Monday, September 7, 2009

Terry Pratchett: The Bromeliad Trilogy

I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan - finally got around to reading The Bromeliad Trilogy but I somehow forgot to take quotes from the third book, Wings. It's been a rough week here so...the gods only know where my head is.

Book One: Truckers
"Humans were humans, in the same way that cows were just cows."

Book Two: Diggers
"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."

Masklin: "How can I ever be prepared for anything? That's what being alive is . . . It's being badly prepared for everything! Because you only get one chance . . . and then you die and they don't let you go round again after you've got the hang of it."

"Funny how people needed to argue. The whole secret was not to listen to what the other person was saying . . ."

". . . the funny thing was that people who weren't entirely certain they were right always argued much louder than other people, as if the main person they were trying to convince were themselves."

"Why was it that the more you found out, the less you really knew?"

Dorcas: "When machines went funny, you just oiled them or prodded them or, if nothing else worked, hit them with a hammer. Nomes didn't respond well to this treatment." {My note: Unfortunately, neither do humans}

Dorcas: "He'd long ago decided that if you spent all your time listening to what people actually said, you'd never have time to work out what they meant."

Dorcas: "All people really wanted . . . was to be left alone. The world was quite difficult enough as it was without people going around trying to make it better all the time."


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