"He dies and not you, and you feel guilty, because you're glad he died, and not you. Soldiers live, and wonder why.”
—Croaker, in Soldiers Live, by Glen Cook
Annie: When that bomb went off...
Jack: I know.
Annie: I thought that was it. I thought that was the bomb, and I was dead. And when I saw her body fall under the bus, it was like...
Jack: You were glad you were still alive.
Annie: Mm-hmm. (cries) I'm so sorry.
Jack: Don't be. You should be glad. We all are. It doesn't mean you don't care.
Annie: I know, but she was so scared.
Jack: She was scared. She was a nice lady who didn't deserve to get killed, but if she'd gotten off, it would have killed us all. He's the asshole, Annie, the guy who put us here. Remember that.
Annie: Big asshole.
"This is Captain Martin Walker... Requesting immediate evacuation of Dubai... Survivors... one too many..."
— Walker, Spec Ops: The Line
Shepard: There was a boy back on Earth. Couldn't have been more than six or seven. I watched him die as the Normandy escaped the attack. Somehow, I'm still alive...and he's not.
Garrus: Being right about the Reapers has never felt much like a victory, has it?
"Oh my friends, my friends forgive me
That I live and you are gone.
There's a grief that can't be spoken.
There's a pain goes on and on..."
—Marius, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", Les Misérables
"I had a 45% chance of survival. She only had an 11%. She was someone's baby. 11% was more than enough."