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.
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.
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!!
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)
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.
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.
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... andgassy.
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.
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.
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. ... 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.
Thars na much ta explain. Ye told me bfore tha ye are who ye are on the worst day o yer life. An thas true. Thas 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. Evry single one counts. All tha way ta tha end.
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 prisoners 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.
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.
True friends are easiest to see in the dark.
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