Quotes: Samaritan Syndrome
Schindler: I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don't know. If I'd just... I could have got more.
Stern: Oskar, there are eleven hundred people who are alive because of you. Look at them.
Schindler: If I'd made more money... I threw away so much money. You have no idea. If I'd just...
Stern: There will be generations because of what you did.
Schindler: I didn't do enough!
Stern: You did so much.
[Schindler looks at his car]
Schindler: This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people.
[removing Nazi pin from lapel]
Schindler: This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern. For this. I could have gotten one more person... and I didn't! And I... I didn't!
"These are just skeletons, Secret, long dead. Just bone, not flesh or blood, or entrails, falling from above... Staining my clothes and hair, clinging to my skin... Drenching the soil, lying heavy on my shoulders, on my heart! The detritus of a life wasted, unsaved! A life I could have saved. A life that I didn't save! A life just like all the other ones!!! Uuaaaaaaahh!"
—Mishio, Keychain of Creation
"If I don't reach out my hand when I can, the regret will make me wish I were dead."
— Eiji Hino, Kamen Rider OOO
"You have a date with a woman you're madly in love with. But if you go on that date, a village full of innocent people will die a horrible death. Could you live with making that choice?"
— Clark Kent, Superman: Kryptonite
"If you spend eight hundred dollars on a laptop, that's one African kid who died because you didn't give it to charity. Distasteful but true."
—Scott Siskind, a LessWrong poster