38 Great Terry Pratchett Quotes

38 Great Terry Pratchett Quotes

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Terry Pratchett is a renowned author of fantasy novels. He was born in 1948 in Buckinghamshire, England. One of his best known works is his Discworld series which contains nearly 40 different books. He has won many prestigious honors including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.

“A European says: I can’t understand this, what’s wrong with me? An American says: I can’t understand this, what’s wrong with him?”

“A true beanie should have a propellor on the top.”

“And what would humans be without love?”

“Belief was never mentioned at home, but right actions were taught by daily example.”

“Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

“Everything makes sense a bit at a time. But when you try to think of it all at once, it comes out wrong.”

“Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.”

“Go on, prove me wrong. Destroy the fabric of the universe. See if I care.”

“I always thought Detritus would be good at: “I bet you’re wondrin’ how many time I fired dis crossbow–”

“I dare say that quite a few people have contemplated death for reasons that much later seemed to them to be quite minor.”

“I didn’t go to university. Didn’t even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did.”

“I don’t like the place at all. It’s all wrong. An imposition on the Landscape.”

“I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”

“Imagination, not intelligence, made us human.”

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”

“In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.”

“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”

“It’s not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewere, would much rather you weren’t doing.”

“Life doesn’t happen in chapters — at least, not regular ones.”

“Mort isn’t fashionable UK movie material — there’re no parts in it for Hugh or Emma, it’s not set in Sheffield, and no one shoves drugs up their bum…”

“Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out til too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along.”

“My programming language was solder.”

“Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds.”

“Normally its narrow streets were crowded with stalls, and people from all over the Carpet. They’d all be trying to cheat one another in that open-and-above-board way known as ‘doing business’.”

“Our garden was debated territory between five local cats, and we’d heard that the best way to keep other cats out of the garden was to have one yourself. A moment’s rational thought here
will spot the slight flaw in this reasoning.”

“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.”

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”

“The net software here did its meltdown trick again at the weekend (it happens about once every six months — if only everything was as reliable as WordPerfect 4.2, which only chews up a
novel about once every two or three years…”

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”

“They called themselves the Munrungs. It meant The People, or The True Human Beings.”

“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…”

“Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.”

“What you have here is an example of that well known phenomenon, A Bookshop Assistant Who Knows Buggerall But Won’t Admit It (probably some kind of arts graduate).”

“What your soldier wants — really, really wants — is no-one shooting back at him.”

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

“While a book has got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the reader it’s got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the writer as well.”

“Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel?”

“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.”