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."
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
"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.
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.