This is the discussion between Patience and the head of her father from Orson Scott Card’s 1987 book called Wyrms. She found out that she is the prophecy female destined to make the world or kill it as the destined lover of Unwyrm. When her father died, the king ordered to have truth worms implanted in the head so he could only speak the truth and act as an adviser for centuries to come. Patience sneaks in covered by darkness and starts querying her father about her destiny:
“What would you rather? That I tell you that I thought your life was more important than the whole world?
What sort of egomaniacal monster are you?”
“A human being,” she said.
“The worst kind of monster,” he said. “We’re all monsters, living in utter isolation, sending out words like ambassadors that beg for tribute, for worship. Love me, love me. And then when the words come back, ‘I love you, I worship you, you are great and good,’ these monsters doubt, these monsters know that it’s a lie.
‘Prove it,’ they say. ‘Obey me, give me power.’ And when they are obeyed, the monster grows hungrier. ‘How do I know you aren’t manipulating me?’ cries the monster.
‘If you love me, die for me, kill for me, give all to me and leave nothing for yourself!’
“If human beings are all monsters, why should I sacrifice anything for them?”
“Because they are beautiful monsters,” he whispered.