• Your father always suspected that being pretty-minded is simply the natural state for most people. They want to be vapid and lazy and vain—Maddy glanced at Tally—and selfish. It only takes a twist to lock in that part of their personalities. He always thought that some people could think their way out of it.

    Scott Westerfeld (2009). “Mind-Rain: Your Favorite Authors on Scott Westerfeld's Uglies Series”, p.208, BenBella Books, Inc.