Entire Empire Comes Crashing Down

from The Fifth Element (1997) by Luc Besson and Robert Mark KamenRating: 3.8     (61 ratings)

 
Father Vito Cornelius: I try to serve life. But you only seem to want to destroy it.
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg: Oh, Father, you're so wrong. Let me explain. Life, which you so nobly serve, comes from destruction, disorder and chaos. Take this empty glass. Here it is, peaceful, serene and boring. But if it is... [pushes glass off table] destroyed... [robot cleaners move to clean broken glass] Look at all these little things. So busy now. Notice how each one is useful. What a lovely ballet ensues, so full of form and color. Now, think about all those people that created them. Technicians, engineers, hundreds of people who'll be able to feed their children tonight so those children can grow up big and strong and have little teeny weeny children of their own, and so on and so forth. Thus, adding to the great chain... of life. You see, Father, by creating a little destruction, I'm actually encouraging life. In reality, you and I are in the same business. Cheers. [drinks water with cherry and starts to choke on cherry stuck in his throat]
Father Vito Cornelius: Where's the robot to pat you in the back? Or the engineer? Or their children, maybe? There, you see how all your so-called power counts for absolutely nothing? How your entire empire of destruction comes... crashing down. All because of one little... cherry. [slaps Zorg in the back]
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg: [opens doors, throws Cornelius to guards] You saved my life, and in return, I'll spare yours... for now.
Father Vito Cornelius: You're a monster, Zorg.
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg: I know.

- Father Vito Cornelius and Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg


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