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Help finding quote!

Postby LauraJerry » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:13 am

Hi!

I'm trying to find a quote. I'm pretty sure it's from The Discworld series, but I can't for the life of me remember which book.

It should be something like this:

"What people really want is to wake up each day, knowing it's going to be just like the one before it."

... or something similar to that.

Does anyone know the actual quote or where I can find it (what book it's in)?

Thanks so much!
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:06 pm

Hi Laura and welcome to the site. :)

I think the quote you are after is by Lord Vetinari in Feet of Clay and it goes like this:

Terry Pratchett in Feet of Clay wrote:"If it continues long enough, even a reign of terror may become a fondly remembered period. People believe they want justice and wise government but, in fact, what they really want is an assurance that tomorrow will be very much like today."
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Penfold » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:22 pm

Well done Tony, I was racking my brain trying to remember where I had seen it before and failing abysmally. :D
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:47 pm

I thought it was G! G! for a while - Vetinari's "Sea of Evil" speech. :D
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:50 pm

Just actually dug up the passage in Feet of Clay and it's not quite the same as the one I posted earlier. I got that one by Googling, I'll try and post the actual passage from FoC tomorrow - I'm too tired to do so now. :)
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:26 am

Here’s the proper quote from Feet of Clay (page 93 + 94 Corgi paperback edition). :)

He’d said to Vimes once, in this very room, standing at this very window: ‘They think they want good government and justice for all, Vimes, yet what is it they really crave, deep in their hearts? Only that things go on as normal and tomorrow is pretty much like today.’
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby LauraJerry » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:29 pm

Ah! Perfect!! Thank you!!! :D :clap:
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby shigaburiga » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:55 pm

Bumping this. I am trying to find the original quote and source concerning the trolls' view on time--why they think they are going through time facing backward and all. TIA
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Tonyblack » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:05 pm

Welcome to the site! :)

I'm drawing a blank on the actual book at the moment, but the Discworld Wiki has this to say:

Wikipedia wrote:One of the more sophisticated aspects of Trollish culture is their traditional view of time. As the past, where we have been, can be 'seen', whereas the future, where we are going, lies in front of us, they logically conclude we are going through time facing backwards. Also, since they are a nocturnal race, the trollish equivalent of the "Dawn of Time" is the "Sunset of Time."


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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby shigaburiga » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:21 pm

Thanks! :D

lol yeah that's all I got also. I am trying to find the exact quote and source, though.
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Tonyblack » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:32 pm

OK - it's in The Light Fantastic. :) I had a flash of inspiration. I think the whole thing is over several pages, but in my Corgi paperback - page 116 - Rincewind meets a troll named Kwartz while looking for onions. There's something about the "sunset of time" and a footnote.

Not sure where the rest of it is, but that should point you in the right direction. :)
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby shigaburiga » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:41 pm

Will check that up. Thanks! :D
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Jo of the Gates » Wed May 22, 2013 12:29 am

I should never have expected to find the quote I want just when I need it! It's in one of the Tiffany Aching books, and it is a description of the chalk hills that just took my breath away when I read it. Now I want very much to read it as a brief example of Sir Terry's gift for imagery, and of course I can't find it! Anyone?
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Tonyblack » Wed May 22, 2013 5:17 am

It's got to be in the first or possibly second book in the Tiffany series. I'll ask Sharlene as she loves that series, but do you have any more info to help pin it down? :think:
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Re: Help finding quote!

Postby Jo of the Gates » Wed May 22, 2013 12:32 pm

Sorry, no. I read these a few years ago and haven't been back to them. I seem to remember it being in the latter part of the story, as a realization of a Large Truth about Things as she learns her craft and herself. It included a description of the millions of minuscule creatures whose skeletons and carapaces went to make the chalk that make the hills.
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