"This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called 'natural selection', or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life."
— Herbert Spencer, The Principles of Biology
Look out at your children
See their faces in golden rays
Don't kid yourself they belong to you
They're the start of the coming race.
The Earth is a bitch, we've finished our news
Homo sapiens have outgrown their use
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they're here to stay.
— David Bowie, "Oh! You Pretty Things"
A curious thing about Ugu the Shoemaker was that he didn't suspect, in the least, that he was wicked. He wanted to be powerful and great and he hoped to make himself master of all the Land of Oz, and that he might compel everyone in that fairy country to obey him. His ambition blinded him to the rights of others and he imagined anyone else would act just as he did if anyone else happened to be as clever as himself.
— L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz
Ebenezer Scrooge: I help to support the establishments I have mentioned. They cost enough, and those who are badly off must go there.
1st Benefactor: Many can't go there—!
2nd Benefactor: And some would rather die.
Scrooge: If they would rather die, they'd better do it and decrease the surplus population.
— A Christmas Carol (1951)
"If you're strong, you live; if you're weak, you die."
— Makoto Shishio, Rurouni Kenshin
"The world lies. Thou shalt not commit murder, thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not cheat, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife: all of these are lies! Mere illusion, nothing more. They don't want to be killed. They don't want to be robbed. Using the twin lies of justice and morality, the weak are endeavoring to protect themselves. But the first truth is that the strong devour the weak. So let us feed, upon people, upon wealth, upon riches and power. We of Brittania shall feast upon the raw flesh of the world itself. We must crush this deception and bring forth the truth. All hail Brittania!"
— Charles zi Brittania, Code Geass
"The jigsaw piece that I cut from my subjects was only ever meant to be a symbol that that subject was missing something. A vital piece of the human puzzle. The survival instinct."
— Jigsaw, Saw II
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
— Asahina Tomiko, From the New World
"Come on, you've read Charles Darwin. It's called Survival of the Fittest. We're just helping to speed it to its logical conclusion."
— Commander Rourke, Atlantis: The Lost Empire
I do not demand bootlicking from the higher mortal. I wish that he stand tall and forge for himself a path of greatness. You who are unwilling, you will do well to serve your masters - let yourself wear chains and serve a higher purpose, and be grateful. But if you count yourself a superior mortal, stand tall! Yet know that I will not be there to raise you up. You must raise yourself up, on your own terms. You must make yourself great, as I have forged superiority for myself.
"Self-preservation is a man's first duty."
— Philip Lombard, And Then There Were None
"Natural selection leaves the survivors STRONGER and BETTER! Humans have escaped this winnowing for FAR TOO LONG."
— Albert Wesker, Resident Evil 5
"When did mankind lose touch with natural selection? No matter how inferior a human's genes are, that person is protected by laws, and can't be killed. Even those incapacitated in accidents or stricken with a serious illness are needlessly kept alive. What a drawn out, wasteful existence. It's this divorce from natural selection that has caused mankind to stop evolving. It's a step down. The devolution of mankind. But I intend to accelerate the culling of genetically inferior humans. To rekindle the refining fire of natural selection."
— Hans Davis, Metal Gear Ac!d
I refuse to believe that so modern and civilized a young man as you seem to be harbors romantic ideas about the value of human life... Life is for the strong, to be lived by the strong, and, if needs be, taken by the strong. The weak of the world were put here to give the strong pleasure. I am strong. Why should I not use my gift? If I wish to hunt, why should I not? I hunt the scum of the earth: sailors from tramp ships — lassars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels — a thoroughbred horse or hound is worth more than a score of them.
— General Zaroff, The Most Dangerous Game
I against my brother, my brother and I against my cousins, then my cousins and I against strangers.
—Bedouin saying probably overquoted by non-Bedouins
Anyone who believes that the theory of evolution implies moral darwinism, and who also believes in the theory of gravity, has a moral duty to go jump off a cliff.
— Ari Rahikkala
Justin: It's really simple. You bring two sides together, they fight, a lot of them die. But those who survive are stronger, smarter, and better.
Morden: It's like knocking over an anthill. Every new generation gets stronger. The anthill gets redesigned, made better.
Sheridan: So that's what the Shadows do. Come out every few thousand years, and kick over all the anthills, start wars, destroy entire races.
Justin: A few get lost along the way, yes, and that's unfortunate. I don't think it was ever easy, but you can't let that get in the way of the dream.
Morden: Think about it, Captain. Look at the long history of human struggle. Six thousand years of recorded wars, bloodshed, atrocities beyond all description. But look at what came out of all of that! We've gone to the stars, split the atom, written sonnets... We never would have come this far, if we hadn't been at each others' throats evolving our way up, inch by inch.
Those loyal to the shrunken corpse on Terra still cling to their own processes by which perhaps one in a hundred neophytes may survive to become a battle brother. The methods I have developed over the last millennia are more stringent, for we must be pure in our hatred and hard of heart, body and soul. Fewer than one in every thousand survive, and I strive each day to lengthen these odds still further.
— Fabius Bile, Warhammer 40,000
"Captain [Kirk], although your abilities intrigue me, you are quite honestly inferior. Mentally, physically. In fact, I am surprised how little improvement there has been in human evolution. Oh, there has been technical advancement, but, how little man himself has changed. Yes, it appears we will do well in your century, Captain."
— Khan Noonien Singh, Star Trek: The Original Series, "Space Seed"
I have a dream. That one day every person in this nation will control their own destiny. A nation of the truly free, dammit. A nation of action, not words, ruled by strength, not committee! Where the law changes to suit the individual, not the other way around. Where power and justice are back where they belong: in the hands of the people! Where every man is free to think - to act - for himself! Fuck all these limp-dick lawyers and chickenshit bureaucrats. Fuck this 24-hour Internet spew of trivia and celebrity bullshit! Fuck American pride! Fuck the media! FUCK ALL OF IT! America is diseased. Rotten to the core. There's no saving it - we need to pull it out by the roots. Wipe the slate clean. BURN IT DOWN! And from the ashes a new America will be born. Evolved, but untamed! The weak will be purged and the strongest will thrive - free to live as they see fit, they'll make America great again! ...In my new America, people will die and kill for what they BELIEVE! Not for money. not for oil! Not for what they're told is right. Every man will be free to fight his own wars!
—Senator Steven Armstrong, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
"The weak wear the chains, and the strong wield the whip!"
—Corset, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Princess Bubblegum: You see this fat bee? It's gentle and makes the flower happy, and pollinated. They both get what they need and that's how leaders should be.
Goliad: No, Princess. Bee cares not for flower. If getting pollen hurts or kills flower, bee would not care. Bee is stronger than flower. Goliad is stronger than bee. Goliad is stronger than all.
—Adventure Time, "Goliad"
"Weak. He's weak. You're strong. Crush him."
—Molag Bal, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
"Weak bears should be killed before they weaken us all."
—Shoteka, Seeker Bears
“. . . And the weak were cast out into the desert. The unfit, the ugly, the frail, the sick, the elderly. Raids were conducted throughout the kingdom, searching for those who might ‘bring down’ the strength of Sanctuary. The land was no longer a haven, instead being a place of fear. And the Malaiki was succeeded by his son, Shujaa. Only more pain and suffering were brought to the lands. He began the greatest abomination the kingdom has ever known: he passed a law that forbade the practice of any religion. Believers were tortured as a public spectacle, made to suffer untold agony, many of them dying from their thirst or their wounds. Those that survived were cast into the desert along with the others, believing that they would only weaken the kingdom."
I could never find two people who are perfectly equal: one will always be more valuable than the other. And many people, as a matter of fact, simply have no value.
— Pentti Linkola, Can Life Prevail? A Radical Approach To The Environmental Crisis
Today I am giving the student council a fresh start! All students have the right to attack all other students! Secret meetings, scheming, backstabbing, anything goes! Seven days from now, reach the schoolyard alive, and then use your strength to lay claim on your social standing once again! This shall be Honnouji Academy's first naturals election!
— Satsuki Kiryuin, Kill la Kill
I have observed this world for thousand of years, since what you would call the ancient times... The human spirit was once beautiful. The strong ruled the people, while the people respected the strong, cursing their own weakness. It was thanks to the chaos of that ancient world that the spirits humans were made beautiful! But the foolish notion of "order" has caused the human spirit to wither and decay. "Order" is nothing but comfort of the weak! The weak only deserve the comfort of death!
— Asura, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
You betrayed your friends. Am I right? I'm right. But you didn't have a choice, did you? You had to survive! Isn't that the way an animal thinks though? Don't get me wrong, I see the logic, but it's kind of...animal logic. Still, you made your bed. Now you've gotta lie in it. If you're gonna be an animal, be an animal. Own it! The losers, the weak? Throw 'em away! That's how nature works, my friends - that's life at its most pure! You get me?
— Dio, Virtue's Last Reward
"It was inevitable, and in the highest degree desirable for the good of humanity at large, that the American people would ultimately crowd out the Mexicans... It was out for the question for [the Texans] to submit to the mastery of a weaker race."
"Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate farmers, liquidate real estate...it will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up from less competent people."
The stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker, thus sacrificing his own greatness. Only the born weakling can view this as cruel... He who wants to live must fight, and he who does not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle does not deserve to live.
— Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
"We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”
"What is good?—Whatever augments the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself, in man."
"What Is Evil?—Whatever springs from weakness."
"What is happiness?—The feeling that power increases—that resistance is overcome. Not contentment, but more power; not peace at any price, but war; not virtue, but efficiency (virtue in the Renaissance sense, virtù, virtue free of moral acid)."
"The weak and the botched shall perish: first principle of our charity. And one should help them to it."
"What is more harmful than any vice?—Practical sympathy for the botched and the weak— Christianity…"
—The Antichrist by Friedrich Nietzsche
"...America has always believed that those who have money are good people and those who lack it are bad people. At a deeper level, our conservatives are true Darwinians and think that the weak and the poor ought to die off, leaving the spoils to the fit. Certainly a do-gooder is the worst thing anyone can be, a societal pervert who would alter with government subsidy nature's harsh but necessary way with the weak."
“In the past, humans hesitated when they took lives, even non-human lives. But society had changed, and they no longer felt that way. As humans grew stronger, I think that we became quite arrogant, losing the sorrow of 'we have no other choice.' I think that in the essence of human civilization, we have the desire to become rich without limit, by taking the lives of other creatures."
Adapt... or Perish.
—Slogan of Evolution
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.