"I don't belong to any organized political party. I'm a Democrat."
— Will Rogers
"Now Roman is to Roman, more hateful than a foe. As we wax hot in faction, in battle we wax cold."
— Sir Thomas Maculay, Lays of Ancient Rome
"No less significant is the intellectual outlook of the rank and file in the communist and fascist movements in Germany before 1933. The relative ease with which a young communist could be converted into a Nazi or vice versa was well known, best of all to the propagandists of the two parties. The communists and Nazis clashed more frequently with each other than with other parties simply because they competed for the same type of mind and reserved for each other the hatred of the heretic. Their practice showed how closely they are related. To both, the real enemy, the man with whom they had nothing in common, was the liberal of the old type. While to the Nazi the communist and to the communist the Nazi, and to both the socialist, are potential recruits made of the right timber, they both know that there can be no compromise between them and those who really believe in individual freedom."
— F.A. Hayek
"You wrote: 'The remains of the revolutionary movement must be gathered together and all powers hostile to tyranny must unite; we must stop our old internal struggles and start the common fight afresh.' That is wrong. The Party must not join the Moderates. It is they who in all good faith have countless times betrayed the movement, and they will do it again the next time, and the time after next. He who compromises with them buries the revolution."
— Rubashov, Darkness at Noon
"This is the same city where people were perfectly willing to fight a civil war while a zombie apocalypse dropped on their heads."
— Adam Anders, Domina
"Even the pious Scots, locked throughout history in a long-drawn-out battle with their arch-enemies the Scots, managed a few burnings to while away the long winter evenings..."
"You should have disagreements with your leaders and your colleagues, but if it becomes immediately a question of questioning people's motives, and if immediately you decide that somebody who sees a whole new situation differently than you must be a bad person and somehow twisted inside, we are not going to get very far in forming a more perfect union."
Ray: They're perfectly in sync. They always agree on everything. We can't even agree on whose turn it is to cook dinner.
Sarah: Not it.
Sarah: Not it.
— Legends of Tomorrow (comparing the Justice Society of America to the Legends)
"I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together."
— Second Ideal of the Bondsmiths, The Stormlight Archive
"...which had prompted another round of what I refused to even call bickering. I knew bickering, it was the true tongue of all my closest friends. There was fondness in bickering, a give and take. This was just an ugly brew of distrust and spite spilling over what should have been an exceedingly straightforward matter."
"It is said that the founding First Prince spoke of Procer as a great tower, every principality a stone raising it to ever greater heights. I have found the sentiment more poetic than accurate. Procer is no single tower but twenty-three of them, and their owners constantly steal each other's stones to rise at the expense of the others."
— Princess Eliza of Salamans, A Practical Guide To Evil
In theory, Order of Hermes mages hold that they serve humanity by resisting the Technocracy, studying arcane lore and transforming that lore into everyday reality. In practice, they have become so entwined in political intrigue within their own Chantries that Technomancers have to come knocking down their doors before they remember their stated mission.
—Mage: The Ascension - Book Of Shadows: Player's Guide