakan: Hey, hey, you serious? Doing such a nice thing and all...it's surprising.

I've murdered tens of thousands in cold blood. If I can't ice the sad-eyed puppy too, I don't deserve the job.

"But yeah, I've racked up such a rep for killing things that it actually makes you suspicious when I take a moment to help out a mom and her little girl. Maybe you think there's a bit of a weird vibe there and that's all you need to go to town, right? Shrinks and mommy issues."
Alcatraz, Crysis: Legion

"I do this last kindness in her name, she who loved you humans and cared for your ills. Take your family and leave Wallachia tonight. Pack and go, and do not look back."
Dracula to an elderly woman who payed his wife he respect, Castlevania (2017)

Blon: I could have killed but I didn't. I spared her life.
The Doctor: I believe you.
Blon: Then you know I can change! That I am changing!
The Doctor: You let one of them go, but that's nothing new. Every now and then, a little victim's spared... because she smiled, cos he's got freckles, cos they begged. And that's how you live with yourself. That's how you slaughter millions. Because once in a while, on a whim, if the wind's in the right direction, you happen to be kind.
Doctor Who, "Boom Town"

Twice she'd taken pity. A little girl from New Hyde Park, Long Island, had caressed the webbing of her fingers as if trying to heal it. She'd held the girl and kissed her cheek. Another time, she'd spared a sleeping baby. The child's crib had looked especially warm, and though she'd done it hundreds of times before, her mind had set like a strip of steel. She would not steal the child from a happy dream. She would rather have died.
The Changeling, by Sarah Langan

"But you are here, in the darkness." He added, "Asleep, but aware. Consciously dreaming. Technically alive, but apparently dead."
"One might even say undead," she chimed in, seeing his train of thought to its logical conclusion.
"No," he corrected her. "The opposite. Unalive."
Again, it was not an insult. It wasn't even that mean. For the first time, the old man seemed almost kind. Frankly, it made Catherine more uncomfortable. She had to turn away from him.
The question echoed around the walls of her mind. She turned back to that sallow face, those sunken eyes suddenly free from malice and filled instead with an earnest seriousness. His gaze no longer searched or prodded. Instead, he waited, simply waited, for an answer.
An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel

I don't think Locria is coming back anymore. Oh, me? I'm a mouse Locria liked to dote over. He had a creepy "Nwehehehehe" laugh, so he might've seemed like a mean person in most people's eyes, but he was very nice to me, at least. Do you think he'll be coming home soon? I'm so lonely.
Locria's pet mouse, MOTHER 3

Real Life

"Jessie's lost in the black depths of junkie despair, scratching and flailing at the pills, I need them! Thrashing like a tasered hippie, Zack's forced to physically restrain her Rather than picking her pocket, feeling up her butt, or calling a Time-Out because he feels super awkward, Zack tenderly talks her down, reminiscing about the time they snuck out together to see ET as kids, and got scared riding home in the dark on their bikes. They got through that, didn't they?"
Stuart Millard, So Excited, So Scared: The Saved by the Bell Retrospective

Anon #1: Fate Tertium Averruncus promotes destruction of entire civilizations, squishing innocent passerby with giant monoliths, and completing primary education. What a nice chap.
Anon #2: Well it's only fair that they have a future before he destroys it.
4chan, on chapter 260 of Mahou Sensei Negima!. See above.

A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog, and, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore, saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was?
It was a little cocker spaniel dog, in a crate that he had sent all the way from Texas, black and white, spotted, and our little girl Tricia, the six year old, named it Checkers.
And you know, the kids, like all kids, loved the dog, and I just want to say this, right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we are going to keep it.
Richard Nixon, The Checkers Speech, possibly the ultimate example in politics.