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Lyra Belacqua Quotes

17 of the best book quotes from Lyra Belacqua
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“Was there only one world, after all, that spent its time dreaming of others?”
Philip Pullman
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His Dark Materials
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Lyra Belacqua
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world
dreaming
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“Good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.”
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“Dust is something bad, something wrong, something evil and wicked.”
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“The universe is full of intentions, you know. Everything happens for a purpose.”
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“I’d rather not know what’s in the future. I’ll stick to the present.”
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“Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That’s original sin.”
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“The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.”
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“So she had passed her childhood, like a half-wild cat.”
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“We have to build the Republic of Heaven where we are.”
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“Being a practiced liar doesn’t mean you have a powerful imagination. Many good liars have no imagination at all.”
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“Yes. Lyra has a part to play in all this, and a major one. The irony is that she must do it all without realizing what she’s doing. She can be helped, though, and if my plan with the Tokay had succeeded, she would have been safe for a little longer.”
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″‘And has she told you what happens to the children?’ ‘No, she hasn’t told me that. I only just know that it’s about Dust, and they’re like a kind of sacrifice.’ Again, that wasn’t exactly a lie, she thought; she had never said that Mrs. Coulter herself has told her. ‘Sacrifice is a rather dramatic way of putting it. What’s done is for their good as well as ours.‘”
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“Your parents, both strong in the world, both ambitious, and the Master of Jordan holding you in the balance between them.”
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“She knew one thing: she was not pleased or proud to be able to read the alethiometer – she was afraid. Whatever power was making that needle swing and stop, it knew things like an intelligent being.”
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“You see, your mother’s always been ambitious for power. At first she tried to get it in the normal way, through marriage, but that didn’t work, as I think you’ve heard. So she had to turn to the Church.”
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“As for what experimental theology was, Lyra had no more idea than the urchins. She had formed the notion that it was concerned with magic, with the movements of the stars and planets, with tiny particles of matter, but that was guesswork, really.”
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“With every second that went past, with every sentence she spoke, she felt a little strength flowing back. And now that she was doing something difficult and familiar and never quite predictable, namely lying, she felt a sort of mastery again, the same sense of complexity and control that the alethiometer gave her.”

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