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Terry Pratchett
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Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.
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Terry Pratchett
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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Terry Pratchett
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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Terry Pratchett
Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.
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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?"
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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.
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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.
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Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.
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Terry Pratchett, "Hogfather", footnote
Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.
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Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods" (1992)
In the begining there was nothing, and it exploded.
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Terry Pratchett, (on the big bang theory)
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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Terry Pratchett, Discworld
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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Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites
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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Terry Pratchett, Eric
Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate...
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Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay
A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.
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Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!
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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Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
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Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
It could not be happening because this sort of thing did not happen. Any contradictory evidence could be safely ignored.
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Terry Pratchett, Jingo
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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Terry Pratchett, Jingo
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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Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
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