Terry Pratchett

«There was no safety. There was no pride. All there was, was money. Everything became money, and money became everything. Money treated us as if we were things, and we died.»

Terry Pratchett


«Possession of the box conferred a kind of power on the wielder--which was that anyone, confronted with the hypnotic glass eye, would submissively obey the most peremptory orders about stance and expression.»

Terry Pratchett


«Progress just means bad things happen faster.»

Terry Pratchett


«Oh, he did his best to make their short lives miserable, because that was his job, but nothing he could think up was half as bad as the stuff they thought up themselves.»

Terry Pratchett


«The merest accident of microgeography had meant that the first man to hear the voice of Om, and who gave Om his view of humans, was a shepherd and not a goatherd. They have quite different ways of looking at the world, and the whole of history might have been different. For sheep are stupid, and have to be driven. But goats are intelligent, and need to be led.»

Terry Pratchett


«Where's the pleasure in bein' the winner if the loser ain't alive to know they've lost?»

Terry Pratchett


«WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL LURKS IN THE HEART OF MEN?»

Terry Pratchett


«You Say To People 'Throw Off Your Chains' And They Make New Chains For Themselves?»

Terry Pratchett


«I'm just capable of entertaining the fantastic idea that, in certain circumstances,»

Terry Pratchett


«My personal theory is that he has a very firm grasp upon reality, it's simply not a reality the rest of us have ever met before.»

Terry Pratchett


«Adventure! People talked about the idea as if it were something worthwhile, rather than a mess of bad food, no sleep and strange people inexplicably trying to stick pointed objects in bits of you.»

Terry Pratchett


«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.»

Terry Pratchett


«In theory it was, around now, Literature. Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good book.»

Terry Pratchett


«Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle. It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained.»

Terry Pratchett


«Do you understand what I'm saying?"»

Terry Pratchett


«The only thing known to go faster than ordinary light is monarchy, according to the philosopher Ly Tin Wheedle. He reasoned like this: you can't have more than one king, and tradition demands that there is no gap between kings, so when a king dies the succession must therefore pass to the heir»

Terry Pratchett


«On the Disc, the Gods aren't so much worshipped, as they are blamed.»

Terry Pratchett


«He helped the Librarian up. There was a red glow in the ape's eyes. It had tried to steal his books. This was probably the best proof any wizard could require that the trolleys were brainless.»

Terry Pratchett


«She wore so much thick white makeup in order to conceal her naturally rosy complexion that if she turned around suddenly her face would probably end up on the back of her head.»

Terry Pratchett


«Belief, he says. Belief shifts. People start out believing in the god and end up believing in the structure.»

Terry Pratchett


«I just think the world ought to be more sort of organized.'»

Terry Pratchett


«When you're bouncing around from pin to pin, it is probably very difficult to know that outside the game there's a room and outside the room there's a town and outside the town there's a country and outside the country there's a world and outside the world there's a billion trillion stars and that's only the start of it... but it's there, d'you see? Once you know about it, you can stop worrying about the slot at the bottom. And you might bounce around a good deal longer.»

Terry Pratchett


«The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd is the square root of the number of people in it.»

Terry Pratchett


«There’s no point in believing in things that exist.»

Terry Pratchett


«God does not play games with His loyal servants", said the Metatron, but in a worried tone of voice.»

Terry Pratchett


«To animals they were just the weather, just part of everything.»

Terry Pratchett


«And Dil was realizing that there are few things that so shake belief as seeing, clearly and precisely, the object of that belief. Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn’t believing. It’s where belief stops, because it isn’t needed anymore.»

Terry Pratchett


«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 [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant 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»

Terry Pratchett


«The Yen Buddhists are the richest religious sect in the universe. They hold that the accumulation of money is a great evil and a burden to the soul. They therefore, regardless of personal hazard, see it as their unpleasant duty to acquire as much as possible in order to reduce the risk to innocent people.»

Terry Pratchett


«It's not gambling to play»

Terry Pratchett