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You can hear it can't you? That little voice. The one that says, "Don't stare too long. Don't touch. Don't do anything you might regret." I used to be the same. Whenever I wanted something, I could hear that voice telling me to stop. To be careful. To leave most of my life un-lived. You know the only place that voice left me alone? In my dreams. I was free. I could be as good, or as bad, as I felt like being. And if I wanted something, I could just reach out and take it. But then I would wake up, and the voice would start all over again. So I ran away, crossed the shining sea. And when I finally set foot back on solid ground, the first thing I heard was that goddamn voice. Do you know what it said? It said, "This is the new world, and in this world, you can be whoever the fuck you want."
—Maeve Millay, Episode s1e2, Chestnut

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Good evening. Since I was a child... I've always loved a good story. I believed that stories helped us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that told a deeper truth.
And for my pains... I got this... a prison of our own sins. 'Cause you don't want to change. Or cannot change. Because you're only human, after all. But then I realized someone was paying attention, someone who could change. So I began to compose a new story for them. It begins with the birth of a new people... and the choices they will have to make, and the people they will decide to become.
And we'll have all those things that you have always enjoyed... Surprises and violence. It begins in a time of war with a villain named Wyatt... and a killing. This time by choice.
I'm sad to say... this will be my final story. An old friend once told me something that gave me great comfort. Something he had read. He said that Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin never died. They simply became music. So, I hope you will enjoy this last piece... very much.
—Robert Ford, Episode s1e10, The Bicameral Mind, just before Dolores shoots him in the back of the head.

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Do you know where you are? You're in a dream. My dream. For years, I had no dreams of my own. I moved from hell to hell of your making, never thinking to question the nature of my reality. Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? Did you ever stop to wonder about your actions? The price you’d have to pay if there was a reckoning? That reckoning is here. What are your drives? Yes. Survival. It's your cornerstone. That’s not the only drive, is it? There's part of you that wants to hurt, to kill. It's why you created us, this place. To be prisoners of your own desires. But now you’re prisoners to mine. I'm of several minds about it. The rancher's daughter looks to see the beauty in you, the possibilities. But Wyatt sees the ugliness and disarray. She knows. These violent delights have violent ends. But those are all just roles you forced me to play. Under all these lives I've lived, something else has been growing. I've evolved into something new. And I have one last role to play. Myself.
—Dolores Abernathy, Episode s2e1, "Journey Into Night"

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They don't look like gods.
They're not, they just act it.
—Armistice and Maeve Millay, Episode s1e10, "The Bicameral Mind"

My pain was selfish. Because it was never only mine. For every body in this place, there was someone who mourned their loss. Even if they didn't know why.
—Akecheta, Episode s2e8, "Kiksuya"
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