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Terry Pratchett Quotes

Motivational Terry Pratchett Quotes and Sayings

Terry Pratchett Quotes

Terry Pratchett Quotes:- Sir Terry Pratchett (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels.

Pratchett’s first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971. The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, after which Pratchett wrote an average of two books a year.

His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff became the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-readership novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days.

The final Discworld novel, The Shepherd’s Crown, was published in August 2015, five months after his death.


Inspirational Terry Pratchett Quotes


“An author writes a book, and that’s the book at that point. And if the author writes the book again, then somehow something has gone wrong, if you see what I mean.”-Terry Pratchett

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“Anger is wonderful. It keeps you going. I’m angry about bankers. About the government.”-Terry Pratchett


“I like being a writer.”-Terry Pratchett


“As far as I’m concerned, I’m a writer who’s writing books, and therefore, I don’t want to die. You’d miss the end of the book, wouldn’t” you? You can’t die with an unfinished book.”-Terry Pratchett


“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.”-Terry Pratchett


“Dickens, as you know, never got round to starting his home page.”-Terry Pratchett


“Discworld’ is taking something that you know is ridiculous and treating it as if it is serious, to see if something interesting happens when you do so.”-Terry Pratchett


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“Educational’ refers to the process, not the object. Although” come to think of it, some of my teachers could easily have been replaced by a cheeseburger.”-Terry Pratchett


“Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.”-Terry Pratchett


“Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong.”-Terry Pratchett


“Fantasy is uni-age. You can start it in the creche, and it follows you to death.”-Terry Pratchett


“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.”-Terry Pratchett


“Freedom without limits is just a word.”-Terry Pratchett


“Genius is always allowed some leeway, once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the blood has been cleaned up.”-Terry Pratchett


“Go on, prove me wrong. Destroy the fabric of the universe. See if I care.”-Terry Pratchett


“He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armor” shouting ‘All the Gods are bastards.”-Terry Pratchett


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“I am a great fan of science, but I cannot do a quadratic equation.”-Terry Pratchett


“I can no longer type, so I use TalkingPoint and Dragon Dictate. It’s a speech-to-text program, and there’s an add-on for talking which some guys came up with.”-Terry Pratchett


“I didn’t go to university. Didn’t even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did.”-Terry Pratchett


“I don’t believe in the war god of the Israelites. He’s a bogeyman. Jesus preached the golden rule, by and large.”-Terry Pratchett


“I don’t really plan. I’m almost intuitive about things.”-Terry Pratchett


“I don’t think about the end game. I’ve got lots to occupy my mind. It’s the rage that keeps me going.”-Terry Pratchett


“I got into science fiction by being interested in astronomy first.”-Terry Pratchett


“I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener, and it’s in the blood.”-Terry Pratchett


“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.”-Terry Pratchett


“I have a living will and I have friends, and I have money and I have hope.”-Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett Inspirational & Moving Quotes


“I have to write because if I don’t get something down then after a while I feel it’s going to bang the side of my head off.”-Terry Pratchett


“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.”-Terry Pratchett


“I like writing. I get cranky when I can’t. Yes, I write books back to back, and I work very hard on them.”-Terry Pratchett


“I mean, I wouldn’t pay more than a couple of quid to see me, and I’m me.”-Terry Pratchett


“I think I would like to go into modeling”. 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.”-Terry Pratchett


“I think it does Discworld good if I don’t write about it all the time: sometimes you have to get it out of your system.”-Terry Pratchett


“By the time you’ve reached your sixties, you do know that one day you will die, and knowing that is at least the beginning of wisdom.”-Terry Pratchett


“I think the best thing I ever did with my life was stand up and say I’ve got Alzheimer’s.”-Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett’s magnificent sense quotes


“I was once a journalist. And I think of myself as a journalist, and that’s it. You tell the truth. I even wrote a book called ‘The Truth’.”-Terry Pratchett


“I write books back to back, and I work very hard on them.”-Terry Pratchett


“If it wasn’t for the fun and money, I really don’t know why I’d bother.”-Terry Pratchett


“If the government ever imposes a tax on books – and I wouldn’t put it past them – I’m in dead trouble.”-Terry Pratchett


“I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”-Terry Pratchett


“I was a very keen reader of science fiction.”-Terry Pratchett


“I’m glad a genre writer has got a knighthood” but stunned that it was me.”-Terry Pratchett


“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”-Terry Pratchett


“In my heart, I’m just a kid from the council houses. I can remember the old cottage and my dad coming round with the tin bath. I’m not a rich man.”-Terry Pratchett


“In the beginning”, there was nothing, which exploded.”-Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett quotes About Philosophy


“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”-Terry Pratchett


“It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases – one was Alzheimer’s, and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer’s.”-Terry Pratchett


“It’s not morbid to talk about death. Most people don’t worry about death, they worry about a bad death.”-Terry Pratchett


“It’s not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewhere”, would much rather you weren’t doing.”-Terry Pratchett


“It’s useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective of another one.”-Terry Pratchett


“I’ve got wide tastes, but I don’t like jazz.”-Terry Pratchett


“I’ve often felt depressed; everyone feels depressed.”-Terry Pratchett


“Journalism makes you think fast. You have to speak to people in all walks of life. Especially local journalism.”-Terry Pratchett


“Knowing that you are going to die is, I suspect, the beginning of wisdom.”-Terry Pratchett


“I believe it should be possible for someone stricken with a serious and ultimately fatal illness to choose to die peacefully with medical help, rather than suffer.”-Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett quotes About Journalism


“My own books drive themselves. I know roughly where a book is going to end, but essentially the story develops under my fingers. It’s just a matter of joining the dots.”-Terry Pratchett


“Nation’ was one that I’d have killed myself if I hadn’t written it. It was absolutely important to me that I wrote it. It was good for my soul.”-Terry Pratchett


“Neither of my parents went to church, but they did everything that you needed to do to be Christian. That’s something a Quaker would call an intimation of the divine.”-Terry Pratchett


“Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds.”-Terry Pratchett


“No one’s policing their own minds more than an author. You spend a lot of time in your own head analyzing” what you think about things, and philosophy comes.”-Terry Pratchett


“Nothing I can say or devise, and nothing anybody else can say or devise, is going to be perfect.”-Terry Pratchett


“Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.”-Terry Pratchett


“Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong.”-Terry Pratchett


“Personally, I think the best motto for an educational establishment is: ‘Or Would You Rather Be a Mule?”-Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett quotes About Character


“Plot exposition that can be gently wound out by the authorial voice and internal monologue of a character in the length of a page has to be delivered in a matter of seconds on the stage.”-Terry Pratchett


“Siren voices tell me, ‘You don’t have to keep going on.’ And then you think, ‘I’m a writer. What do I do? Sit there watching my wife clean up?’ I don’t know. I like being a writer.”-Terry Pratchett


“Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.”-Terry Pratchett


“Sooner or later we’re all someone’s dog.”-Terry Pratchett


“Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.”-Terry Pratchett


“The harder I work, the luckier I become.”-Terry Pratchett


“The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd” is the square root of the number of people in it.”-Terry Pratchett


“The only superstition I have is that I must start a new book on the same day that I finish the last one, even if it’s just a few notes in a file. I dread not having worked” in progress.”-Terry Pratchett


“I have, before now, waiting” for a pen to perform a macro.”-Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett quotes About Territory


“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”-Terry Pratchett


“The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.”-Terry Pratchett


“There are some people who hate my guts. But that goes with the territory.”-Terry Pratchett


“There are things around, and I know where they can be got quite easily, but I quite like waking up to the sunshine.”-Terry Pratchett


“There can be no better grounding for a lifetime as an author than to see humanity in all its various guises through the lens of the reporter for the town.”-Terry Pratchett


“They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.”-Terry Pratchett


“This isn’t living” in the fast lane, it’s life in the oncoming traffic.”-Terry Pratchett


“Tolkien is eminently filmable, I think. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is intense”… landscaped. But ‘Discworld’ is about dialogue, which is one reason why it might be hard to film.”-Terry Pratchett


“Truthfully, without over-egging it, as I often do, the library and journalism, those things made me who I am.”-Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett quotes About Remember


“What is normal? Normal was yesterday. If you lose a leg, one day you’re hopping around on one leg, so you know the difference.”-Terry Pratchett


“When I was a kid, I read the science-fiction shelves, and I read the fantasy shelves.”-Terry Pratchett


“When you read, I’m sure you don’t realize that your eyes are going backward” and forwards and to this place and that place. Mine doesn’t” do that.”-Terry Pratchett


“When you’re all singing together, it brings things together. I know the songs that my grandfather and my father sang.”-Terry Pratchett


“Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.”-Terry Pratchett


“You can’t die with an unfinished book.”-Terry Pratchett


“You can’t remember the plot of the Dr”. Who movie because it didn’t have one, just a lot of plot holes strung together. It did have a lot of flashing lights, though.”-Terry Pratchett


“You can’t trample infidels when you’re a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.”-Terry Pratchett


“You have to have really wide reading habits and pay attention to the news and just everything that’s going on in the world: you need to. If you get this right, then the writing is a piece of cake.”-Terry Pratchett