Category: the wee free men

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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

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“A lot of the stories were highly suspicious, in her opinion. There was the one that ended when the two good children pushed the wicked witch into her own oven. Tiffany had worried about that after all that trouble with Mrs. Snapperly. Stories like this stopped people thinking properly, she was sure. She’d read that one and thought, Excuse me? No one has an oven big enough to get a whole person in, and what made the children think they could just walk around eating people’s houses in any case? And why does some boy too stupid to know a cow is worth a lot more than five beans have the right to murder a giant and steal all his gold? Not to mention commit an act of ecological vandalism? And some girl who can’t tell the difference between a wolf and her grandmother must either have been as dense as teak or come from an extremely ugly family. The stories weren’t real.”

– Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men

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“It was better to belong where you don’t belong than not to belong where you used to belong, remembering when you used to belong there.”

– Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men

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“The anger rose up, joyfully. ‘Yes! I’m me! I am careful and logical and I look up things I don’t understand! When I hear people use the wrong words I get edgy! I am good with cheese. I read books fast! I think! And I always have a piece of string! That’s the kind of person I am!”

– Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men

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“You see and hear what others canna’, the world opens up its secrets to ye, but ye’re always like the person at the party with the wee drink in the corner who cannae join in. There’s a little bitty bit inside ye that willnae melt and flow.”

– Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men

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“What’s magic, eh? Just wavin’ a stick an’ sayin’ a few wee magical words. An’ what’s so clever aboot that, eh? But lookin’ at things, really lookin’ at ’em, and then workin’ ’em oout, now, that’s a real skill.”

– Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men

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“What people mean to do and what is done are two different things.”

– Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men

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“What people mean to do and what is done are two different things.”

– Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men

myllustration: “If you trust in yourself… and…

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“If you trust in yourself… and believe in your dreams… and follow
your star… you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time
working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”

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“Witches have animals they can talk to, called familiars. Like your toad there.”

“I’m not familiar,” said a voice from among the paper flowers. “I’m just slightly presumptuous.”’

– Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men