Terry Pratchett: Our Favourite Quotes

Terry Pratchett: Our Favourite Quotes

Sadly dying at the age of 66, Terry was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 8 years ago and did a great deal to bring awareness of the disease into the public eye whilst still maintaining his gentle warmth and humour. Since the announcement of his death, many authors, public figures and fans have spoken out about the impact Terry’s writing and imagination had on them, and in the most simple and profound way it has been the sharing of Terry’s own words and quotes that have said it all.

And so to honour this literary great, we’ve collected together some of our favourite Terry Pratchett quotes of all time to remind us of his warmth and wit at this sad time.


The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called life.

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

Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time..

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods. They have not forgotten this.

Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.

It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.

Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out til too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along.

It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done.

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one..

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.

Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.

The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.

There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.

Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.

I have no use for people who have learned the limits of the possible.

If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star, you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.

People don’t alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it.

‘DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING,’ said Death. ‘JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH’.

So much universe, and so little time.

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