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"Above all else, my children, be hard. For what is done for love is beyond good and evil."
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

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    Anime and Manga 
"There is no good or evil in light, or darkness. It does not exist. If there is justice in this world, it may well lie in love, and naught else."
Wizard King August, Fairy Tail

    Comic Books 
Veidt: I’d hope you’d understand, unlike Rorschach
Manhattan: Yes, I understand without condoning or condemning. Human affairs cannot be my concern. I’m leaving this galaxy for one less complicated.
Veidt: But you’d regained your interest in human life…
Manhattan: Yes, I have. I think perhaps I’ll create some.
Doctor Manhattan, Watchmen

"You would seek to punish me? I am beyond good and evil."

"I am above such judgments as good, as evil! I am the judge! I am the ideal!"
Barry Metzner to Supergirl, Supergirl Volume 2 #23

    Film — Live-Action 
"As for the charges against me, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring."
Col. Walter E. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now

"I don't put a gun to anybody's head and make them shoot. I admit, the shooting war is better for business, but I prefer people to fire my guns and miss, just as long as they keep firing."
Yuri Orlov, Lord of War

"There is no good, there is no evil, there is only flesh. And the patterns to which we submit it."

"Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil."
Anatole France, The Revolt of the Angels

"You must learn, child, that what would be wrong for you or any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I. The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We must be freed from all rules. Ours is a high and lonely destiny."
Jadis, The White Witch, The Magician's Nephew

"There is no good and evil... there is only power, and those too weak to seek it..."
Quirinus Quirrell (possessed by Lord Voldemort), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

"The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom."

"Good and evil has nothing to do with God. I collect church collapses, did you see the recent one in Sicily? The façade fell on sixty-five grandmothers attending a special mass. Was that evil? Was that God? If he's up there, he just loves it. Typhoid and swans, it all comes from the same place."
Dr. Lecter, Hannibal

"Moral law is an invention of mankind for the disenfranchisement of the powerful in favor of the weak. Historical law subverts it at every turn. A moral view can never be proven right or wrong by any ultimate test."
Judge Holden, Blood Meridian

Gandalf: The Nine have come forth again. They have crossed the River. So Radagast said to me.
Saruman: Radagast the Brown! Radagast the Bird-tamer! Radagast the Simple! Radagast the Fool! Yet he had just the wit to play the part that I set him. For you have come, and that was all the purpose of my message. And here you will stay, Gandalf the Grey, and rest from journeys. For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colors!
Gandalf: I like white better.

    Live-Action TV 
"Morals are for men, not gods."
Gary Mitchell, Star Trek: The Original Series ("Where No Man Has Gone Before")

"There are no absolutes, no right and wrong. Haven't you learned anything working for The Powers? There are only choices. I offered paradise; you chose this!"
Jasmine, Angel

"I don't bother with petty labels such as 'good' and 'evil. Why should I? I am much more concerned with 'necessary' and 'unnecessary'."

"I'm not good, I'm not nice, I'm just right!"
The Witch, Into the Woods

     Video Games 
"Short sighted fool. I have no interest in your narrow interpretation of morality. I'm above all that, above good and evil."
The Contessa, Sly 2: Band of Thieves

"Good and evil, savior and destroyer. These are subjective concepts that exist in the eye of the beholder. Wanting only salvation, fearful mankind saw the Ophiuchus as a savior, even thought it's power transcended good and evil."

"Good and evil fade away. History... shall judge me... victorious."

"Laws are made for cretins! The aristocracy doesn't need to know right from wrong. We are always right."
Justine, Amnesia: Justine

"Good, evil... We have transcended such... limited concepts."

     Western Animation 
Cable: The world won't stomach your evil forever.
Apocalypse: Evil? I am not malevolent! I simply AM!

    Real Life 
"My either/or does not denote in the first instance the choice between good and evil, it denotes the choice whereby one chooses good and evil or excludes them."

"Has the universe any unity of plan or purpose, or is it a fortuitous concourse of atoms? Is conciousness a permanent part of the universe, giving hope of indefinite growth in wisdom, or is it a transitory accident on a small planet on which life must ultimately become impossible? Are good and evil of importance to the universe or only to man?"
Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

"What's good for me is right."
William Edward Hickman, serial killer, and Ayn Rand's personal muse

"Nietzsche always escaped a question by a physical metaphor, like a cheery minor poet. He said, "beyond good and evil," because he had not the courage to say, "more good than good and evil," or, "more evil than good and evil." Had he faced his thought without metaphors, he would have seen that it was nonsense. So, when he describes his hero, he does not dare to say, "the purer man," or "the happier man," or "the sadder man," for all these are ideas; and ideas are alarming. He says "the upper man," or "over man," a physical metaphor from acrobats or alpine climbers. Nietzsche is truly a very timid thinker. He does not really know in the least what sort of man he wants evolution to produce."
G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy


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