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14 Famous Quotes by Terry Pratchett
4/28/1948 - (Present)
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Terence David John Pratchett     Sir Terry Pratchett     Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE
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To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest

Darkness Quotes, by 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.

Fantasy Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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The point is that descriptive writing is very rarely entirely accurate and during the reign of Olaf Quimby II as Patrician of Ankh-Morpork some legislation was passed in a determined attempt to “put a stop to this sort of thing and introduce some honesty to reporting”.Thus, if a legend told of a notable hero that “all men spoke of his prowess” any bard who valued his life would hastily add “except for a couple of people in his home village who thought he was a loony, and quite a lot of other people who had never really heard of him.” Poetic simile was strictly limited to statements like: “His mighty steed was fast as the wind, on a fairly calm day, say about Force Three,” any loose talk about a beloved having a face that could launch a thousand ships would have to be backed by evidence that the object of desire did indeed own a very large seaport. Patrician Olaf II was eventually killed during an experiment conducted in the palace grounds to prove the disputed accuracy of the proverb “The Pen is mightier than the Sword”.In his memory it was decided that the proverb would from now on include the phrase: “only if the Sword is very small and the Pen very sharp.”

Legends Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.Elves are terrific. They beget terror.The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.No one ever said elves are nice.Elves are bad.

Meaning Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces

Taxation Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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Trouble brings experience, and experience brings wisdom.

Trouble Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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It's not enough to be able to pick up a sword. You have to know which end to poke into the enemy.

Weapons Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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I meant, said Ipslore bitterly, what is there in this world that truly makes living worth while? Death thought about it, Cats, he said eventually, Cats are Nice.

Death / immortality Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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Most species do their own evolving, making it up as they go along, which is the way Nature intended. And this is all very natural and organic and in tune with mysterious cycles of the cosmos, which believes that there’s nothing like millions of years of really frustrating trial and error to give a species moral fiber and, in some cases, backbone.

Evolution Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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’I'd have you lot up in front of the University authorities first thing in the morning, if it wasn't for the fact that you are the University authorities . . .'

University Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.

Dreams Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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"Why does everyone run toward a blood curdling scream?" mumbled the Senior Wrangler. "It is contrary to all sense."

Irony Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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The universe, they said, depended for its operation on the balance of four forces which they identified as charm, persuasion, uncertainty and bloody-mindedness.

Universe Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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Gnomes live ten times faster than humans. They're harder to see than a high-speed mouse. That's one reason why most humans hardly ever see them. The other is that humans are very good at not seeing things they know aren't there. And, since sensible humans know that there are no such things as people four inches high, a gnome who doesn't want to be seen probably won't be seen... Wings

Gnomes Quotes, by Terry Pratchett

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