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Alucard: If you loose an army of the night on Wallachia, you cannot undo it, and many thousands of people just as innocent as her will suffer and die.
Dracula: There are no innocents! Not anymore! Any one of them could have stood up and said, "No, we won't behave like animals anymore."

Belle: But he has cursed you somehow. Why? You did nothing.
Missus Potts: You're quite right there, dear. You see, when the master lost his mother, and his cruel father took that sweet innocent lad and twisted him up to be just like him...we did nothing.

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Robb Stark: Escort Lord Karstark to the dungeon. Hang the rest.
Captive: Mercy, sire! I didn't kill anyone. I only watched for the guards!
Robb: This one was only the watcher. Hang him last so he can watch the others die.

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."
Desmond Tutu

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who stand by and do nothing."

"First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season."

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How many times did you look away that someone cried for help? Acting like you didn't know? We won't accept excuses without sincere actions.
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, lyrics to "Invitation to Freedom"

Producer: I mean, anyone who witnessed something like thatnote  would step in. That's horrible.
Screenwriter: Actually, there's a big crowd of people watching.
Producer: Oh, there is?
Screenwriter: Yeah, they don't do anything, and Billy only steps in because the bullies make a joke about moms.
Producer: Oh, being a passive onlooker is tight.

Player: Graham wasn't the one who killed all those people. He just allowed it to happen.
Felix: I'm sure Graham told himself the same thing. He wasn't the one who held the gun and pulled the trigger. All he did was turn a key. The thing is... that's all it takes. Sometimes the difference between right and wrong is turning a key, or looking the other way, or keeping your mouth shut when you oughtta speak up.

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Batman: A lot of innocent people almost died tonight because of you.
Anarky: "Innocent"?! They watched as Gotham went to hell and didn't do a thing!
Batman: They're just afraid...
Anarky: No! They're weak! And so are you.

"You have no idea what it's like to be a coward. To see these horrors, and do nothing."

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