"You are weak, petty and lacking in purpose! You fail to grasp a universal principle - without an underpinning morality our acts would not be justice, but mere atrocity. Without order, without the rule of law, we would just be... monsters."
"I am not opposed to heroism. On the contrary. I honor it. But the greatest courage is acceptance of what must be. Resignation in the face of a destiny that cannot be fought or deflected or defied. This is the gospel that you must preach, now. A gospel of subservience and order. Teach the people of this world - and later, those of other worlds - that Thanos is a kind shepherd to those who obey him. While for his enemies, life will become a burden they can neither endure - nor escape."
"You see, here's how it works; Civic Center and the cops do what the fuck they like, and you sit still. Your boss does what he likes. The asshole at the tollbooth, the bouncer at the local bar, the security guy who frisks you at the clinic, the paper and feedsites that lie to you for the hell of it. They do what they like... You must like it when people in authority they never earned lie to you."
"So, for the first century I'll go easy on them, lure them into a false sense of security, and then when they think I'm not so bad, BAM! I'll go full tyrant on them in the second century. Then I'll disappear for a millennia and make them wonder if I even existed to begin with, just to come back and kill them all."
"It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel."
"The man who pulls the lever that breaks your neck will be a dispassionate man. And that dispassion is the very essence of justice. For justice delivered without dispassion, is always in danger of not being justice."
"As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion. The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is I collect your fuckinghead."
Memnon: I will bring order after centuries of chaos. An order which will last for a thousand years. Cassandra: Rivers of blood can never bring peace. Memnon: But they can bring obedience. That will suffice for now.
Galen Erso: What is it you want? Orson Krennic: The work has stalled. I need you to come back. Erso: I won't do it, Krennic. Krennic: We were on the verge of greatness. We were (gestures with pinched fingers) this close to providing peace and security for the galaxy. Erso: You're confusing peace... with terror. Krennic:Well, you have to start somewhere.
Data: As you seem to know so much about me, you must be aware that I am programmed to evolve and better myself. Borg Queen: We too are on a quest to better ourselves. Evolving toward a state of perfection. Data: Forgive me. The Borg do not evolve. They conquer. Borg Queen: By assimilating other beings into our collective, we are bringing them closer to perfection.
Satan: Yes you are fucked! Shit out of luck! Now I'm complete and my cock you will suck! This world will be mine, and you're first in line. You brought the pick and now you. Shall. Both. Die! JB: Wa-ait! Wa-ait! Wa-ait you motherfucker! We challenge you, to a rock-off! Give us one chance to rock your socks off. Satan:FUCK! FUCK! Fuck, the demon code prevents me from declining a rock-off challenge. What are your terms? What's the catch?
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.
"HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. What we did not realize was that if you tried to take that freedom, they resist. The war taught us much. Humanity needed to surrender its freedom willingly."
"[Wargrave] had great power with a jury — it was said he could make their minds up for them any day of the week. He'd got one or two unlikely convictions out of them. A hanging judge, some people said."
"If the virtuous are placed in positions of evidence, transgressions will remain hidden; but if the wicked are employed, crimes will be punished. In the former case the people will be stronger than the law; in the latter, the law will be stronger than the people. If the people are stronger than the law, then there is lawlessness in the state, but if the law is stronger than the people, the army will be strong. Therefore it is said: 'Governing through good people leads to lawlessness and dismemberment; governing through wicked people leads to order and strength.'"
The Law of Jante 1. You shall not believe that you are anything. 2. You shall not believe that you are as worthy as us. 3. You shall not believe that you are wiser than us. 4. You shall not delude yourself that you are better than us. 5. You shall not believe that you know more than us. 6. You shall not believe that you are more than us. 7. You shall not believe that you are good for anything. 8. You shall not laugh at us. 9. You shall not believe that anyone cares about you. 10. You shall not believe that you can teach us anything. Unwritten. Perhaps you think we know nothing of you?
"We can bide our time, we can keep our thoughts in our hearts, deploring maybe evils done by the way, but approving the high and ultimate purpose: Knowledge, Rule, Order; all things that we have so far striven in vain to accomplish, hindered rather than helped by our weak or idle friends. There need not be any real change in our designs, only in our means."
"The first conspiracy will bloom before the ink is dry. We will twist around the spirit of every rule while obeying the letter. We will lie and cheat and hide our sins, while dragging into light those of our foes and rivals. We will seek to twist the laws as a tool for our ambitions and a sword to slay our enemies. We will hide behind every protection afforded and make red art of the details that save or slay. We will defend our advantages and seek to unmake yours, never once faltering in our callous greed. And yet we will uphold the Liesse Accords, you broken old thing, and wage war on any that would unmake them. Merciless Gods, you think they tip the scale in your favor? Your entire breed are servants of stillness, shaped from the clay of recoil. You came out victors of the Age of Wonders, but this... Age of Order will be ours body and soul."
"Last week I gave a fire safety talk. And nobody paid any attention. It's my own fault for using PowerPoint. PowerPoint is boring. People learn in a lot of different ways, but experience is the best teacher. [lights a cigarette] Today, smoking is gonna save lives. [throws cigarette into garbage can filled with paper and lighter fluid]"
"[bumps into inmate] 498! Interfering with a staff member in performance of duties! Didnt your boyfriend teach you how to treat a staff member, Floppy Tits? That's a shot![to another inmate] Hey! What's on your shirt there, Pigpen? Shit? Tears? Potato chips? 330! Being unsanitary. Shot![to another one]I don't like your face. 312. Insolence. Shot! Mendez is back, bitches."
"You never saw Gallitep at its height! For a labor camp it was the very model of order and efficiency! And why? For that you have to look to the top! To me! My word, my very glance was law. And the verdict was always the same: guilty!"
"A lawful evil villain methodically takes what he wants within the limits of his code of conduct without regard for whom it hurts. He cares about tradition, loyalty and order, but not about freedom, dignity or life. He plays by the rules but without mercy or compassion. He is comfortable in a hierarchy and would like to rule, but is willing to serve. He condemns others, not according to their actions but according to race, religion, homeland or social rank. He is loath to break laws or promises. This reluctance comes partly from his nature and partly because he depends on order to protect himself from those who oppose him on moral grounds. Some lawful evil villains have particular taboos, such as not killing in cold blood (but having underlings do it) or not letting children come to harm (if it can be helped). They imagine that these compunctions put them above unprincipledvillains. [...] Some lawful evil people and creatures commit themselves to evil with a zeal like those of a crusader committed to good. Beyond being willing to hurt others for their own ends, they take pleasure in spreading evil as an end unto itself. They may also see doing evil as part of a duty to an evil deity or master. [...] Lawful evil is the most dangerous alignment because it represents methodical, intentional, and frequently successful evil."
"'What goes on here?' Heironeous demanded. 'You have granted us the power to harvest souls,' replied Asmodeus. 'To build our Hell and gird our might for the task set before us, we naturally had to find ways to improve our yield.' The war deity drew forth his longsword of crackling lightning. 'It is your job to punish transgressions, not to encourage them!' he cried. Asmodeus smiled, and a venomous moth flew out from between his sharpened teeth. 'Read the Fine Print,' he replied."
"I have heard it said evil is nothing more than good's absence, as if evil was the darkness to good's light. A comforting thought, I imagine, for those seeking redemption, but, I tell you, put such thoughts from your mind. You need only peer into a demon's eyes to know evil is not some vacuum waiting for virtue to come and fill its emptiness. Evil is a force. It is an influence in the cosmos, an agency equal to or perhaps even greater than its antithesis. There are two sides in this eternal struggle, one light and the other dark. You might find evil's works reprehensible, yet to those whose hearts belong to corruption, good deeds are equally deplorable. Understand, there is no redemption, only treason against the side you were born to serve."
"Our Purpose? Experiment. We are the engine that furthers Phyrexian progress by developing new life, new tools, and new methods that seek to attain sublime completion. Our Structure? We are an integrated network of facilities each in pursuit of perfection."
"One day, I will rule. A strong leader is admired, a weak leader overthrown. I have principles and I am right. Chaos brings death. In this world there is only order or oblivion. Rank must be respected and feared. The weak will follow sure leaders. Sin is satisfaction. Everyone has vices."
"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 innocently fall before the wrath of the Emperor than one kneels before the Daemon."
"Frozen essences are drawn to a perfect, motionless harmony utterly devoid of any sort of dynamism whatsoever. The Void is the ideal they serve and they strive to cultivate it within themselves. They prefer dead systems, dissecting magic the way a high school student might dissect a frog. They abhor wildness in all its forms, and devote themselves to reining in and breaking that sort of dynamic chaos. Frozen Avatars belong to plotters and planners, those widderslainte with long-term goals and the patience to achieve them. Mages with this sort of Avatar are cold, deliberate and patient, and often give even their fellow widderslainte the creeps. Their magical styles are subtle and swift, and they rarely invest in visible effects when they can avoid it."
"It's all about power: grabbing it, keeping it, using it... Power is our currency, our DNA, our God. We control the world. We provide the blueprint and we give the instructions. We're the people in grainy photos on grassy knolls; we're the shadowy faces in smoky backrooms and darkened boardrooms. We're right here, hiding in plain sight, buying and selling favours: blackmail, treason, deceit- these are our stock in trade. We work the magic of the drunken evenings with senators and chiefs of staff. We shake down demons, and negotiate with sorcerers. We have stocks in Hell, and compromising photos of Angels. We use any means necessary regardless of the cost, because the world is a bad place, and you can either do or get done. We're the Illuminati... and we're not done."
"It is not a question of what the Law is, but rather what it is not. The Law is neither noble, nor an end in itself. It is not for the weak-minded or squeamish. The Law is simply a means for those who control it, namely me, to acquire that which I want."
Olgierd: O'Dimm. What do you want? O'Dimm: What do you mean, "what?" Your soul. Olgierd: You forget. The pact states you can only take it once you've fulfilled three wishes and- O'Dimm: -and we stand together on the Moon. ...Well, what do you know.... (makes a gesture at the ground, and the dirt blows away to reveal a moon mosaic) Olgierd: What? No. We... had a pact. The moon is there. (points to the sky) THERE! Not... here.... O'Dimm: I gave you what you wished for. Here, on the moon, our contract you fulfill. Olgierd: You... whoreson. You cheated me! O'Dimm: I never cheat. (seizes Olgierd) It is done. Your soul belongs to me.
"He's one of the most devious and ruthless men in the colonies. He uses the letter of the law to serve his purposes, and when the law does not bend to him, he gets lawmakers to bend it for him. Mark my words, Shay: James Wardrop is a bureaucrat, and doesn't care how his actions affect others."
"Since the Great Turf War drove them below, they have used their technological skill to bring a sort of order to their realm. But deep down, they know true order cannot be fabricated. It must be seized."
"If we assume that chaos already reigns and that order needs to be restored, who decides what 'order' actually looks like? These two likely have their own opinions on that subject, and they probably don't include the words 'free' or 'will.'"
"Living or dead, we are all of us marching to our orders - you no less than I, Durkon. It does not matter from whence these orders come, be it man or god. Our place is as an obedient slave to those who command us. Through service, we are rewarded. That is the true natural order."
"Because you need me, Springfield. Your guilty conscience may force you to vote Democratic, but deep down inside, you secretly long for a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king. That's why I did this: to protect you from yourselves."
It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection, and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.
"More than once I have ventured to tell my friends that this habit of deferring to law and lawful authority, good in itself, has gone with them into extremes, and would lead them, should they let it grow, into the frame of mind for yielding to the usurpation of any bold despot who may assail their liberties, like Caesar, in the name of law and order!"
— William Hepworth Dixon, New America
"The creation of crimes after the commission of the fact, or, in other words, the subjecting of men to punishment for things which, when they were done, were breaches of no law, and the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny."
"The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not."
"Truth and goodness had no intrinsic meaning for him; they were instruments to be used for the gaining of more and more power. To debate whether any action was of itself right appeared so stupid to him that it was certainly a question he never asked himself."
—Wilhelm Höttl on Reinhard Heydrich, architect of the Endlösung ("final solution to the Jewish problem")
"However hard they try, men cannot create a social organism, they can only create an organization. In the process of trying to create an organism they will merely create a totalitarian despotism."
"Thus, the order that the rational reactionary seeks to preserve and/or restore is arbitrary. Perhaps it can be justified on some moral basis. But probably not. It is good simply because it is order, and the alternative to order is violence at worst and politics at best. If the Bourbons do not rule France, someone will — Robespierre, or Napoleon, or Corner Man."
— Mencius Moldbug on Neoreaction
"Remember the truism: vagueness in legal threats is the hallmark of meritless thuggery."
"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place(d) under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality."
— Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."
"It's but a law of nature, surely, that the weak should serve the strong. Besides is it not obvious in the very thickness of their hides, and the impervious quality of their skulls into which no light has ever been known to penetrate, that is was the purpose for which the Creator has intended them? To be mere hewers of wood and drawers of water?"
— an unnamed British colonialist, about the Melanesians of Vanuatu