Truthfully, without over-egging it, as I often do, the library and journalism, those things made me who I am.
It looked like the sort of book described in library catalogues as "slightly foxed", although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had beed badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well. -- Ah, but has it been hedgehogged?
Death: Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.
It must be powerful language if you canna make oout what the heel itâ€™s goinâ€™ on aboot!
Winston Churchill said 'In war time, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies'. Any book called The Truth should therefore have one.
Who shall I shoot? You choose. Now, listen very carefully: where's your coffee? You've got coffee, haven't you? C'mon, everyone's got coffee! Spill the beans!
I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallis on my iPod before the disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite some time to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds, if I knew that I could die
Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad.
The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance.
... when your name is really and truly Percy Blakeney, pronounced 'Black-knee', and you still have bad acne in your twenties, you accept Pimple as a nickname and are grateful that it wasn't anything worse.
The world is a globe â€” the farther you sail, the closer to home you are.
Your average witch is not, by nature, a social animal as far as other witches are concerned. There's a conflict of dominant personalities. There's a group of ringleaders without a ring. There's the basic unwritten rule of witchcraft, which is 'Don't do what you will, do what I say.' The natural size
Technically, the city of Ankh-Morpork is a Tyranny, which is not always the same thing as a monarchy, and in fact even the post of Tyrant has been somewhat redefined by the incumbent, Lord Vetinari, as the only form of democracy that works. Everyone is entitled to vote, unless disqualified by reason
Peace?' said Vetinari. 'Ah, yes, defined as period of time to allow for preparation for the next war.
And what would humans be without love?" RARE, said Death.
Oh, a very useful philosophical animal, your average tortoise. Outrunning metaphorical arrows, beating hares in races... very handy.
The senior wizard in a world of magic had the same prospects of long-term employment as a pogo stick tester in a minefield.
Questions don't have to make sense, Vincent," said Miss Susan. "But answers do.
The people who guard the rainbow don't like those who get in the way of the sun.
I could be wrong. Not being certain is what being a philosopher is all about.
The phrase "may you live in interesting times" is the lowest in a trilogy of Chinese curses that continue "may you come to the attention of those in authority" and finish with "may the gods give you everything you ask for." I have no idea about its authenticity.
Real education happens when you pick up a fact here, and another fact there, and put them together and get an insight.
I have no fear of death whatsoever. I suspect that few people do, what they all fear is what might happen in the years or months before death.
Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease.
I MAY HAVE ALLOWED MYSELF SOME FLICKER OF EMOTION IN THE RECENT PAST, said Death, BUT I CAN GIVE IT UP ANY TIME I LIKE.
Sometimes words need music too. Sometimes the descriptions are not enough. Books should be written with soundtracks, like films.
There was once a caustic comment from someone suggesting I was breeding a new race. Fans from different countries have married, amazing things like that. I've been to some of the weddings. I went to one here the other day, a pagan ceremony.
Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree. But people have always been dimly aware of the problem with the start of things. They wonder how the snowplough driver gets to work, or how the makers of dictionaries look up the spelling of words.
There are times when the best writing you can do is to go for a walk or drive, a long drive is ideal.
Colon has always thought that heroes had some special kind of clockwork that made them go out and die famously for god, country and apple pie, or whatever particular delicacy their mother made. It had never occurred to him that they might do it because they'd get yelled at if they didn't.