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Quotes / The Extremist Was Right

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No one will ever forget that night and what it meant for this country.
Evey Hammond, V for Vendetta

"An intractable problem can only be resolved by stepping beyond conventional solutions."

"I did it... I DID IT!"
Ozymandias, Watchmen

Batman: You grabbed power!
Lord Batman: And with that power, we've made a world where no eight-year-old boy will ever lose his parents, because of some punk with a gun!
**Dramatic Pause**
Batman: ... You win.
Justice League — "A Better World (Part 2)"

"[The Gatekeepers] were suppressing technology, per a treaty with the Pa'anuri. It was appeasement, writ large, for hundreds of thousands of years. Their clone-and-interrogate operation probably killed the equivalent of the entire population of the galaxy a few thousand times over. But you and I are able to stand here and argue the morality of it, so on some level it must have worked, right?"

In all the years Rome has stood, [the Gates of War] have been closed only twice. While I was Emperor, the Senate ordered them shut three times.

"He found Russia working with wooden ploughs and left it with atomic piles."
Isaac Deutscher

"Though I abhor the sanguinary ferocity of the late Jacobins in France, yet their principles... are the most consonant with my ideas of reason, and the nature of man, of any that I have met with."
John Thelwall

"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"
Barry Goldwater

"I did it. Because I've come to realize what many people in the Republic have come to realize, that the Jedi are the ones responsible for this War. That we've so lost our way that we have become villains in this conflict, that we are the ones that should be put on trial, all of us! And my attack on the Temple was an attack on what the Jedi have become: an army fighting for the dark side, fallen from the Light that we once held so dear. THIS REPUBLIC IS FAILING! It's only a matter of time."
Barriss Offee, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Isana: "How can you live with yourself?"
Gaius Sextus: “I look out my window each day. I look out my window at people who live and breathe. At people who have not been devoured by civil war. At people who have not been ravaged by disease. At people who have not starved to death, who have not been hacked apart by enemies of humanity, at people who are free to lie and steal and plot and complain and accuse and behave in all manner of repugnant ways because the Realm stands. Because law and order stands. Because something other than simple violence shapes the course of their lives. And I look, wife of my son, mother of my heir, at a very few decent people who have had the luxury of living their lives without being called upon to make hideous decisions I would not wish upon my worst enemies, and who consequently find such matters morally appalling when they consider them—because they have not had to be the ones who dealt with them.”

"I am baffled by critics who accept Mitth'raw'nuruodo's account of his discussion with Palpatine about the Far Outsiders, yet refuse to revise their opinions about either man. They ignore what Mitth'raw'Nuruodo reported Palpatine believed: that the weak Republic would be defeated by the Vong, and had to be reforged into an orderly, militarized society able to resist them. They refuse to consider the possibility that the Empire's apparent brutality and ruthlessness were necessary parts of preparing for that terrible war. Why do they refuse to do so? Because that would lead them to the only logical conclusion: that Palpatine was right."

Captain Picard: Maxwell was right. Those ships weren't carrying scientific equipment, were they? A 'research' station within arm's reach of three Federation sectors? Cargo ships running with high energy subspace fields that jam sensors?
Gul Macet: If you believed the transport ship carried weapons, why didn't you board it as Maxwell requested?
Captain Picard: I was here to protect the peace, a peace I firmly believe is in the interests of both our peoples. But if I had attempted to board that ship... I am quite certain that you and I would not be sitting here now. And that ships on both sides would be arming for war. ... Take a message to your leaders, Gul Macet. We know. We'll be watching. We'll be ready.

"You aren't offering me power. What you're offering is for me to be the one they blame when this whole rotten mess comes crashing down! Letting companies and the people with power run things however they like is how we got where we are now! It's going to take a lot more that hopes and prayers to get us out of this Depression, it's going to take massive government intervention and some radical changes to the status quo. And I'll tell you right now you and your friends won't like some of them. But if a foul-tasting medicine will save you from death, you hold your nose and choke it down!"
Tanya Degurechaff, The Leader


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