Quotes / Sins of Our Fathers

"You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I, the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me."
The Bible, Exodus 20:5

"You will bow down before me, Jor-El! Both you and then one day - your heirs!"
General Zod, Superman: The Movie

"It all goes back and back," Tyrion thought, "to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance in our stead."
A Song of Ice and Fire

"The sins of the father, they say.

Maybe. Maybe not. But we were always different. My brothers and I, we were never truly kin with the others — the Angels, the Wolves, the Ravens...

Perhaps our difference was our father's sin, and perhaps it was his triumph. I am not empowered by anyone to cast a critical eye over the history of the VIII Legion.

These words stick with me, though.
The sins of the father. These words have shaped my life. The sins of my father echo throughout eternity as heresy. Yet the sins of my father's father are worshiped as the first acts of godhood. I do not ask myself if this is fair. Nothing is fair. The word is a myth. I do not care what is fair, and what is right, and what's unfair and wrong. These concepts do not exist outside the skulls of those who waste their life in contemplation.

I ask myself, night after night, if I deserve vengeance.

I devote each beat of my heart to tearing down everything I once raised. Remember this, remember it always: my blade and bolter helped forge the Imperium. I and those like me — we hold greater rights than any to destroy mankind's sickened empire, for it was our blood, our bones, and our sweat that built it.

Look to your shining champions now. The Astartes that scour the dark places of your galaxy. The hordes of fragile mortals enslaved to the Imperial Guard and shackled in service to the Throne of Lies. Not a soul among them was even born when my brothers and I built this empire.

Do I deserve vengeance? Let me tell you something about vengeance, little scion of the Imperium. My brothers and I swore to our dying father that we would atone for the great sins of the past. We would bleed the unworthy empire that we had built, and cleanse the stars of the False Emperor's taint.

This is not mere vengeance. This is redemption.

My right to destroy is greater than your right to live.

Remember that, when we come for you."

"Someone dying isn't enough for revenge. They have to suffer. Don't you get it? And you can't suffer when you're dead. But I found someone who could suffer. Do you want to know who? The murderer's daughter, that's who."
Yana Savari, Fingerprints

"When do we get to stop reacting to our parents and start living for ourselves?"
Tali'Zorah, Mass Effect 3

" Look, I don't know what happened to the Couslands. But from what I hear, it was horrible. The entire war was. But what my father did shouldn't harm my entire family."

"Atonement for the wretches... Lay the curse of blood upon them, and their children, and their children's children, forevermore. Each wretched birth will plunge each child into a lifetime of misery."
The Fishing Hamlet Priest, Bloodborne

"Please, bring to an end the horror. So our forefathers sinned? We hunters cannot bear their weight forever. It isnít fair, it just isnít fair..."
Simon the Harrowed, Bloodborne

"Why do I gotta take the heat for my father?"
Dante, Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening

"Blame this on the misfortune of your birth. [...] You were a good friend, but your father's to blame."
Char Aznable, Mobile Suit Gundam

By this time, Joe Senior was dead, but Milliner continued to take great pleasure in destroying the man's legacy. Look at the facts: JFK and Robert Kennedy assassinated, Teddy's Chappaquiddick debacle with Mary Jo Kopechne, David Kennedy's drug overdose, William Kennedy-Smith's rape case, Michael's ludicrous skiing mishap - even JFK Junior's recent "accidental" plane crash. Of course, there is absolutely no evidence tying Francis Milliner or his family to any of these mishaps, but the old man does have a shelf prominently displaying six skulls in his study on the Milliner estate, the last of which was placed there on July 16, 1999, only hours after JFK Junior's plane was reported overdue at Martha's Vineyard.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Giovanni (Revised)

Santa Claus: Piccolo. You tried to subjugate the entire planet.
Piccolo: Pft. Sins of the father much?
Dragon Ball Z Abridged, "Plan to Eradicate Christmas"