Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.
"Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett", Officer of the Order of the British Empire/OBE is an England/English author of fantasy novels, especially comic fantasy/comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of about 40 volumes. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (The Colour of Magic) was published in 1983, he has written two books a year on average. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff (Pratchett novel)/Snuff was at the time of its release the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-audience novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days.
Pratchett was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s, and has sold over 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages. He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK, and seventh most-read non-US author in the US.
Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was Knight Bachelor/knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours.
In 2001 he won the annual Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, the first Discworld book marketed for children. He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous writers! More Terry Pratchett on Wikipedia.
For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.
Famous I don't know about. It's hard to be famous and alive. I just want to play music every day and hear someone say, 'Thanks, that was great, here's some money, same time tomorrow, okay?'
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
'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.'
The duke had a mind that ticked like a clock and, like a clock, it regularly went cuckoo.
Bishops move diagonally. That's why they often turn up where the kings don't expect them to be.
The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking.
A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.
Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.
An education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.
Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.
Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street- cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.
No. Men should die for lies. But the truth is too precious to die for.
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.
Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It's where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more.
What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: 'Why is it so dark in here?'
Words are the litmus paper of the minds. If you find yourself in the power of someone who will use the word 'commence' in cold blood, go somewhere else very quickly. But if they say 'Enter', don't stop to pack.
It could not be happening because this sort of thing did not happen. Any contradictory evidence could be safely ignored.
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
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.
It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.
God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.
Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant 'idiot'.
Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.
Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.
Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.
And therefore education at the University mostly worked by the age-old method of putting a lot of young people in the vicinity of a lot of books and hoping that something would pass from one to the other, while the actual young people put themselves in the vicinity of inns and taverns for exactly the same reason.
I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.
It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewere, would much rather you weren't doing.
In the begining there was nothing, and it exploded.
Sham Harga had run a succesful 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.
[The pamphlet] was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners.
When the least they could do to you was everything, then the most they could do to you suddenly held no terror.
Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.
The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.
The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.
That seems to point up a significant difference between Europeans and Americans. A European says: 'I can't understand this, what's wrong with me?' An American says: 'I can't understand this, what's wrong with him?'
Revolutions always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions.
This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
"I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worth while?" Death thought about it "Cats," he said eventually, "Cats are Nice.
He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.
Rincewind had been told that death was just like going into another room. The difference is, when you shout, 'Where's my clean socks?' no-one answers.
If you put butter and salt on it, it tastes like salty butter.
A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores.