(x) The Luggage from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
“The Luggage was also extremely protective if its owner. It would be hard to describe its attitude to the rest of creation, but one could start with the phrase ‘bloody-minded malevolence’ and work up from there.”
- Terry Pratchett, “Sourcery”
“The Luggage’s lid was set in an expression of grim determination. It didn’t want much out of the world, except for the total extinction of every other lifeform, but what it needed more than anything else now was its owner.”
- Terry Pratchett, “Sourcery”
People were stupid, sometimes. They thought the Library was a dangerous place because of all the magical books, which was true enough, but what made it really one of the most dangerous places there could ever be was the simple fact that it was a library. — Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (via e-hyde)
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With magic, you can turn a frog into a prince. With science, you can turn a frog into a Ph.D and you still have the frog you started with. — Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart, The Science of Discworld (1999)
Collecting was enormous popular among the English of this century. Bones, shells, butterflies, birds, other people’s countries… — Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch (via iampurplemontart)
+++ I am sorry. It is hard to convey five-dimensional ideas in a language evolved to scream defiance at the monkeys in the next tree. +++ — Hex, Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch
Rincewind: HEX, please can you tell me the answer to the question “why”?
HEX rattles for a bit and then goes silent.
Skazz: It make take some time for HEX to come up with the answer.
Rincewind: How long will this take?
(Skazz pulls out a small stone circle and uses it like a calculator)
Skazz: Lets see…I think it’ll take a few aeons.
Skazz: Nope. Aeons or age of the world, probably about 2 million years. would you like a cup of something while you wait?
Skazz: Ah, I don’t think we have any of that in stock.
Mumblemumblemumble,” said the Dean defiantly, a rebel without a pause. — soul music, terry pratchett (via cutegirlkissingbooth)
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Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life. — Terry Pratchett, Jingo (1997)
- “Sodomy non sapiens,” said Albert under his breath.
- “What does that mean?”
- “Means I’m buggered if I know. — — Mort and Albert are facing a problem (Terry Pratchett, Mort)
The Librarian was, of course, very much in favour of reading in general, but readers in particular got on his nerves. There was something, well, sacrilegious about the way they kept taking books off shelves and wearing out the words by reading them. He liked people who loved and respected books, and the best way to do that, in the Librarian’s opinion, was to leave them on the shelves where Nature intended them to be. — Terry Pratchett, Men At Arms (via realhousewivesofhousefrey)