"It was a five hundred mile journey and, surprisingly, quite uneventful. People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys. People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like, “Oh. Sorry. I thought you were someone else.”"
"Greebo’s grin gradually faded, until there was nothing left but the cat. This was nearly as spooky as the other way round."
— Wyrd Sisters (1989)
"Take it from me, there’s nothing more terrible than someone out to do the world a favour."
— Sourcery (1988)
"I’m surely going to regret this, she told herself, displaying considerable foresight."
— Equal Rites (1987)
"When you’re a god, you don’t have to have reasons."
— Mort (1987)
Pearl of cities!
This is not a completely accurate description, of course - it was not round and shiny - but even its worst enemies would agree that if you had to liken Ankh-Morpork to anything, then it might as well be a piece of rubbish covered with the diseased secretions of a dying mollusc."
— The Light Fantastic (1986)
"What he didn’t like about heroes was that they were usually suicidally gloomy when sober and homicidally insane when drunk."
— The Colour of Magic (1983)
"When I think I might die without seeing a hundredth of all there is to see it makes me feel,” he paused then added, “well, humble, I suppose. And very angry, of course…"
— Twoflower, from “The Colour of Magic” by Terry Pratchett
"You know what the greatest tragedy is in the whole world?… It’s all the people who never find out what it is they really want to do or what it is they’re really good at. It’s all the sons who become blacksmiths because their fathers were blacksmiths. It’s all the people who could be really fantastic flute players who grow old and die without ever seeing a musical instrument, so they become bad plowmen instead. It’s all the people with talents who never even find out. Maybe they are never even born in a time when it’s even possible to find out. It’s all the people who never get to know what it is that they can really be. It’s all the wasted chances."
— Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"