I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss… I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy… I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence… It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
Go out in the world and make a difference. Whatever you do, remember that. You’re going to make a difference. A lot of times it won’t be huge, it won’t be visible, even. But it will matter just the same. Don’t do it for praise or money, that’s what I want to tell you. Do it because it needs to be done. Do it to make your world better… just a little at a time.
— James Gordon (Brubacker and Rucka. Gotham Central. DC Comics, 2003)