En Ami, season 7
CIGARETTE SMOKING MAN: In the end... a man finallylooks at the sum of his life to see what he'll leave behind.
Most of what I worked to build is in ruins and now that the... darkness descends, I... find I have no real legacy.
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: It doesn't matter, most of them have ceased tobelieve in God.
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: Because God presents them with no miracles toearn their faith.
SMITH: You think when men ceases to believe in miracles, he rejects God?
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: Of course.
SMITH: You rule over them in God's name.
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: They don't believe in him but they still fear him. They're afraid not to because they're afraid of freedom.
SMITH: And you give them happiness.
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: We appease their conscience, anyone who can appeasea man's conscience can take his freedom away from him.
SMITH [who has taken the form of Bill Mulder]: And if you can't appeasetheir conscience, you kill 'em but you can't kill em all. You can't kill their love, which is whatmakes them who they are, makes them better than us, better than you.
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: You talk, I'm not one of you.
SMITH: No. All you want is to be part of it, is to be one of the commandants,when the process begins. [morphs back to himself] But you are wrong.
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas 6x08
SCULLY: These are tricks that the mind plays. They are ingrainedcliches from a thousand different horror films. When we hear a sound,we get a chill. We-we see a shadow and we allow ourselves to imaginesomething that an otherwise rational person would discount out of hand.The whole... Mulder...?
The wholeidea of a benevolent entity fits perfectly with what I'm saying. That a spiritwould materialize or return for no other purpose than to show itself is sillyand ridiculous. I mean, what it really shows is how silly and ridiculous wehave become in believing such things. I mean, that... That we can ignoreall natural laws about the corporeal body- that-that we witness these spirits clad in-in their own shabby outfits withthe same old haircuts and hairstyles never aging, never... Never in searchof more comfortable surroundings-- it actually ends up saying more about the living than it does about the dead.
SCULLY: I mean, Mulder, it doesn't take an advanced degree inpsychology to understand the... the unconscious yearnings that these imaginings satisfy.
You know, the-the longing for immortality the hopethat there is something beyond this mortal coil- that-
that we might never be long without our loved ones.
I mean, these are powerful, powerful desires. I mean, they're the veryessence of what make us human. The very essence of Christmas, actually.
SCULLY: You w
ouldn't tell me. Not because you were afraid or broken .... but because you didn't want to accept defeat.
Why would I accept defeat? Why would I accept it, if you won't?
Mulder, you say that you've failed but you only fail if you give up. And I know you -- you can't give up. It's what I saw in you when we first met. It's ...what made me follow you ... why I'd do it all over again.
MULDER: No it isn't! You were right to want to quit! You were right to want to leave me! You should get as far away from me as you can! I'm not going to watch you die, Scully, because of some hollow personal cause of mine. Go be a doctor. Go be a doctor while you still can.
SCULLY: I can't. I won't. Mulder, I'll be a doctor, but my work is here with you now. That virus that I was exposed to, whatever it is, it has a cure. You held it in your hand. How many other lives can we save?
Look ... (she clasps his hand) ... If I quit now, they win.
MULDER: (voiceover)They said the birds refused to sing and the thermometer fell suddenly as if GodHimself had His breath stolen away. No one there dared speak aloud, as much inshame as in sorrow.
Theyuncovered the bodies one by one. The eyes of the dead were closed as if waitingfor permission to open them. Were they still dreaming of ice cream and monkeybars? Of birthday cake and no future but the afternoon? Or had their innocencebeen taken along with their lives buried in the cold earth so long ago? These fates seemed too cruel, even for God to allow. Or are the tragic young bornagain when the world's not looking?
I want to believe so badly; in a truthbeyond our own hidden and obscured from all but the most sensitive eyes...
MULDER: (voiceover)In the endless procession of souls... in what cannot and will not be destroyed.
I want to believe we are unaware of God's eternal recompense and sadness.
Thatwe cannot see His truth. That that which is born still lives and cannot beburied in the cold earth.
But only waits to be born again at God's behest...where in ancient starlight we lay in repose.
MULDER: I'm sorry, I meant no offense.
NUTT: Well, then why should I take offense? Just because it's human nature to make instantaneous judgments of others based solely upon their physical appearances?
Why, I've done the same thing to you, for example. I've taken in your all-American features, your dour demeanor, your unimaginative necktie design... ...and concluded that you work for the government. An F.B.I. agent.
But do you see the tragedy here? I have mistakenly reduced you to a stereotype. A caricature.
Instead of regarding you as a specific, unique individual.
MULDER: But I am an F.B.I. agent.