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In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
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Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
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In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
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Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
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Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
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Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
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The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.
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Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
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The worst thing you can do is nothing. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
The worst thing you can do is nothing.
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Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.
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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.
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Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.
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There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.
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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.
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Rincewind could scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Rincewind could scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four.
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Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant ‘idiot. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant ‘idiot.
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I have, before now, waited for a pen to perform a macro. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
I have, before now, waited for a pen to perform a macro.
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You never knew about people, like you never knew how deep a pond was because all you saw was the top.
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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.
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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.
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The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
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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?'
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Picturesque meant - he decided after careful observation of the scenerey that inspired Twoflower to use the word - that the landscape was horribly precipitous. Quaint, when used to describe the occasional village through which they passed, meant fever-ridden and tumbledown. Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, mean 'idiot'.
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"Multiple exclamation marks," he went on, shaking his head, "are a sure sign of a diseased mind."
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Gnomes live ten times faster than humans. They're harder to see than a high-speed mouse. That's one reason why most humans hardly ever see them. The other is that humans are very good at not seeing things they know aren't there. And, since sensible humans know that there are no such things as people four inches high, a gnome who doesn't want to be seen probably won't be seen... Wings.
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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.
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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.
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Most species do their own evolving, making it up as they go along, which is the way Nature intended.
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He moved in a way that suggested he was attempting the world speed record for the nonchalant walk. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
He moved in a way that suggested he was attempting the world speed record for the nonchalant walk.
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There's a saying that all roads lead to Ankh-Morpork. And it's wrong. All roads lead away from Ankh-Morpork, but sometimes people just walk along them the wrong way.
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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.
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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?
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It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
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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.
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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.
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You're not allowed to call them dinosaurs any more," said Yo-less. "It's speciesist. You have to call them pre-petroleum persons.
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Sam Vimes could parallel process. Most husbands can. They learn to follow their own line of thought while at the same time listening to what their wives say. And the listening is important, because at any time they could be challenged and must be ready to quote the last sentence in full. A vital additional skill is being able to scan the dialogue for telltale phrases such as "and they can deliver it tomorrow" or "so I've invited them for dinner?" or "they can do it in blue, really quite cheaply.
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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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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.
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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.
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The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance.
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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'.
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Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle. It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Nature abhors a lot of things, including vacuums, ships called the Marie Celeste, and the chuck keys for electric drills.
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Never trust a species that grins all the time. It’s up to something. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Never trust a species that grins all the time. It’s up to something.
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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.
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One day a tortoise will learn how to fly. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
One day a tortoise will learn how to fly.
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Just because someone's a member of an ethnic minority doesn't mean they're not a nasty small-minded little jerk [...]
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Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad.
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All assassins had a full-length mirror in their rooms, because it would be a terrible insult to anyone to kill them when you were badly dressed.
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Mere animals couldn’t possibly manage to act like this. You need to be a human being to be really stupid.
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Nanny Ogg looked under her bed in case there was a man there. Well, you never knew your luck. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Nanny Ogg looked under her bed in case there was a man there. Well, you never knew your luck.
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Down there - he said - are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any inequity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathsomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass-produced darkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality. They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don't say no.
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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.
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There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides.
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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.
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And these are your reasons, my lord?" "Do you think I have others?" said Lord Vetinari. "My motives, as ever, are entirely transparent." Hughnon reflected that 'entirely transparent' meant either that you could see right through them or that you couldn't see them at all.
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What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter.
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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.
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Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
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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.
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Peace?' said Vetinari. 'Ah, yes, defined as period of time to allow for preparation for the next war.
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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.
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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.
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Its useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective of another one. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Its useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective of another one.
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Never build a dungeon you wouldn't be happy to spend the night in yourself. The world would be a happier place if more people remembered that.
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Given enough coffee I could rule the world - Terry Pratchett Quotes
Given enough coffee I could rule the world
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No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.
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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.
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I must confess the activities of the UK governments for the past couple of years have been watched with frank admiration and amazement by Lord Vetinari. Outright theft as a policy had never occurred to him.
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In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
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The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.
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On the Disc the gods dealt severely with atheists. - Terry Pratchett Quotes
On the Disc the gods dealt severely with atheists.
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I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
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Some pirates achieved immortality by great deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying.
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There were no lies here. All fancies fled away. That's what happened in all deserts. It was just you, and what you believed.
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