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profoundlygrandstranger:

“You grow up readin’ about pirates and cowboys and spacemen and stuff, and jus’ when you think the world’s all full of amazin’ things, they tell you it’s really all dead whales and chopped-down forests and nuclear waste hangin’ about for millions of years. ‘Snot worth growin’ up for, if you ask my opinion.”

— Good Omens

a-studying-cactus: “The pen is mightier then …

a-studying-cactus:

“The pen is mightier then the sword, if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.”   ~Terry Pratchett

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terrypratchettparadise:

““Magic uses people,” said Rincewind hurriedly. “It affects you as much as you affect it, sort of thing. You can’t mess around with magical things without it affecting you. I just thought I’d better warn you.” “Like a wine bottle,” said Creosote, “that -” “- drinks you back,” said Rincewind.””

— Terry Pratchett – Sourcery

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Afterthought

The Darwin family motto:

cave et aude.

Watch, and listen.


Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“Did you know they put his statue in the canteen, sir?” said Ponder, a little shocked.
“Did they? Good idea,” said Ridcully. “That way, every sensible person sees it. Ready, Hex.”
And the Central Hall was empty again, apart from the fossils.


Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“Er, sir.”
“Just ‘er’, Stibbons?”
“‘Er’ is a very precise term in this context, sir. It means we don’t have time for a big debate.”

– an efficient word |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“Even so… to trust your future to some frail craft speeding through the unknown void, prey to unthinkable dangers…”
“That was what the dinosaurs did,” said Ridcully. “And the crabs. And all the rest of them.”
“I beg your pardon?”
“I meant that this world is a pretty frail craft, if you take the long view.”

– a frail craft |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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Ridcully was, Ponder noted, quite clever under all that shouting.

– Ridcully: a summary |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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Our world is changing, and it’s changing very fast, and we ourselves are the inescapable agents of that change.


one way or another | Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

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“You see, I’ve been talking to Hex. I’d like to give him something to remember. We owe him that, at least.”
“Really, sir?” said Ponder. “Won’t it make things worse?”
“I’d like him to know why we did all this, even if it’s only for a moment!”
“Are you sure that’s a good idea, Mustrum?” said the Lecturer in Recent Runes.
The Archchancellor hesitated. “No,” he said. “but it’s mine. And we’re going to do it.”

– on confidence |
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch