Londo: We Centauri live our lives for appearances: position, status, title. These are the things by which we define ourselves. But when I look beneath the mask I am forced to wear, I see only emptiness.
This quote from Londo about the Centauri way of life is reminiscent of a quote by Captain Ahab in Herman Melville's Moby Dick: "All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event "in the living act, the undoubted deed "there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask! How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall?"