Terry David John Pratchett

The Truth

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True until tomorrow is good enough for me.
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Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions
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There are some thoughts too dreadful to think
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Character assassination. What a wonderful idea. Ordinary assassination only works once, but this one works every day
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Apparently, they say, a lie can run around the world before the truth has got its boots on
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Truth was what he told. Honesty was sometimes not the same thing.
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“He’s a policeman. The truth usually confuses them. They don’t often hear it.”
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The brain works fast when it thinks it is about to be cut in half.
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People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things . . . well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that a man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds.
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He knew about concerned citizens. Wherever they were, they all spoke the same private language, where “traditional values” meant “hang someone.”
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Somewhere under that self-inflicted scar tissue and at the heart of that shuddering anger was the soul of a true connoisseur with an unerring instinct for beauty
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It was not anger at anything. It was just pure, platonic anger from somewhere in the reptilian depths of the soul, a fountain of never-ending red-hot grudge;
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Some negative qualities can reach a pitch of perfection that changes their very nature
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Kings and lords come and go and leave nothing but statues in a desert, while a couple of young men tinkering in a workshop change the way the world works
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Civilization is words. Which, on the whole, should not be too expensive
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Sometimes it is best to let these things run their course. They generally die down again after a while
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Words are too important to be left to machinery
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It was a puzzle why things were always dragged kicking and screaming. No one ever seemed to want to, for example, lead them gently by the hand
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Three “indeeds” used by a person in one brief speech generally meant an internal spring was about to break
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The universe requires everything to be observed, lest it cease to exist.
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