On Sapience

“Perhaps sapience is this-the understanding, beyond lip service, that there is such a thing as long term consequences. That by our short-term decisions, we create our long term consequences. But, without the short term decisions made by others and ourselves, there cannot be long term consequences.

“That may be the greatest…sin of alicorns. We are the long term consequences of decisions made in the short term. We exist as long term consequences, and we remind all-allies, enemies, and neutrals-that there is such a thing as long term consequences that might exist to effect them.

“I think that the thing that I hate the most about our existence is that our ponies love the fact that long term consequences exist, and the thing that I love is that griffins hate that our existence proves that long term consequences exist.”

-From The Secret Diaries Of Princess Celestia