Category: books

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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

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“I imagine that fish have no word for water.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“When you can flatten entire cities at a whim, a tendency towards quiet reflection and seeing-things-from-the-other-fellow’s-point- of-view is seldom necessary.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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“Where people stand is perhaps not as important as which way they face.”

– Terry Pratchett – A Slip Of The Keyboard

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“More than half the skill of writing lies in tricking the book out of your own head.”

– Terry Pratchett – A Slip Of The Keyboard

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“Far more beguiling than the idea that evil can be destroyed by throwing a piece of expensive jewelry into a volcano is the possibility that evil can be defused by talking. The fantasy of justice is more interesting than the fantasy of fairies, and more truly fantastic.”

– Terry Pratchett – A Slip Of The Keyboard