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Terry Pratchett Quote: “First draft: let it run. Turn all the knobs up to 11. Second draft: hell. Cut it down and cut it into shape. Third draft: comb its nose and blow its hair. I usually find that most of the book will have handed itself to me on that first draft.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “I don’t really plan. I’m almost intuitive about things.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “I don’t think it’s weak to admit you made a mistake. That takes strength, if you ask me.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Because some stories end, but old stories go on, and you gotta dance to the music if you want to stay ahead.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “I am a great fan of science, but I cannot do a quadratic equation.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Theres no stink more sorrorful than the stink of wet, burnt paper. It means: the end.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “He felt as if he had been shipwrecked on the Titanic, but in the nick of time had been rescued. By the Lusitania.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “It’s a god-eat-god world.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Everyone’s heard of Erwin Schrodinger’s famous thought experiment. You put a cat in a box with a bottle of poison, which many people would suggest is about as far as you need to go.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “The Librarian was not familiar with love, which had always struck him as a bit ethereal and soppy, but kindness, on the other hand, was practical. You knew where you were with kindness, especially if you were holding a pie it had just given you.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “One person is nothing. Two people are a nation.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Look, that’s why there’s rules, understand? So that you think before you break ’em.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Noble dragons don’t have friends. The nearest they can get to the idea is an enemy who is still alive.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “No. Men should die for lies. But the truth is too precious to die for.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “The reaper does not listen to the harvest.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “The price of being the best is having to be the best.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “And, as always happens, and happens far too soon, the strange and wonderful becomes a memory and a memory becomes a dream. Tomorrow it’s gone.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “In the end the problem isn’t that you have the wrong sort of government for the People, but that you have the wrong sort of People.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Some people are heroes. And some people jot down notes.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “My programming language was solder.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “It doesn’t matter if dragons are flying overhead or whatever – a lot of Victoriana is still cut in the frame of fantasy.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Nanny Ogg could see the future in the froth on a beer mug. It invariably showed that she was going to enjoy a refreshing drink which she almost certainly was not going to pay for.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Curiosity may have killed the cat, but her’s curiosity could have massacred a pride of lions.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “The sun rose slowly, as if it wasn’t sure it was worth all the effort.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “It was said that life was cheap in Ankh-Morpork. This was of course, completely wrong. Life was often very expensive; you could get death for free.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “He said it was better to belong where you don’t belong than not to belong where you used to belong, remembering when you used to belong there.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Every procedure for getting a cat to take a pill works fine – once. Like the Borg, they learn...”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “You do know you could find yourself charged with being a dominant species while under the influence of impulse-driven consumerism, don’t you?”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “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.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “There’s a saying that all roads lead to Ankh-Morpork. And it’s wrong. All roads lead away from Ankh-Morpork, but sometimes people just walk along them the wrong way.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Don’t stick your nose where someone can pull it off and eat it.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Do not act incautiously when confronting a little bald wrinkly smiling man!”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “I’d rather be a rising ape than a falling angel.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Putting up a statue to someone who tried to stop a war is not very, um, statuesque. Of course, if you had butchered five hundred of your own men out of arrogant carelessness, we’d be melting the bronze already.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Some people believe that when you die, you cross the River of Death and have to pay the ferryman. People don’t seem to worry about that these days. Perhaps there’s a bridge now.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Never build a dungeon you wouldn’t be happy to spend the night in yourself. The world would be a happier place if more people remembered that.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “We who think we are about to die will laugh at anything.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “You did something because it had always been done, and the explanation was, ‘But we’ve always done it this way.’ A million dead people can’t have been wrong, can they?”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Lord Vetinari lifted an eyebrow with the care of one who, having found a piece of caterpillar in his salad, raises the rest of the lettuce.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “I tell you, commander, it’s true that some of the most terrible things in the world are done by people who think, genuinely think, that they’re doing it for the best, especially if there is some god involved.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Life is just chemicals. A drop here, a drip there, everything’s changed. A mere dribble of fermented juices and sudenlly you’re going to live another few hours.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Gods prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do Not Achieve Transcendence but Go Straight To Oblivion; a key to the understanding of all religion is that a god’s idea of amusement is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “Correct observation followed by meticulous deduction and the precise visualization of goals is vital to the success of any enterprise.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “We live in a science fiction universe. We have done for a long time.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “If my father could have sat up in bed and said goodbye, I’d have pressed the button. I wouldn’t have been able to see for crying, but I would have considered that a duty.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “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 Quote: “You had to hand it to the Patrician, he admitted grudgingly. If you didn’t, he sent men to come and take it away.”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “What can the harvest hope for...”
Terry Pratchett Quote: “You know what I’d really, really like? What I’d pay MONEY for? A ZX81 with a disc drive. I understood the ZX81. It was so easy to interface stuff to it.”
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