“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” – 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.” – Moving Pictures
“She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.” – Equal Rites
“Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.” – The Truth
“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.” – The Wee Free Men
“Here’s some advice boy. Don’t put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. Thats why they’re called revolutions.” – Night Watch
“There isn’t a way things should be. There’s just what happens, and what we do.” – A Hat Full of Sky
“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.” – Reaper Man
“‘I meant,’ said Ipslore bitterly, ‘What is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?” Death thought about it. Cats, he said eventually. Cats are nice.” – Sourcery
“Insanity is catching.” – Making Money
“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” – The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
“Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.” – I Shall Wear Midnight
“The enemy isn’t men, or women, it’s bloody stupid people and no-one has the right to be stupid.” – Monstrous Regiment
“People couldn’t become truly holy, he said, unless they also had the opportunity to be definitively wicked.” – Good Omens
“People don’t alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it.” – Mort
“If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn’t as cynical as real life.” – Guards! Guards!
“Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out.” –The Light Fantastic
Pratchett died peacefully at home surrounded by his family with his cat sleeping on his bed, a statement from his publisher confirmed this afternoon.
“The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” a message on his Facebook page read. “Rest in peace Sir Terry Pratchett.”
The whole fauna of human fantasies, their marine vegetation, drifts and luxuriates in the dimly lit zones of human activity, as though plaiting thick tresses of darkness. Here, too, appear the lighthouses of the mind, with their outward resemblance to less pure symbols. The gateway to mystery swings open at the touch of human weakness and we have entered the realms of darkness. One false step, one slurred syllable together reveal a man’s thoughts.
I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
The mind can make substance, and people planets of its own with beings brighter than have been, and give a breath to forms which can outlive all flesh.
The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
When I write what publishers call ‘fantasy’ I am writing in what I think is the most important tradition of fiction: starting with Homer and up through Shakespeare and Milton, the most important themes to tackle are those of the mythopoeic domain, tales of the body and mind seen through a temperament and a cosmos divorced from current reality so what is said can be more clear.
Very little in science fiction can transcend the gimmickry of a technical conceit, yet without that conceit at its heart a book is not truly science fiction. Furthermore, so little emerging thought and technology is employed by sf writers today that the genre is lagging far behind reality both in the cosmology area and the technology area: sf is no longer a place to experiment, but is now very derivative.
One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.