Authors - Terry Pratchett
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
I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
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.
Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
When the least they could do to you was everything, then the most they could do to you suddenly held no terror.
Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant "idiot".
Bishops move diagonally. That's why they often turn up where the kings don't expect them to be.
The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.
What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: "Why is it so dark in here?"
For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.
Revolutions always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions.
Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.
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.
The duke had a mind that ticked like a clock and, like a clock, it regularly went cuckoo.
Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.
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?"
It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.
Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.
Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It's where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more.
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.
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.
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.
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.
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 could not be happening because this sort of thing did not happen. Any contradictory evidence could be safely ignored.
Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
No. Men should die for lies. But the truth is too precious to die for.
In the begining there was nothing, and it exploded.
He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.
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.
Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.
If you put butter and salt on it, it tastes like salty butter.
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.
"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."