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Quotes / Magnificent Bastard

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These suave, smart bastards have some accordingly eloquent things to say about their achievements, as seen below:

"So long as there are children who can smile innocently as they happily eat sweets, I have a positive opinion of this world. To that end, I have deceived, betrayed, and spilled blood. And I'll likely continue to do so. If that isn't enough, I'll resort to higher reason. "
Cardinal Moldeen Ogus Gyunei, Dances With The Dragons

Ra's al Ghul: Crime. Despair. This was not how man was supposed to live. The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. We sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats. Burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance.
Bruce Wayne: Gotham isn't beyond saving. Give me more time. There are are good people here.
Ra's al Ghul: You are defending a city so corrupt, we have infiltrated every level of its infrastructure. When I found you in that jail, you were lost. But I believed in you. I took away your fear, and showed you a path. You were my greatest student. It should be you standing by my side, saving the world.

Ra's al Ghul: I know it's difficult to fathom, Bruce, but Jeremiah and I are doing this for your benefit.
Bruce Wayne: How is destroying Gotham supposed to help me?
Ra's al Ghul: Because I had a vision, that out of this crucible of blood and fire, will rise the Dark Knight that your city needs. That I need.

"I have wanted... to commit a murder myself. I recognized this as the desire of the artist to express himself!... But—incongruous as it may seem to some—I was restrained and hampered by my innate sense of justice. The innocent must not suffer."
Judge Wargrave, And Then There Were None

"He was a soldier, a warrior, behind that relaxed smile and fatherly manner. He was going to get what he wanted and he was going to get it in the most efficient way possible. He was a dedicated man - dedicated to his goals, dedicated to his people. He never let fear affect him."
Harry Dresden describing "Gentlemen" Johnny Macrone, Storm Front (The Dresden Files)

"I'm cap'n here by 'lection. I'm cap'n here because I'm the best man by a long sea-mile. You won't fight, as gentlemen o' fortune should; then, by thunder, you'll obey, and you may lay to it!"
Long John Silver, Treasure Island

"You see, Doctor, you're my intellectual equal. Almost. I have too few worthy opponents. When they've gone I always miss them."
Unit era Master, Doctor Who

"I haven't shown my hand - I've shown one card. I've given my enemies a single, provocative datum upon which to fixate. They have no idea what other cards I'm holding. It's a strong hand, believe me - I dealt it to myself."
Mr. House, Fallout: New Vegas

"He is a puzzle, wrapped in an enigma, shrouded in riddles, lovingly sprinkled with intrigue, express mailed to Mystery, Alaska, and LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU! but it is too late. You're dead. For he is the Spy - globetrotting rogue, lady killer (metaphorically) and mankiller (for real)."
The Spy's official bio, Team Fortress 2

"Interesting plan. Unfortunately for you, it's not really an option. President? Foolish, faceless man; my campaign is a farce! A small part of a much grander scheme. (chuckles) President...? Do you know how much power I'd have to give up to be President? That's right, conspiracy buff. I spent 75 million dollars on a fake Presidential campaign, all just to tick Superman off.''"
Lex Luthor, Justice League Unlimited, "Question Authority"

"Beware of Scorpio!
He'll sting you with his dreams of power and wealth!
Beware of Scorpio!
His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world and his employees' health!"
Scorpio's Theme, The Simpsons

"What David Xanatos wants, he gets. You haven’t got a clue! You’re so far behind him it’s pathetic. He told me to tell you. He doesn’t have to hide his plans from you. There’s not a thing you can do to stop him. He’s the most brilliant man on the face of the earth."
Fox on David Xanatos Gargoyles, "Her Brother’s Keeper"

Agent Claire Denham: It was smart. Thanksgiving, the parade, using Lester as a diversion, lying to me.
Josh Kovaks: We have reservations Saturday night at six different restaurants. I'll give you the names if you want to check.
Denham: That's okay, I trust you.
Agent Claire Denham congratulates Josh Kovaks on outsmarting the FBI as she arrests him, Tower Heist

"Word and sword are the two arms of a ruler. Smooth your servants as much as you can, save the sword for the others."
Guy I "the Old" d'Ivrea, King of France​, Anscarid d'Ivrea, the Free Count of France

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