Terry Pratchett RIP

Terry Pratchett’s legacy of courage humour, inspiration and generosity

A tribute to Terry Pratchett on Erica Verillo’s Blog, with interview and pithy quotes. Such as these. (Link http://ericaverrillo.com/1/post/2015/03/terry-well-miss-you-quips-quotes-and-courage.html) More biography and interview on Erica Verillo.

Tribute to Terry Pratchett.

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” ― from Diggers

“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.” —from Moving Pictures

“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.” —from Hogfather

“I’d rather be a rising ape than a falling angel.” —from the Guardian Book Club

“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.” —from the foreword to The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy, by David Pringle

“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.”

“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.” – from Monstrous Regiment

“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.” – from A Hat Full of Sky

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

“The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.”

“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” – from The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

“The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.”

“Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to.”–from Snuff

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

” So much universe, and so little time”

Author: philipparees

A writer ( mostly narrative poetry) of fiction and non-fiction. Self publisher of fiction and Involution-An Odyssey Reconciling Science to God (Runner-up Book of the Year (2013), One time builder ( Arts centre) Mother of four daughters: Companion of old man and old dog: One time gardener, lecturer, wannabe cellist, mostly enquirer of 'what's it all about', blogger and things as yet undiscovered.

8 thoughts on “Terry Pratchett RIP”

  1. Absolutely love Faulkner’s Acceptance Speech you forwarded to me, Philippa. I’ve read it before, and it’s wonderful! It gives meaning and hope even to all the artists struggling in isolation everywhere. Private battles for the continuance of the human spirit, and one imagines the sparks flying upward and joining in some celestial dance. That man in a garret, piss-poor, drawing marks on newsprint or on the back of a cigar box, or a woman who watches over her kids and struggles to bring them up right, and on the side is working on poems or a novel: if they keep at it, their sparks too will fly upward and join in the celestial dance.

    This collection of aphorisms by Pratchett is like a nest of eggs down below Mama Tortoise.


  2. He seems to be very much a local hero, a whole shop in Wincanton devoted to nothing else! I was past children altogether and he passed me by completely, so yes, likewise, some reading to do! But from extracts he is my kind of irreverent wise fool. I also rather like a man i a large brimmed hat, always have. Must be a residual Cavalier lurking!


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