Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: If you try not to get anybody killed, you wind up getting everyone killed.
Clark Kent: Why are you so determined to see Davis Bloome die?
Tess Mercer: That's simple, Clark. An entire civilization's survival depends on it.
Damon Salvatore: If you're gonna be bad, be bad with purpose. Otherwise, you're just not worth forgiving.
Even if I am to carry "all the evils of this world," it won't matter. If that can save the world, then I'd gladly accept it.
— Kiritsugu Emiya, Fate/Zero
You'll condemn me. Set the dogs on me. Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes the truth isn't good enough.
— Batman, The Dark Knight
My first priority is and always has been protecting people. If itís a question between abandoning the security the Birdcage offers the world at large or requesting the assistance of a scoundrel-a known murderer, even-I will take security without question.
But he [Lord Vetinari] was popular, in a fashion. Under his rule, for the first time in ages, Ankh-Morpork worked. It may not have been particularly fair or just or democratic, but it operated.
—Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!
"There's a saying I like: 'One sword keeps another in the sheath.' Sometimes, the threat of violence alone is a deterrent. Sometimes, by taking a life, others can be preserved. It's the code the samurai lived by..."
— Raiden, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
"If I am forced to make a choice between saving a friend/lover or fulfilling my mission, I will remind myself that failing to accomplish the mission will probably result in the friend/lover's death anyway, and go on with the mission."
Conrad Verner "I thought you were a hero. Heroes don't do things like this. I wish I'd never met you."
— ''Mass Effect 1"