Gollum on rock clutching fish (water colour sketch on paper)
Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them?
Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends. (Gandalf discussing Gollum).
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord Of the Rings, Book Four, Chapter One.