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 pen is mightier than the sword…if the sword is very small and the pen is very sharp.’
– The Light Fantastic
‘PEOPLE’S WHOLE LIVES DO PASS IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES BEFORE THEY DIE. THE PROCESS IS CALLED “LIVING”.’
– 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.’
‘Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.’
– Going Postal
‘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
‘A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores.’
– The Fifth Elephant
‘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.’
But the tenth is my personal choice and favourite.
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