“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
“with this stone of adventure if i sprint more quickly than i
or my friends would have wished it’s an impulse of this type
that tinders me and the matchstrickenmost in these hands
which crush things (my very own) in turn they crush me too”
Sébastíen Smírou (translated by Andrew Zawacki)
. “Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”
—Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
Protogenoi: “What are men to rocks and mountains?”
—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Zombie- “What’s in your head?” – The Cranberries
Vamp: “Couldn’t we just let this be the vamp that got away? We could say he was this big.” – Buffy Summers
Vampire: “I don’t like Vampires. I’m going to take a stand and say they’re not good.” – Xander Harris
Dracula: “I condemn you to living death. To eternal hunger for living blood.” – Dracula
Daywalker: “You really should stay away from me.” – Edward Cullen
High Vampire: “I knew my opponents’ weaknesses, having suffered them myself. Physical wounds are fleeting – a vampire’s immortal flesh begins to close as soon as it is cleaved. Vampires need only fear those wounds that impale, or inflame. Water scorches like acid, and fledglings are devastated by sunlight’s touch… I would have to modify my tactics to suit my foes.” – Dracula?
Player Character: “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.”- Napoleon
Courtier: “Direct action is not always the best way. It is a far greater victory to make another see through your eyes than to close theirs forever”-Lord of Betrayal
Wizard- “Yer a wizard, ’Arry!” – Hagrid
Assassin- “You’ve been struck by a smooth criminal.” – Michael Jackson
Alchemist: “Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of Equivalent Exchange.” – Full Metal Alchemist
Warlock “What can be more beautiful than doing a job that puts your soul at risk?! Thats what it means to be alive!”-Crimson Alchemist
Herbalist: “You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potionmaking,” he began. […] I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses … I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach."
Champion: “Fame, recognition-A paladin does not seek these things. It was enough to serve and have good come from that”- Pio Koon:
Warlord- “Veni, Vidi, Vici. (I came, I saw, I conquered)”- Julius Caesar
Archivist: “But why?! I just wanted to understand this world’s knowledge. I wanted to experience it, free. I just wanted to be free! FREE TO KNOW!”-Dwarf in the Flask
Scholar: “With a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book, no denying she’s a funny girl, that Belle.” – Beauty and the Beast
Paladin “What you call the indifference of nation is your own lack of compassion. Against Nature’s silence I use action, In the vast indifference I invent a meaning, I don’t watch unmoved I intervene, and say that this and this are wrong, and I work to alter them and improve them”- Marat
Truenamer: “Fear names. Names have power in identity. Others can use names as weapons. Names are a hook that can be used to track you across the planes. Remain nameless, and you shall be safe. I am the Nameless One.”
Noble: “Did it not occur to you that perhaps my cause, and not yours, is the cause of right and justice? That your ambition to rule this world is but the youthful craving of a petty noble, who has gained too much power, but never enough?”
Archmage- “Their are no men like me. Only me.”- Jamie Lannister
Time Mage: “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.”
Blackguard: “It is such a quiet thing, to fall. But far more terrible is to admit it”: Darth Traya
Warchanter: “Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.”-Napoleon
Ur Priest: “I am walking down a path of no return, so I will leave behind me every gift I’ve received from God.”-Scar
Lord- “A leader is a dealer in hope” – Napoleon
Druid- “Every Death, even the cruelest death, drowns in the total indifference of nature. Nature would watch, unmoved if we destroyed the entire human race”- Sade, Marat/Sade
Aristocrat: “If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.”- Napoleon
Commoner: “The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.” – Jorah Mormont
Half-Elves: “Everybody has Daddy issues, that’s the way it goes.”- Megan Gogerty
Dragonborn: “I am the blood of the dragon!” -Daenerys
Introduction- “Imagination rules the world”- Napoleon
Dal Quor: “Even when our eyes are closed, there’s a whole world out there that lives outside ourselves and our dreams.”-Edward Elric:
The Outer PLanes: If your Gods are just, why is the world so full of injustice?- Jamie Lannister
TheBoneyard: “Maybe you are right. Where did I come from and where will I go? When I die? Maybe all this time that is what I wanted: the freedom to find out.”-Lust
The Radiate Throne- “Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.”- Maximillien Robespierre
Gehenna- “Men are moved by two levers, fear and self interest”- Napoleon
Barren’s of Doom and Despair-“Life… is strength. This is not to be contested; it seems logical enough. You live; you affect your world. But is it what you want? You are… different inside. This woman lives and has strength of a sort. She lost her parents to plague, her husband to war, but she persevered. Her farm has prospered, her name is respected and her children are fed and safe. She lived as she thought she should. And now she is dead. Her land will be divided, her children will move on, and she will be forgotten. She lived a good life, but she had no power; she was a slave to death. I wonder if you are destined to be forgotten. Will your life fade in the shadow of greater beings?”- Jon Irenicus:
Ysgard- “Again, it must be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient they love themselves”- Maximillien Robespierre
Nine Hells- “Terror is only justice: Prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country.”- Maximilien Robespierre
Grey Wastes- “Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.”- John Adams
Perdition-“For every choice, there is an echo. With each act, we change the world. One man chose a city, free of law and God. But others chose corruption. And so the city fell. If the world were reborn in your image, would it be paradise, or perdition?”-Sophia Lamb
“With genetic modifications, beauty is no longer a goal, or even a virtue. It is a moral obligation. Do we force the healthy to live with the contagious? Do we mix the criminal with the law-abiding? Then why are the plain allowed to mingle with the fair?”_ Dr. StienmanLove the Prophet, cause he loves the Sinner, Love the Sinner, Because he is you. Without the Sinner, what need is there for a redeemer? Without Sin, what grace has forgiveness?
The Chasm- “Why worship a flag or god when we can worship that which is best in us, our will to be great”-Andrew Ryan
Acheron: “Why must everyone make such a fuss over the death of a single soldier? The moment a soldier dons his uniform, he accepts the reality that he might be buried in it.”-Fuhrer King Bradley
Avalon: One man goes into the waters of baptism, a different man comes out, born again. But who is that man who lies submerged? Perhaps that swimmer is both sinner and saint, until he is revealed unto the eyes of man.
Elysium “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
—John Steinbeck, East of Eden
The Upper PLanes:
“I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open : and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried , seven thunders uttered their voices.”-John of Revelations
The Lower PLanes:
The Blood War- “To be United by Hatred is a fragile alliance at best”-Darth Traya:
Introduction- Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.
Conversion by Force- Nobody LIkes Armed Missionaries- Robespierre
False Gods- "I AM OZ THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE
Achieving Godhood- “Look at the bugger, it is not enough for him to be master, he has to be God”- Jacques-Alexis Thuriot
Gods of Love- “All people love themselves too much to be changed by something as simple as love.”-Ravel Puzzlewell
Death of Gods- ’Gods too, decompose. God is dead. God Remains Dead. And we have killed him"- Nietzsche
Return of the Dead Gods- “Nietzsche is dead”- God
Gods of Fear- “Fear is what keeps a man alive in this world of treachery and deceit.”
War Gods “There has never been a just one, never an honorable one — on the part of the instigator of the war.”-The Stranger: The opening of the War Gods section
Poor Gods: "Compassion is the product of the privileged classes, when the giver bends to the beggar he throbs with contempt, to protect his riches he pretends to be moved, and his gift to the beggar is no more than a kick.
Matyr Gods “God has always been hard on the poor”- Jean Paul Marat
Tryant Gods- "Nature teaches a man to fight for his own happiness, and if must kill to gain that happiness, why then the murder is natural. Haven’t we always crushed down those weaker than ourselves, haven’t we always torn at the powerful with continual villainy and lust.
Warrior Gods- “Haven’t we experimented in our laborers before applying the FInal Solution, man is a destroyer, but if he kills and takes no pleasure in it, he is a machine, he should destory with passion like a man”
Zealot Gods- “I am the anger, the just anger of the people, and that is why they listen to me”- Jean Paul Marat
Corrupt Gods: “Religion is what keeps the rich from murdering the poor”
Rooster: “I must warn you…I look damn good in a Tutu” Yami Abridged Series
Dragon: “We must steal the source of his power, his LEATHER PANTS”
Monkey: "Butter would not melt in my mouth, well it would melt, of course it would melt but VERY SLOWLY "
Horse: “Their are no men like me….only me”
Tiger: “It was mean, so that is why I took away his ball”
Cat: “Anyone can be, A husband, lover, Sooner them than me, When they discover, Their domestic bliss is, Shelter for their failing” The Russian Chess
Rat: Thank god I’m only watching the game, controlling it"- Freddy Trumper, Chess
Ox: “Who got you out of that parking ticket who got the polroids of the broken meter”
Snake: “Secretly I”m very lonely"
Pig: “I am grateful, you know, for the ill-conceived and high-handed attempt to defend my honor, although, I didn’t want you to.”
Rabbit: “These people make me tense, I live in fear they will start a conversation”
Dog: “Well if you want to end the world, then start with me, I’ve earned it” Xander Harris
Sheep: “Huh” Curtis Creg, Phantasmagoria 2
SOUTH: Well I go online sometimes but everything’s spelling is so bad its depressing"
East: Screw the Rules I have Money
West: If I look back I am lost
North: I have a right to know, i’m getting married to her in 430 years
Red:That is merely logic. People are not moved by logic."- Mithos
Introduction “What is truth, is truth unchanging law? We both have truths, are min the same as yours?”-Pilot
Unaligned: "A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there’s no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned? "
Neutral: The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.
— Henry David Thoreau
Good: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
- Atticus Finch”
Law: “Dura lex, sed lex.”- The law is harsh, but it’s the law.
Lawful Good- “No man is an island, entire of itself, and therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee”
Neutral Good-“There is no man nor women, no slave nor free, no Jew nor Gentile”-St. Paul
Chaotic Good- “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” – St. Paul
Lawful Neutral- "Vhailor: When the injustice is great enough, Justice will lend me the strength needed to correct it. None may stand against it. It will shatter every barrier, sunder any shield, tear through any enchantment and lend its servant the power to pass sentence. Know this: there is nothing on all the Planes that can stay the hand of justice when it is brought against them. It may unmake armies. It may sunder the thrones of gods. Know that for ALL who betray Justice, I am their fate… and fate carries an Executioner’s Axe.
The Nameless One: I see.
Vhailor: No, you do NOT see. Pray you NEVER will. " :introduction to
Lawful Evil- Power always thinks it is doing God’s Work when it is violating its laws- John Adams
Neutral Evil- There is no such thing as good or evil, only power and those too weak to seek it"
Evil: History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people
Melancholic “You’re pretending to live, Virginia! You’re doing everything but actually living!”
Sanguine: “Butter would not melt in my mouth. Well, okay, it would melt, of course it would melt, but very slowly.”
Choleric: “I have seven kingdoms to rule. One king, Seven Kingdoms. Do you think that its honor that keeps them in line? Do you think its honor thats keeping the peace? Its fear, fear and blood”- Robert Brathatheon.
1- “We must do our duty, no? Great or small, we must do our duty.”
2- “The Things I do for Love”- Jamie Lannister
3- “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”
4- There isn’t any magic but your no is still stronger than your yes"
5- “I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine”- Freedy Trumper Chess
6- “Yes, faith! Faith allows us to believe that which we know not to be true!”
8- “There are no true knights, no more than there are gods. If you can’t protect yourself, die and get out of the way of those who can. Sharp steel and strong arms rule this world, don’t ever believe any different.”- The Hound
“Power resides where men thinks it resides, its a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow”- Varys: The Opening to Illusion spells
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." – J.R.R. Tolkien
Zone of Truth
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.- John Adams
“You should know I was relieved to find out the law of equivalence wasn’t true, that people mustn’t always be required to pay a price in order to gain something of value in return: because even if I lived for a thousand lifetimes, I could never do enough to deserve the gift of my children, you and Al.”
“Sometimes all you will learn in defeat is that you have been defeated”- Sun Li
“You surprise me, I am a better teacher than I thought”-Sun Li
“Sometimes yoru best is not always enough. That is why it is used as a comforter when you tried your best, but death consumed the nation anyways”- Sacious Zu
“I can’t agree with you. I know if I try my hardest, I’ll be rewarded; and I believe that applies to all of us. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you work hard, it pays off. I know equivalent exchange is true.”
“I know Equivalent Exchange is true. If it’s childish to believe in this, so be it. I’d rather be considered a child than follow a doctrine of cynicism and chaos. Apathy – I thought I didn’t care Dad, that I didn’t have to believe in things, but I was wrong.”-Edward Elric:
“we can’t keep living like our own dreams are all that matter”-Edward Elric
“Tell me Wrath, if you take my limbs and attach them to your body, do you really think that will make you a human being? I have artificial limbs and Al’s a suit of armor, but our souls make us human. That’s something you’ll never have!” -Edward Elric
“Death is such a small impediment”- Darth Revan: On resurrection
“When I was certain he was going to kill me, my mind went blank, and I didn’t have any hope anymore. All I could do was scream my lungs out. I felt so helpless; I couldn’t even bring myself to believe someone might save me. And then you showed up Al, and I realized that if we doing take care of each other, then no one else will. So I’ll do anything in my power to get our bodies back, even if it means being the military’s lap dog. And we’ll just have to hope our powers are good enough to help us rise above our own limits. Because we’re not gods, we’re humans, tiny insignificant humans… who couldn’t even save a little girl.” -Edward Elric
“To Teach, one Must be willing to Learn”- The Exile: On Skill points
“One person, at the right place, at the right time, can change the face of the world-or end it”- on the breaking of fate.
“We are the Watchers on the Wall”
“I cannot be caged! I cannot be controlled. Understand this as you die, ever pathetic, ever fools”-Jon Irenicus: Freedom of Movement
“This is the way of the Dark Side, Malak – all things end in death.”-Darth Revan: On the Dark Side
“And it ends, as I always knew it would, in…darkness”- Darth Malak: On Power Word Kill
“Even after I became a soldier, war still seemed like something that happened in a far off land where I couldn’t see it; where someone else fought and died. It didn’t seem real. I thought war had nothing to do with me. But now that I’ve learned that there’s someone who is willing to start war, who is going to start war, just for the stone, I know that as long as people seek the stone’s forbidden power that bloodshed will keep happening. I know the desire for that power lurks somewhere in all of us. The homunculi may throw fuel on the fire for it, but didn’t the desire to bring back people that we love create them? And if they’re nothing more than the products of our hearts and minds, no matter how pure our intentions, then there will never be a war that isn’t at least in some part caused by all of us. Ever.”-Edward Elric
“He was not dragon, Fire cannot kill a Dragon”-Danny: On Dragonbreath Disciple
“I am the Blood of the Dragon”: On the Dragon Shaman
“I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land can never be purged away but with blood.”-John Brown: On the Arbiter
Transmuter: The important thing is to pull yourself up by your own hair, to turn yourself inside out, and see the world with fresh eyes- Marat
“Silence you dog, you have no purpose here but to die by my hand”-Jon Irenicus: On Mooks
“I will be the last. And you will go first”- Sarevok: On BhaalSpawn
“Ok, I’ve just about had my FILL of riddle asking, quest assigning, insult throwing, pun hurling, hostage taking, iron mongering, smart-arsed fools, freaks, and felons that continually test my will, mettle, strength, intelligence, and most of all, patience! If you’ve got a straight answer ANYWHERE in that bent little head of yours, I want to hear it and pretty damn quick or I’m going to take a large blunt object roughly the size of Elminster AND his hat, and stuff it lengthwise into a crevice of your being so seldom seen that even the denizens of the nine hells themselves wouldn’t touch it with a twenty-foot rusty halberd! Have I MADE myself perfectly CLEAR?!”-Bhaalspawn:On Questgivers
“The things I do for love”-Jamie Lannister: On Children in games
“When you play the game of thrones you live or you die, there is no middle ground”
“What we do is but a shadow of what we wish to do”
“Every death even the cruellest death
drowns in the total indifference of Nature
Nature herself would watch unmoved
if we destroyed the entire human race
I hate Nature
this passionless spectator this unbreakable iceberg-face
that can bear everything
this goads us to greater and greater acts”- Sade
“The important thing
is to pull yourself up by your own hair
to turn yourself inside out
and see the whole world with fresh eyes”-The Opening the section on Roleplaying
“Once and for all, the idea of glorious victories, won by the glorious army, must be wiped out
Neither side is glorious, On either side they’re just frightened men messing their pants, and they all want the same thing, Not to lie under the earth,but to walk upon it, without crutches”- Jacque Roux: introduction to Alignment section on Warfare
“He was no Dragon, Fire cannot kill a dragon”- Danny: Introduction to Dragon
“There are no men like me, only me”- Jamie Lannister: Character creation
Character Death: “Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”-napoleon
“Marat, Today they need you because you are going to suffer for them, They need you and they honor the urn which holds your ashes, Tomorrow they will come back and smash that urn, and they will ask, Marat who was Marat?”- Sade: Introduction to the section on Glory
“Without fame, he who spends his time on earth leaves only such a mark upon the world as smoke does on air or foam on water.”- Dante: Character Death
“And I thought I was cold”
“Oh you have promise. But wait until you have more years fall upon you, and you will see what a shell your heart has become”-Kreia: On Undeath and Morality
“Consider well the seed that gave you birth: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.”-Dante: The introduction to the Scholar/Academican
“Get up! breathe with the soul, for it is brave in every battle, and will always win, unless the heavy body be its grave.”- Dante: Barbarian Rage introduction
“Don’t be deceived, when our Revolution has been finally stamped out, and they tell you
things are better now, Even if there’s no poverty to be seen, because the poverty’s been hidden, even if you ever got more wages, and could afford to buy, more of these new and, useless goods, which these new industries foist on you, and even if it seems to you, that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those, who still have much more than you”-Marat: Opening to section on the Anarchists.
“The reason you haven’t felt [love] is because it doesn’t exist; what you call love was invented by guys like me to sell nylons. […] You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts but I never forget.”
“Everything I told you before…is a lie., I don’t give a damm about inspiration., How would I know the right word for what I want?, How would I know that actually I don’t want what want?, Or that I actually don’t want what I don’t want?,They are elusive things: the moment we name them, their meanng disappears, melts, dissolves like a jellyfish in the sun., My conscience wants vegetarianism to win over the world.,And my subconscious is yearning for a piece of juicy meat.,But what do I want?”-Writer, Stalker: The introduction to Truenaming
“We all die alone. In the end, you’re defined by what you’ve done.”- Renegade
So farewell, hope; and with hope farewell, fear;
Farewell, remorse! all good to me is lost;
Evil, be thou my good!
—Satan, Paradise Lost
“Above all else, my children, be hard. For what is done for love is beyond good and evil.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
— The Bible, John 1:5
Evil… has every advantage but one – it is inferior in imagination. Good can imagine the possibility of becoming evil… but Evil, defiantly chosen, can no longer imagine anything but itself.
— W.H. Auden on The Lord of the Rings
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
— Mark Twain
Blind you are, Morgoth Bauglir, and blind shall ever be, seeing only the dark. You know not what rules the hearts of men, and if you knew you could not give it.
— Hurin Thalion, The Children of Húrin
His knowledge remained woefully incomplete, Harry! That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children’s tales, of love, loyalty and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth that he has never grasped.
There are those who say that to comprehend evil is to become evil; but they are merely pretending to be wise. Rather it is evil which does not know love, and dares not imagine love, and cannot ever understand love without ceasing to be evil. And I suspect that you can imagine your way into the minds of Dark Wizards better than I ever could, while still knowing love yourself.
— Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping… Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.
— Mere Christianity
“See, people with power understand exactly one thing: violence.”
— Noam Chomsky
My either/or does not denote in the first instance the choice between good and evil, it denotes the choice whereby one chooses good and evil or excludes them.
“Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil.”
— The Revolt of the Angels, Anatole France
“You must learn, child, that what would be wrong for you or 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. Ours is a high and lonely destiny.”
—Jadis, The White Witch, The Magician’s Nephew
“The morality of my activities escapes me.”
— Doctor Manhattan, Watchmen
“Morals are for men, not gods.”
— Gary Mitchell, Where No Man Has Gone Before
“Let everything that’s been planned come true. Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world. And most important, let them believe in themselves. Let them be helpless like children, because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible. When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it’s tender and pliant. But when it’s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.”- Stalker: The introduction to the Mystic
“A man will fight long and hard for a piece of colored ribbon”- Napoleon: The introduction to medals.
“A man writes because he is tormented, because he doubts. He needs to constantly prove to himself and the others that he’s worth something. And if I know for sure that I’m a genius? Why write then? What the hell for?”-Writer: The section on DMing
“Once I had dreams,
Now they’re obsessions.
Hopes became needs,
Lovers possessions.”- Anatoly: The section on character growth
“Anyone can be
A husband, lover
Sooner them than me
When they discover
Their domestic bliss is
Shelter for their failing.” : The Opening
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”- Jesus: The opening section on Belief and deities.
“Only laughter can blow [a colossal humbug] to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”-Twain: The opening on the realm of mischief
“There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a Dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And You are but a Thought — a vagrant Thought, a useless Thought, a homeless Thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities.”- The introduction to Perdition
“I was a-trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself, “All right, then, I’ll GO to hell.”-Huck Finn: Good fighting against evil societies.
“A lesson without pain is meaningless. For you cannot gain anything without sacrificing something else in return, but once you have overcome it and made it your own…you will gain an irreplaceable fullmetal heart.” ~Hiromu Arakawa: Section on character growth
“That’s a soul, really. Take out the myth, it’s just the spark of life. Our blood…that’s from her blood. That’s a fair trade.”-Edward Elric: The nature of Souls
“On the day we left, we burned down the family home and all the familiar things inside. Because some memories… aren’t meant to leave traces.”-Alphonese Elric: The introduction to Ghosts
“The power of one man doesn’t amount to much. But, however little strength I’m capable of… I’ll do everything humanly possible to protect the people I love, and in turn they’ll protect the ones they love. It seems like the least we tiny humans can do for each other.”-Roy Mustange: INtroduction to Mortals
“It’s much harder dealing with the living. Give me a ghost to talk to any day”-Mustang: Talking to Ghosts
“But does one truly have a choice? One can only match, move to move, the machinations of fate”- Kain: On the nature of Adam
“Fire and Blood”
“Winter is Coming”
“A Lannister always pays his debts”
“Nothing’s perfect, the world’s not perfect, but it’s there for us, trying the best it can. That’s what makes it so damn beautiful.”-Roy Mustang: The Last line of the book
“But you’re thinking on too large a scale there, kid…if we don’t want to drive ourselves crazy..we can only deal with what’s directly in front of us.”-Roy Mustang: Cosmic schemes
“A man who inflicts suffering can not rest. His guilty mind won’t allow it. But today I can finally close my eyes to the living nightmare and lay down, knowing that I won’t wake again. Brother…”-Scar: The afterlife
“Farewell, my shadow, you who stand at the end of the path I chose not to follow. I wanted my own world, so I don’t regret my choice. I would make the same choice all over again. I will continue to choose this path!”
“That is merely logic. People are not moved by logic.”- on Vengence
“And thus, you forget the past… The countless lives that were lost… and the pain of those that suffered. Crimes must be met with punishment.”- Mithos
“When i return home, I will swallow every horrible thing i have done here and i will smile when i’m with her.”-Maes Hughes: Character creation, Guilty past
“The one thing worse than death is to avert your eyes from it. Look straight at the people you kill. Don’t take your eyes off them for a second. And don’t ever forget them, because I promise that they won’t forget you.”-Kimblee: The introduction to Chaotic Evil
“Memories…of the people we were. They’re subtle but they’re real. It took me a lot of time to understand what I saw… Books say we shouldn’t have memories. Or at least they’re only the memories and emotions of the alchemists who made us; that we see. But they’re wrong…Those memories are mine.”-Introduction to Homunculi
“There is no such thing as no such thing”-Greed: The introduction to Sigil
“Appearences rarely share the whole truth.”-Pride: Introduction to Changlings
“Let me get this straight, you think surrendering, and offering yourself will stop the war? How arrogant. The life of each human is worth one, that’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.”-Fuhrer Bradley: On mortal souls
“God you say? Now this is intriguing, how much longer do you think your ‘God’ plans to wait before unleashing his fury? Just how many more thousands of lives must i take before he decides to strike me down?”-Bradley: On Divine Retribution
“Open your eyes. ‘God’ is nothing more than a construct created by man to inspire fear and promote order. If you wish to see me struck down, for all these atrocities, use your own hands to do so, not ’God’s’.”-Bradley: The Athar’s introduction
“It’s remarkable how weak they are. They have an innate fear of the dark. And how do they handle this fear? They simply pretend that it doesn’t exist. They run away from it. How could anyone say humans aren’t weak? It’s an inherent trait. How about we take advantage of their weakness? They certainly do make a good natural resource. Right? It’s all they’re good for.”-Father: The Soul Trade
“When you notice an insect on the ground, do you stop to consider it a fool? The life of an insect is so beneath you that it would be a waste of your time to even consider judging it. That would be an accurate summation of my feelings towards you humans.”-Father: Introduction to the Old Gods
“No Game can be wone without pawns, and this may prove to be a very long game”- In immorality
“The death of a culture is the death of a people.”’
Cause we’re not gods. We’re humans. Tiny, insignificant humans…who couldn’t even save a little girl. -Edward Elric: On Character Flaws
“The world isn’t perfect, and the law is incomplete. Equivalent Exchange doesn’t encompass everything that goes on here. But I still choose to believe in its principle: that all things do come at a price. That there’s an ebb, and a flow, a cycle. That the pain we went through did have a reward and that anyone who’s determined and perseveres will get something of value in return, even if it’s not what they expected.”-Edward Elric: Introduction to Good
“I… I do not remember your love, Ellesime. I have tried. I have tried to recreate it, to spark it anew in my memory, but it is gone… a hollow, dead thing. For years, I clung to the memory of it. Then the memory of the memory. And then nothing. The Seldarine took that from me, too. I look upon you and feel nothing. I remember nothing but you turning your back on me, along with all the others. Once my thirst for power was everything. And now I hunger only for revenge. And I… WILL… HAVE IT!!”
“There is only one god, and his name is death. And there is only one thing we say to death. Not today”-Syrio Farell: On Negative Hit points
“Water: 35 l. Carbon: 20 kg. Ammonia: 4 l. Lime: 1.5 kg. Phosphorus: 800 g. Salt: 250 g. Saltpeter: 100 g. Sulfur: 80 g. Fluorine 7.5 g. Iron 5 g. Silicon 3 g. and trace amounts of 15 other elements. It’s all the ingredients of the average adult human body down to the last speck of protein in your eyelashes. And even though science has given us the entire physical breakdown, there’s never been a successful attempt at bring a human to life… There’s still something missing… Something scientists haven’t been able to find in centuries of research… So what makes you think that hack job priest with his parlor tricks is going to be able to? And in case you’re wondering… All those ingredients can be bought on a child’s allowance. Humans can be built on the cheap. There’s no magic to it.”-Edward Elric: The Theory of disbelief.
“If there is anything I have learned in my travels across the Planes, it is that many things may change the nature of a man. Whether regret, or love, or revenge or fear – whatever you believe can change the nature of a man, can. I’ve seen belief move cities, make men stave off death, and turn an evil hag’s heart half-circle. This entire Fortress has been constructed from belief. Belief damned a woman, whose heart clung to the hope that another loved her when he did not. Once, it made a man seek immortality and achieve it. And it has made a posturing spirit think it is something more than a part of me.”-The Nameless One: on the introduction to the planes
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ‘em all away from you. That’s never possible.” -Atticus Finch
“Perhaps you wre expecting some suprise, for me to reveal a secret that has eluded you, something that would change your perspective of events, shatter you to your core. There is no great revelation, no great secret. There is only you.”-Kreia:Character Creation
“We could turn this whole boat into gold!”
“Yes, and then it would sink, and we would all drown.”
“A trinket won’t save yeh from fate’s hand. If the stains on yer soul are black enough, no amount o’ washing will get ’em out.”- On redemption
Factions: The Play’s chief aim was to tear to bit, great propositions and their opposites, see how they work, and let them fight it out. The point some light on our eternal doubt, i’ve twisted and turned in every way, and can find no ending to our play"- Sade, Marat/Sade
“Mercy is for the weak. Punishment breaks souls and makes them worthy of service to their superiors. When the number of martyrs is great enough, rebellion crumbles.”- Introduction to the Mercykilleres
Sodkillers-“Pity is treason”- Maximillien Robespierre
“Yes and what are they without the Force? Take the greatest Jedi Knigiht ,strip away the Force, and what remains? They rely on it, depend on it, more than they know. Watch as one tries to hold a blaster, as they hold a lightsaber and you will see nothing more than a women, or a man. A child:”- Kreia: On anti magic
“How is it that you believe that you have earned the right to any truths in this life or the next? Such arrogance.”-Trias the Betrayer
“There is a Magical operation of maximum importance: the Initiation of a New Aeon. When it becomes necessary to utter a Word, the whole Planet must be bathed in blood.”-Legacy of Kain: The Breaking of Fate
But nothing’s ever perfect, haven’t you realized that yet? Earth turns on a tilted axis, just doing the best it can.
“Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?”- Atticus finch
“Damn it, there’s so many idiots who’s asses I have to kick! I’ll have to start carrying a list just to keep track of them all…”
“Capitán Vidal: You could have obeyed me!
Dr. Ferreiro: But captain, to obey- just like that- for the sake of obeying… without questioning… that’s something only people like you can do Captain.”: One the Nature of disobedience
Wolf: I get the feeling you still don’t completely trust me.
Virginia: I don’t trust you at all! You tried to eat my grandmother.
“Is it a sin to be weak hearted? Not everyone’s strong. Not everyone can stand being despised.”-MIthos
Character Growth- "You’re cold. You’re cold, Virginia. How did you become so cold? You are still lost in the forest. But lonely, lost girls like us can rescue themselves. You are standing on the edge of greatness. "
Mass Combat “War…War never Changes”- Fallout
Race in Games- “In the future their will be only war…and White People”
“The Unity will bring about the master race. Master Master! One able to survive, or even thrive, in the wasteland. As long as there will be differences, we will tear ourselves apart fighting each other. We need one race! Race! Race! One goal! Goal! Goal! One people… to move forward to our destiny. Destiny.”
Leveling up- “I feel like I’ve passed an arbitrary experience point limit and gained more power.”- Myron
Free Will- “A man chooses, a slave obeys”- Andrew Ryan
On personality systems- “We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us” Rapture announcementI instruct the children. It is my duty. All children are wicked beasts. It is my duty to force them into evolve into human beings. Perhaps you have heard that I do not tolerate frivolity. This is true. I want my charges to suffer as much as possible.
“I know who you are. You are walking death, a plague in human form. Where you step, blood flows like a river. But such iniquities can be ended by a righteous soul!”
“Imagine the will it took to create a place like this. And what have you built? Nothing. You can only loot and break. You’re not a man, you’re just a termite at Versailles”-Andrew Ryan
Mordred and Agravaine thought Arthur hypocritical—as all decent men must be, if you assume that decency can’t exist.
— The Once and Future King
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
— The Bible (New International Version), Proverbs 27:5-6"You must understand, I do not wish the Jedi dead. Defeated…perhaps. I merely wish them to see that they and their teachings were wrong. That one could not truly understand the Force simply by adhering to the Jedi Code"- Kreia:
“Power is Power”-Xykon
Abashed, the Devil stood, and felt how awful goodness is.
“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”
“If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us saintly. And we’d live like animals or angels in the happy land that needs no heroes. But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust, and stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice, and thought, and have to choose, to be human at all… why then perhaps we must stand fast a little- even at the risk of being heroes.”
—Thomas More, A Man For All Seasons
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tables—meet it is I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;
At least I’m sure it may be so in Denmark.
And it’s so easy when you’re evil
This is the life, you see
The Devil tips his hat to me
I do it all because I’m evil
And I do it all for free
Your tears are all the pay I’ll ever need
Voltaire, When You’re Evil
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, As they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, And the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another,
1 John 1:5-7
Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell;
Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,
Yet grace must still look so.
—William Shakespeare, Macbeth
And yet I do write a new commandment to you,
which holds true in him and among you,
for the darkness is passing away,
and the true light is already shining.
Whoever says he is in the light,
yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
Whoever loves his brother remains in the light,
and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
1 John 2:8-10
Hail holy light, ofspring of Heav’n first-born,
Or of th’ Eternal Coeternal beam
May I express thee unblam’d? since God is light,
And never but in unapproached light
Dwelt from Eternitie, dwelt then in thee,
Bright effluence of bright essence increate.
John Milton, Paradise Lost
“I don’t fear what hides in the darkness. I fear what hides in the light.”
“This is not over! We will never end! We have no beginning, so we can have no end! We will return! Don’t you understand? We are humanity! We are YOU! In one form, in another form, we are always with you! You can’t protect yourself because we come in many, many guises. We shall return!”
— AM, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream The Game
“Mr. Heathcliff, you have nobody to love you; and, however miserable you make us, we shall still have the revenge of thinking that your cruelty arises from your greater misery! You are miserable, are you not? Lonely, like the devil, and envious like him? Nobody loves you—nobody will cry for you when you die! I wouldn’t be you!”
Catherine Linton, Wuthering Heights
For a fleeting moment, could one of the sleepers have seen him, they would have thought that they beheld an old weary hobbit, shrunken by the years that had carried him far beyond his time, beyond friends and kin, and the fields and streams of youth, an old starved pitiable thing.
— A description of Gollum’s misery in The Lord of the Rings
“For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright/Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.”
— William Shakespeare, Sonnet 147
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.
I am quite certain that there are people who do not repent of their good deeds when the return they get for them is treachery and ingratitude. I think that these few ought to be in Heaven; they are in the way here.
— Mark Twain, “Something About Repentance”
The king knew with certainty that the knight who had crossed the bridge was far better than any other, for no one who harboured Cowardice within himself, which shames those who have it more than Nobility brings them honour, would dare to cross. Nobility cannot accomplish as much as Cowardice and Sloth, for it is the truth – and never doubt it – that evil can be more easily done than good.
—Chrétien de Troyes, Lancelot, or the Knight of the Cart
“Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit; so let it be done!”- JOhn Brown
Political games-Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.: Tywin Lannister
Party Composition- There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool.: Tywin Lannister
When your enemies defy you, you must serve them steel and fire. When they go to their knees, however, you must help them back to their feet. Elsewise no man will ever bend the knee to you. And any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king at all.
“Kings have no friends, only subjects and enemies”- Stannis
“I never asked for this, no more than I asked to be king. Yet dare I disregard her? We do not choose our destinies. Yet we must … we must do our duty, no? Great or small, we must do our duty”-Stannis
There is no creature on earth half so terrifying as a truly just man"-Varys
Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.
“Does your master hear me? Atlas! You can kill me, but you will never have my city! My strength is not in steel and fire, that is what the parasites will never understand. A season for all things: a time to live, and a time to die. A time to build, and a time…to destroy!”
Is it a sin to be weak hearted? Not everyone’s strong. Not everyone can stand being despised.- Mithos
What will you accomplish by dying? Nothing! There is no meaning in dying!- Lolyd
“I ripped off my own living flesh so that I wouldn’t have to admit weakness. You’re strictly little league compared to that. That right there? That’s the difference between bonafide true Evil with a capital “E” and your whiny “evil, but for a good cause,” crap. One gets to be the butch, and one gets to be the bitch – bitch."-Xykon: Man behind the Man
Dante: To gain something, you must pay. Then, conversely, by paying a price, something will be gained.
Ed: Yes! That’s why people make efforts to pay this price!
Dante: But, that’s weird… After all, even though you pay the same price, you won’t always gain the same thing.
Ed: That is…
Dante: There is the Nationally Certified Alchemist examination. To pass it, how many people spend time studying for it? That is what they put into it. But, in reality, only a small number will pass. To begin with, even if you study alchemy in the same way, huge differences in ability will be born. And, people’s lives do not have the same value. [transmutes a snake out of stone and readies to attack a baby] With the way things are, the baby will die.
Ed: Stop it!
Dante: It is really easy to kill him. Then, was the child only born to die? That child is trying his best to live, and he is paying the price. Yet, the only thing he will gain is… death. On the other hand, there are people who survive even though they kill other people. It doesn’t matter how hard you try to live, at the time of your death, you will die. If you compare this to people who are blessed with wealth and authority, who spend their life happily… Isn’t that unfair? The world is truly cruel. Yet, at the same time you could say that is why it is beautiful.
Ed: Quit your sophistry!
Dante: What you call the Law of Conservation is merely an excuse for the weak to console themselves. If they paid a price, they would become happier.
“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”- Napoleon
“The world is built by killers, so you better get use to them”
“The Gods have no mercy, that is why they are gods”.
Life…dreams…hope. Where do they come from, and where do they go? Such meaningless things…I’ll destroy them all!
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
- Albus Dumbledore
“Me, I’m dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly, it’s the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they’re gonna do something incredibly… stupid.”
— Captain Jack Sparrow,
Destruction isn’t supposed to make sense! It’s only fun when it’s senseless!- Kefka
“Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.”
— Mark Twain
An artist is the magician put among men to gratify — capriciously — their urge for immortality. The temples are built and brought down around him, continuously and contiguously, from Troy to the fields of Flanders. If there is any meaning in any of it, it is in what survives as art, yes even in the celebration of tyrants, yes even in the celebration of nonentities. What now of the Trojan War if it had been passed over by the artist’s touch? Dust. A forgotten expedition prompted by Greek merchants looking for new markets. A minor redistribution of broken pots. But it is we who stand enriched, by a tale of heroes, of a golden apple, a wooden horse, a face that launched a thousand ships — and above all, of Ulysses, the wanderer, the most human, the most complete of all heroes — husband, father, son, lover, farmer, soldier, pacifist, politician, inventor and adventurer.
We shed as we pick up, like travellers who must carry everything in their arms, and what we let fall will be picked up by those behind. The procession is very long and life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. The missing plays of Sophocles will turn up piece by piece, or be written again in another language. Ancient cures for diseases will reveal themselves once more. Mathematical discoveries glimpsed and lost to view will have their time again. You do not suppose, my lady, that if all of Archimedes had been hiding in the great library of Alexandria, we would be at a loss for a corkscrew?
“I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead.”
“In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.”
“War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war because they don’t want to be a hero. It takes courage to sit down and be counted.”
Their coarseness is the sinew of some kind of brute confidence which is the reason England is home to every shade of political exile. They don’t give asylum out of respect for asylum-seekers, but out of respect for themselves. They invented personal liberty, and they know it, and they did it without having any theories about it. They value liberty because it’s liberty.
Fairty Tale Fantasy- "What is it with you people? What kind of twisted upbringing did you have? You know, why can’t you just say, ‘Oh, that’ll be 100 gold coins’? Why does it always have to be, ‘No! Not unless you lay a magic egg, or count the hairs on that giant’s ass!’?
Spelljammer: Oh, you’re going to zap me with penicillin and pesticides. Spare me that and I’ll spare you the bomb and aerosols. But don’t confuse progress with perfectibility. A great poet is always timely. A great philosopher is an urgent need. There’s no rush for Isaac Newton. We were quite happy with Aristotle’s cosmos. Personally, I preferred it. Fifty-five crystal spheres geared to God’s crankshaft is my idea of a satisfying universe. I can’t think of anything more trivial than the speed of light. Quarks, quasars – big bangs, black holes – who gives a shit? How did you people con us out of all that status? All that money?