Too much magic could wrap time and space around itself, and that wasn't good news for the kind of person who had grown used to things like effects following things like causes.
Most gods find it hard to walk and think at the same time.
History isn't like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always - eventually - manages to spring back into its
I'm up to my neck in the real world, every day. Just you try doing your VAT return with a head full of goblins.
We live in a science fiction universe. We have done for a long time.
I became a journalist at 17. A few hours later, I saw my first dead body, which was somewhat... colourful. That's when I learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up.
Guilt was the grease in which the wheels of the authority turned.
The sun is simple. A sword is simple. A storm is simple. Behind everything simple is a huge tail of complicated.
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!
Everywhere I look, I see something holy.
There was no himself in himself.
...the little man's total obliviousness to all forms of danger somehow made danger so discouraged that it gave up and went away.
For the first time in her life Granny wondered whether there might be something important in all these books people were setting store by these days, although she was opposed to books on strict moral grounds, since she had heard that many of them were written by dead people and therefore it stood to
Someone out there was about to find that their worst nightmare was a maddened Librarian. With a badge.
Vimes's lack of interest in other people's children was limitless.
Some people are confident because they are fools. Leonard had the look of someone who was confident because, so far, he'd never found a reason not to be.
I got quite annoyed after the Haiti earthquake. A baby was taken from the wreckage and people said it was a miracle. It would have been a miracle had God stopped the earthquake. More wonderful was that a load of evolved monkeys got together to save the life of a child that wasn't theirs.
The most important thing was that time had passed, pouring thousands of soothing seconds across the island. People need time to deal with the now before it runs away and becomes the then.
This I choose to do. If there is a price, this I choose to pay. If it is my death, then I choose to die. Where this takes me, there I choose to go. I choose. This I choose to do.
That's what's so stupid about the whole magic thing, you know. You spend twenty years learning the spell that makes nude virgins appear in your bedroom, and then you're so poisoned by quicksilver fumes and half-blind from reading old grimoires that you can't remember what happens next.
I may be daft but I'm no' stupid!
There have been better attempts at marching, and they have been made by penguins.
When it's time to stop living, I will certainly make Death my number one choice!
He helped the Librarian up. There was a red glow in the ape's eyes. It had tried to steal his books. This was probably the best proof any wizard could require that the trolleys were brainless.
Tiffany knew what the problem was immediately. She'd seen it before, at birthday parties. Her brother was suffering from tragic sweet deprivation. Yes, he was surrounded by sweets. But the moment he took any sweet at all, said his sugar-addled brain, that meant he was not taking all the rest. And th
It's tough at the top. It's tough at the bottom. But in between you could use them for horse-shoes.
It is possible to live well with dementia and write best-sellers 'like wot I do.
Raise the stakes! Always push your luck because no one else would push it for you.
Consider the situation. There you are, forehead like a set of balconies, worrying about the long-term effects of all this new 'fire' stuff on the environment, you're being chased and eaten by most of the planet's large animals, and suddenly tiny versions of one of the worst of them wanders into the
Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one. But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.