Pratchett On Politics, Youth, And The Value Of Young Idiocy

For context, Sam Vimes is musing inwardly about his younger self, whom he suddenly needs to mentor in lieu of his (own) original one due to a fantasy world-based magical freak accident in space and time (Night Watch, p. 163):

“He wondered if it was at all possible to give this idiot some lessons in basic politics. That was always the dream, wasn’t it? ‘I wish I knew then what I know now’? But when you got older, you found out that you now wasn’t you then. You then was a twerp. You then was what you had to be to start out on the rocky road of becoming you now, and one of the rocky patches on that road was being a twerp.

A much better dream, one that’d ensure sounder sleep, was not to know now what you didn’t know then.”

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