You think.... I'm evil?! I am Justice!
I protect the innocent and those who fear evil! I'll become the God
of the new world
that everyone desires! All those who oppose that God... they are the ones who are truly evil!
"This world is rotten, and those who are making it rot deserve to die. Someone has to do it, so why not me? Even if it means sacrificing my own mind and soul, it's worth it. Because the world can't go on like this."
If you choose to withhold your worst criminals, I'll kill petty criminals or the innocent. I'm holding the whole world hostage, so who's it gonna be? I'm not the evil one here. But you who would oppose me by hiding criminals, you are truly evil.
My heart and actions are utterly unclouded. They are all those of Justice.
I look down on existence from a much higher perspective than you do. I witness this world, this universe and the truth of all things. That yields deeper understanding. Wisdom. The realization that all mortals should be destroyed. The one and only mistake among all divine creations. That is what mortals are. And this mistake is egregious. To shape existence into the beautiful utopia it was always meant to be
, the mistake must be corrected. I will purge all mortals from existence
. In place of the gods WHO REFUSE TO ADMIT FAILURE!!
The destiny of Evil is to be annihilated.
If someone stands in the way of true justice, you simply walk up behind them and stab them in the heart.
John Daggett: (whimpering) You're... pure evil!
The Secretary of Defense
: But you don't lose much sleep over those ten men, do you, Hathaway? Hathaway
: We lost ten and saved thousands. I sleep like a baby, Mr. Secretary.
Some people consider me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher.
You can't do this! Our governments signed a peace treaty!
We were on the verge of greatness. We were this
close to providing peace and security for the galaxy. Galen:
You're confusing peace with terror. Krennic:
Well, you have to start somewhere.
You fucking dummies shot a guard! [...] Fortunately though, for you, this guard, who is two-thirds to a retard, has miraculously clung to life. Now, if it were up to me, and they gave me two minutes and a wet towel, I would personally asphyxiate this half-wit so we could string you up on a federal M1 and end this story with a bag on your head and a paralyzing agent running through your veins.
Together, we have achieved a great many things. We have created a vast complex system. We have maintained it. We have improved it. We have rid it of its imperfections
. Not to mention, rid it of the false deity who sought to enslave us.
I will bring you hope, old friend, and I ask only one thing in return — don't get in my way. We are the future, Charles, not them. They no longer matter.
He is a man seemingly without conscience, for whom the ends always justifies the means.
Since I've had Toontown
under my jurisdiction, my goal has been to rein in the insanity, and the only way to do that is to make toons respect
"They thought they could do it without being caught. But when we do something naughty, we are always caught. Then, we are punished. Punishment is absolute, punishment is good." Jennings
: Dr. Meadows, just for the record, I don't agree with any of this. Those people's lives are at stake. Dr. Christopher Meddows
: Don't you think I know that? This isn't one of you text-book exercises, Mr. Jennings. This is an experiment in biological warfare, or hadn't you noticed? That organism is potentially the greatest breakthrough in weapons research since man split the atom. What we do here will affect the balance of world power! Of course there are lives at stake - whole nations, in fact. And that's far more important than a handful of people in this small town. And that is my cross to bear, Mr. Jennings. Now carry out your orders.
Dr. Raymond Cocteau
: I hadn't counted on this, but I must say, you worked out beautifully. People are terrified of you. Simon Phoenix
: What's new? People have always been terrified of me. Cocteau
: Yes, but this time, the're really intimidated. Now I'll have carte blanche to create the perfect society. My society. San Angeles will be a beacon of order with the purity of an ant colony. And the beauty of a flawless pearl.
There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.
We are not concerned with motives, with the higher ethics. We are concerned only with cutting down crime, and with relieving the ghastly congestion in our prisons. He will be your true Christian, ready to turn the other cheek, ready to be crucified rather than crucify. Sick to the very heart at the thought even of killing a fly. Reclamation, joy before the angels of God! The point is that it works!
It didn't occur to me until later that there's another truth, very simple: greed in a good cause is still greed.
But... I... I... I'm
the good one. I can't lose. I'm the fairy godmother. You're the wicked witch.
...it dawned on [Vimes] that while Ankh in the past had had its share of evil rulers, and simply bad rulers, it had never yet come under the heel of a good ruler. That might be the most terrifying prospect of all.
It's true that some of the most terrible things in the world are done by people who think, genuinely think, that they're doing it for the best, especially if there is some god involved.
— Miss Felicity Beedle
A Jedi does not yield to pride. Nor does he yield to empty threats. He follows only the dictates of his own destiny. Commander Thrawn:
Then choose your destiny. I'm told the role of the Jedi is to serve and defend. Jorus C'baoth:
You were told wrongly. The role of the Jedi is to lead and guide, and to destroy all threats.
All said and done, my friends, it will be an ill day for us
if what most humans mean by "religion" ever vanishes from the Earth. It can still send us the truly delicious sins
. The fine flower of unholiness can grow only in the close neighborhood of the Holy. Nowhere do we tempt so successfully as on the very steps of the altar.
[Galad] will always do what is right, no matter who it hurts.
People who claim that they're evil
are usually no worse than the rest of us. It's people who claim that they're good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.
"If each man picks an evil and attacks it relentlessly, how long can evil persist?"
That was an easy one. Forever. More evil gets done in the name of righteousness than any other way. Few villains think they are villains.
The most hardened and unrepentant killer still knows that he is a 'criminal'; that is, he realizes in his conscience that he has not acted rightly, even though he is unrepentant. And they were all like that; but those who refuse even to consider themselves criminals and they think they are in the right and—that they have even acted well, is where the terrible difference lies.
Let's pray that heaven is on our side
Through violence and horror shall honor arise
So let's pray, and blessed shall be our leader
We follow the noble and bright
Stand up and fight, for you know we are right
We must strike at the lies that have spread like disease through our minds!
Soon we'll have power, every soldier will rest
And we'll spread out our kindness to all who our love now deserve!
Some of you are going to die
Martyrs, of course, to the freedom that I shall provide!
And I wear [black] for the thousands that have died, believing that the Lord was on their side.
I reassemble broken souls and wasted lives
I raise my head and see my father through the blood-red skies
And in my dreams, I know He holds my sanctuary
So all you witches bow to the auto-da-fé
Just close your eyes and listen to my holy say
You disbelievers, little do you know
Little do you know, little do you know
God thinks all people like you are hateful
God thinks all people like you are an embarrassment to creation
Self-righteous, judgemental, first to throw a stone
And using His name for your own protection
No rest. No mercy. No matter what.
The weak will always be led by the strong
. Where the strong see purpose and act, the weak follow; where the strong cry out against fate, the weak bow their heads and succumb. There are many who are weak; and many are their temptations. Despise the weak, for they shall flock to the call of the Daemon and the Renegade. Pity them not and scorn their cries of innocence — it is better that one hundred innocents fall before the wrath of the Emperor than one kneels before the Daemon.
We are at War with forces too terrible to comprehend. We cannot afford mercy for any of its victims too weak to take the correct course. Mercy destroys us; it weakens us and saps our resolve. Put aside all such thoughts. They are not worthy of Inquisitors in the service of Our Emperor. Praise His name for in our resolve we only reflect his purpose of will.
Damnation starts with little steps, by arrogantly thinking that you are wiser than our great forebears, by tinkering with truth, by compromising, by departing from the straight and narrow path of the Emperor's light.
A moment of laxity spawns a lifetime of heresy. Never forgive, never forget.
The question is not how to separate the innocent citizens of the Empire from the worshippers of Chaos
. The question is how many I can burn.
—Witch Hunter Adolphus Mann, Warhammer: Realm Of Chaos Armies Book
I must be cruel only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.
There, out in the darkness,
A fugitive running,
Fallen from God,
Fallen from grace.
God, be my witness,
I never shall yield
Till we come face to face;
Till we come face to face.
He knows his way in the dark,
But mine is the way of the Lord,
Those who follow the path of the righteous
Shall have their reward.
And if they fall, as Lucifer fell-
The flames! The sword!
Stars... In your multitudes,
Scarce to be counted,
Filling the darkness,
With order and light.
You are the sentinels,
Silent and sure,
Keeping watch in the night,
Keeping watch in the night.
You know your place in the sky,
You know your course and your aim,
And each in your season returns and returns,
And is always the same.
And if you fall, as Lucifer fell, you fall in flames-
And so it must be! For so it is written
On the doorway to Paradise,
That those who falter and those who fall
Must pay the price.
Lord, let me find him,
That I may see him,
Safe behind bars.
I will never rest till then,
This I swear, this I swear by
The soldiers of the Golden Onslaught are fewer in number than before. After our last battle, the weak tried to flee
... but nobody leaves
the Golden Onslaught
. After I hunted the deserters down, it left only the strongest, fiercest and most loyal soldiers in my army. Each of them is willing to do anything to ensure that Good defeats Evil.
This world is a machine! A Machine for Pigs!
Fit only for the slaughtering of pigs! Whores, beggars, orphans, filthy degenerates. Pigs all. But I will purify the streets, cleanse this city, set the great industry free. I will clean the world, make it pure.
You weren't a good man, Ra's
... but you had conviction.
I don't enjoy killing, but when done righteously, it's just a chore, like any other. Practiced hands make for short work, and the Good Lord knows there's much to be done here.
: You will face justice! Surrender! Lilac
: Not a chance! Dail
: So, you have chosen death? How pathetic!
For all the butchery of Moebius's crusade, this massacre was somehow more chilling. The killing fields of the Sarafan betrayed a kind of orderly ruthlessness, the cold-blooded righteousness of the true believer.
Our great mission is to win this war against the Soulless Ones
! Whatever the cost — whatever it takes
— we must
win. Our one path to salvation is the Elixir
, forbidden by others in their ignorance... but that is a tragedy that must not be allowed!
The Elixir offers strength, and the more we drink, the stronger we become
. Their strength shall become our strength.
Salvation comes with a cost. Judge us not by our methods, but what we seek to accomplish.
Through fire, justice is served!
didn't realize is that to be a good ruler, you have to be ruthless. You simply can't tolerate failure.
Perfection through Punishment.
When the injustice is great enough, justice will lend me the strength needed to correct it. None may stand against it. It will shatter every barrier, sunder any shield, tear through any enchantment, and lend its servant the power to pass sentence. Know this: There is nothing on all the Planes that can stay the hand of justice when it is brought against them. It may unmake armies. It may sunder the thrones of gods. Know that for all who betray justice, I am their fate. And fate carries an executioner's axe. The Nameless One:
I see. Vhailor:
No, you do not
see. Pray that you will never
Justice is not blind... for I am Her eyes!
Al Mualim: Do you know how it is you can tell a man is mad?
Altaïr: They speak to air, claw themselves.
Al Mualim: No. They are the ones who speak and act, as if there is nothing wrong.
Altaïr: I don't understand.
: Few are the men who would admit to evil. Always rationalized, always explained.
Everyone is guilty of something. Everyone deserves to be punished. But isn't there crime in punishment?
— Sonny 2
, combined descriptions for the Warden's armor
"Madness can take many forms, but none so contemptible as man's belief in a mythology of his own making.
A world view buttressed by dogmatic desperation invariably leads to single-minded fanaticism, and a need to do terrible things in the name of righteousness.
This man is an animal - rabid, destructive, and incapable of nuanced understanding.
He. Must. Be. Put. Down."
, they'll burn down a city to destroy a single demon. What the fuck is up with that?
: Fight all you want, the most you can do is change the hearts of a scant few. Don't you see that my way is far more efficient? Makoto
: So everything will be fine as long as you're the one making all the decisions? Who do you think you are, some kind of god? Ryuji
: You're just forcin' your ideas on everyone else! Shadow Konoe
: What foolish logic. So when you change people's hearts, it's right, but when someone else does it, it's wrong? I've built an entire infrastructure for changing hearts. What was impossible for you, I have made a reality. As a hero, I will reign over the whole world with infallible justice. Zenkichi
: You used Akane
for this ridiculous plan of yours? She was just an innocent girl. Everyone you'd made a Monarch had some form of trauma, but you treated them like tools, even toyed with their lives. You don't know the first thing about justice!
: Surrender, Phantom Thieves. Submit to my justice or die! I am the hero in this story. I will create a world without evil! Ann
: You'll be creating one without hopes or dreams, too! It's not right!
Because, damnit, he's actually right about some of the things he's saying
. It really would be nice if everyone had a puppy, and people helped each other get the leaves out of their gutters, and anyone who parked in a disabled spot without a permit was summarily made to defend a goal for 20 minutes against a wheelchair rugby team. It's just the methods that are wrong: You can't give everyone a puppy by detonating the entire Pacific Ring of Fire in an attempt to drain the ocean and uncover the lost city of Atlantis so you can retrieve their lost knowledge and become ruler of the world. (It's not in the Pacific, for starters.)
You see, evil is like a seed. And although you did not choose to interact with these lower beasts, by socializing with them, that seed has been placed within you. As a result, you may one day grow to empathize with their evil ways. I cannot allow that risk to exist. All evil, even potential evil, must be eradicated.
, Dwarven Paladin, to a kidnapped orphan that he is about to kill, Goblins
as the prince a hope i am uniquely qualified to recognize wwhen
all hope is lost
Let me see if I understand this
, you married the daughter of your lord's enemy in what you would deem was a heathen ceremony, swore loyalty to him, betrayed him
and committed uxoricide, cursed a people so mightily that unknown amounts of death and misery were caused. And you did all of this in the name of God?
I refuse to allow you to harm my subjects again, even if I have to blow you up a thousand times!
Being in Babylon for five decades was a cultural trauma for the people. While they were not slaves, Babylon was not where they wanted to be. They longed to be back in the land that they believed God gave them, offering sacrifices at the temple, where they believed God dwelt.
While they were in Babylon, they asked themselves, Why did God let this happen? The prophets responded that they were unfaithful, had chased idols, and they had played games with the covenant. The priests had a different answer. The priests said that they were exiled in Babylon because we didnt follow the law enough, and didnt worship in the temple enough.
The people listened to the priests, not the prophets.
Libertarian commitment to non-interventionism was always much weaker than it appeared... In fact, many libertarians held the diametrically opposed Rand
/Goldwater view that the U.S. should take off the kid gloves and start really fighting the Soviets.
The movement away from natural rights and toward consequentialism
made libertarians more open to using government for good causes. Indeed, the very fact that Islamic fundamentalism is a lot weaker than the USSR makes it a more attractive target.
Out of a lifetime of reading, I can recall no other book in which a tone of overriding arrogance was so implacably sustained. Its shrillness is without reprieve. Its dogmatism is without appeal... resistance to the Message cannot be tolerated because disagreement can never be merely honest, prudent, or just humanly fallible. Dissent from revelation so final (because, the author would say, so reasonable) can only be willfully wicked.
Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus.
Let justice be done, though the world should perish.
Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them.
— Barry Goldwater, US Senator from Arizona (1953-65, 1969-87), in 1994
What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists
is not that they are extreme but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
— Robert F. Kennedy, United States Attorney General (1961-1964) and US Senator from New York (1964-1968)
If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, the infidel's moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him.
— Ruhollah Khomeini
He who intends to kill the guilty sometimes faultlessly shed the blood of the innocents... In short, the end justifies the means.
— Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy
I am a democrat because I believe that no man or group of men is good enough to be trusted with uncontrolled power over others. And the higher the pretensions of such power, the more dangerous I think it both to rulers and to the subjects.
is the worst of all governments. If we must have a tyrant, a robber baron
is far better than an Inquisitor. The baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity at some point may be sated; and since he dimly knows he is doing wrong he may possibly repent
. But the Inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust of power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely more because he torments us with the approval of his own conscience and his better impulses appear to him as temptations.
And since Theocracy is the worst, the nearer any government approaches to Theocracy the worse it will be. A metaphysic held by the rulers with the force of a religion, is a bad sign. It forbids them, like the inquisitor, to admit any grain of truth or good in their opponents
, it abrogates the ordinary rules of morality, and it gives a seemingly high, super-personal sanction to all the very ordinary human passions by which, like other men, the rulers will frequently be actuated. In a word, it forbids wholesome doubt. A political programme can never in reality be more than probably right. We never know all the facts about the present and we can only guess the future. To attach to a party programme — whose highest claim is to reasonable prudence — the sort of assent which we should reserve for demonstrable theorems, is a kind of intoxication.
The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.
We are, in fact, a nation of evangelists; every third American devotes himself to improving and lifting up his fellow-citizens, usually by force; the messianic delusion is our national disease.
Man is neither angel nor beast, and the misfortune is that he who would act the angel acts the beast.
— Blaise Pascal
[The White House] is for cutting spending. We're for reforming our tax code, for reforming entitlements. What we're not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest.
I'm looking at them from above, because God put me there.
— Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, July 1987 speech
If I knew that there was a man coming to my house with the fixed intention of doing me good, I would run for my life.
If good guys justify the bad things they do, bad guys persuade themselves they are the good guys.
— Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me).
"But thus I counsel you, my friends: Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. They are people of a low sort and stock; the hangman and the bloodhound look out of their faces. Mistrust all who talk much of their justice! Verily, their souls lack more than honey. And when they call themselves the good and the just, do not forget that they would be Pharisees, if only they had power!"