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“The captain frowned. ‘It’s a funny thing,’ he said, ‘but why is it that the heathens and the barbarians seem to have the best places to go when they die?’

‘A bit of a poser, that,’ agreed the mate. ‘I s’pose it makes up for ’em … enjoying themselves all the time when they’re alive, too?’ He looked puzzled. Now that he was dead, the whole thing sounded suspicious.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“Thoughts always moved slowly through Brutha’s mind, like icebergs. They arrived slowly and left slowly and when they were there they occupied a lot of space, much of it below the surface.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“Life in this world,” he said, “is, as it were, a sojourn in a cave. What can we know of reality? For all we see of the true nature of existence is, shall we say, no more than bewildering and amusing shadows cast upon the inner wall of the cave by the unseen blinding light of absolute truth, from which we may or may not deduce some glimmer of veracity, and we as troglodyte seekers of wisdom can only lift our voices to the unseen and say, humbly, ‘Go on, do Deformed Rabbit…it’s my favorite.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small God’s

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“You couldn’t put off the inevitable. Because sooner or later, you reached the place when the inevitable just went and waited.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“One of the recurring philosophical questions is: ‘Does a falling tree in the forest make a sound when there is no one to hear?’

Which says something about the nature of philosophers, because there is always someone in the forest.  It may only be a badger, wondering what that cracking noise was, or a squirrel a bit puzzled by all the scenery going upwards, but someone.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“There’s always something to eat, if you’re hungry enough.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“There is also a hell for tortoises.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“Fair?” said the Sea Queen. She moved forward. Om felt her all around him.

“There’s no such thing,” she said. “Life’s like a beach. And then you die.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“History has to be observed. Otherwise it’s not history. It’s jus … well, things happening one after another.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“I remember, before I was blind, I went to Omnia once. And in your Citadel I saw a crowd stoning a man to death in a pit. Ever seen that?’

‘It has to be done,’ Brutha mumbled. ‘So the soul can be shriven and-’

‘Don’t know about the soul. Never been that kind of philosopher,’ said Didactylos. ‘All I know is, it was a horrible sight.’

‘The state of the body is not-’

‘Oh, I’m not talking about the poor bugger in the pit,’ said the philosopher. ‘I’m talking about the people throwing the stones. They were sure all right. They were sure it wasn’t them in the pit. You could see it in their faces. So glad it wan’t them in the pit that they were throwing just as hard as they could.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods