Category: book quotes

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“To be a leader you have to learn to shout! But after you’ve learned to shout, you have to learn not to!

– Terry Pratchett – The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents

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“Scuse me, ’scuse me,” said a voice from beside him. He looked down this time at a dirty, half-scorched cat, who grinned at him. “Did that cat just speak?” asked the mayor. Maurice looked around. “Which one?” he said. “You! Did you just talk?” “Would you feel better if I said no?” said Maurice.

– Terry Pratchett – The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents

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“Can I ask a question, sir?” said Maurice, as Death turned to go.

YOU MAY GET NO ANSWER.

“I suppose there isn’t a Big Cat in the Sky, is there?”

I’M SURPRISED AT YOU MAURICE. OF COIRSE THERE ARE NO CAT GODS. THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH LIKE…WORK.

Maurice nodded. One good thing about being a cat, apart from the extra lives, was that the theology was a lot simpler.

– Terry Pratchett – The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents

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“You can think and you can fight, but the world’s always movin’, and if you wanna stay ahead you gotta dance.”

– Terry Pratchett – The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents

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“Humans, eh? Think they’re lords of creation. Not like us cats. We know we are. Ever see a cat feed a human? Case proven.”

– Terry Pratchett – The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents

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“Your own brain ought to have the decency to be on your side.”

– Terry Pratchett – Wintersmith

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“The future is always a bit wobbly. Any little thing, like the fall of a snowflake or the dropping of the wrong kind of spoon, can send it spinning off along a new path. Or perhaps not.”

– Terry Pratchett – wintersmith

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“Iron enough to make a nail,

Lime enough to paint a wall,

Water enough to drown a dog,

Sulphur enough to stop the fleas,

Potash enough to wash a shirt,

Gold enough to buy a bean,

Silver enough to coat a pin,

Lead enough to ballast a bird,

Phosphor enough to light the town,

Poison enough to kill a cow,

Strength enough to build a home,

Time enough to hold a child,

Love enough to break a heart.”

– Terry Pratchett – Winter Smith

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“In the kitchen, chickens had overflowed into the sink. They weren’t making much noise, except for the occasional ‘werk’ a chicken makes when it’s a bit uncertain about things, which is more or less all the time.”

– Terry Pratchett – Wintersmith

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“You had to deal every day with people who were foolish and lazy and untruthful and downright unpleasant, and you could certainly end up thinking that the world would be considerably improved if you gave them a slap. But you didn’t because, as Miss Tick had once explained: a) it would make the world a better place for only a very short time; b) it would then make the world a slightly worse place; and c) you’re not supposed to be as stupid as they are.”

– Terry Pratchett – Wintersmith