overhaul / undertow

Sunday, April 25, 2004

"Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and
he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
Terry Pratchett

Terence David John Pratchett (known to some fans as Pterry) is an
English fantasy author (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Bucks),
best known for his Discworld series.

Other Terry Pratchett Quotes:

"A Thaum is the basic unit of magical strength. It has been universally
established as the amount of magic needed to create one small white
pigeon or three normal-sized billiard balls."

"An ancient proverb summed it up: when a wizard is tired of looking for
broken glass in his dinner, it ran, he is tired of life."

"Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you
anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be

"Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind."

He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms
in wet copper armour shouting "All the Gods are bastards."

"Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages."

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."

"Rincewind formed a mental picture of some strange entity living in a
castle made of teeth. It was the kind of mental picture you tried to
forget. Unsuccessfully."

"The universe, they said, depended for its operation on the balance of
four forces which they identified as charm, persuasion, uncertainty and

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

"Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself."

"You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise. I mean, all you
could do is give them a meaningful look."


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