Monday, 21 November 2011

Favourite Quotes: Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic

Let's just say that if complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he'd be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting "All gods are bastards". (Page 9)

Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant 'idiot'. (Page 88)

'We've strayed into a zone with a high magical index,' he said. 'Don't ask me how. Once upon a time a really powerful magic field must have been generated here, and we're feeling the after-effects.' 'Precisely,' said a passing bush. (Page 138)

'It is forbidden to fight on the Killing Ground,' he said, and paused while he considered the sense of this. (Page 180)

An ancient suitcase was coming to eat him. (Page 199)

Some pirates achieved immortality by great deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would , on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying. (Page 213)

It was the King Colour, of which all the lesser colours are merely partial and wishy-washy reflections. It was octarine, the colour of magic. It was alive and glowing and vibrant and it was the undisputed pigment of the imagination, because wherever it appeared it was a sign that mere matter was a servant of the powers of the magical mind. It was enchantment itself. But Rincewind always thought it looked a sort of greenish-purple. (Page 216)

The Light Fantastic

 'The pen is mightier than the sword,' and in his memory it was amended to include the phrase 'only if the sword is very small and the pen is very sharp.' (Page 10)

In a distant forest a wolf howled, felt embarrassed when no one joined in, and stopped. (Page 81)

The Octavo filled the room with a dull, sullen light, which wasn't strictly light at all but the opposite of light; darkness isn't the opposite of light, it is simply its absence, and what was radiating from the book was the light that lies on the far side of darkness, the light fantastic. (Page 187)

Equal Rites

'They're both magic. If you can't learn to ride an elephant, you can at least learn to ride a horse.' 
'What's an elephant?'
'A kind of badger,' said Granny. She hadn't maintained forest-credibility for forty years by ever admitting ignorance. (Page 40)

Rollende Steine

Susanne hatte bereits damit begonnen, ihren Kittel auszufüllen, und zwar auf der Grundlage jener uralten Regeln, von denen Frau Delokus eher widerstrebend in Biologie und Hygiene berichtete. Nach ihrem Unterricht glaubten die Mädchen, sie müssten irgendwann ein Kaninchen heiraten. (Seite 19)

Ridcully leckte sich glücklich die Lippen.
"Ah, hier in Ankh-Morpork wissen wir, woraus gutes Bier hergestellt wird", sagte er.
Die anderen Zauberer nickten. Sie wussten es tatsächlich. Deshalb tranken sie Gin Tonic. (Seite 38)

"Wie ich hörte, verlassen sie die Stadt", sagte Klatschmaul. "Beginnen mit einer Tournee. Auf dem Land, wie ich hörte. Dort gilt unser Gesetz nicht mehr."
"Ja. Ist eine gefährliche Gegend, das Land."
"Und ob", pflichtete Klatschmaul bei. "Dort gibt's Rüben." (Seite 291)

Der geisterhafte Zwerg hüstelte.
"Wir werden für diese Nummer bezahlt, oder?" erkundigte er sich.
"Und Freibier?" (Seite 399)

Unseen Academicals

But Nutt had a point. It was hard to argue with a man who insisted that he was not dead. (p. 158)

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