The Wit And Wisdom Of Terry Pratchett

Remembering the great fantasy author, who died today

"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."


"Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along."


"Five exclamation marks: the sure sign of an insane mind."


"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."

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"It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living."


"It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases - one was Alzheimer's, and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer's."


"The only superstition I have is that I must start a new book on the same day that I finish the last one, even if it's just a few notes in a file. I dread not having work in progress."

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"Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil... prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon."


"The harder I work, the luckier I become."


"By the time you've reached your sixties, you do know that one day you will die, and knowing that is at least the beginning of wisdom."
 

"The ideal death, I think, is what was the ideal Victorian death, you know, with your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing. And you say goodbye to your loved ones, making certain that one of them has been left behind to look after the shop."

"It's not worth doing something unless you're doing something that someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing."


"It's useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective of another one."


"No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away."