Scaffolds, dungeons, jails flourish only in the shadow of a faith — of that need to believe which has infested the mind forever. The devil pales beside the man who owns a truth, his truth. We are unfair to a Nero, a Tiberius: it was not they who invented the concept heretic: they were only degenerate dreamers who happened to be entertained by massacres.
The real criminals are men who establish an orthodoxy on the religious or political level, men who distinguish between the faithful and the schismatic.
— Emil Cioran