"When Nazi doctors were let loose during WWII, the incredible rate of their discoveries were matched only by the inadequacy of words to atone for them. They might have been monsters, but without them, we never would have discovered the yield elasticity of the elderly, or learned what part of a prisonerís tongue detects the taste of angel meat. The Sims 3 is a computer game based on these Nazi scientists that offers us a world of moral ambiguity, free to perform psychological experiments away from the leering eye of ethics. Which is exactly what I did. Here are the results of my findings."
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
"Good deed's like pissing yourself in dark pants. Warm feeling, but no one notices."
—Jacob, Mass Effect 2
"Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It's not hard. Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking."
—J .C. Watts
"History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark."
—Lord John Whorfin
"The measure of a manís real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."
—Thomas Babington Macaulay
"Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids."
"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
"How do you know the Chosen Ones? No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his brother. Not for millions. Not for glory, not for fame.... For one person. In the dark. Where no one will ever know or see."
— Sebastian, Babylon 5
"Principles only matter if you stick to them when it's inconvenient."
— Sen. Laine Billings Hanson, The Contender
Billis: Sir, with regret, I'm going to have to lower my gun.
Billis: She is a crying, unarmed, female civilian. I'm thinking of the visual.
Droxil: Nobody's looking!
Billis: Doesn't mean there's no visual.
— Doctor Who, "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"
Integrity means doing what's right, even if nobody is looking.
— Rainman, The Whiteboard
Hey, I think I finally came up with an answer to your question—The one about "Soul"? You know at the end of the day, when you close the door and you're all alone... and you strip off your armor and lower your guard and peel away the mask... When there's nobody watching and nothing to hide... and you no longer need to be strong or clever or pretty or brave... There's just YOU. That's IT. That's the soul.
— Barbara, Batgirl2000, issue 45
I spend a lot of time moving around people's homes, their bedrooms. You get to know people if you see them when they think they're alone. You see them for what they truly are: selfish, deceitful... and gassy.
— Claude, Heroes
Mbizi: (Referring to an Arms Dealer Agent Valentine has been chasing for a decade and who has just gotten away with it again) Let me make him disappear, Mr. Valentine. Around here people disappear all the time.
Valentine: I can't do that.
Mbizi: (Gestures to the empty African countryside) Look where we are. Who will know?
Valentine: We will. (Mbizi hesitates, then reluctantly moves his machete away from the Arms Dealer's neck)
Maester Aemon: We all do our duty when there's no cost to it. Honor comes easy then. But sooner or later, in every man's life, there comes a day when it is not easy. A day when he must choose.
"Ah," the Master of Fandom said, "so I guess this is when we find out who we really are." He paused for a moment, then shrugged. "I don't seem to be anyone in particular. Oh well."
Aral Vorkosigan: Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
— A Civil Campaign
Bilbo almost stopped breathing, and went stiff himself. He was desperate. He must get away, out of this horrible darkness, while he had any strength left. He must fight. He must stab the foul thing, put its eyes out, kill it. It meant to kill him.
No, not a fair fight. He was invisible now. Gollum had no sword. Gollum had not actually threatened to kill him, or tried to yet. And he was miserable, alone, lost.
The truth of a man is found in the darkness, beneath the surface. Some light might reveal only what some men want to be seen.
Only the way a man is when he is hidden, is how he is. A shallow glimpse can deceive. Look deep, ponder, and recognize all that is hidden.
The Prophecies of Oorpah, as quoted by Yeesha in Uru