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10 Quotes by Sir Terry Pratchett


Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was one of the most prolific writers of our century. His Discworld series consist of about forty novels, not counting the numerous spin-off books. Even though his first book in 1971 had nothing to do with his profound fantasy world, since The Color of Magic (the first discworld novel), Pratchett managed to wrote two books per year on average. The 2011 Discworld novel Snuff is the third bestselling hardback novel in UK history, selling more than 55.000 copies in just three days.

In total. Sir Terry has sold more than eighty-five million books worldwide. He is translated in thirty-seven languages and is UK’s bestselling author of the 1990’s.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 and knighted for his services in literature in 2009. He was the recipient of the Carnegie Medal and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.

His Discworld novels were adapted into movies, videogames, tabletop games, card games, and so many other mediums. His DEATH character is the most recognizable literary personification of death.

In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he was suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. He later made a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust and filmed a television programme chronicling his experiences with the disease for the BBC.

Pratchett died on 12 March 2015, aged 66.

  1. Open Mind
    “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”

    Open Mind - 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.”

  2. Living
    “It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”

    Living - Pratchett

    “It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”

  3. Knowledge
    “They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.”

    Knowledge - Pratchett

    “They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.”

  4. Cats
    “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”

    Cats - Pratchett

    “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”

  5. Cats #2
    “’I meant, said Ipslore bitterly, … Death thought about it. …. CATS, he said eventually, CATS ARE NICE.”

    Cats #2 - Pratchett

    “’I meant, said Ipslore bitterly, … Death thought about it. …. CATS, he said eventually, CATS ARE NICE.”

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

    Pen or Sword - Pratchett

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

  7. The Beginning
    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.”

    The Beginning - Pratchett

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.”

  8. Fun and Money
    “If it wasn’t for the fun and money, I really don’t know why I’d bother.”

    Fun and Money - Pratchett

    “If it wasn’t for the fun and money, I really don’t know why I’d bother.”

  9. Wisdom
    “Knowing that you are going to die is, I suspect, the beginning of wisdom.”

    Wisdom - Pratchett

    “Knowing that you are going to die is, I suspect, the beginning of wisdom.”

  10. Writing
    “Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.”

    Writing - Pratchett

    “Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.”