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Right. I'm a devil now. No going back, I guess. No. Maybe it's a good thing? Yeah. I mean, if God is dead, then my whole life has basically been a waste? But... is it really okay to debate myself and live as a devil, the things I once fought against?
Xenovia Quarta, High School D×D

You can't change anything unless you can discard part of yourself too. To surpass monsters, you must be willing to abandon your humanity.
Armin Arlert, Attack on Titan

No matter how strong, for a human to fight a monster means he has submerged his humanity and transformed himself into a greater monster.
Schierke, Berserk

Dragons are dragons because humans can't beat 'em. So what's a man who beats a dragon?
Godo, Berserk

Yours is a black path through the night. When you confront those who lurk in the darkness, you also envelop yourself in it.
The Skull Knight, Berserk

Awakened Being: You know... You're the monster... Here...
Ophelia: Heh. (kills the Awakened Being)

Knuckle Joe: He wasn't a father. He was a weakling.
Meta Knight: Good. I am glad. That way, he will not have to see what a monster you have become.
Knuckle Joe: What? I am not a monster!
Meta Knight: Anyone who abandons his reason, and lives only by hatred, is a monster.
Knuckle Joe: Grrr...
Tiff: What we do makes us all monsters. Look what you did to Kirby.
Knuckle Joe: But I am not a monster!
Meta Knight: But you lived by hatred. And hatred is what [Nightmare] loves.
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Episode 19/17

Nah. I'd say it's more a case of a straightforward, honest guy being twisted into a monster by the pressures of society. You know, the old become-the-very-thing-you're-trying-to-fight deal.

Kill the spiders and save the butterflies... it's rational until you realize that by striving for it, you become a spider yourself.
Vash the Stampede, Trigun

Imagine that they assault your sister. they torture her, they rape her, they kill her. They desecrate the bodies of your family, do whatever they want, cackling all the while. And you see it all from where you're hidden, trying not to breathe.
How could you ever let that go?
So you get a weapon, you train yourself, you learn, you grow. Everything you do is to help you take revenge. You search them out, hunt them down, you fight, you attack, and you kill them and kill them and kill them and kill them.
Sometimes things go well, and sometimes they don't. But each time you ask — how will I kill them next time? What's the best way to kill them? Day after day, month after month, that is all you think about.
When you get a chance, of course you test every idea you have. And when you've been doing all that long enough....
You start to enjoy it.

    Comic Books 

I'm afraid that the Joker may be right about me. Sometimes I.... question the rationality of my actions. And I'm afraid that when I walk through those asylum gates... when I walk into Arkham and the doors close behind me... It'll be just like coming home.

Who could have foreseen this in their wildest imaginings? Of all the Green Lanterns, of all the protectors of the universe... it is their brightest who turns rogue.

We came because we heard a monster was loose in our sector. It's our job to clean up the monsters. So. Do what you gotta do. Put people on trial. Punish them how you like. But watch out you don't turn into monsters. Because then we'd be back for you.
Guy Gardner, Red Daughter of Krypton

The meek shall inherit sweet fuck-all. That's what I learned from them sadistic little shits, the Jesuits.
Lincoln Red Crow, Scalped

We're going about this the wrong way, all of us! After countless centuries of fighting... the Autobots are a step away from what we were when all this started. And us - the Decepticons have become something worse than any of us could have imagined.
Drift, Transformers Spotlight: Drift


    Fan Works 

They gazed into the Abyss and now it lives inside them.

"HE GOING TO KILL US" said the demons
"I will shoot at him" said the cyberdemon and he fired the rocket missiles. John plasmaed at him and tried to blew him up. But then the ceiling fell and they were trapped and not able to kill.
"No! I must kill the demons" he shouted
The radio said "No, John. You are the demons"
And then John was a zombie.

You know, as pissed as I am with Raiden and everything he's done, I feel sorry for him. He didn't ask to be corrupted. He was willing to die to save Earthrealm by purifying the Jinsei and now he's the bad guy. That isn't fair. If this is what he gets for being a hero, maybe he should've died instead. When I was talking to Cassie yesterday, she mentioned a phrase she heard in a movie a few years ago: You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. She said she thought it was stupid until she saw what Raiden did and I'm pretty inclined to agree with her.
Kung Jin to Taven about Raiden's Face–Heel Turn, Mortal Kombat: Desperation

    Film — Animated 

Red Hood: Just be happy I only killed one of them. They're all assassins.
Batman: And what are you?
Red Hood: I'm cleaning up Gotham. More than you ever did.
Batman: You're stealing territory from Black Mask and killing anyone who gets in your way.
Red Hood: Black Mask is just a part of the plan.
Batman: Plan? You're becoming a crime lord.
Red Hood: Yes. You can't stop crime. That's what you never understood. I'm controlling it. You wanna rule them by fear. But what do you do with the ones who aren't afraid? I'm doing what you won't: I'm taking them out!

Batman: [about Jason] Do you remember how he was when I found him?
Alfred: Of course, sir. Fearless, arrogant, brash and gifted.
Batman: Yes. Different than Dick in so many ways, but still full of potential and power. But I knew, even from the beginning, he was dangerous. If I hadn't made him into Robin, he would have grown to do wrong. Then I got him killed. My partner. My soldier. My fault. I own that. I'll carry that like everything else. But now there's this. He's taken everything I've ever taught him and turned it on me. It's a hell of my making, Alfred.
Alfred: Sir, this is not your doing. You loved him. He knows that. It should be enough.
Batman: It's not.

Jason Todd: Is that what you think this is about? You letting me die? I don't know what clouds your judgement worse, your guilt or your antiquated sense of morality. Bruce, I forgive you for not saving me. But why... why on God's earth... [smashes closet door open to reveal the Joker, bloodied and tied to a chair] he still alive?!
Joker: [awakes and looks at both Jason and Batman, and then starts to laugh as he bounces over in the chair] Gotta give the boy points! He came all the way back from the dead to make this shindig happen! So, who's got a camera? Ooh! Ooh! Get one of me and the kid first. Then you and me, then the three of us. And then one with the crowbar! Then…
Jason Todd: [knocking the Joker down and holding a gun to his head] You'll be as quiet as possible, or I'll put one in your lap first.
Joker: Party pooper. No cake for you!
Jason Todd: [to Batman] Ignoring what he's done in the past. Blindly, stupidly disregarding the entire graveyards he's filled, the thousands who have suffered, the friends he's crippled. You know, I thought... I thought I'd be the last person you'd ever let him hurt. If it had been you that he beat to a bloody pulp, if he had taken you from this world, I would've done nothing but search the planet for this pathetic pile of evil, death-worshiping garbage and then send him off to hell!
Batman: You don't understand. I don't think you've ever understood.
Jason Todd: What? What, your moral code just won't allow for that? It's too hard to cross that line?
Batman: No! God Almighty, no! It'd be too damned easy. All I've ever wanted to do is kill him. A day doesn't go by when I don't think about subjecting him to every horrendous torture he's dealt out to others and then... end him.
Joker: Awwww! So you do think about me.
Batman: But if I do that, if I allow myself to go down into that place, I'll never come back.
Jason Todd: Why? I'm not talking about killing Penguin or Scarecrow or Dent. I'm talking about him. Just him. And doing it because... Because he took me away from you.
Batman: I can't. I'm sorry.
Joker: That is so sweet!
Jason Todd: Well, you won't have any choice. [throws Batman a second gun]
Batman: I won't...
Jason Todd: This is what it's all been about. This! You, me, him! Now is the time you decide! If you won't kill this psychotic piece of filth, I will! If you want to stop me, you're going to have to kill me!
Batman: You know I won't...
Jason Todd: I'm going to blow his deranged brains out! And if you want to stop it, you are going to have to shoot me, right in my face!
Joker: This is turning out even better than I'd hoped. [Batman drops the gun]
Jason Todd: It's him, or me! You have to decide! Decide, NOW! DO IT! HIM, OR ME! DECIDE! [points a gun at Batman]

The Witch: I'll make you suffer!
Norman: Why?
The Witch: Because... Because…
Norman: Because you want everyone to hurt just as much as you are. So whenever you wake up, you play this mean game, but you don't play fair!
The Witch: They hurt me!
Norman: So you hurt them back?
The Witch: I wanted everyone to see how rotten they were!
Norman: You're just like them, Agatha!
The Witch: No, I'm not!
Norman: You're a bully.
The Witch: No, I'm not!
Norman: They did something awful, but that doesn't mean you should too! All that's left of you now is mean and horrible!

Two years have now passed, Chirin has changed from a determined lamb, into a fearsome beast.
The Narrator about Chirin, Ringing Bell

    Film — Live-Action 

You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that. But you have no right to judge me. It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror... horror has a face. And you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies.
Col. Walter E. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now

You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

Mace Windu: I sense a plot to destroy the Jedi. The Dark Side of the Force surrounds the Chancellor.
Ki-Adi-Mundi: If he does not give up his emergency powers after the destruction of Grievous, then he should be removed from office.
Windu: The Jedi Council would have to take control of the Senate to ensure a peaceful transition.
Yoda: (horrified that a coup has become a reasonable suggestion) To a dark place this line of thought will carry us. Great care we must take.

You have allowed this dark lord to twist your mind until now... until now you have become the very thing you swore to destroy.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Revenge of the Sith, to Anakin Skywalker.

Revenge is like a poison. It can — it can take you over.. and before you know it, turn us into something ugly.
Aunt May, Spider-Man 3

How long can any man fight the darkness before he finds it in himself?
Spider-Man 3 teaser trailer

Any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I've got this bronze badge that says that I'm one of the good guys.
Max Rockatansky, Mad Max

Have you ever had to kill a man, Max? Have you? To pull that trigger, you have to be sure. Yes, you investigate, analyze, assess, target, but then you have to look him in the eye and you make the call. And all the drones, bugs, cameras, transcripts, all the surveillance in the world can't tell you what to do next. A license to kill, is also a license not to kill.
M to C, Spectre

M: You were supposed to be in Istanbul last night! I'm afraid this unfortunate [Felix] Leiter business has, somehow clouded your judgment. You have a job to do. I expect you on a plane this afternoon.
James Bond: I haven't finished here, sir.
M: Leave it to the Americans. It's their mess. Let them clean it up.
James Bond: Sir, they're not going to do anything! I owe it to Leiter. He's put his life on the line for me many times before.
M: Oh, spare me this sentimental rubbish! He knew the risks.
James Bond: And his wife?
M: This private vendetta of yours could easily compromise Her Majesty's Government. You have an assignment, and I expect you to carry it out objectively and professionally.
James Bond: Then you have my resignation, sir.
M: We're not a country club, 007! Effective immediately, your license to kill is revoked. And I require you to hand over your weapon. Now. I need hardly remind you that you're still bound by the Official Secrets Act.
James Bond: I guess it's farewell to arms. [knocks several agents and escapes before snipers on the top roof try to kill him and another MI6 agent tries to shoot Bond down, but M stops him]
M: Don't! Too many people! [sees 007 running away from MI6 in Key West and is shocked to see this] God help you, Commander.

T'Challa: You want to see us become just like the people you hate so much! Divide and conquer the land as they did!
Killmonger: Nah, I learned from my enemies! I beat 'em at their own game!
T'Challa: You have become them! You would destroy the world, Wakanda included!


The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
— Closing line of Animal Farm

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things.
Paul, The Bible (New International Version), Romans 2:1

"Fool that I am," said he, "that I did not tear out my heart the day I resolved to revenge myself."

One should not confuse striking at evil and doing good, lest good become the act of striking.
Book of All Things, A Practical Guide To Evil

Maybe [Tarik] was a good man once. But you fight any war long enough and in the end it's going to be hard to remember who you are. He's had too much blood. And maybe too much sand. I'd say he's become everything he set out to defeat.
Richard, Oblivion

"Justice." Thoros smiled wanly. "I remember justice. It had a pleasant taste. Justice was what we were about when Beric led us, or so we told ourselves. We were King's men, knights, and heroes... but some knights are dark and full of terror, my lady. War makes monsters of us all.
"Are you saying you are monsters?
"I am saying we are human."

Tattletale: It doesn't have to be you.
Skitter: No. I think it does.
Calvert: So it comes down to this... you're not a killer.
Skitter: No... but I suppose, in a roundabout way, you made me into one.

But what can such analysis as I have done of scriptures and poetry suggest about some critical tools and ideals for Mormon literature, past and future? Can we see how the complexities of being chosen and writing for a chosen people have enriched our literature, or have I simply created another set of labels with which to pigeonhole what we don't like, a dichotomy for Mormon critics—and critics of Mormon critics—to argue about?

We see our cities crumble under the enemy's bombs, and we mourn for our children struck at their early tasks by the enemy's bullets, and we strike back, cruelly and wildly from the seabed of our hatred, at his cities and his children. The enemy is more savage than the tiger, hungrier than the shark, crueler than the wolf; in honor and in defense of our moderate way of life, we stand up to him and combat him, but in doing so, we out-tiger him, out-shark the shark, over-wolf the wolf. Will we at the end of all this then pretend to ourselves that the victory is ours? The thing we defend perishes from our victory as it would never perish from our defeat.
The Young Lions

Jake: Cassie, what are you saying? You engineered a blast that must have killed hundreds of refugees, the very people the EF is trying to help? That makes you a terrorist! How can you possibly justify that?
Future!Cassie: In a war, Jake, anything is justified. I'm not a kid anymore. I'm not concerned with the nonsense I used to be.
Jake: Like life and peace? You think that's nonsense now? Don't you remember our last mission — the Ragsin Building battle? The comedown? You needed to talk when we got out and I turned you away. Just didn't want to deal with it. I was an idiot that night, Cassie. You were on target with your doubts, just like you always were. You have to realize that.
Future!Cassie: You're talking about a different lifetime, Jake. There were so many missions back then. All just a pitiful blur of youthful idealism. You don't get it, do you? I'm saying that I finally understand war.
Animorphs #41: The Familiar

"The Brookland business was a mistake, as it turns out. But I had no hesitation in arranging it. And if you are going to succeed in this job, Mrs Jones - my job - then there will come a time when you will have to do the same. Of course, you know that. You know the sort of decisions I've had to make. But I wonder if you know what it's like to live with them? A German philosopher once wrote that he who fights monsters must take care that he doesn't become one himself. Our work is often monstrous. I'm afraid there's no escaping it."
Alan Blunt, Alex Rider: Scorpia Rising

    Live-Action TV 

Londo: I have noticed that your own people have continued to exploit your planet's resources to build the mighty Narn war machine?
G'kar: We have to protect ourselves!
Londo: By doing to yourselves what you say we did to you! Ah, now there's evolution for you!

And what about my team? How many more times will they be able to look into the abyss? How many more times before they won't ever recover the pieces of themselves that this job takes?
Aaron Hotchner, Criminal Minds, "...And Back" (season four finale)

The Doctor: The Daleks have failed. Now finish what I started and make your race extinct. Rid the universe of your filth! WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE?!
Dalek: ...You would make a good Dalek.

You're here because John Mostow stole three years of your life. Every day and every night, for three years, you lived and breathed the horror show that was in his head, and I'm sorry. Imagining everything that he imagined. Sinking deeper and deeper into the ugliness like you taught us to do. When you finally caught him, it didn't just go away. And the violence... it stayed alive inside you. 'Til it had to come out.
Fox Mulder, The X-Files "Grotesque"

Revenge is never good. It kills the soul and poisons it.
Don Ramón El Chavo del ocho



I was born of the womb of a poisonous spell
Beaten and broken and chased from the land
But I rise up above it, high up above it and see
I was hung from the tree made of tongues of the weak
The branches, the bones of the liars, the thieves
Rise up above it, high up above it and see
Pray to your God, open your heart
Whatever you do, don't be afraid of the dark
Cover your eyes, the devil's inside
One night of the hunter
One day I will get revenge
One night to remember
One day it'll all just end, oh
Blessed by a bitch from a bastard's seed
Pleasure to meet you, prepare to bleed
Rise, I'll rise, I'll rise
Skinned her alive, ripped her apart
Scattered her ashes, buried her heart
Rise up above it, high up above it and see

All my enemies are becoming my teachers
Alexander, "Truth"

We always start with good intentions
But lose ourselves along the way.
Nothing More, "This Is The Time (Ballast)"

Grab the bull by the horns the old adage goes
Nobody tells you where to go from there
Seems like fate's pulling you
Decisions have to be made
The best path is the hardest earned
Back and forth the struggle consumes us all
Trying to keep a level head
In the most unsettling of times
Today I'll become the bull.

So far forever now alone, a greater punishment on me has been imposed
A killer falling from the light, I'll miss my family, I'll never be alright

In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
Bob Dylan, "My Back Pages"

Nothing ever stops all these thoughts and the pain attached to them
Sometimes I wonder why this is happening
It's like nothing I could do will distract me when
I think of how I shot myself in the back again
'Cause from the infinite words I could say
I put all the pain you gave to me on display
But didn't realize instead of setting it free,
I took what I hated and made it a part of me
It never goes away...
Linkin Park, "Figure.09"

I wanna go home.
Take off this uniform
And leave the show.
But I'm waiting in this cell
Because I have to know
Have I been guilty all this time?

If you stare into the dark, the dark will stare back
Radiohead, "Bangers and Mash"

I rambled with the worst of them, fell in love with a harlequin
Saw the darkest hearts of men
And I saw myself staring back again
The Silent Comedy, "Bartholomew"

They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you

I'm about to do it your way
I will make your world unsafe
I never thought you'd get this far
It's insane

Cold thrill squeezes Your heart
A touch of the unknown
Fire burning in the chest
Incinerates Your soul...
Burning horizon and the Black Eye
Like a dominating Sun
The Abyss ever-lusting
Fear turns into hate
You are screaming and falling
Wings of fire melting the flesh
Alone in this suffering
Pain and pride exploding... FOREVER!
In my eye
Ocuius dei
Pain and fire
In blackened Sun
I see your soul
I feel your awe
Constant doubts?
Or certitude of fall...

    Tabletop Games 

Let my fate be a warning to all who employ the powers of the psyker. It is a quick and powerful path to achieving your goals, but always beware of the temptations of radicalism. To follow this dangerous route is to care not that the very powers you are using my be corrupting you insidiously from within. The heretic Quixos, may his name be cursed a thousand times for a thousand years, fell in this way; not in one dark revelation, but slowly, in small steps that he justified by the results he was achieving. Always be aware of the dangers inherent in the powers you use. Be sober and careful, responsible and solemn, for such abilities are not to be taken lightly and should never be trusted.

I can tell you no more this day, but take what I have said, never forget it and never allow yourself to become that which we seek to destroy. Take a good look at the man sitting next to you and know that if you fall, it may well be he who hunts you down and kills you.
Inquisitor Marchant to a class of noviciates, Warhammer 40,000

As the invasion drew closer, Urza's means began to resemble Phyrexia's end.

Once, they were dedicated to cleansing Creation of imperfections, but they were carried away by their bloodlust and zeal. Killing became the answer to every problem, and soon it began to be fun for its own sake. Now these mages are the embodiment of Black Magick, living caricatures of the "Good Death" and its adherents. Blood rites, necromancy and exquisite torture have become fine sciences in Helekar's halls, and the Grand Harvester of Souls has begun to take his job a bit too seriously...
Mage: The Ascension - Tales Of Magick: Dark Adventure

Th' worst monsters bring out th' monster in you.
Chrono-Ranger, Sentinels of the Multiverse

    Video Games 

By the gods, what have I become?

Men have this idea that we can fight with dignity, that there's a proper way to kill someone. It's absurd, it's an aesthetic: we need it to endure the bloody horror of murder. You must destroy that idea: show 'em what a terrible, messy thing it is to kill a man, and then show 'em that you relish in it. Shoot to wound, then execute the wounded; burn 'em, take them in close combat; destroy their preconceptions of what a man is and you'll become their personal monster. When they fear you, you become stronger, you become better, but let's never forget that it's a display, it's a posture, like a lion's roar or a gorilla thumping at his chest. If you lose yourself in the display, if you succumb to the horror, then you become the monster. You become reduced, not more than a man, but less... And that can be fatal.
The Jackal, Far Cry 2

I have become the beast.
Cole MacGrath, InFAMOUS 2

As long as there is hatred, anyone can become a demon.
Odio, Live A Live

Be careful out there, Liara. Don't turn into the thing you're hunting.
Commander Shepard to Liara T'Soni during her hunt for the Shadow Broker, Mass Effect 2

Miller: Cipher sent us to hell - but we're going even deeper - take back everything that we've lost!
Big Boss: Kaz... I'm already a demon...

If I kill the monster, do I become the monster? OH, I HOPE SO!

Talion: These Orcs are abominations.
Celebrimbor: And to defeat them, we must become worse.

What have you become, when even nightmares fear you?

I can feel my power growing, feeding off my anger. Father would say I've lost the path of balance. But he wouldn't understand: The only way to fight a monster... is to become one.
Martin Li/Mr. Negative, Spider-Man (PS4)

There is blood on my hands, how long till it lies on my heart?
Denam Pavel, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

Two Jedi Knights, Revan and Malak, defied the Jedi Council. They challenged the Mandalorian fierceness and brutality on the battlefield with a viciousness of their own. [...] Many believed the Mandalorians defeated at Malachor V. But the Mandalorians taught the Jedi much through battle. [...] As Revan and Malak fought the Mandalorians in battle after battle, they grew to despise weakness, just as the Mandalorians did. In the end, the Mandalorians had taught them through conflict. Shaped the Jedi. And turned them into a weapon - against the Republic.

I used to be afraid. Afraid my powers would make people fear me. Afraid who I'd hurt if I wasn't careful every second of every day. I spent my whole life holding back. My fear cost me Lois. That's why I don't HOLD BACK ANYMORE!

How many more innocent people die before YOU accept that some lives need to be TAKEN?!

None of us wanted this. But the Joker forced our hand. Metropolis changed the world. Now WE have to change with it!

In my years fighting crime, I've learned one truth - that every villain is the hero of his own story. Superman was no exception. The Joker drugged him. Tricked him into killing his pregnant wife, Lois. And made him trigger the bomb that nuked Metropolis. So when Superman killed the Joker, I understood why. We all did. But once that line was crossed, there was no going back. He gave himself and the Justice League a new mandate: stop all crime before it happened, by any means necessarily. But he couldn't see his good intentions were leading him down a path of tyranny and evil. That's how our greatest hero, became our greatest threat.

Humanity had idolized and worshipped the Phoenix as a god, but the battles between the energy-winged crafts caused massive casualties and soon mankind teetered on the brink of extinction. In time, people began to call the Phoenix "Winged Menace Zero" and Gehenna's influence began to wane.
The Tale Of ALLTYNEX Official Guide Book

I know that war breeds more hatred. Just as my own hatred came from [Nobunaga Oda]. But I cannot die until I am relieved of the horrible burden of this grief. ...Forgive me.
Kennyo, Ikemen Sengoku

    Web Original 

What was that Nietzsche said? "He who fights drummers should see to it that in the process he does not become a drummer." Or was it monsters? I dunno, same thing really. [...] No, it had to be drummers. That's a monster, and there's no way I'm gonna end up looking like that thing...

(nasally voice) HA HA! I have arisen! Now it is I who is the dumper of books!
Noah Antwiler on Massacre at Central High

    Western Animation 

We are not them! We are not... them.
Snowball, Rick and Morty

Kion: I'm worried about the Roar. The last time I used it, I was really angry. And it caused so much destruction!
Mufasa: The Roar of the Elders is very powerful.
Kion: I know. And that's why I'm thinking... [sighs] I shouldn't use it again. I... I'm worried that I might turn into Scar.
Mufasa: Scar cared only for himself. His selfishness fueled his anger. Why were you angry, Kion?
Kion: Janja and the hyenas. They were attacking my mom. I was so mad at them when I used the Roar! I lost control. And it almost hurt my mom. I almost hurt my mom!
Mufasa: [regretfully] Scar never cared for anyone else the way you do, Kion. So perhaps you should speak with the one you care so much about.
Kion: Right. I will. Thank you, Grandfather.

General Eiling: I'm not the menace! Metahumans are—superpowered beings.
Kid: You're the only one around here with superpowers.


    Real Life 

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.
Christopher Dawson

Violence is a disease, a disease that corrupts all who use it regardless of the cause.
Chris Hedges

Systems in conflict become more similar over time.
Herman Kahn, Thinking About the Unthinkable

This is the horror. In reaction to the foul and insidious prejudice, one begins to act like a fascist.
Roger Mitton, The Cost of Casual Racism

You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once - there has to be a limit.
Edward Said

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Funny thing about revenge. It could make a killer out of a nun.
Kevis Hendrickson

Revenge proves its own executioner.
John Ford, The Broken Heart

You can be the hunter, or you can be the hunted.
Lisa Gardner, The Neighbor

Our souls may be consumed by shadows, but that doesn't mean we have to behave as monsters.
Emm Cole, The Short Life of Sparrows

Be careful in the company of monsters that you don't become one.
Cindy Gerard, Take No Prisoners

Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.
Austin O'Malley

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Mahatma Gandhi

Gentlemen tell us that the Filipinos are savages, that they have inflicted torture, that they have dishonored our dead and outraged the living. That very likely may be true. Spain said the same thing of the Cubans. We have made the same charges against our own countrymen in the disturbed days after the war. The reports of committees and the evidence in the documents in our library are full of them. But who ever heard before of an American gentleman, or an American, who took as a rule for his own conduct the conduct of his antagonist, or who claimed that the Republic should act as savages because she had savages to deal with?


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