Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around. Stories exist independently of their players. If you know that, the knowledge is power. Stories, great flapping ribbons of shaped space-time, have been blowing and uncoiling around the universe since the begining of time. And they have evolved. The weakest have died and the strongest have survived and they have grown fat on the retelling… stories, twisting and blowing through the darkness. And the very existence overlays a faint but insistent pattern on the chaos that is history. Stories etch grooves deep enough for people to follow in the same way that water follows certain paths down a mountainside. And every time fresh actors tread the path of the story, the groove runs deeper. This is called te theory of narrative causality and it means that a story, once started, takes a shape. It picks up all the vibrations of all the other workings of that story that have ever been. This is why history keeps on repeating all the time.


People whose wishes get granted often don't turn out to be very nice people.


It's a strange thing about determined seekers-after-wisdom that, no matter where they happen to be, they'll always seek that wisdom wich is a long way off. Wisdom is one of the few things that looks bigger the further away it is.


The good are innocent and create justice. The bad are guilty wich is why they invent mercy.


You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage.


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