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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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“You should do things because they’re right. Not because gods say so. They might say something different another time.”

– Terry Pratchett – Small Gods

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

– Terry Pratchett – Wintersmith

dandibuja: Who are you? said Om.The small god…

dandibuja:

Who are you? said Om.
The small god stirred.
There was a city once, said the small god. Not just a city. An empire of cities. I, I, I remember there were canals, and gardens. There was a lake. They had floating gardens on the lake, I recall. I, I. And there were temples. Such temples as you may dream of. Great pyramid temples that reached to the sky. Thousands were sacrificed. To the greater glory.
Om felt sick. This wasn’t just a small god. This was a small god who hadn’t always been small…
Who were you?
And there were temples. I, I, me. Such temples as you may dream of. Great pyramid temples that reached to the sky. The glory of. Thousands were sacrificed. Me. To the greater glory.
And there were temples. Me, me, me. Greater glory. Such glory temples as you may dream of. Great pyramid dream temples that reached to the sky. Me, me. Sacrificed. Dream. Thousands were sacrificed. To me the greater sky glory.
You were their God? Om managed.
Thousands were sacrificed. To the greater glory.
Can you hear me?
Thousands sacrificed greater glory. Me, me, me.
What was your name? shouted Om.
Name?
A hot wind blew over the desert, shifting a few grains of sand. The echo of a lost god blew away, tumbling over and over, until it vanished among the rocks.
Who were you?
There was no answer.

– Small Gods

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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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“The stories never said why she was wicked. It was enough to be an old woman, enough to be all alone, enough to look strange because you have no teeth. It was enough to be called a witch. If it came to that, the book never gave you the evidence of anything. It talked about “a handsome prince”… was he really, or was it just because he was a prince that people called handsome? As for “a girl who was as beautiful as the day was long”… well, which day? In midwinter it hardly ever got light! The stories don’t want you to think, they just wanted you to believe what you were told…“

– Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men