Quote of the Day – Blaise Pascal

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
– French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal quoted by the character Brother Luc in the French movie Of Gods and Men.
Source: New Yorker, February 28, 2011 p.81

3 Responses to "Quote of the Day – Blaise Pascal"

  1. Naveen   February 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    It could not have been said better.

    God is Man’s greatest invention which has survived time, cultures, technology and sanity. God is a alter-ego of weak men. If “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” are written with philosophy sprinkled on it then a few centuries later there is a good chance that it becomes another Ramayana and Mahabharatha. People will be searching for Gotham in Chicago 😉

    I am probably over simplifying it but I think you will get the point.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: God is Man’s greatest invention

    Au contraire, God is Man’s greatest tragedy.

    A fiction that has ruined and killed countless men (and women too…..how can we forget Joan of Arc and the many witches killed in Europe and here at Salem in Massachusetts).

    Not to forget the many Catholic nuns forced to rely on their hands and the Catholic priests grossly tempted to turn to young boys.

  2. vjcool   February 24, 2011 at 2:22 am

    have a look


    Enjoy.. and review plz.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Which one (there are 10 in your above list)?

    BTW, watched your Paradise Now a couple of days back.

  3. vjcool   February 25, 2011 at 1:00 am

    At least the first 3, 4, 6 and 8 (these I found interesting)
    and the rest if you please. I think ‘Ran’ has been suggested by many, so just ‘Ran’ will also do, it’ll be one of the beautiful movies you had watched.

    ‘Paradise now’, review please.

    please do ‘Munich’ also, nice film making, I think you have seen it.

    It’s kind of weird that I was reading a christian’s testimony about how god has a plan for her despite suffering from multiple cancers.. and I remembered SI.. .. seems like you have a very bad influenza on the insanity of people.. 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ll do Paradise Now in a couple of days. Depressingly Good.

    Munich we saw in a theater a few years back. Sat in the first row because it was a full house. 🙁 Won’t do Munich now (perhaps later). Don’t feel like rewatching it considering the cornucopia of unwatched films waiting for us.

    Will do Paradise Now, followed by some of the other movies in your list. After reading a piece in the current issue of New York Review of Books, we’re also in a Marilyn Monroe mood these days. So you can expect a bunch of Marilyn films soon like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like it Hot and more.

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