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The thing is," he said, "maybe in the same situation, even knowing what I know now, Id still do the same thing. Id still tear that Christian bastards nails out, get him to talk, find out where the bomb was, hope that the plods got the right street, the right end of it, the right fucking city." He looked at me with what might have been defiance or even a sort of pleading. "But Id still insist that I was charged and prosecuted." He shook his head again. "Dont you see? You cant have a state where torture is legal, not for anything. You start saying its only for the most serious cases, but that never lasts. It should always be illegal, for everybody, for everything. You might not stop it. Laws against murder dont stop all murders, do they? But you make sure people dont even think about it unless its a desperate situation, something immediate. And you have to make the torturer pay. In full. There has to be that disincentive, or theyll all be at it.
— Iain Banks —

I am not going to tell you my name, not yet at any rate.' A queer half-knowing, half-humorous look came with a green flicker into his eyes. 'For one thing it would take a long while: my name is growing all the time, and I've lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say. It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time saying anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

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