Terry Pratchett

It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewere, would much rather you weren't doing.Terry Pratchett

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Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong.Terry Pratchett

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In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.Terry Pratchett

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There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.Terry Pratchett

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We have been so successful in the past century at the art of living longer and staying alive that we have forgotten how to die. Too often we learn the hard way. As soon as the baby boomers pass pensionable age, their lesson will be harsher still.Terry Pratchett

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Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.Terry Pratchett

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I must have read every issue of 'Punch' published in the 20th century, and I think in the process I picked up the true voice of English humour - that amiable, fairly liberal, laconic voice which you find in something like 'Three Men in a Boat.'Terry Pratchett

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

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The ideal death, I think, is what was the ideal Victorian death, you know, with your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing. And you say goodbye to your loved ones, making certain that one of them has been left behind to look after the shop.Terry Pratchett

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The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.Terry Pratchett

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I think when people mean that Discworld books have become darker they really mean the series is growing up. In 'The Colour of Magic' most of the city is set alight. It's a joke, in much the same way that the Earth is destroyed almost at the start of Douglas Adams's 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.'Terry Pratchett

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Siren voices tell me, 'You don't have to keep going on.' And then you think, 'I'm a writer. What do I do? Sit there watching my wife clean up?' I don't know. I like being a writer.Terry Pratchett

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They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.Terry Pratchett

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My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.Terry Pratchett

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The bravest person I've ever met was a young boy going through massive amounts of treatment for a very rare, complex and unpleasant disease. I last saw him at a Discworld convention, where he chose to take part in a game as an assassin. He died not long afterwards, and I wish I had his fortitude and sense of style.Terry Pratchett

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You can't build a plot out of jokes. You need tragic relief. And you need to let people know that when a lot of frightened people are running around with edged weaponry, there are deaths. Stupid deaths, usually. I'm not writing 'The A-Team' - if there's a fight going on, people will get hurt. Not letting this happen would be a betrayal.Terry Pratchett

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I got quite annoyed after the Haiti earthquake. A baby was taken from the wreckage and people said it was a miracle. It would have been a miracle had God stopped the earthquake. More wonderful was that a load of evolved monkeys got together to save the life of a child that wasn't theirs.Terry Pratchett

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Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.Terry Pratchett

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Christ managed to boil down an awful lot of commandments to a few very simple rules for living. It's when you go backwards through the 'begats' and the Garden of Eden, and you start thinking, 'Hang on, that's a big punishment for eating one lousy apple... There's a human-rights issue.'Terry Pratchett

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You have to have really wide reading habits and pay attention to the news and just everything that's going on in the world: you need to. If you get this right, then the writing is a piece of cake.Terry Pratchett

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Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.Terry Pratchett

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In my heart, I'm just a kid from the council houses. I can remember the old cottage and my dad coming round with the tin bath. I'm not a rich man.Terry Pratchett

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Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.Terry Pratchett

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I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.Terry Pratchett

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This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic.Terry Pratchett

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In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.Terry Pratchett

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It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.Terry Pratchett

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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.Terry Pratchett

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Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.Terry Pratchett

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It seems that when you have cancer you are a brave battler against the disease, but when you have Alzheimer's you are an old fart. That's how people see you. It makes you feel quite alone.Terry Pratchett

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