So, I've started to read the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. I've began with the City Watch novels, and am only two books deep and already hooked. I wanted to post a quote from Guards! Guards!, but then many other interesting parts came to mind, so I thought I'd put them in a blog.
"The Supreme Grand Master smiled in the depths of his robes. It was amazing, this mystic business. You tell them a lie, and then when you don't need it anymore you tell them another lie and tell them they're progressing along the road to wisdom. Then instead of laughing they follow you even more, hoping that at the heart of all the lies they'll find the truth. And bit by bit they accept the unacceptable. Amazing."
“You have the effrontery to be squeamish, it thought at him. But we were dragons. We were supposed to be cruel, cunning, heartless and terrible. But this much I can tell you, you ape – the great face pressed even closer, so that Wonse was staring into the pitiless depths of his eyes – we never burned and tortured and ripped one another apart and called it morality.”
" "I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are good people and bad people," said the man, "You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides." He waved his thin hand toward the city and walked over to the window. "A great rolling sea of evil," he said almost proprietorially. "Shallower in some some places, of course, but deeper, oh, so much deeper in others. But people like you put together little rafts of rules and vaguely good intentions and say, this is the opposite, this will triumph in the end. Amazing!" He slapped Vimes on the back. "Down there," he said, "are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any inequity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathsomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass-produced darkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality. They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don't say no." "
“... a metaphor ... is like lying but more decorative.”
“One of the things forgotten about the human spirit is that while it is, in the right conditions, noble and brave and wonderful, it is also, when you get right down to it, only human.”
There was another part that I remember struck me as poignant but I must have forgotten to bookmark it and can't find where it was, but it was something along the lines of a palace guard asking if they should kill the swamp dragons (small dog-like pets) as they were ordered to by the King (a giant dragon). His captain responded by asking Why would a dragon want to kill his own kind? The guard points out that humans kill other humans all the time, to which the captain responds, "That's different, that's because we're intelligent."