Terry Pratchett Quotes

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Terry Pratchett
“The trouble is you can shut your eyes but you can’t shut your mind.”
Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

Jim Butcher
“I know it's not thematically in tune with my new job and all, but I find it effective. Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day," I say. "But set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life. Tao of Pratchett. I live by it.”
Jim Butcher, Cold Days

Terry Pratchett
“Commander, I always used to consider that you had a definite anti-authoritarian streak in you.”
“Sir?”
“It seems that you have managed to retain this even though you are authority.”
“Sir?”
“That’s practically zen.”
Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

Neil Gaiman
“Why are we talking about this good and evil? They're just names for sides. We know that.”
Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Terry Pratchett
“I should have learned this, she thought. I wanted to learn fire, and pain, but I should have learned people.”
Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

Terry Pratchett
“At such times the universe gets a little closer to us. They are strange times, times of beginnings and endings. Dangerous and powerful. And we feel it even if we don't know what it is. These times are not necessarily good, and not necessarily bad. In fact, what they are depends on what *we* are.”
Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

Terry Pratchett
“Poets have tried to describe Ankh-Morpork. They have failed. Perhaps it's the sheer zestful vitality of the place, or maybe it's just that a city with a million inhabitants and no sewers is rather robust for poets, who prefer daffodils and no wonder. So let's just say that Ankh-Morpork is as full of life as an old cheese on a hot day, as loud as a curse in a cathedral, as bright as an oil slick, as colourful as a bruise and as full of activity, industry, bustle and sheer exuberant busyness as a dead dog on a termite mound.”
Terry Pratchett, Mort

Terry Pratchett
“There was no safety. There was no pride. All there was, was money. Everything became money, and money became everything. Money treated us as if we were things, and we died.”
Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

Terry Pratchett
“Some police forces would believe anything. Not the Metropolitan police, though. The Met was the hardest, most cynically pragmatic, most stubbornly down-to-earth police force in Britain. It would take a lot to faze a copper from the Met. It would take, for example, a huge, battered car that was nothing more nor less than a fireball, a blazing, roaring, twisted metal lemon from Hell, driven by a grinning lunatic in sunglasses, sitting amid the flames, trailing thick black smoke, coming straight at them through the lashing rain and wind at eighty miles an hour.
That would do it every time.”
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Terry Pratchett
“The important thing is not to shout at this point, Vimes told himself. Do not…what do they call it…go postal? Treat this as a learning exercise. Find out why the world is not as you thought it was. Assemble the facts, digest the information, consider the implications. THEN go postal. But with precision.”
Terry Pratchett, Thud!

Terry Pratchett
“I assure you I will not kill you," said Inigo.
"I know that," said Vimes. "But will you try?”
Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant

Terry Pratchett
“In fact he was incurably insane and hallucinated more or less continuously, but by a remarkable stroke of lateral thinking his fellow wizards had reasoned that, in that case, the whole business could be sorted out if only they could find a formula that caused him to hallucinate that he was completely sane.*

*This is a very common hallucination, shared by most people.”
Terry Pratchett, The Truth

Terry Pratchett
“Vimes took the view that life was so full of things happening erraticaly in all directions, that the chance of any of them making some kind of relevant sense were remote in the extreme.”
Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

Terry Pratchett
“You don’t have to test everything to destruction just to see if you make it right.”
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

“Tao of Pratchett. I live by it.”
Harry Dresden

Terry Pratchett
“You build little worlds, little stories, little shells around your minds, and that keeps infinity at bay and allows you to wake up in the morning without screaming.”
Terry Pratchett

Sully Tarnish
“I've stolen books. They're the only thing worth taking that don't belong to you.”
Sully Tarnish, The Dragon and the Apprentice: A Wizard's Wager

Terry Pratchett
“A banker? Me?"
"Yes, Mr. Lipwig."
"But I don't know anything about running a bank!"
"Good. No preconceived ideas."
"I've robbed banks!"
"Capital! Just reverse your thinking," said Lord Vetinari, beaming. "The money should be on the inside.”
Terry Pratchett, Making Money

Terry Pratchett
“They writes some bits o’ their letters in them wee codies. That’s a terrible thing tae do to a reader. It’s hard enough readin’ the normal words, wi’oot somebody jumblin’ them all up.”
Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

Terry Pratchett
“What the hell. If you had to go, why not go with style?”
Terry Pratchett, Good Omens

Terry Pratchett
“I am creation’s shadow. You cannot destroy me. That would destroy the world.”
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett
“Sometimes the moon is light and sometimes it's in shadow, but you should always remember it's the same moon.”
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

Terry Pratchett
“No, we do it for the money.
'And, because we above all must know the value of a human life, we do it for a great deal of money.
'There can be few cleaner motives, so shorn of all pretence.
'Nil mortifi, sine lucre. Remember. No killing without payment.'
He paused for a moment.
'And always give a receipt,' he added.”
Terry Pratchett, Pyramids

Terry Pratchett
“In a distant and secondhand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part… See… Great A’Tuin the turtle comes, swimming slowly through the interstellar gulf, hydrogen frost on his ponderous limbs, his huge and ancient shell pocked with meteor craters.”
Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

Terry Pratchett
“- dijo un Hermano muy menudo, que parecía consistir enteramente en una túnica negra con halitosis”
Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett
“Era de edad indeterminada. Pero por su cinismo y por su hastío ante el mundo en general, que son algo así como la prueba del carbono para la personalidad, debía de tener unos siete mil años”
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Terry Pratchett
“Se preguntó cuánto tiempo hacía que no dormía, que no dormía bien, con sábanas. [...] ¿Había sido la noche anterior, o hacía ya dos noches? Ahora que lo pensaba,¿Había dormido bien alguna vez en toda su vida?”
Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett
“¡Guardias! ¡Guardias!”
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Terry Pratchett
“Esk stood on the deck of the barge and looked around. The sky was bluer than a biscuit barrel, fitting neatly over a broad valley through which the river ran as sluggishly as a planning inquiry.
Behind her the Ramtops still acted as a hitching rail for clouds, but they no longer dominated as they had done for as long as Esk had known them. Distance had eroded them.”
Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

“The only people who cling to tradition at the expense of real people are sad, angry dwellers in the darkness who don’t even understand how pathetic they are, clutching and grasping at the things they remember without ever understanding that the world was never that simple to begin with. The future is bright, it is shining, and it belongs to everyone.”
John Seavey

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