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For Friedrich Nietzsche's quotes, see: Thus Spoke Zarathustra and its collection of quotations.
"To be able to fall down in such a way that in the same second it looks as if one were standing and walking, to transform the leap of life into a walk, absolutely to express the sublime in the pedestrian – that only the knight of faith can do – this is the one and only prodigy."
— Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
"You would compare me to that gibbering nihilist? No, I have a goal: to escape the ultimate end... and build the future anew."
"What is the difference between a man and a parasite? A man builds, a parasite asks, 'Where's my share?' A man creates, a parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?' A man invents, a parasite says, 'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God...'"
— Andrew Ryan, BioShock
"No Gods, Or Kings. Only Man."
— Andrew Ryan, BioShock
"Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth."
— Mahatma Gandhi
"He was warrior and mystic, ogre and saint, the fox and the innocent, chivalrous, ruthless, less than a god, more than a man. There is no measuring Muad'dib's motives by ordinary standards. In the moment of his triumph, he saw the death prepared for him, yet he accepted the treachery. Can you say he did this out of a sense of justice? Whose justice, then? Remember we speak now of the Muad'dib who ordered battle drums made from his enemies' skins, and the Muad'dib who denied the conventions of his ducal past with a wave of the hand, saying merely: "I am the Kwisatz Haderach. That is reason enough."
—Princess Irulan, Dune
"A lot of people with a lot of evidence said that Roosevelt knew Pearl [Harbor] was going to be attacked- and that he let it happen. Wasn't proven. Things like that never are. I couldn't stop thinking how horrible that would be, and how Pearl was what got us off our duffs in time to stop the Axis. But a lot of innocent men died. But we won the war. It bounced back and forth in my head until I realized I couldn't judge it. It was too big. He was too big."
— Commissioner Gordon, The Dark Knight Returns
Hudson: Growing old terrifies you, doesn't it?
Xanatos: Nothing terrifies me - because nothing is beyond my ability to change.
"Artella, we're no longer human in the true sense. We're a different species, and that's fine. Unlike Jomy I don't think we need to be human... I don't think we even need a form. Artella, don't you feel that you are but one mass of the boundless energy that permeates the universe?"
— Tony, Toward the Terra
"You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality."
— Ash, Alien
"The fact you are shamed by the values of the masses proves how small you are."
— Satsuki Kiryuin, Kill la Kill