Terry Pratchett

1948 -

A Quote by Terry Pratchett on self, self-knowledge, and loneliness

It's vital to remember who you really are. It's very important. It isn't a good idea to rely on other people to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong.

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Terry Pratchett

Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Contributed by: Ketutar

A Quote by Terry Pratchett on life, human beings, angel, ape, liess, justice, rightness, and fantasies

'All right,' said Susan. 'I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."
"REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE"
'Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little- "
"YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES"
'So we can believe the big ones?"
"YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING"
'They're not the same at all!"
"YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET-- "
Death waved a hand. "AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME... SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED"
'Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point---"
"MY POINT EXACTLY"

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Contributed by: Ketutar

A Quote by Terry Pratchett on music, universe, and soul music

After a while, another voice said: One, two, three, four--

And the universe came into being.

It was wrong to call it a big bang. That would just be noise, and all that noise could create is more noise and a cosmos full of random particles.

Matter exploded into being, apparently as chaos, but in fact as a chord. The ultimate power chord.

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Source: Soul Music

Contributed by: Manda

A Quote by Terry Pratchett on sin, evil, people as things, and terry pratchett

An old woman (who happens to be a witch) and a priest are sitting by the road having a conversation.

(The conversation starts on the classic subject of "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?")

"Sixteen!"
"You've counted sixteen?" said Oats eventually.
"No, but it is as good an answer as any you'll get. And that's what you holy men discuss is it?"
"Not usually. There is a very interesting debate raging at the moment on the nature of sin, for example."
"And what do they think? Against it, are they?"
"It is not as simple as that. It's not a black and white issue. There are so many shades of gray."
"Nope."
"Pardon?"
There's no grays, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That's what sin is."
"It's a lot more complicated than that--"
"No it ain't. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they're getting worried that they won't like the truth. People as things, that's where it starts."
"Oh, I'm sure there are worse crimes-"
"But they Starts with thinking about people as things…"

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Source: "Carpe Jugulum" by Terry Pratchett

Contributed by: The Traceless Warrior

A Quote by Terry Pratchett

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.

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Contributed by: Keleih

A Quote by Terry Pratchett

"What is there in this world that makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually, CATS ARE NICE.

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Contributed by: Keleih

A Quote by Terry Pratchett

That statement is either so deep it would take a lifetime to fully comprehend every particle of its meaning, or it is a load of absolute tosh. Which is it, I wonder?

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Contributed by: Keleih

A Quote by Terry Pratchett

The Gods of the Disc have never bothered much about judging the souls of the dead, and so people only go to Hell if that's where they believe, in their deepest heart, that they deserve to go. Which they won't do if they don't know about it. This explains why it is so important to shoot missionaries on site.

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Contributed by: Keleih

A Quote by Terry Pratchett

The man gave a shrug which indicated that, although the world did indeed have many problems, this was one of them that was not his.

Terry Pratchett (1948 -)

Contributed by: Keleih

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