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by Terry Pratchett

Life, Consciousness, and Existence Quotes

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Quote #1

"I could see you thinking. Not many people think, not really think." (2.114)

These are some of the wise words Granddad Nawi has for Mau. Keep in mind, this man believes that he will become a dolphin when he dies. If he were still alive, would he encourage Mau's to really think about that belief?

Quote #2

"Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it." (2.130)

Another great Nawi-ism. Life is a good trick, in that even if you do figure out how it works (and if you do, let us know, okay? Thanks.), it doesn't lose its magic.

Quote #3

I recall no arrangement, Mau, no bargain, covenant, or promise. There is what happens, and what does not happen. There is no should. (3.134)

These slithery words are from Locaha, the god of death. Basically, he's saying that everyone dies—but he sounds a little bit Yoda here. Yoda with a scythe.

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