Always remember that the crowd which applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
- Terry Pratchett, Going Postal
He said to people: you’re free. And they said hooray, and then he showed them what freedom costs and they called him a tyrant and, as soon as he’d been betrayed, they milled around a bit like barn-bred chickens who’ve seen the big world outside for the first time, and then they went back into the warm and shut the door.
Sam Vimes, Feet of Clay; Terry Pratchett
He could lead armies, Angua thought. He really could. Some people have inspired whole countries to great deeds because of the power of their vision. And so could he. Not because he dreams about marching hordes, or world domination, or an empire of a thousand years. Just because he thinks that everyone’s really decent underneath and would get along just fine if only they made the effort, and he believes that so strongly it burns like a flame which is bigger than he is. He’s got a dream and we’re all part of it, so that it shapes the world around him. And the weird thing is that no-one wants to disappoint him. It’d be like kicking the biggest puppy in the universe. It’s a kind of magic.
- Angua, Men At Arms; Terry Pratchett
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Ankh-Morpork Watchmen’s Oath
Based on the climax of Thud! by Terry Pratchett. If you haven’t read it, I’m not really sure I can explain it well. So go read it!