The worst thing you can do is nothing.

— Terry Pratchett

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My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.


There are times in life when people must know when not to let go.

Balloons are designed to teach small children this.


Rincewind had always been happy to think of himself as a racist.

The One Hundred Meters, the Mile, the Marathon -- he'd run them all.

Terry Pratchett quote The trouble with having an open mind, is

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


Rincewind could scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four.


I have, before now, waited for a pen to perform a macro.


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...and the funny thing was that people who weren't entirely certain they were right always argued much louder than other people, as if the main person they were trying to convince were themselves.

Terry Pratchett quote Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you

Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.


You never knew about people, like you never knew how deep a pond was because all you saw was the top.


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


Zoology, eh? That's a big word, isn't it.

" "No, actually it isn't," said Tiffany. "Patronizing is a big word. Zoology is really quite short.


Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.

No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.


I would like permission to fetch a note from my mother, sir' Ridcully sighed.

'Rincewind, you once informed me, to my everlasting puzzlement, that you never knew your mother because she ran away before you were born. Distinctly remember writing it down in my diary. Would you like another try?' 'Permission to go and find my mother?'


"Multiple exclamation marks," he went on, shaking his head, "are a sure sign of a diseased mind."


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William: "I'm sure we can all pull together, sir.

" Vetinari: "Oh, I do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.


Most species do their own evolving, making it up as they go along, which is the way Nature intended.


It was octarine, the colour of magic.

It was alive and glowing and vibrant and it was the undisputed pigment of the imagination, because wherever it appeared it was a sign that mere matter was a servant of the powers of the magical mind. It was enchantment itself. But Rincewind always thought it looked a sort of greenish-purple.


The baby boomers are getting older, and will stay older for longer.

And they will run right into the dementia firing range. How will a society cope? Especially a society that can't so readily rely on those stable family relationships that traditionally provided the backbone of care?


Racism was not a problem on the Discworld, because - what with trolls and dwarfs and so on - speciesism was more interesting. Black and white lived in perfect harmony and ganged up on green.


Why do you go away? So that you can come back.

So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.


You're not allowed to call them dinosaurs any more," said Yo-less.

"It's speciesist. You have to call them pre-petroleum persons.


There is a rumour going around that I have found God.

I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.


At such times the universe gets a little closer to us.

They are strange times, times of beginnings and endings. Dangerous and powerful. And we feel it even if we don't know what it is. These times are not necessarily good, and not necessarily bad. In fact, what they are depends on what *we* are.


Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle.

It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained.


The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance.


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.


Cheery was aware that Commander Vimes didn't like the phrase 'The innocent have nothing to fear', believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like 'The innocent have nothing to fear'.


Nature abhors a lot of things, including vacuums, ships called the Marie Celeste, and the chuck keys for electric drills.


Sham Harga had run a successful eatery for many years by always smiling, never extending credit, and realizing that most of his customers wanted meals properly balanced between the four food groups: sugar, starch, grease, and burnt crunchy bits.


Never trust a species that grins all the time. It’s up to something.


His parents called him Youngster. They did this in the subconcious hope that he might take the hint. Wensleydale gave the impression of having been born with a mental age of 47.


The disc, being flat, has no real horizon.

Any adventurous sailor who got funny ideas from staring at eggs and oranges for too long and set out for the antipodes soon learned that the reason why distant ships sometimes looked as though they were disappearing over the edge of the world was that they were disappearing over the edge of the world.


Technically, the city of Ankh-Morpork is a Tyranny, which is not always the same thing as a monarchy, and in fact even the post of Tyrant has been somewhat redefined by the incumbent, Lord Vetinari, as the only form of democracy that works. Everyone is entitled to vote, unless disqualified by reason of age or not being Lord Vetinari.


One day a tortoise will learn how to fly.


It was said that life was cheap in Ankh-Morpork.

This was of course, completely wrong. Life was often very expensive; you could get death for free.


Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad.


Just because someone's a member of an ethnic minority doesn't mean they're not a nasty small-minded little jerk [...]


Mere animals couldn’t possibly manage to act like this.

You need to be a human being to be really stupid.


Nanny Ogg looked under her bed in case there was a man there. Well, you never knew your luck.


Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day.

Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.


Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.


I think I would like to go into modelling.

Of course, I don't know how to do it, and wouldn't be any good at it if I did, so I'm going to employ someone to walk the catwalks on my behalf. It would still be me, of course.


What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter.


The female mind is certainly a devious one, my lord.

" Vetinari looked at his secretary in surprise. "Well, of course it is. It has to deal with the male one.


Given enough coffee I could rule the world


Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote.


I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?" Death thought about it. CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.


And that's when I first learned about evil.

It is built in to the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, I told myself, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior.


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


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


The Auditors fluttered anxiously. And, as always happens in their species when something goes radically wrong and needs fixing instantly, they settled down to try to work how who was to blame.