Altruism is a brief phase through which some adolescents must pass. It is rather like acne. Happily, as with acne, only a few are permanently scarred.
—Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation
"There's always a confused soul that thinks that one man can make a difference. And you have to kill him to convince him otherwise. That's the hassle with democracy".
— Senator Charles F. Meachum, Shooter
Kick-Ass: No way. I'm not going to kill anybody. I'm supposed to be a fucking superhero.
Hit Girl: Oh, kiss my ass. What is this? The Silver Age?
Davros: The universe is at war, Doctor. Name one planet whose history is not littered with atrocities and ambitions for empire. It is a universal way of life.
Doctor: Which I do not accept.
Davros: Then you deny what is real.
Garak: I must tell you I'm disappointed at hearing you mouth the usual platitudes of peace and friendship regarding an implacable foe like the Romulans. But I live in hope that you may one day see the universe for what it truly is, rather than what you'd wish it to be.
Dr. Bashir: Well, I shall endeavor to become more cynical with each passing day, look gift horses squarely in the mouth, and find clouds in every silver lining.
Garak: If only you meant it.
—Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
Look, Ben, life is full of disillusion. How old are you? Five? It's about time you learn.
—- Kevin Levin, on stopping a war in another planet at the request of a little girl, Ben 10: Alien Force, "Simple"
“People with weaknesses get killed by the people who lack them. Notice I'm not dead.”
— 'Kerrigan, Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon #1)
Rani: Do you know what cynical means?
Clyde: It's what I call being realistic.
Shepard: You have a pessimistic view of the universe, Ms. Williams.
Ashley: A pessimist is what an optimist calls a realist.
"A man does not eat an omelette without breaking eggs! Blood is the price of progress! It is the ink in which history's pages are writ! Look around you, boy! Ivalice rots from within! Your brother would carve out the root of its decay, even if it means his hands must needs be soiled!"
—- Gafgarion, Final Fantasy Tactics
"Dr. Tenma, for you all lives are created equal. That's why I finally came back to life. But you finally realize it now, haven't you? There is only one thing that is equal for all, and that is death."
—- Johan Liebert, Monster
"See, just like so — just like you said, Iri. This great Heroic Spirit dares to think that the battlefield is better than hell. What a joke! No matter in what era, the battlefield has always been a veritable hell.
"In the battlefield, there is no place for hope. What lies there is only cold despair and a sin called victory, built on the pain of the defeated. All those people who met there have wholeheartedly admitted the evil and foolishness of this act called ‘war’. As long as people don’t repent and don’t regard it as the most evil taboo, then hell would endlessly reappear in the world.
"However, humans did not realize that truth no matter how high they staked their mountains of corpses. That’s because in no matter what era the courageous and fearless great heroes have always bedazzled the eyes of the multitude with their splendid heroic legends. Because of the wistful actions of those idiots and their refusal to admit that bloodshed is by itself evil, the essence of humans has stayed on the same spot since the Stone Age!"
— Emiya Kiritsugu, Fate/Zero
"You need to become a hero. That is your only emotion, and it's not even your own. You knew. Yes, but you kept that from yourself. I remember, it's not that you felt guilty for being the Sole Survivor. You just admired your Kiritsugu; he looked so happy when he saved you. But you went too far. It would have been fine to admire him. But he left you a curse. I don't even need to say it. That is everything for you. Your ideal is borrowed. You are only imitating what Kiritsugu wanted, what Kiritsugu thought was right. A superhero? Don't make me laugh. Over and over you said you wished to help people, but that's not even your wish. It's conceited to think you could help anyone! That's right! You admired his desire to save people because it was beautiful! But none of that feeling was your own! What else can you call that but hypocrisy!? Driven by your need to help someone, you don't notice how wrong you are! But it's all fake. You can't save anything. You don't even know what you wanted to save in the first place! That ideal is a failure. It's all fantasy. If you can only live holding on to that, drown in your ideals."
— Archer to Shirou, Fate/Unlimited Blade Works
"Forget that foreign word 'ideals'. We have that good old native word: 'lies'."
— Relling, The Wild Duck
"I want to be alone. If I'm alone, I won't be hurt by anyone. "People can understand each other"... What a live action series-worthy cliché line. In truth, they all only think about themselves. "But I was believing in you!!"... and then, only to be betrayed in the end. I don't want to experience this feeling ever again."
— Kaori Yae, in the first Drama track of her Tokimeki Memorial 2: Blooming Stories CD
"I'm thirty. I'm five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor."
— Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby
"Don't go following causes. They'll just break your heart. When idealism meets reality, it's rarely reality that backs down"
— Michael Liberty, StarCraft:Liberty's Crusade