Quotes / Samaritan Syndrome

"I'd like to think the world could survive another sexy night,
But every time that I do, an innocent loses their life-
All of the time that it takes could be better spent fighting crime,
Somebody dies every time that I ignore the signal chime...
Why do I have to be the one who has got to save the world?
All that I ask is some special time with my important girl."
TV's Kyle, "Another Sexy Night"

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!"

"I never wanted these powers. I never wanted powers, period. But I got them anyways, and I got international attention over it. The healer. The girl who could cure cancer with a touch, make someone ten years younger, regrow lost limbs. Iím forced to be a hero. Burdened with this obligation. I couldnít live with myself if I didnít use this power. Itís such an opportunity, to save lives. But at the same timeÖ I canít cure everyone. Even if I go to the hospital every night for two or three hours at a time, there are thousands of other hospitals I canít visit, tens of millions of people who are terminally ill or living in a personal hell where theyíre paralyzed or in constant pain. These people donít deserve to face that, but I canít help them all. I canít help one percent of them if I put in twenty hours a day.Ē

"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 Less Wrong poster

Supergirl: You think I should stop—?
Superman: No. But Kara, you spend so much time trying to save everyone else, to be the hero that everyone expects you to be, you don't get a chance to relax. You're Supergirl twenty-four hours a day, and I think it's starting to hurt more than help. If the world doesn't need you all the time — maybe you should try just being a part of the world.