We will always have discworld.

Sir Terry Pratchett died this week. He was one of my favorite authors. His books are a mix of Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, and wrapped up with in a Monty Python bow. Right now he is sitting on the beach of a nice little island that is just one land mass on a massive flat disc which is balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the back of a giant turtle.

Here are my favorite Terry Pratchett quote (there are lots of them, and I have one tattooed on my arm) :

“Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.”
“Just erotic. Nothing kinky. It’s the difference between using a feather and using a chicken.”
“If you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.”

“Death isn’t cruel – merely terribly, terribly good at his job.”
“Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.”
“It’s vital to remember who you really are. It’s very important. It isn’t a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong.”
“Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn’t believing. It’s where belief stops, because it isn’t needed any more.” “Multiple exclamation marks are a sure sign of a diseased mind.”
“No one with their sleeves rolled up who walks purposefully with a piece of paper help conspicuously in their hand is ever challenged.”
“Human being, little bags of thinking water held up briefly by fragile accumulations of calcium.”
“Time is like a drug. Too much of it kills you.”
“I like the idea of democracy. You have to have someone everyone distrusts, that was everyone’s happy.”
“It is always useful to have an enemy who is prepared to die for his country, this means that both you and he have exactly the same aim in mind.”
“Fear is a strange soil. Mainly it grows obedience like corn, which grows in rows and makes weeding easy. But sometimes it grows the potatoes of defiance, which flourish underground.”
“Personal is not the same as important. People just think it is.”
“Getting 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.”
“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.”
“Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud you beheading. People like a show.”
“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”
“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING,’ said Death. ‘JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.” “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”
“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…”
“There is always time for another last minute.” “I’d rather be a rising ape than a falling angel.”
“Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to.”
“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
“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.”
“They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.”
“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.”
“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.”
“Evolution was far more thrilling to me than the biblical account. Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel? To my juvenile eyes, Darwin was proved true every day. It doesn’t take much to make us flip back into monkeys again.”
“The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.” “It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.”
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.”
“There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.”
“If you don’t turn your life into a story; you just become a part of someone else’s story.”
“So much universe, and so little time.”
“Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.”
“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”
“I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”
“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH,’ the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
“If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.”
“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.”
“Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.”
“Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organized”

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