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April 2017

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the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape

Death: Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.
Susan: With tooth fairies? Hogfathers?
Death: Yes. As practice, you have to start out learning to believe the little lies.
Susan: So we can believe the big ones?
Death: Yes. Justice, mercy, duty. That sort of thing.
Susan: They're not the same at all.
Death: You think so? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder, and sieve it through the finest sieve, and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet, you try to act as if there is some ideal order in the world. As if there is some, some rightness in the universe, by which it may be judged.
Susan: But people have got to believe that, or what's the point?
Death: You need to believe in things that aren't true. How else can they become?

Comments

Love this quote. And it actually differs from the book by one line. But that one line was definitely an improvement.

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I don't remember that passage from the book actually. At all. (Maybe I never finished the book....?)

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I read Discworld quotes to pick out Discworld books to read. I tend not to like every one. Some, I've found very boring. My all-time favorites are Thief of Time and Going Postal. Recently, I read Unseen Academicals, and was disappointed it was about footy and not academia... it was also kinda boring, but Vetinari had one line that made the book worth it. (Something about mother and children dining upon mother and children.)

Hogfather had some great lines, but instead of reading the book, I tried watching the show instead. But it didn't engage me, and I stopped after awhile. I loved the scenes w/ the mouse though.

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I figure out what Discworld book to read by the characters. I tend to really like the Ankh-Morpork centric books. (Night Watch, Feet of Clay, etc.) Stuff dealing with witches and wizards don't engage me nearly as much. I have yet to finish Unseen Academicals though.

Did you watch the movie for Going Postal? I thought it wasn't half bad. Angua was so pretty in it, too!