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Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.

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This quote is a reference to the “Noise” that all the men in the New World are forced to live with. Todd is told from birth that there was a war between the colonizers and the Spackle. During the war, a germ was released that caused all the men in town to hear one another’s thoughts in an endless noise. Todd is told that women in the town died at a rapid rate. However, Todd learns from his adoptive parent, Ben, that the germ is natural to the environment of the New World. The men of Prentisstown had gotten jealous that women were unaffected by the germ and killed all of them. Since then, Prentisstown has been shunned by the other colonies. Todd learns that on a boy's thirteenth birthday, the mayor of Prentisstown reveals this secret.

Men lie, and they lie to theirselves worst of all.

This quote is in reference to the lie that the men of Prentisstown tell themselves and their children.

But a knife ain't just a thing, is it? It's a choice, it's something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don't. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again.

Todd discovers a swampy area on the outskirts of town where, for the first time in his life, he experiences silence. He runs home to tell his parents, and his noise travels across the town. Todd learns that his parents have been plotting to send him out of town, and the plan is accelerated when the noise escapes. Todd is handed a knife and his deceased mother’s diary. The knife in this quote is the same knife that Todd is armed with when he is sent out of town. The knife is used in several fight scenes in the rest of the novel.

Knowledge is dangerous.

Todd’s parents have him flee the town because...

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