Category: book quotes

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“It was, in fact, one of those places that exist merely so that people can have come from them. The universe is littered with them: hidden villages, windswept little towns under wide skies, isolated cabins on chilly mountains, whose only mark on history is to be the incredibly ordinary place where something extraordinary started to happen. Often there is no more than a little plaque to reveal that, against all gynecological probability, someone very famous was born halfway up a wall.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

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“A witch relied too much on words ever to go back on them.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal rites

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“Red sky at night, the city’s alight.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal rites

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“The light was misty and actinic, the sort of light to make Steven Spielberg reach for his copyright lawyer.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

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“It was long after midnight and the stars looked damp and chilly; the air was full of the busy silence of the night, which is created by hundreds of small furry things treading very carefully in the hope of finding dinner while avoiding being the main course.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

It is well known that stone can think, because…

It is well known that stone can think, because the whole of electronics is based on that fact, but in some universes men spend ages looking for other intelligences in the sky without once looking under their feet. That is because they’ve got the time-span all wrong. 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. It is going to be quite some time before stone notices its disfiguring skin disease and starts to scratch, which is just as well.

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“If you invited a hedge wizard to a party, he would spend half the evening talking to your potted plant. And he would spend the other half listening.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

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“Goats did have names for themselves, she well knew: there was ‘goat who is my kid,’ ‘goat who is my mother,’ ‘goat who is herd leader,’ and half a dozen other names not least of which was ‘goat who is this goat.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

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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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“There are things so horrible that even the dark is afraid of them. Most people don’t know this and this is just as well because the world could not really operate if everyone stayed in bed with the blankets over their head, which is what would happen if people knew what horrors lay a shadow’s width away.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites