Nothing shall remain!
Neither memory nor name!
It will be as though
You never, ever lived!
—Hand of Doom, Manowar
"People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word."
"All memory of your existence will be wiped from reality. You will die, and no one will mourn."
"There will be no glory in your sacrifice. I will erase even the memory of Sparta from the histories! Every piece of Greek parchment shall be burned. Every Greek historian, and every scribe shall have their eyes pulled out, and their tongues cut from their mouths. Why, uttering the very name of Sparta, or Leonidas, will be punishable by death! The world will never know you existed at all!"
— Xerxes, 300
"They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. They came with nothing. Nothing. And they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. Think about that. By this evening those six centuries are a rumor. They never happened. Today is history."
—Amon Goeth, Schindler's List
"Did you ever stop to think that eventually there's a point where your name gets mentioned for the very last time? Well, here it is. I'm going to kill you."
— GLaDOS, Portal
"Twenty years ago, there was an academic study or the five hundred truly great novelists since the Second War. I was not in their company. I had slid down the page to a footnote, where I am described as a sort of Lucifer who turned his back on 'modernism,' a movement that had ended, I had always thought, in the year of my birth. During the fifties, a university student told me that when he had wanted to write a dissertation on me, he had been warned that would be thought a fairy and that no university would ever hire him."
—Gore Vidal, Palimpsest
"North Korea isn't a big fan of the whole 'disappearing people in the night' thing popular with so many repressive regimes. No, soldiers just take away whole families at a time, in full view of everyone. They all get to watch while the newly doomed deportees load their stuff onto government vans...keep in mind that crimes like 'treason' and (more commonly) 'looking like you might be about to commit treason' are punishable by life imprisonment or execution ... for both the accused and three freaking generations of his or her family. You're not just dooming yourself. You don't just watch your words, but your inflection."