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    Anime and Manga 

If you break the rules and let yourself off the hook even once, it'll become a habit! You might think you can break a habit, but you can't!
Young Chiba to Young Naeko, Detective Conan

She never gave up the hope even till the end
Only the sea knows
Miiro, KanColle OP1

    Comic Books 

Hey, I think I finally came up with an answer to your question - the one about "Soul?" You know at the end of the day, when you close the door and you're all alone... and you strip off your armor and lower your guard and peel away the mask... When there's nobody watching and nothing to hide... and you no longer need to be strong or clever or pretty or brave... There's just YOU. That's IT. That's the soul.
Barbara, Batgirl (2000), issue 45

Bruce Banner: You don't fool me for a second, mister; I've got all your secrets right here.
Thor: And I have your secrets right here, Doctor Banner. Have you told Betty Ross that you cry yourself to sleep every night or are you too busy fantasizing about hurting the Pyms for stealing your old job?

So much gold... but it's bad luck to rob a corpse. I'd better get out of here. Too bad, We could have had quite a haul tonight. On the other hand, what does a dead doctor need with so much money? Maybe just a few coins won't be missed. (reaches for a pile of coins, but turns away) No. Even I have my limits! Too bad. It's so much gold. It looks like Kiyoko is going to stay hungry tonight.
Kitsune, Usagi Yojimbo #161: The Body in The Library, part 1

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    Fan Works 

This is it... this is the icing on my cake! A lifetime of physical and psychological abuse, brought to a swift and satisfying end! All I have to do... is nothing! I mean, this is just Darwinism at work! As long as I don't hand her this lifesaving juice that I am currently handing her NOOOOOOOOO!!
Kirito saves his abusive little sister from choking to death on a muffin, Sword Art Online Abridged

    Film — Live-Action 

History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.

Look, Ed, what I'm saying is it wouldn't make it all right if Barbara didn't know. I'd know, and I wouldn't like myself.
Mitch, City Slickers, explaining why he could never cheat on his wife.

Principles only matter if you stick to them when it's inconvenient.
Sen. Laine Billings Hanson, The Contender

You know what, Matt? It's amazing what you can do... when you don't have to look at yourself in the mirror anymore.
Sebastian Caine, Hollow Man

Mbizi: Let me make him disappear, Mr. Valentine. Around here people disappear all the time.
Valentine: I can't do that.
Mbizi: (gestures to the empty African countryside) Look where we are. Who will know?
Valentine: We will.
Mbizi: (hesitates, then reluctantly moves his machete away from the arms dealer's neck)

Harry: Come on, Lee. If they want to get killed, let 'em.
Chris: Go ahead, Lee. You don't owe anything to anybody.
Lee: Except to myself.

    Literature 

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Gilbert, "The Critic as Artist" (1891), by Oscar Wilde

Nineteenth [Platoon] lasted seventeen minutes from the time the gates closed. They accounted for one-hundred and eighty nine enemy casualties. No one witnessed their heroism.
Gaunt's Ghosts: Sabbat Martyr - About a group having a Dying Moment of Awesome

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Professor Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Bilbo almost stopped breathing, and went stiff himself. He was desperate. He must get away, out of this horrible darkness, while he had any strength left. He must fight. He must stab the foul thing, put its eyes out, kill it. It meant to kill him.
No, not a fair fight. He was invisible now. Gollum had no sword. Gollum had not actually threatened to kill him, or tried to yet. And he was miserable, alone, lost.

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

"What you do when no one is guiding you determines who you are."
Hei-Ran, The Rise of Kyoshi

"Ah," the Master of Fandom said, "so I guess this is when we find out who we really are." He paused for a moment, then shrugged. "I don't seem to be anyone in particular. Oh well."

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
Aral Vorkosigan, Vorkosigan Saga: A Civil Campaign

This would be death I'd lead my friends to... Death, and what is right.
Kaladin, The Way of Kings

    Live-Action TV 

How do you know the Chosen Ones? No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his brother. Not for millions. Not for glory, not for fame.... For one person. In the dark. Where no one will ever know or see.
Sebastian, Babylon 5

Welcome to a future where our true reflection is only revealed once the screen goes dark. Welcome to the darkness. I hope you find it enlightening.

If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values - they're hobbies.

Billis: Sir, with regret, I'm going to have to lower my gun.
Droxil: Why?
Billis: She is a crying, unarmed, female civilian. I'm thinking of the visual.
Droxil: Nobody's looking!
Billis: Doesn't mean there's no visual.
Doctor Who, "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"

Only in darkness are we revealed.... Goodness is not goodness that seeks advantage. Good is good in the final hour, in the deepest pit - without hope, without witness, without reward. Virtue is only virtue in extremis.
Nardole quoting River Song, Doctor Who, "Extremis"

We all do our duty when there's no cost to it. Honor comes easy then. But sooner or later, in every man's life, there comes a day when it is not easy. A day when he must choose.
Maester Aemon, Game of Thrones

I spend a lot of time moving around people's homes, their bedrooms. You get to know people if you see them when they think they're alone. You see them for what they truly are: selfish, deceitful... and gassy.
Claude, Heroes

Commander William T. Riker: What do we do, sir? With them monitoring every move, every word...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: S.O.P., Mr. Riker.
Riker: Standard Operating Procedures?
Picard: We do exactly what we'd do if this "Q" never existed. If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Encounter at Farpoint"

Tuvok: If the Doctor uses knowledge that Moset gained through his experiments, we would be validating his methods, inviting further unethical research.
Chakotay: We'd be setting a terrible precedent.
Paris: We're in the middle of the Delta Quadrant. Who would know?
Tuvok: We would know.
Star Trek: Voyager, "Nothing Human"

Tenavik: You may still choose to walk away from this future. But if you take the crystal, your fate will be sealed forever. There will be no escaping it.
Pike: You're a Starfleet Captain. You believe in service, sacrifice, compassion, and love. (to Tenavik) No. I'm not going to abandon the things that make me who I am because of a future... that contains an ending I... I hadn't foreseen for myself. No. Give it to me.
Tenavik: I honor you, Captain.
Star Trek: Discovery, "Through the Valley of Shadows"

    Video Games 

Good deed's like pissing yourself in dark pants. Warm feeling, but no one notices.
Jacob, Mass Effect 2

The truth of a man is found in the darkness, beneath the surface. Some light might reveal only what some men want to be seen.
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Only the way a man is when he is hidden, is how he is. A shallow glimpse can deceive. Look deep, ponder, and recognize all that is hidden.
Yeesha quoting the Prophecies of Oorpah, Uru

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    Webcomics 

You are who you are on your very worst day, Durkon. Anything less is a comforting lie you tell yourself to numb the pain.
The High Priest of Hel, The Order of the Stick

Thar’s na much ta explain. Ye told me b’fore tha ye are who ye are on the worst day o’ yer life. An’ tha’s true. Tha’s 100% true. But ye know who else ye are? Ye are who ye are on tha next day. Tha day ye wake up an’ haf ta decide: are ye gonna make this tha new worst day o’ yer life, or na? An’ ye are who ye are the day after tha, which can also be yer new worst... or na. Ye are who ye are on all o’ yer days. All o’ em. Includin’ tha worst and th’ best. Ev’ry single one counts. All tha way ta tha end.
Durkon in response to the above, The Order of the Stick

Integrity means doing what's right, even if nobody is looking.
Rainman, The Whiteboard

    Web Animation 
Who will you see
There in the darkness?
When no one is watching
Who will you be?
"Fear", RWBY

    Web Original 

When Nazi doctors were let loose during WWII, the incredible rate of their discoveries were matched only by the inadequacy of words to atone for them. They might have been monsters, but without them, we never would have discovered the yield elasticity of the elderly, or learned what part of a prisoner’s tongue detects the taste of angel meat. The Sims 3 is a computer game based on these Nazi scientists that offers us a world of moral ambiguity, free to perform psychological experiments away from the leering eye of ethics. Which is exactly what I did. Here are the results of my findings.

CLIMB A MOUNTAIN
TELL NO ONE

    Western Animation 

When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

    Real Life 

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Dale Carnegie

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Thomas Babington Macaulay

I have to tell you - this office, it’s about who you are and what you are, and it doesn't change after you occupy the office. It just magnifies it.

Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It's not hard. Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking.
J.C. Watts

Heaven knows, Earth knows, you know and I know.
Yang Zhen, coining a Chinese proverb

Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.
Proverb

True friends are easiest to see in the dark.
Unknown

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
Henry Ward Beecher

Golf, my dear fellow, is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.
The Oldest Member, "Ordeal by Golf", The Clicking of Cuthbert by P. G. Wodehouse
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