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Quote: Most modern fantasy just rearranges the furniture in Tolkien's attic. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Most modern fantasy just rearranges the furniture in Tolkien's attic.


Quote: And what are you doing on it, I would like to know? Running away from home, yesno? If you were a boy I'd say are you going to seek your fortune? Can't girls seek their fortune? I think they're supposed to seek a boy with a fortune. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

And what are you doing on it, I would like to know? Running away from home, yesno? If you were a boy I'd say are you going to seek your fortune? Can't girls seek their fortune? I think they're supposed to seek a boy with a fortune.


Quote: The purpose of this lectchoor is to let you know where we are. We are in the deep cack. It couldn't be worse if it was raining arseholes. Any questions? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The purpose of this lectchoor is to let you know where we are. We are in the deep cack. It couldn't be worse if it was raining arseholes. Any questions?


Quote: I can't stand any music that requires its singers to be so dumb they wear their baseball caps backwards. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I can't stand any music that requires its singers to be so dumb they wear their baseball caps backwards.


Quote: Just to keep bad dreams at bay, she took a swig out of a bottle that smelled of apples and happy brain-death. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Just to keep bad dreams at bay, she took a swig out of a bottle that smelled of apples and happy brain-death.


Quote: Bandits and governments 'ave so much in common that they might be interchangeable anywhere in the world. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Bandits and governments 'ave so much in common that they might be interchangeable anywhere in the world.


Quote: They can ta'k our lives but they can never ta'k our freedom!' Now there's a battle cry not designed by a clear thinker. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

They can ta'k our lives but they can never ta'k our freedom!' Now there's a battle cry not designed by a clear thinker.


Quote: It doesn't matter how you live and die, it's how the bards wrote it down. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It doesn't matter how you live and die, it's how the bards wrote it down.


Quote: Fascism may be good at making the trains run on time, but you wouldn't like some of the destinations. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Fascism may be good at making the trains run on time, but you wouldn't like some of the destinations.


Quote: Why not? If enough people believe, you can be god of anything. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Why not? If enough people believe, you can be god of anything.


Quote: Out of Print is bookseller speak for We can't be hedgehogged. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Out of Print is bookseller speak for We can't be hedgehogged.


Quote: Every procedure for getting a cat to take a pill works fine -- once. Like the Borg, they learn. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Every procedure for getting a cat to take a pill works fine -- once. Like the Borg, they learn.


Quote: It looked the sort of book described in library catalogues as 'slightly foxed,' although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had beed badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It looked the sort of book described in library catalogues as 'slightly foxed,' although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had beed badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well.


Quote: Granny Weatherwax, who had walked nightly without fear in the bandit-haunted forests of the mountains all her life in the certain knowledge that the darkness held nothing more terrible than she was. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Granny Weatherwax, who had walked nightly without fear in the bandit-haunted forests of the mountains all her life in the certain knowledge that the darkness held nothing more terrible than she was.


Quote: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away childish things because. wow, then I could afford much *better* childish things! by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away childish things because. wow, then I could afford much *better* childish things!


Quote: Strength enough to build a home, Time enough to hold a child, Love enough to break a heart. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Strength enough to build a home, Time enough to hold a child, Love enough to break a heart.


Quote: A hardback's harder at Christmas time because that's a good hardback buying time. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

A hardback's harder at Christmas time because that's a good hardback buying time.


Quote: Shoes, men, coffins; never accept the first one you see. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Shoes, men, coffins; never accept the first one you see.


Quote: Soon to come in licorice, orange, cinnamon, and banana, but not strawberry, because I hate strawberries. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Soon to come in licorice, orange, cinnamon, and banana, but not strawberry, because I hate strawberries.


Quote: The food was good solid stuff for a cold morning, all calories and fat and protein and maybe a vitamin crying softly because it was all alone. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The food was good solid stuff for a cold morning, all calories and fat and protein and maybe a vitamin crying softly because it was all alone.


Quote: Even a really bad creator would at least have started with Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Surprise. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Even a really bad creator would at least have started with Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Surprise.


Quote: People don't like to say Horror so they say Dark Fantasy because that's Horror wearing a collar and tie. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

People don't like to say Horror so they say Dark Fantasy because that's Horror wearing a collar and tie.


Quote: Dark Fantasy is just another way of saying Horror. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Dark Fantasy is just another way of saying Horror.


Quote: I ain't against gods and goddesses, in their place. But they've got to be the ones we make ourselves. Then we can take 'em to bits for the parts when we don't need 'em anymore, see? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I ain't against gods and goddesses, in their place. But they've got to be the ones we make ourselves. Then we can take 'em to bits for the parts when we don't need 'em anymore, see?


Quote: Vimes was already lost. Oh, there was the sun, but that was just a direction. He could feel it on the side of his face. 
And the camel rocked from side to side. There was no real way of judging distance, except by haemorrhoids. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Vimes was already lost. Oh, there was the sun, but that was just a direction. He could feel it on the side of his face.
And the camel rocked from side to side. There was no real way of judging distance, except by haemorrhoids.


Quote: Silk stockings. With garters. Well, they were out. There were a lot of things he'd do for Sybil, but if garters figured anywhere in the relationship they weren't going to be on him. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Silk stockings. With garters. Well, they were out. There were a lot of things he'd do for Sybil, but if garters figured anywhere in the relationship they weren't going to be on him.


Quote: Vimes awoke with a noseful of camel. There are far worse awakenings, but not as many as you might think. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Vimes awoke with a noseful of camel. There are far worse awakenings, but not as many as you might think.


Quote: The Great God Om waxed wroth, or at least made a spirited attempt. There is a limit to the amount of wroth that can be waxed one inch from the ground, and he was right up against it. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The Great God Om waxed wroth, or at least made a spirited attempt. There is a limit to the amount of wroth that can be waxed one inch from the ground, and he was right up against it.


Quote: An education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

An education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.


Quote: It was funny how people were people everywhere you went, even if the people concerned weren't the people the people who made up the phrase people are people everywhere had traditionally thought of as people. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It was funny how people were people everywhere you went, even if the people concerned weren't the people the people who made up the phrase people are people everywhere had traditionally thought of as people.


Quote: There was a steady drizzle when they left for the tower. Moist drove the cart, with the others sitting on the load behind him and bickering over trigonometry. Moist tried not to listen; he got lost when maths started to get silly. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

There was a steady drizzle when they left for the tower. Moist drove the cart, with the others sitting on the load behind him and bickering over trigonometry. Moist tried not to listen; he got lost when maths started to get silly.


Quote: It's not gambling to play
against someone who's no good. It's common sense. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It's not gambling to play
against someone who's no good. It's common sense.


Quote: There was something pleasant about an empty classroom. Of course, as any teacher would point out, one nice thing was that there were no children in it. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

There was something pleasant about an empty classroom. Of course, as any teacher would point out, one nice thing was that there were no children in it.


Quote: All he had was nothing, but that was something, and now it had been taken away. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

All he had was nothing, but that was something, and now it had been taken away.


Quote: What a place! What a situation! What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

What a place! What a situation! What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter.


Quote: On nights such as this, witches are abroad. Well, not actually abroad. They don't like the food and you can't trust the water and the shamans always hog the deckchairs. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

On nights such as this, witches are abroad. Well, not actually abroad. They don't like the food and you can't trust the water and the shamans always hog the deckchairs.


Quote: There was a sigh from Death. Space he thought. That was the trouble. It was never like this on worlds with everlastingly cloudy skies. But once humans saw all that space, their brains expanded to try and fill it up. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

There was a sigh from Death. Space he thought. That was the trouble. It was never like this on worlds with everlastingly cloudy skies. But once humans saw all that space, their brains expanded to try and fill it up.


Quote: Then Tak looked upon the stone and it was trying to come alive, and Tak smiled, and wrote All things strive.
And for the service the stone had given, he fashioned it into the first Troll, and delighted in the life that came unbidden. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Then Tak looked upon the stone and it was trying to come alive, and Tak smiled, and wrote All things strive.
And for the service the stone had given, he fashioned it into the first Troll, and delighted in the life that came unbidden.


Quote: Tiffany found her mind filling up with an invisible gray mist, and in that thought there was nothing but grief. She could feel herself trying to push back time, but even the best witchcraft could not do that. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Tiffany found her mind filling up with an invisible gray mist, and in that thought there was nothing but grief. She could feel herself trying to push back time, but even the best witchcraft could not do that.


Quote: Esk, of course, had not been trained, and it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Esk, of course, had not been trained, and it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done.


Quote: No-one likes being told it's their lucky day. That sort of thing does not bode well. When someone tells you it's your lucky day, something bad is about to happen. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

No-one likes being told it's their lucky day. That sort of thing does not bode well. When someone tells you it's your lucky day, something bad is about to happen.


Quote: Captain Vimes believed in logic, in much the same way as a man in a desert believed in ice -- i.e., it was something he really needed, but this just wasn't the world for it. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Captain Vimes believed in logic, in much the same way as a man in a desert believed in ice -- i.e., it was something he really needed, but this just wasn't the world for it.


Quote: She knew a cutting, incisive, withering and above all a self-evident answer existed. It was just that, to her extreme annoyance, she couldn't quite bring it to mind. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

She knew a cutting, incisive, withering and above all a self-evident answer existed. It was just that, to her extreme annoyance, she couldn't quite bring it to mind.


Quote: It was a Guild of Assassins, after all. Black was what you wore. The night was black and so were you. And black had such style, and an Assassin without style, everyone agreed, was just a highly paid arrogant thug. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It was a Guild of Assassins, after all. Black was what you wore. The night was black and so were you. And black had such style, and an Assassin without style, everyone agreed, was just a highly paid arrogant thug.


Quote: You couldn't be a real copper in Ankh-Morpork and stay sane. You had to care. Anda caring in Ankh-Morpork was like opening a tin of meat in the middle of a piranha school. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

You couldn't be a real copper in Ankh-Morpork and stay sane. You had to care. Anda caring in Ankh-Morpork was like opening a tin of meat in the middle of a piranha school.


Quote: And at the end of all stories Azrael, who knew the secret, thought: I REMEMBER WHEN ALL THIS WILL BE AGAIN. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

And at the end of all stories Azrael, who knew the secret, thought: I REMEMBER WHEN ALL THIS WILL BE AGAIN.


Quote: In front of her the cat Greebo, glad to be home again, lay on his back with all four paws in the air, doing his celebrated something-found-in-the-gutter impersonation. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

In front of her the cat Greebo, glad to be home again, lay on his back with all four paws in the air, doing his celebrated something-found-in-the-gutter impersonation.


Quote: Occasionally a few bubbles would eructate to the surface like the ghosts of beans on bath night. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Occasionally a few bubbles would eructate to the surface like the ghosts of beans on bath night.


Quote: When they arrived they would briefly and passionately mate, for the first and only time, and from that fiery union new turtle would be born to carry a new pattern of worlds. This was known as the Big Bang hypothesis. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

When they arrived they would briefly and passionately mate, for the first and only time, and from that fiery union new turtle would be born to carry a new pattern of worlds. This was known as the Big Bang hypothesis.


Quote: She was definitely feeling several twinkles short of a glitter. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

She was definitely feeling several twinkles short of a glitter.


Quote: When you break rules, break 'em good and hard. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

When you break rules, break 'em good and hard.


Quote: Nanny Ogg usually went to bed early. After all, she was an old lady. Sometimes she went to bed as early as 6 a.m. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Nanny Ogg usually went to bed early. After all, she was an old lady. Sometimes she went to bed as early as 6 a.m.


Quote: There was silence in the square, except for the sound of several thousand people being astonished. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

There was silence in the square, except for the sound of several thousand people being astonished.


Quote: A dollar for a human bought a loaf of bread that was eaten in a few bites. The same dollar for Wee Mad Arthur bought the same-sized loaf, but it was food for a week and could then be further hollowed out and used as a bedroom. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

A dollar for a human bought a loaf of bread that was eaten in a few bites. The same dollar for Wee Mad Arthur bought the same-sized loaf, but it was food for a week and could then be further hollowed out and used as a bedroom.


Quote: Esme Weatherwax hadn't done nice. She'd done what was needed. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Esme Weatherwax hadn't done nice. She'd done what was needed.


Quote: Don't wish, Miss Tick had said. Do things. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Don't wish, Miss Tick had said. Do things.


Quote: People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys. People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like, Oh. Sorry. I thought you were someone else. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys. People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like, Oh. Sorry. I thought you were someone else.


Quote: I'd rather be a rising ape than a falling angel. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I'd rather be a rising ape than a falling angel.


Quote: It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever he said. Have you thought of going into teaching? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever he said. Have you thought of going into teaching?


Quote: The pamphlet was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The pamphlet was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners.


Quote: This time it had been magic. And it didn't stop being magic just because you found out how it was done. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

This time it had been magic. And it didn't stop being magic just because you found out how it was done.


Quote: Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.


Quote: If you put butter and salt on it, it tastes like salty butter. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

If you put butter and salt on it, it tastes like salty butter.


Quote: At least I know I'm bewildered about the really fundamental and important facts of the universe. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

At least I know I'm bewildered about the really fundamental and important facts of the universe.


Quote: This is Art holding a Mirror up to Life. That's why everything is exactly the wrong way around. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

This is Art holding a Mirror up to Life. That's why everything is exactly the wrong way around.


Quote: Corporal Nobbs had been disqualified from the human race for shoving. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Corporal Nobbs had been disqualified from the human race for shoving.


Quote: Nature abhors a lot of things, including vacuums, ships called the Marie Celeste, and the chuck keys for electric drills. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Nature abhors a lot of things, including vacuums, ships called the Marie Celeste, and the chuck keys for electric drills.


Quote: And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based.


Quote: What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter.


Quote: His movements could be called cat-like, except that he did not stop to spray urine up against things. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

His movements could be called cat-like, except that he did not stop to spray urine up against things.


Quote: We've got a lot of experience of not having any experience. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

We've got a lot of experience of not having any experience.


Quote: The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.


Quote: It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done.


Quote: Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.


Quote: You need to believe in things that aren't true. How else can they become? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

You need to believe in things that aren't true. How else can they become?


Quote: All dwarfs are by nature dutiful, serious, literate, obedient and thoughtful people whose only minor failing is a tendency, after one drink, to rush at enemies screaming Arrrrrrgh! and axing their legs off at the knee. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

All dwarfs are by nature dutiful, serious, literate, obedient and thoughtful people whose only minor failing is a tendency, after one drink, to rush at enemies screaming Arrrrrrgh! and axing their legs off at the knee.


Quote: All dwarfs have beards and wear up to twelve layers of clothing. Gender is more or less optional. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

All dwarfs have beards and wear up to twelve layers of clothing. Gender is more or less optional.


Quote: In Genua, someone set out to make dreams come true. Remember some of your dreams? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

In Genua, someone set out to make dreams come true. Remember some of your dreams?


Quote: He'd heard that writers spent all day in their dressing gowns drinking champagne. This is, of course, absolutely true. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

He'd heard that writers spent all day in their dressing gowns drinking champagne. This is, of course, absolutely true.


Quote: Vimes had believed all his life that the Watch were called coppers because they carried copper badges, but no, said Carrot, it comes from the old word cappere, to capture. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Vimes had believed all his life that the Watch were called coppers because they carried copper badges, but no, said Carrot, it comes from the old word cappere, to capture.


Quote: Creatures which, lacking mankind's superior brain power, did not concern themselves with finding someone to blame, and instead tried to find someone to eat. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Creatures which, lacking mankind's superior brain power, did not concern themselves with finding someone to blame, and instead tried to find someone to eat.


Quote: Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.


Quote: Magic never dies. It merely fades away. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Magic never dies. It merely fades away.


Quote: It takes forty men with their feet on the ground to keep one man with his head in the air. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It takes forty men with their feet on the ground to keep one man with his head in the air.


Quote: The problem is, people only think for themselves if you tell them to. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The problem is, people only think for themselves if you tell them to.


Quote: Being Ymor's right-hand man was like being gently flogged to death with scented bootlaces. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Being Ymor's right-hand man was like being gently flogged to death with scented bootlaces.


Quote: He was currently wondering vaguely who Moey and Chandon were. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

He was currently wondering vaguely who Moey and Chandon were.


Quote: Sister Mary was a nurse and nurses, whatever their creed, are primarily nurses, which had a lot to do with wearing your watch upside down, keeping calm in emergencies, and dying for a cup of tea. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Sister Mary was a nurse and nurses, whatever their creed, are primarily nurses, which had a lot to do with wearing your watch upside down, keeping calm in emergencies, and dying for a cup of tea.


Quote: People don't alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

People don't alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it.


Quote: I don't see why it matters what is written. Not when it's about people. It can always be crossed out. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I don't see why it matters what is written. Not when it's about people. It can always be crossed out.


Quote: You can't second-guess ineffability, I always say. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

You can't second-guess ineffability, I always say.


Quote: The Kappamaki, a whaling research ship, was currently researching the question: How many whales can you catch in one week? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The Kappamaki, a whaling research ship, was currently researching the question: How many whales can you catch in one week?


Quote: People couldn't become truly holy, he said, unless they also had the opportunity to be definitively wicked. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

People couldn't become truly holy, he said, unless they also had the opportunity to be definitively wicked.


Quote: 'Don't think of it as dying,' said Death. 'Just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush.' by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

'Don't think of it as dying,' said Death. 'Just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush.'


Quote: If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story.


Quote: That's the trouble about the good guys and the bad guys! They're all guys! by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

That's the trouble about the good guys and the bad guys! They're all guys!


Quote: The girls were expected to grow up to be somebody's wife. They were also expected to read and write, those being considered soft indoor jobs that were too fiddly for the boys. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The girls were expected to grow up to be somebody's wife. They were also expected to read and write, those being considered soft indoor jobs that were too fiddly for the boys.


Quote: I can see we're going to get along like a house on fire, said Miss Tick. There may be no survivors. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I can see we're going to get along like a house on fire, said Miss Tick. There may be no survivors.


Quote: There was not a lot that could be done to make Morpork a worse place. A direct hit by a meteorite, for example, would count as gentrification. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

There was not a lot that could be done to make Morpork a worse place. A direct hit by a meteorite, for example, would count as gentrification.


Quote: A good man will kill you with hardly a word. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

A good man will kill you with hardly a word.


Quote: I have a living will and I have friends, and I have money and I have hope. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I have a living will and I have friends, and I have money and I have hope.


Quote: Imagination is only intelligence having fun. A healthy mind knows how to switch between worlds, and which one you need to eat and sleep in. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Imagination is only intelligence having fun. A healthy mind knows how to switch between worlds, and which one you need to eat and sleep in.


Quote: My idea of a good novel was one you made enough money out of to buy a greenhouse. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

My idea of a good novel was one you made enough money out of to buy a greenhouse.


Quote: You know how to pray, don't you? Just put your hands together and hope. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

You know how to pray, don't you? Just put your hands together and hope.


Quote: Everything happens for a reason, except possibly football. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Everything happens for a reason, except possibly football.


Quote: Look, sir, I know Angua. She's not the useless type. She doesn't stand there and scream helplessly. She makes other people do that. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Look, sir, I know Angua. She's not the useless type. She doesn't stand there and scream helplessly. She makes other people do that.


Quote: We are as gods to beasts of the field. We order the time of their birth and the time of their death. Between times, we have a duty. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

We are as gods to beasts of the field. We order the time of their birth and the time of their death. Between times, we have a duty.


Quote: Many an ancient lord's last words have been, 'You can't kill me because I've got magic aaargh.' by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Many an ancient lord's last words have been, 'You can't kill me because I've got magic aaargh.'


Quote: Probably the last sound heard before the Universe folded up like a paper hat would be someone saying, What happens if I do this? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Probably the last sound heard before the Universe folded up like a paper hat would be someone saying, What happens if I do this?


Quote: I thought jet planes were just trucks with more wings and less wheels. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I thought jet planes were just trucks with more wings and less wheels.


Quote: Of course, Ankh-Morpork's citizens had always claimed that the river water was incredibly pure. Any water that had passed through so many kidneys, they reasoned, had to be very pure indeed. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Of course, Ankh-Morpork's citizens had always claimed that the river water was incredibly pure. Any water that had passed through so many kidneys, they reasoned, had to be very pure indeed.


Quote: I wouldn't trust you with a bucket of water if my knickers were on fire! by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I wouldn't trust you with a bucket of water if my knickers were on fire!


Quote: If there's one thing that really annoys a god, it's not knowing something. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

If there's one thing that really annoys a god, it's not knowing something.


Quote: I stroll along, talk, I sign books, people buy me drinks, I forget where my hotel is, I get lost and fall into some local body of water... done it hundreds of times. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I stroll along, talk, I sign books, people buy me drinks, I forget where my hotel is, I get lost and fall into some local body of water... done it hundreds of times.


Quote: That's one form of magic, of course.
What, just knowing things?
Knowing things that other people don't know. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

That's one form of magic, of course.
What, just knowing things?
Knowing things that other people don't know.


Quote: Knowing things is magical, if other people don't know them. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Knowing things is magical, if other people don't know them.


Quote: We live and learn, or, perhaps more importantly we learn and live. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

We live and learn, or, perhaps more importantly we learn and live.


Quote: I'm fairy godmothering a girl who sounds like something you put up in the rain. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I'm fairy godmothering a girl who sounds like something you put up in the rain.


Quote: What's all this about? How does it work? What should I do? What am I for? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

What's all this about? How does it work? What should I do? What am I for?


Quote: Knowledge is dangerous, which is why governments often clamp down on people who can think thoughts above a certain caliber. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Knowledge is dangerous, which is why governments often clamp down on people who can think thoughts above a certain caliber.


Quote: The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance.


Quote: Humans take. They plough with iron. They ravage the land.'
'Some do, I'll grant you that. Others put back more'n they take. They put back love. They've got soil in their bones. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Humans take. They plough with iron. They ravage the land.'
'Some do, I'll grant you that. Others put back more'n they take. They put back love. They've got soil in their bones.


Quote: On a million hillsides the girl ran, on a million bridges the girl chose, on a million paths the woman stood...
All different, all one.
All she could do for all of them was be herself, here and now, as hard as she could. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

On a million hillsides the girl ran, on a million bridges the girl chose, on a million paths the woman stood...
All different, all one.
All she could do for all of them was be herself, here and now, as hard as she could.


Quote: Personal's not the same as important. People just think it is. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Personal's not the same as important. People just think it is.


Quote: In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.


Quote: Verence would rather cut his own leg off than put a witch in prison, since it'd save trouble in the long run and probably be less painful. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Verence would rather cut his own leg off than put a witch in prison, since it'd save trouble in the long run and probably be less painful.


Quote: There are times when the best writing you can do is to go for a walk or drive, a long drive is ideal. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

There are times when the best writing you can do is to go for a walk or drive, a long drive is ideal.


Quote: If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.


Quote: Commander Vimes always says that when life hands you a mess of spaghetti, you just keep pulling until you find a meatball. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Commander Vimes always says that when life hands you a mess of spaghetti, you just keep pulling until you find a meatball.


Quote: Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willna' be fooled again! by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willna' be fooled again!


Quote: I keep vaguely wondering what Macs are like, but the ones I've seen spend too much time being friendly. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I keep vaguely wondering what Macs are like, but the ones I've seen spend too much time being friendly.


Quote: But in his experience it was only a matter of time before the normal balance of the universe restored itself and started doing the usual terrible things to him. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

But in his experience it was only a matter of time before the normal balance of the universe restored itself and started doing the usual terrible things to him.


Quote: When the humours were handed out, Ankh-Morpork got the one for joking and Quirm had to do make do with their expertise in fine dining and love-making. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

When the humours were handed out, Ankh-Morpork got the one for joking and Quirm had to do make do with their expertise in fine dining and love-making.


Quote: It was written in some holy book, apparently, so that made it okay, and probably compulsory. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It was written in some holy book, apparently, so that made it okay, and probably compulsory.


Quote: It was amazing how many friends you could make by being bad at things, provided you were bad enough to be funny. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

It was amazing how many friends you could make by being bad at things, provided you were bad enough to be funny.


Quote: Inside every lump of coal there's a diamond waiting to get out. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Inside every lump of coal there's a diamond waiting to get out.


Quote: So, mistletoe, in fact, symbolizes mistletoe. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

So, mistletoe, in fact, symbolizes mistletoe.


Quote: The IQ of a mob is the IQ of its dumbest member divided by the number of mobsters. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The IQ of a mob is the IQ of its dumbest member divided by the number of mobsters.


Quote: Making money isn't something to be ashamed of. There's a feeling now that if you have money you must have got it by some kind of shady dealing or being an MP. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Making money isn't something to be ashamed of. There's a feeling now that if you have money you must have got it by some kind of shady dealing or being an MP.


Quote: Ach, people are always telling us not to do things said Rob Anybody, that's how we ken the most interesting things to do. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Ach, people are always telling us not to do things said Rob Anybody, that's how we ken the most interesting things to do.


Quote: Money doesn't buy happiness, Gytha.
I only wanted to rent it for a few weeks! by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Money doesn't buy happiness, Gytha.
I only wanted to rent it for a few weeks!


Quote: The days followed one another patiently. Right back at the beginning of the multiverse they had tried all passing at the same time, and it hadn't worked. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The days followed one another patiently. Right back at the beginning of the multiverse they had tried all passing at the same time, and it hadn't worked.


Quote: He moved on, in the centre of a widening circle. He wasn't an enemy, he was a nemesis. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

He moved on, in the centre of a widening circle. He wasn't an enemy, he was a nemesis.


Quote: Nanny's philosophy of life was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time, and do it as hard as possible. It had never let her down. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Nanny's philosophy of life was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time, and do it as hard as possible. It had never let her down.


Quote: Nanny Ogg never did any housework herself, but she was the cause of housework in other people. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Nanny Ogg never did any housework herself, but she was the cause of housework in other people.


Quote: Other people salted away money for their old age, but Nanny preferred to accumulate memories. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Other people salted away money for their old age, but Nanny preferred to accumulate memories.


Quote: You know, I never imagined there were he-dryads. Not even in an oak tree. One of the giants grinned at him. Druellae snorted. Stupid! Where do you think acorns come from? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

You know, I never imagined there were he-dryads. Not even in an oak tree. One of the giants grinned at him. Druellae snorted. Stupid! Where do you think acorns come from?


Quote: Oh, well...up until now it had been a good day, in a horrible kind of way. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Oh, well...up until now it had been a good day, in a horrible kind of way.


Quote: Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it.


Quote: There are some things that are more appropriate to a children's than an adult book but there's a huge overlapping area and most kids read an age group up anyway. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

There are some things that are more appropriate to a children's than an adult book but there's a huge overlapping area and most kids read an age group up anyway.


Quote: When she spoke again it was in the thin, careful and above all brave voice of someone who has pulled themselves together despite overwhelming odds but might let go again at any moment. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

When she spoke again it was in the thin, careful and above all brave voice of someone who has pulled themselves together despite overwhelming odds but might let go again at any moment.


Quote: These weren't cheap modern books; these were books bound in leather, and not just leather, but leather from clever cows who had given their lives for literature after a happy existence in the very best pastures. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

These weren't cheap modern books; these were books bound in leather, and not just leather, but leather from clever cows who had given their lives for literature after a happy existence in the very best pastures.


Quote: The words echoed around the cavern and broke through mere rock, so great was the force behind them, melted mere mountains, screamed across the miles. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The words echoed around the cavern and broke through mere rock, so great was the force behind them, melted mere mountains, screamed across the miles.


Quote: All he knew was that you couldn't hope to try for the big stuff, like world peace and happiness, but you might just about be able to achieve some tiny deed that'd make the world, in a small way, a better place. Like shooting someone. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

All he knew was that you couldn't hope to try for the big stuff, like world peace and happiness, but you might just about be able to achieve some tiny deed that'd make the world, in a small way, a better place. Like shooting someone.


Quote: Progress just means bad things happen faster. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Progress just means bad things happen faster.


Quote: Maybe the only significant difference between a really smart simulation and a human being was the noise they made when you punched them. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Maybe the only significant difference between a really smart simulation and a human being was the noise they made when you punched them.


Quote: In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.


Quote: He didn't administer a reign of terror, just the occasional light shower. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

He didn't administer a reign of terror, just the occasional light shower.


Quote: Ridcully was to management what King Herod was to the Bethlehem Playgroup Association. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Ridcully was to management what King Herod was to the Bethlehem Playgroup Association.


Quote: The thing is, I mean, there's times when you look at the universe and you think, What about me? and you can just hear the universe replying, Well, what about you? by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The thing is, I mean, there's times when you look at the universe and you think, What about me? and you can just hear the universe replying, Well, what about you?


Quote: I've never known what to do, said Rincewind with hollow cheerfulness. Been completely at a loss my whole life. He hesitated. I think it's called being human, or something. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I've never known what to do, said Rincewind with hollow cheerfulness. Been completely at a loss my whole life. He hesitated. I think it's called being human, or something.


Quote: Rincewind a man who might well have had 'Victim' written all over him but also had 'Wizzard' written on his hat. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Rincewind a man who might well have had 'Victim' written all over him but also had 'Wizzard' written on his hat.


Quote: Perhaps it was the spell, in its years of living in Rincewind's head, that affected his eyes. Perhaps his time with Twoflower, who only saw things as they ought to be, had taught him to see things as they are. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Perhaps it was the spell, in its years of living in Rincewind's head, that affected his eyes. Perhaps his time with Twoflower, who only saw things as they ought to be, had taught him to see things as they are.


Quote: Rincewind had in any case seen his past life flash in front of his eyes so many times that he could sleep through the boring bits. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Rincewind had in any case seen his past life flash in front of his eyes so many times that he could sleep through the boring bits.


Quote: Rincewind wasn't used to people being pleased to see him. It was unnatural, and boded no good. These people were not only cheering, they were throwing flowers and hats. The hats were made out of stone, but the thought was there. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Rincewind wasn't used to people being pleased to see him. It was unnatural, and boded no good. These people were not only cheering, they were throwing flowers and hats. The hats were made out of stone, but the thought was there.


Quote: Multiple exclamation marks,' he went on, shaking his head, 'are a sure sign of a diseased mind. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Multiple exclamation marks,' he went on, shaking his head, 'are a sure sign of a diseased mind.


Quote: Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant 'idiot'. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant 'idiot'.


Quote: Rincewind gave his fingers a long shocked stare, as one might regard a gun that has been hanging on the wall for decades and has suddenly gone off and perforated the cat. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Rincewind gave his fingers a long shocked stare, as one might regard a gun that has been hanging on the wall for decades and has suddenly gone off and perforated the cat.


Quote: Rincewind tried to force the memory out of his mind, but it was rather enjoying itself there, terrorizing the other occupants and kicking over the furniture. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Rincewind tried to force the memory out of his mind, but it was rather enjoying itself there, terrorizing the other occupants and kicking over the furniture.


Quote: On the Disc the gods dealt severely with atheists. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

On the Disc the gods dealt severely with atheists.


Quote: Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad.


Quote: Shut up sergeant. You're a free troll. That's an order
Sam Vimes. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Shut up sergeant. You're a free troll. That's an order
Sam Vimes.


Quote: History was full of the bones of good men who'd followed bad orders in the hope that they could soften the blow. Oh, yes, there were worse things they could do, but most of them began right where they started following bad orders. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

History was full of the bones of good men who'd followed bad orders in the hope that they could soften the blow. Oh, yes, there were worse things they could do, but most of them began right where they started following bad orders.


Quote: Odd thing, ain't it... you meet people one at a time, they seem decent, they got brains that work, and then they get together and you hear the voice of the people. And it snarls. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Odd thing, ain't it... you meet people one at a time, they seem decent, they got brains that work, and then they get together and you hear the voice of the people. And it snarls.


Quote: What is magic? There is the wizard's explanation... wizards talk about candles, circles, planets, stars, bananas, chants, runes and the importance of having at least four good meals every day. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

What is magic? There is the wizard's explanation... wizards talk about candles, circles, planets, stars, bananas, chants, runes and the importance of having at least four good meals every day.


Quote: Everyone's heard of Erwin Schrodinger's famous thought experiment. You put a cat in a box with a bottle of poison, which many people would suggest is about as far as you need to go. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Everyone's heard of Erwin Schrodinger's famous thought experiment. You put a cat in a box with a bottle of poison, which many people would suggest is about as far as you need to go.


Quote: If words had weight, a single sentence from Death would have anchored a ship. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

If words had weight, a single sentence from Death would have anchored a ship.


Quote: Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.


Quote: Grinning like a necrophiliac in a morgue. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Grinning like a necrophiliac in a morgue.


Quote: The labyrinth of Ephebe is ancient and full of one hundred and one amazing things you can do with hidden springs, razor-sharp knives, and falling rocks. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The labyrinth of Ephebe is ancient and full of one hundred and one amazing things you can do with hidden springs, razor-sharp knives, and falling rocks.


Quote: Be one of the crowd? It went against everything a wizard stood for, and a wizard would not stand for anything if he could sit down for it, but even sitting down, you had to stand out. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Be one of the crowd? It went against everything a wizard stood for, and a wizard would not stand for anything if he could sit down for it, but even sitting down, you had to stand out.


Quote: All holy piety in public, and all peeled grapes and self-indulgence in private. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

All holy piety in public, and all peeled grapes and self-indulgence in private.


Quote: After you've been working fairly intensively on a novel for six months you never want to see the damn thing again. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

After you've been working fairly intensively on a novel for six months you never want to see the damn thing again.


Quote: The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it.


Quote: Although the scythe isn't pre-eminent among the weapons of war, anyone who has been on the wrong end of, say, a peasants' revolt will know that in skilled hands it is fearsome. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Although the scythe isn't pre-eminent among the weapons of war, anyone who has been on the wrong end of, say, a peasants' revolt will know that in skilled hands it is fearsome.


Quote: Some things are fairly obvious when it's a seven-foot skeleton with a scythe telling you them. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Some things are fairly obvious when it's a seven-foot skeleton with a scythe telling you them.


Quote: I express preference for a chronological sequence of events which precludes a violence. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I express preference for a chronological sequence of events which precludes a violence.


Quote: If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.


Quote: When they're standing right in front of you, kings are a kind of speech impediment. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

When they're standing right in front of you, kings are a kind of speech impediment.


Quote: The space between the young reader's eyeballs and the printed page is a holy place and officialdom should trample all over it at their peril.'. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

The space between the young reader's eyeballs and the printed page is a holy place and officialdom should trample all over it at their peril.'.


Quote: Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.


Quote: What's a philosopher?' said Brutha. Someone who's bright enough to find a job with no heavy lifting,' said a voice in his head. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

What's a philosopher?' said Brutha. Someone who's bright enough to find a job with no heavy lifting,' said a voice in his head.


Quote: No. Men should die for lies. But the truth is too precious to die for. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

No. Men should die for lies. But the truth is too precious to die for.


Quote: But here's some advice, boy. Don't put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

But here's some advice, boy. Don't put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions.


Quote: If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn't as cynical as real life. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn't as cynical as real life.


Quote: She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don't apply to you. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don't apply to you.


Quote: I could be wrong. Not being certain is what being a philosopher is all about. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

I could be wrong. Not being certain is what being a philosopher is all about.


Quote: Imagination, not intelligence, made us human. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Imagination, not intelligence, made us human.


Quote: Inside every sane person there's a madman struggling to get out. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Inside every sane person there's a madman struggling to get out.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Inside every sane person there's a madman struggling to get out," said the shopkeeper. "That's what I've always thought. No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person.


Quote: He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at. by author Terry Pratchett overlaid on photo of photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.


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