Talitha Cumi (3x24)
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: It struck me as I was sitting here. Everything changes but the sea.
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: Men can never be free... because they are weak, corrupt, worthless and restless. The people believe in authority. They've grown tired of waiting for miracle and mystery. Science is their religion. No greater explanation exists for them.
MULDER: I want his name. I want to know everything about him. I want the Smoking Man smoked out. I want him exposed as the murdering son of a bitch that he is.
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: You think you're God? You're a drone... a cataloger... chattel.
JEREMIAH SMITH: What you're afraid of is... they'll believe I am God.
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: Well, it doesn't matter. Most of them have ceased to believe in God.
JEREMIAH SMITH: Why?
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: Because God presents them with no miracles to earn their faith.
JEREMIAH SMITH: You think when man ceases to believe in miracles, he rejects God?
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: Of course.
JEREMIAH 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.
JEREMIAH SMITH: And you give them happiness.
CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN: We appease their conscience. Anyone who can appease a man's conscience can take his freedom away from him.
MULDER: Why do you want it?
X: They will kill you for it, Agent Mulder. That's a fact. They'll stop at nothing for it, nothing, even if they have to martyr you and risk turning your work into a crusade.