Were you there?

  • May. 25th, 2006 at 10:32 PM
lu: (Were you there?)
"You cannot fight for 'reasonably priced love'."

"You can if you want me and the rest of the girls on board," said Rosie. "'Free' is not a word we wish to see used in these circumstances."

"Oh, very well," said Reg, making a note on a clipboard. "We're all happy with Truth, Justice and Freedom, are we?"

There was a chorus of nods. Everyone wanted those. They didn't cost anything.

"You'd like Freedom, Truth and Justice, wouldn't you, comrade sergeant?"

"I'd like a hard-boiled egg."

"In the circumstances, sergeant, I think we should set our sights a little higher--"

"Well, yes, we could. But... well, Reg, tomorrow the sun will come up again, and I'm pretty sure that whatever happens we won't have found Freedom, and there won't be a whole lot of Justice, and I'm damn sure we won't have found Truth. But it's just possible that I might get a hard-boiled egg."

John Keel

How Do They Rise Up?

Vetinari S2

You like bowling, don't you, Montag?

If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. If the government is inefficient, topheavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel like they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. Don't give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.

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