Terry Pratchett quotes

 quotes - Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove. Share

“Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.”

— Terry Pratchett

 quotes - Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. Share

“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.”

— Terry Pratchett

 quotes - <p>It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.</p> Share

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.

— Terry Pratchett

 quotes - The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp. Share

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

— Terry Pratchett

 quotes - The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head. Share

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

— Terry Pratchett

 quotes - Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off. Share

“Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.”

— Terry Pratchett

“In the begining there was nothing, and it exploded.”

— Terry Pratchett

“Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.”

— 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

“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?"”

— Terry Pratchett

“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

“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”

— Terry Pratchett

“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.”

— Terry Pratchett

“For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.”

— Terry Pratchett

“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.”

— Terry Pratchett

“Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...”

— Terry Pratchett

“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.”

— Terry Pratchett

“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.”

— Terry Pratchett

“It could not be happening because this sort of thing did not happen. Any contradictory evidence could be safely ignored.”

— Terry Pratchett

“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.”

— Terry Pratchett

“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.”

— Terry Pratchett

“The pamphlet was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners.”

— Terry Pratchett

“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

“If you put butter and salt on it, it tastes like salty butter.”

— Terry Pratchett

“Revolutions always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions.”

— Terry Pratchett

“Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It's where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more.”

— Terry Pratchett

“What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: "Why is it so dark in here?"”

— Terry Pratchett

“Bishops move diagonally. That's why they often turn up where the kings don't expect them to be.”

— Terry Pratchett

“Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.”

— Terry Pratchett

“He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.”

— Terry Pratchett