Authors - Terry Pratchett

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Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is an English novelist, known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels. 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 latest Discworld book, Snuff is the third-fastest-selling novel since records began in the United Kingdom selling 55,000 copies in the first three days. - Wikipedia

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Quote 1517by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
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    Quote 2007by Anonymous on 20/01/2011

    Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good.
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      Quote 4989by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

      Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
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        Quote 5011by Anonymous on 05/05/2011

        When the least they could do to you was everything, then the most they could do to you suddenly held no terror.
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          Quote 5070by Anonymous on 12/05/2011

          Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant "idiot".
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            Quote 5112by Anonymous on 19/05/2011

            Bishops move diagonally. That's why they often turn up where the kings don't expect them to be.
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              Quote 5298by Anonymous on 12/06/2011

              The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.
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                Quote 5309by Anonymous on 17/06/2011

                What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: "Why is it so dark in here?"
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                  Quote 5421by Anonymous on 28/06/2011

                  For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.
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                    Quote 5665by Anonymous on 18/08/2011

                    Revolutions always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions.
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                      Quote 5679by Anonymous on 18/08/2011

                      Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.
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                        Quote 5829by Anonymous on 30/08/2011

                        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.
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                          Quote 6067by Anonymous on 12/09/2011

                          The duke had a mind that ticked like a clock and, like a clock, it regularly went cuckoo.
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                            Quote 6143by Anonymous on 14/09/2011

                            Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.
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                              Quote 6289by Anonymous on 17/09/2011

                              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?"
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                                Quote 6386by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.
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                                  Quote 6390by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                  Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.
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                                    Quote 6564by Anonymous on 28/09/2011

                                    Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It's where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more.
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                                      Quote 6645by Anonymous on 03/10/2011

                                      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.
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                                        Quote 7055by Anonymous on 18/10/2011

                                        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.
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                                          Quote 7156by Anonymous on 26/10/2011

                                          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.
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                                            Quote 7214by Anonymous on 28/10/2011

                                            Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
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                                              Quote 7233by Anonymous on 29/10/2011

                                              A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.
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                                                Quote 7423by Anonymous on 12/11/2011

                                                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.
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                                                  Quote 7552by Anonymous on 19/12/2011

                                                  It could not be happening because this sort of thing did not happen. Any contradictory evidence could be safely ignored.
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                                                    Quote 9241by Anonymous on 02/07/2012

                                                    Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
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                                                      Quote 9943by Anonymous on 03/09/2012

                                                      No. Men should die for lies. But the truth is too precious to die for.
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                                                        Quote 10423by Anonymous on 03/10/2012

                                                        In the begining there was nothing, and it exploded.
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                                                          Quote 11088by Anonymous on 22/11/2012

                                                          He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.
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                                                            Quote 12296by Anonymous on 23/03/2013

                                                            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.
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                                                              Quote 13236by Anonymous on 30/06/2013

                                                              Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.
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                                                                Quote 13356by Anonymous on 10/07/2013

                                                                If you put butter and salt on it, it tastes like salty butter.
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                                                                  Quote 13566by Anonymous on 04/08/2013

                                                                  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.
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                                                                    Quote 13794by Anonymous on 02/09/2013

                                                                    "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."
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