10 of the best Terry Pratchett Quotes

It’s been a year since his untimely death but his brilliant words on everything from cats to the meaning of life live on. Here are 10 of our favourites from Seriously Funny: The Endlessly Quotable Terry Pratchett.

The Light Fantastic

‘The pen is mightier than the sword…if the sword is very small and the pen is very sharp.’

– The Light Fantastic

The Last Continent


– The Last Continent


‘Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.’

– Jingo

Going Postal

‘Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.’

– Going Postal

The Truth

‘There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full.

And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty.

The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What’s up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don’t think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!’

– The Truth

The Fifth Elephant

‘A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores.’

– The Fifth Elephant

The Thief of Time

‘Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying “End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH”, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry’

– The Thief of Time

‘There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.’

– ‘The God Moment’, Mail on Sunday

‘I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.’

– alt.fan.pratchett

Source penguin.co.uk

But the tenth is my personal choice and favourite.

Do You See The Eighth Colour? That's The Colour Of Magic... Terry Pratchett 1948 - 2015

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