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by Terry Pratchett

Life, Consciousness, and Existence Quotes in Nation

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Quote #7

It's a funny saying, "broaden your horizons." I mean, there's just the horizon, which moves away from you. [...] Maybe you moved, you changed. (6.53-6.54)

Daphne's father liked to tell her to broaden her horizons. What does it even mean? There are a lot of sayings that don't make any sense. A stitch in time saves nine? Huh? A stitch in time doesn't keep our buttons from popping off, that's for sure. (Okay, that one actually does make sense.) The point here is that your horizon looks different from where you're standing.

Quote #8

When people are not sure what you are, they don't know what you might do. (7.16)

Some people fear Mau because they think he might be a demon. This works in his favor, because most of the time, they do what he says. People have an inherent need to label things, whether they call a chief a "demon boy;" a coincidence, a miracle, or science, "magic." Defy labels and you defy expectations.

Quote #9

Sometimes the world ought to be better organized. (9.31)

Daphne laments that the annoying parrot always shows up at the least opportune moments. Life isn't a scripted TV show. It isn't even reality TV. If it were, who would do the scripting, and what if you didn't like the lines you were given?

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