"Well I don't wanna be President
Superman or Clark Kent
I don't wanna walk 'round in their shoes
'Cause I don't know who's side I'm on
I don't know my right from wrong
I don't know where I'm going to
I don't know about you"
—Fastball, "Fire Escape"
Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze
It means no worries for the rest of your days
It's our problem-free philosophy
— The Lion King, "Hakuna Matata"
In early day, or late at night,
It's not my problem, I'll be alright,
No price you name is worth the fight,
But if I'm bored, then yeah, I might.
—Unofficial Gray Lantern Corps motto
"Eisenhower resolved to do nothing — and I must say, those years look positively golden in retrospect. A State Department friend of mine once gave a briefing to Johnson. The subject was a Latin-American country where it looked as if one of our military juntas was about to be replaced by a liberal non-Communist regime. Johnson was distraught. 'What, what,' he cried, 'can we do?' To which one of his advisors — whose name must be suppressed, though his wisdom ought to be carved over the White House door — replied, 'Mr. President, why not do nothing?' That was the Eisenhower genius."
"Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It's our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us. Both sides blame one another. There's no good or bad side. Just two sides holding different views."
— Squall Leonhart, Final Fantasy VIII
"I don't want to carry anyone's burden."
— Squall Leonhart, Final Fantasy VIII
Martin: "People gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it. Maybe because down deep they don't care. They just don't care."
Pompey: "I don't get it...one second, you're willing to let us kill him for an insult, the next, you're helping him get back in the fight. Sort of inconsistent for Lawful Good, aren't you?"
Julia Greenhilt: "Uh, hello, Roy's LG, not me. I'm True Neutral. I go both ways."
Pompey: "That is so hot."
Magev: You're deeply ambivalent.
"A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there's no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned? "
"I am not altogether on anybody's side, because nobody is altogether on my side..."
— Treebeard, The Lord of the Rings
Neutral Advisor: "Your neutralness, it's a beige alert!"
Neutral President: "If I don't make it, tell my wife hello."
Zapp Brannigan: "What makes a man turn neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?!
Jack O'Neill: "Don't worry, she likes us."
Daniel Jackson: "The Nox like everyone. It's their way."
Adrian Veidt: "Jon? Right Wing? (laughs) If there's one thing in the cosmos that that man isn't capable of doing it's having a political bias. Believe me... you'd have to meet him to understand. I mean, which do you prefer, red ants or black ants?"
Doug Roth: "Uh...? Well, I don't have any particular preference..."
Adrian Veidt: "Exactly. Well, imagine how Jon feels."
"Superheroes are on the side of "good." Supervillains are on the side of "right"— er, I mean "evil." Captain Oblivious is a superneutral. He just gets in the way for no good reason."
— Mark Gottlieb, Return Of The Attack Of The Bombos
Lajoolie: "The League makes sure no one can hurt anyone else."
Oar: "No. The League kills certain people under certain conditions; that is all they do. They still permit a great deal of hurting to take place: I can attest to that."
Beatnik: You make the lie. You invent want. You're for them, not us.
Don Draper: Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no "big lie", there is no "system". The universe is indifferent.
Other Beatnik: Man...why'd you have to say that?
— Mad Men
Shirahoshi: "But if you're a pirate, Luffy... then aren't you a bad person?
Luffy: ...Hm? ...Mmmm... I dunno, that's up to you to decide.
"What I am is Kindred. How others choose to categorise themselves concerns me only where local customs are concerned. Individualism is a path frought with obstacles and sometimes, angry mobs, but for all its hardships, it is the only one worth taking."
"I've met others like you, and they have always ultimately come to the same conclusion, and that is there is no person or group on this planet they can pledge loyalty to. If this is the path you must take, I can take you to where the trail begins..."
— Caine, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
"Really bad people are punished by society’s law. Really good people are punished by Murphy's Law."
— George Lass, Dead Like Me
Prue: You are the ultimate evil.
Angel of Death: No. I'm not good or evil. I just am.
Never try an' get a straight answer out of a centaur. Ruddy stargazers. Not interested in anythin' closer'n the moon. [...] They're deep, mind, centaurs. They know things. Just don't let on much.
— Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
After all, He Who Must Not Be Named did great things. Terrible, yes ... but great.
— Mr. Ollivander, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Opinions are like testicles. You kick them hard enough, doesn't matter how many you got.
— Varric, Dragon Age II
I'm actually pretty neutral about a lot of things. I'm like Switzerland with a penis.
I am neither good nor evil. I am just a sword. Wield me as you will, master.
— Chaz, Sluggy Freelance
I-have-seen-Good-and-I-have-seen-Evil. And-now-I-am-dead. I-have-been-Good-and-I-have-been-Evil. And-now-I-am-dead. Look-o-n... m-y... w-o-r-k-s...
—Sargon the Sorcerer, The Books of Magic
We've outsourced operations to them before, but don't assume that makes us partners: it's a mercenary thing, a contractual thing. Phoenicians don't take sides- only Swiss bank transfers.
—Kirsten Geary, The Secret World
Marlowe: "I'm not sore at you. You're just that kind of guy. For a long time I couldn't figure you at all. You had nice ways and nice qualities, but there was something wrong. You had standards and you lived up to them, but they were personal. They had no relation to any kind of ethics or scruples. You were a nice guy because you had a nice nature. But you were just as happy with mugs or hoodlums as with honest men. Provided the hoodlums spoke fairly good English and had fairly acceptable table manners. You're a moral defeatist. I think maybe the war did it and again I think maybe-you were born that way."
Terry Lennox:..."Of course. An act is all there is. There isn't anything else. In here-" he tapped his chest with the lighter- "there isn't anything..."
— The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler.
"We cannot do wrong; neither have we any disposition to do it, for we do not know what it is."
— Satan, The Mysterious Stranger