Above Good and Evil/Quotes
Above all else, my children, be hard. For what is done for love is beyond good and evil.
—Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
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
You would seek to punish me? I am beyond good and evil.
Truth, loyalty are private virtues; kings
Do as they will.
Good and evil are subjective things, meaningful only within a given ethical perspective. There is no such thing as absolute evil unless you believe in the existence of an absolute moral code. If then, by soft deontological approaches it is possible for heroes to be good, or strictly speaking doing the less of two evils.
Crusade: The feeling that what you are doing is not only right, not only necessary, but intrinsic to the Universe. It's... indescribable.
Shadehawk: You can't be trying to take the moral high ground here. Yeah, they're bad guys, but think about all the innocent people are going to die to this!?
Crusade: What? Oh no, nono. Obviously I don't mean morally right. I mean right as in correct. True. Factual.
Crusade: It's simple, really. Two plus two is four. The capital of Texas is Austin.
Crusade: And humanity only truly thrives in the grip of massive armed conflict.