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Spider-Man: You've got it all figured out, don't you, Kingpin? You've covered all the angles! Everybody gets what they want...I just get used!
Fisk: Spider-Man, I've made several fortunes via the practice of using people like you. Idealists. Optimists. Trusting idiots who believe there is happiness to be had on this planet. Fools who believe in justice. I trade on the hopes and dreams of the righteous.
Spider-Man: And nobody has the guts to stand up to you! Nobody has what it takes to pull the plug on you!
Fisk: My death would serve no purpose...other than to bloody the hands of such God-fearing men as yourself. You face an undefeatable foe, Spider-Man. Accept it, as others have.

Fisk: They - society - hates you because they don't want your help. You remind them of how weak-willed and sheep-like and unspecial they are. How gleeful they are, deep down, to be ordinary. They don't want heroes. They don't want special people around them. Because if there are special people and they aren't one of them— well, who wants that? Who wants a constant reminder that they aren't even trying to be special? See, the difference between you and I is that you really are just a child. You benefit from the wide-eyed optimism of youth. I do envy that, somewhat. But... like many of your decisions in life... it's just naive. And I don't envy that harsh cold slap of reality that will come your way soon enough. But I guess it's inevitable. People don't want to be special. I do think that. It is my philosophy. They- people want to be told what to do and how to live and they want men like me to tell them. They want to go to work and do as little as they can possibly get away with, and they want a big cookie at the end of the day for doing it. And they want men like me to give it to them. And if it wasn't me it would be someone else.
Ultimate Spider-Man, issue #80

Years ago, God in one of his darker moods crammed much of the world's spite and cunning into a quarter-ton sack of flesh and named it Wilson Fisk.
Matt Murdock, Daredevil

"You wonder why I saved your life, do you not? Consider it an illustration — of the true nature of our relationship. Your attack on Injun Joe has served to quell a mutiny in my organization. It demonstrated to the mobs that you are a common enemy, against whom they need protection— protection that I provide. Consider also, Daredevil, that when needed to find this hideout, you did not contact the police. You came to me. We need each other, Daredevil. We are partners, after a fashion. We are the power in this city."
Dardevil #190, written by Frank Miller.

Fisk: I was thinking about a story from the Bible. I'm not a religious man, but I've read bits and pieces over the years. Curiosity more than faith. But this one story. There was a man, he...he was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was set upon by men of ill intent. They stripped the traveler of his clothes, they beat him, and they left him bleeding in the dirt. And a priest happened by...saw the traveler...but he moved to the other side of the road and continued on. And then a Levite, a religious functionary, he... came to the place, saw the dying traveler. But he, too, moved to the other side of the road, passed him by. But then came a man from Samaria, a Samaritan, a good man. He saw the traveler bleeding in the road and he stopped to aid him, without thinking of the circumstance or the difficulty it might bring him. The Samaritan tended to the traveler's wounds, applying oil and wine. And he carried him to an inn, gave him all the money he had for the owner to take care of the traveler, as the Samaritan, he...continued on his journey. He did this simply because the traveler was his neighbor. He loved his city and all the people in it. I always thought that I was the Samaritan in that story. It's funny, isn't it? How even the best of men can be... deceived by their true nature.
Guard: What the hell does that mean?
Fisk: It means that I'm not the Samaritan. That I'm not the priest, or the Levite. That I am the ill intent... who set upon the traveler on a road that he should not have been on!


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