The Quotable Pratchett: Equal Rites

 No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.

With the passing of Sir Terry Pratchett and the publication of The Shepherd’s Crown, I embarked on an epic re-reading of all 41 official Discworld novels, with the goal of finishing by 31 December, 2016.

Famous for its wit and wisdom, the series offers countless quotable quotes on a variety of subjects. The quotes I share should not be considered the whole of Sir Terry’s excellent prose; indeed, there are the tasty appetizers to a succulent, nourishing meal.

About Equal Rites

Equal Rights Goodreads CoverThis is the 3rd book in the Discworld series and the 1st book featuring the Witches of Lancre; this particular book focuses mainly on Granny Weatherwax and the problems of training a female wizard. Even on the Disc,

anything boys can do girls can do better.

The Goodreads Blurb:

On Discworld, a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born. The fact that the son is actually a daughter is discovered just a little too late. The town witch insists on turning the baby into a perfectly normal witch, thus mending the magical damage of the wizard’s mistake. But now the young girl will be forced to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Unseen University–and attempt to save the world with one well-placed kick in some enchanted shins!

On to the Quotes!

Discworld Librarian

The  Librarian as he appears in The Discworld Companion, illustrated by Paul Kidby


It doesn’t take a lot to interest goats.


It was, in fact, one of those places that exist merely so that people can have come from them.


Magic’s easy, you just find the place where everything’s balanced and push. Anyone could do it. There’s nothing magical about it.


This was the time, when night wasn’t quite over but day hadn’t quite begun, when thoughts stood out bright and clear and without disguise.


They’re just other places . . . just like here, only different.


They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.


To a telepath the human mind is a din . . . It is a complete FM waveband – and some of those stations aren’t reputable, they’re outlawed pirates on forbidden seas who play late-night records with limbic lyrics.


Esk, in fact, moved through the fair more like an arsonist moves through a hayfield or a neutron bounces through a reactor, poets notwithstanding, and the hypothetical watcher could have detected her random passage by tracing the outbreaks of hysteria and violence. But, like all good catalysts, she wasn’t actually involved in the processes she initiated, and by the time all the non-hypothetical potential watchers took their eyes off them she had been buffeted somewhere else.


If you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.


A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a halfbrick in the path of the bicycle of history.


Million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.

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