Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious convictions.

[Jamais on ne fait le mal si pleinement et si gaiement, que quand on le fait par un faux principe de conscience.]

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French scientist and philosopher
Pensées, ch. 14, Appendix: Polemical Fragments #895 (1670) [tr. Trotter]
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Alt. trans.:
  • "We never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience." [#813 (#895), tr. Krailsheimer]
  • "We never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience." [Miscellaneous Thoughts 7: Sellier #658/Lafuma #813, tr. Ariew]
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