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Quotes / Screw the Rules, I Make Them!

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    Comic Books 
Al: Somebody hired you. Somebody can fire you.
Alan Greenspan: My name is Alan Greenspan. I don't work that way.

    Fan Works 
"I do make my own rules."

    Film — Animated 
"I'm the king, I can do whatever I want!"
Scar, The Lion King

"She only makes the rules so she can break them!"

    Film — Live-Action 

"There's what, maybe five hundred people in this hospital? I could pump you full of bullets right now and I wouldn't be arrested. Everyone would lie for me—everyone who counts—otherwise all their own lies, everything that runs Sin City, it all comes tumbling down like a pack of cards."
Senator Roark, Sin City

Light: I decide who dies, you obey me. Those are the rules.
Ryuk: And who do you think wrote the rules?

"But nobody's gonna hang us for treason. We do the hanging."
Kruger, Elysium

Nicholas Angel: With respect, sir, you can't just make people disappear.
Chief Inspector: [pretends to think] Yyyyyyyes I can. I'm the Chief Inspector.

”I can do anything, I’m the chief of police.”
Chief Martin Brody, Jaws

Nute Gunray: My lord! Is that legal?
Darth Sidious: I will make it legal.

Mace Windu: The Senate will decide your fate.
Darth Sidious: I AM the Senate!

Aldo: Why were you there? To visit the city is forbidden.
Caesar: I know. I forbade it.
Aldo: Then why—?
Virgil: Aldo, if a King forbids his subjects to wear a crown, that doesn't mean he can't wear one himself.


Truth, loyalty are private virtues; kings
Do as they will.
Atreus, Thyestes

"I had forgotten that you are only a common boy. How should you understand reasons of State? You must learn, child, thatwhat would be wrong for you or for any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I. The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We must be freed from all rules."

Two types of people laugh at the law: those that break it and those that make it.

Greenyham: You can't do that!
Vetinari: Can I not? I am a tyrant. It's what we do.

Blaylock: You falsified the records.
Kotov: I amended them. Mister Surcouf’s physical Letter of Marque may be counterfeit, but so far as Imperial records are concerned, he is a legitimate Rogue Trader, and has been since his arrival on Anohkin.
Blaylock: This is outrageous. You cannot do this.
Kotov: I am an archmagos of the Adeptus Mechanicus. I can do whatever I want.

    Live-Action TV 
"I am the king, I can do what I like!
Start up a war, or a big tax hike!
Got a French wife, she's a Catholic...
(Oh Lord!)
(Really, King Charles, we're not quite sure...)
Insolence! Is that how you talk to the crown?
I am the king, I'll just close parliament down!"
Horrible Histories, "English Civil War"

Cap. Sheridan: "Diplomatic immunity" only applies when the subject is charged with a crime. So far, Mr. Morden hasn't been charged. We're holding him in, uh, protective custody.
Vir: Protecting him from what??
Sheridan: I haven't decided yet. Good day, Mr. Cotto.

"There are laws. There are laws of Time, and once upon a time there were people in charge of those laws, but they died. They all died. Do you know who that leaves? Me! It's taken me all these years to realize the Laws of Time are mine, and they will obey me!"
Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who ("The Waters of Mars")

Lt. Blue: You don't like soldiers much, do you?
Twelth Doctor: You don't need to be liked, you've got all the guns.


"We can cheat. Why? Cause it's my show!"
Dave Benson Phillips, Get Your Own Back

"How do you plan to implement this 'protocol', Doctor? Mister Tuvok doesn't have a security team. Both the brigs have been destroyed. And with the internal forcefields offline, you'll have a hell of a time keeping me confined. You'd better grab a phaser, because before I give up command you'll have to shoot me."
Cap. Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager ("Year of Hell Pt. 2")

"Fuck the rules, I'm in charge."
Chrisjen Avasarala, The Expanse


I'm the new folk hero of the Ku Klux Klan
My cop friends think that's fine
You can get away with murder if you've got a badge
Dead Kennedys, "I Fought the Law"

Who will drag me to court?
There´s no crime if you do not get caught
I am the law! We burn!
Sabaton, "We Burn"

    Print Media 
”Authoritarianism is always an ideology of inequality: I make the rules, you follow them, I change them at will and punish those who disobey, or, if I feel like it, those who do [obey] because I can.”

    Stand-up Comedy 
"I just bought a 2-bedroom house, but I think I get to decide how many bedrooms there are, don't you? "Fuck you, real estate lady! This bedroom has an oven in it! This bedroom's got a lot of people sitting around watching TV. This bedroom's over in that guy's house! Sir, you have one of my bedrooms, are you aware? Don't decorate it!"

    Tabletop Games 
It is Morathi and Morathi alone of the Witch Elves who is allowed to wield magical power; like her son, Morathi feels no shame in creating laws and traditions for the control of others, whilst ignoring them herself.
Warhammer: Dark Elves Army Book (6th Edition)

    Video Games 
"They're telling me I oughta stop making these pre-recorded messages. That gave me an idea: make more' pre-recorded messages! I pay the bills around here, I can talk about the control group all damn day!"
Cave Johnson, Portal 2

"When due process fails us, we really do live in a world of terror."
JC Denton, Deus Ex

"We can shit on you from so high up, you'll think God himself took a dump on you."
Officer Frank Tenpenny, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Ocelot: I don't approve of your methods.
Col. Volgin: I don't need your approval. I'm in command here.

Gatatog Uvenk: You abandon many traditions to get your way. Dangerous.
Urdnot Wrex: Speak when spoken to, Uvenk. I'll drag your clan to glory whether it likes it or not.

"Did you know that, legally speaking, my word is the same as Tunon's word unless he contradicts my word as Fatebinder? Rhogalus says the legal term for that is Proxy Decisis. Calio says the legal term is 'fuck you, I'm the law'."
The Fatebinder, Tyranny

Arfoire: As a CPU, you should treat prisoners according to the law!
Uzume: Law? Like I give a crap! I'm the CPU of this nation and that means I AM the law! Whatever I do is the freakin' law! Even if I beat you to a bloody, dead pulp, as long as it's cool in my book, that's all that matters, right? HUH?! ANSWER ME!

    Web Original 
Ravandil: And that's a fucking crime?!
Dwarf king: It should be. Wait... I'm the KING! NOW IT IS!

    Western Animation 
"It's a friendship school! With its own rules! I should know; I wrote the book!"

"...Look, kid, my first name is Boss and my last name is Leader. Rules only apply to me when they're looking for JOBS. 'Cause I MAKE or BREAK the rules. SON."
Boss Leader, Paranatural

General Bala-Amin: You're familiar with Celeschul's "Special Assets" law, I presume?
Commodore Tagon: I better be. I wrote the stupid thing.
General Bala-Amin: Then you knew you were breaking it when you left retirement and took command of a company of mercenaries in service to a foreign power.
Commore Tagon: I wrote it. I can re-write it.
General Bala-Amin: That's not actually how law works.
Commodore Tagon: I know members of the legislature who would disagree with you under oath.
General Bala-Amin: Okay, that's not how law works for regular people.

    Real Life 
"L'état? C'est moi!"
Louis XIV

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

"Where my Guards appear, there is no room for democracy."
Kaiser Wilheim II

The world is full of injustice, and those who profit by injustice are in a position to administer rewards and punishments. The rewards go to those who invent ingenious justifications for inequality, the punishments to those who try to remedy it.
Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights.
H. L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

"The illegal we do at once; the unconstitutional takes a little longer."
Henry Kissenger, parodying the Army Corps of Engineers' motto

"I'm the president, and you're not."

"Screw State! State's always on the side of the blacks. The Hell with them!"
Richard Nixon, White House tape transcripts from 1972

"My library is filled with UN condemnations."
—Chilean President Augusto Pinochet

"By definition, as a Prime Minister I cannot be a liar."
Silvio Berlusconi

"I am the Federal Government."
Tom DeLay, when told to put out his cigar in a restaurant

"To have 'the powers that be' speak to you directly, and it be as you feared...To have very powerful figures look at you in the eye and say, 'You’re right in what you’re saying, but we’re going to crunch you anyway.'"
Yanis Varoufakis, Greek finance minister

Essentially, while I am allowed to exaggerate for comic effect, I am not allowed actively to lie. And it struck me as strange, as I watched the eggs rain down on Conservatives this month, that my standup comedian’s lowly standup comedy routines are held accountable to higher legal standards of truth and decency than, for example, a prime minister’s conference speech.

"I had a little concern about the adjacent nightlife, and he [Mayor Giuliani] looked me in the eye and he said, 'It’ll be gone,' and I said, 'uh, Mr. Mayor, you know there is the American Civil Liberties Union, and I mean, they’re just not gone.'

He said, 'Look me in the eye.' And I said, 'what?' He said, 'Look me in the eye.' I said, 'Okay.' He said, 'They will be gone.'

(shrugs) Scared me."
Michael Eisner on Disney's renting of the New Amsterdam Theater, New York City

When the political elite can act with impunity, it becomes a corrosive salt eating away at the framework of democracy. It is an ill omen.
Arshad M. Khan, U.S. academic

(before becoming Speaker) I refer to standing order 268, sub category B, paragraph 12, regarding that a question cannot be asked the way the member had asked it. (after becoming Speaker, addressing similar standing orders) There is no point of order.


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