„It was difficult to tell them the truth when a lie would have been so much easier for them to understand.“

—  Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials trilogy

Fonte: His Dark Materials, The Subtle Knife (1997), Ch. 4 : Trepanning
Contexto: Lyra sighed; she had forgotten how roundabout Scholars could be. It was difficult to tell them the truth when a lie would have been so much easier for them to understand.

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