45 Total Quotes

Terry Pratchett Quotes

Terry Pratchett
It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever,' he said. 'Have you thought of going into teaching?
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#Skill

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In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
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#English Author #Cats

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God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of the players, (ie everybody), to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
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#God

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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
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#Mind

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You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.
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#English Author

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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.
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#English Author #Chess

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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.
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#English Author

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And therefore education at the University mostly worked by the age-old method of putting a lot of young people in the vicinity of a lot of books and hoping that something would pass from one to the other, while the actual young people put themselves in the vicinity of inns and taverns for exactly the same reason.
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#Age And Aging

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Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
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#Dreams #English Author

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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.
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#English Author #Exercise

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The Monks of Cool, whose tiny and exclusive monastery is hidden in a really cool and laid-back valley in the lower Ramtops, have a passing-out test for a novice. He is taken into a room full of all types of clothing and asked: Yo, my son, which of these is the most stylish thing to wear? And the correct answer is: Hey, whatever I select.
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#Cool

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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
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#Death

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Humans need fantasy to be human. Take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder and sieve it through the finest sieve and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet you act, like there was some sort of rightness in the universe by which it may be judged:Yes. But people have got to believe that or what's the point?My point exactly.
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#Honor

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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.
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#Evolution

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Using a metaphor in front of a man as unimaginative as Ridcully was like a red flag to a bull, was like putting something very annoying in front of someone who was annoyed by it
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#Man

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Suicide was against the law. Johnny had wondered why. It meant that if you missed, or the gas ran out, or the rope broke, you could get locked up in prison to show you that life was really very jolly and thoroughly worth living.
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#Law

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He was determined to discover the underlying logic behind the universe- which was going to be hard, because there wasn't one.
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#Logic

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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.
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#English Author #Darkness

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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.
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#English Author

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The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.
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#English Author

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In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
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#English Author

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

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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.
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#English Author

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Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
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#English Author

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Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
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#English Author