Category: book quotes

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“The world had too many heroes and didn’t need another one.  Whereas the world had only one Rincewind and he owed it to the world to keep this one alive for as long as possible." 

– Terry Pratchett – Interesting Times

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Lord Vetinari was sitting in the palace gardens watching the butterflies with an expression of mild annoyance.  He found something very slightly offensive about the way they just fluttered around enjoying themselves in an unprofitable way.“

– Terry Pratchett – Interesting Times

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“In fact the Guild, he liked to think, practiced the ultimate democracy.  You didn’t need intelligence, social position, beauty or charm to hire it.  You just needed money which, unlike the other stuff, was available to everyone.  Except for the poor, of course, but there was no helping some people.”

– Terry Pratchett – Hogfather

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“Lord Downey was an assassin. Or, rather, an Assassin. The capital letter was important. It separated those cuts who went around murdering people for money from the gentlemen who were occasionally consulted by other gentlemen who wished to have removed, for a consideration, any inconvenient razorblades from the candyfloss of life.”

– Terry Pratchett – Hogfather

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“You can’t give her that!’ she screamed. ‘It’s not safe!’

IT’S A SWORD, said the Hogfather. THEY’RE NOT MEANT TO BE SAFE.

‘She’s a child!’ shouted Crumley.

IT’S EDUCATIONAL.

‘What if she cuts herself?’

THAT WILL BE AN IMPORTANT LESSON.”

– Terry Pratchett – Hogfather

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“From stone’s point of view the universe is hardly created and mountain ranges are bouncing up and down like organ-stops while continents zip backward and forward in general high spirits, crashing into each other from the sheer joy of momentum and getting their rocks off.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

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“He felt that the last couple of hours had somehow carried him along without him actually touching the sides, and for a moment he nursed the strangely consoling feeling that his life was totally beyond his control and whatever happened no one could blame him.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

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“Granny Weatherwax was in trouble.  First, she decided, she should never have allowed Hilta to talk her into borrowing her broomstick. It was elderly, erratic, would fly only at night and even then couldn’t manage a speed much above a trot. Its lifting spells had worn so thin that it wouldn’t even begin to operate until it was already moving at a fair lick. It was, in fact, the only broomstick ever to need bump-starting. And it was while Granny Weatherwax, sweating and cursing, was running along a forest path holding the damn thing at shoulder height for the tenth time that she had found the bear trap.

The second problem was that a bear had found it first. In fact this hadn’t been too much of a problem because Granny, already in a bad temper, hit it right between the eyes with the broomstick and it was now sitting as far away from her as it was possible to get in a pit, and trying to think happy thoughts.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rited

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“Hilta laughed like someone who had thought hard about Life and had seen the joke.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

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“Although she was aware that somewhere under her complicated strata of vests and petticoats there was some skin, that didn’t mean to say she approved of it.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites