A couple of months ago I started reading the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett and often stumble over quotes by the characters that are quite deep. Nothing new under the sun but I cant get enough of quotes like that. So maybe some of you too found quotes or a short dialog in novels you found interesting, inspiring, thought provoking, funny, and so on that you would like to share. What good authors often do is pick a problem in society, a historical event, the fears of society today and put them into a different time and place and let their characters play it out. So there should be some quite nice quotes out there.
Well for now I have only 2 quotes from the books that I remeber, the first one cause I use it as signature and the second one cause I just finished the book.
First one is from the book Reaper Man if I remember correctly.
No-one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away - until the clock they wound up winds down, until the wine they made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone's life is only the core of their actual existence.Spoiler Warning
for the 2nd one.
It's a short dialog of 2 characters from the book Feet of clay. The book is introducing golems in more detail into the discworld universe. Golems were sold and bought like slaves for thousand of years. They don't sleep, eat or speak (since they have no tounge) and work 24/7 and never stop. So you need to be careful what task you give them and need to check up on them. One was once told to dig a trench but they forgot about him until they suddenly wondered where all that water came from. They only communicate through writing on tablets and that not very much. So one golem was set free. He was bought for one dollar and given to himself. He was also given a tounge so he can talk which made the clergy furios. Its blasspemy! A thing that isnt alive has a voice! A slave with a voice! Its an abomination! *cough* Well anyways the golem joined the city watch in the end and demanded double pay than the other watchmen, since he can work 24/7, needs no sleep etc. And since golems dont really have use for money the following dialog happened:
Commander Vimes: Er... what do you need money for, Dorfl?
Golem Dorfl: I Shall Save Up And Purchase The Golem Klutz Who Labours In The Pickle Factory, And Give Him To Himself; Then Together We Will Earn And Save For The Golem Bobkes Of The Coal Merchant; The Three Of Us Will Labour And Buy The Golem Shmata Who Toils At The Seven-Dollar Tailor's In Peach Pie Street; Then The Four Of Us Will---
Commander Vimes: Some people might decide to free their comrades by force and bloody revolution. Not that I'm suggesting that in any way, of course.
Golem Dorfl: No. That Would Be Theft. We Are Bought And Sold. So We Will Buy Ourselves Free. By Our Labour. No One Else To Do It For Us. We Will Do It By Ourselves.
I could write a 100 page essay on that one.