Category: books

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“I know that I am a small, weak man, but I have amassed a large library; I dream of dangerous places.”

– Terry Pratchett – Snuff

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“All books, everywhere, affect all other books.  This is obvious: books inspire other books written in the future, and cite books written in the past.  But the General Theory of L-Space suggests that, in that case, the contents of books as yet unwritten can be deduced from books now in existence.”

– Terry Pratchett – Lords and Ladies

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‘Act your age, Gytha.’

‘Act?  Don’t have to act, can do it automatic,’ said Nanny.  ‘Acting half my age…now that’s the difficult trick.’

– Terry Pratchett – Lords and Ladies

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“The library was full of wizards, who care about their books in the same way that ants care about their eggs and in time of difficulty carry them around in much the same way.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

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“She was opposed to books on strict moral grounds, since she had heard that many of them were written by dead people and therefore it stood to reason reading them would be as bad as necromancy.”

– Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

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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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“Humans! They lived in a world where the grass continued to be green and the sun rose every day and flowers regularly turned into fruit, and what impressed them? Weeping statues. And wine made out of water!”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“All libraries, everywhere, are connected by the bookworm holes in space created by the strong space-time distortions found around any large collections of books. Only a very few librarians learn the secret, and there are inflexible rules about making use of the fact. Because it amounts to time travel, and time travel causes big problems.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“The ability of skinny old ladies to carry huge loads is phenomenal.  Studies have shown that an ant can carry one hundred times its own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother.”

– Terry Pratchett – Reaper Man

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“All libraries, everywhere, are connected by the bookworm holes in space created by the strong space-time distortions found around any large collections of books.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods