Juliet’s version of cleanliness was next to godliness, which was to say it was erratic, past all understanding and was seldom seen.Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals. (via booksnippets)
It is the nature of the universe that the person who always keeps you waiting ten minutes will, on the day you are ten minutes tardy, have been ready ten minutes early and will make a point of not mentioning this.Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant. (via j-august)
It was amazing how many people spent their whole lives in places where they never intended to stayHogfather, Terry Pratchett (via witharthurkirkland)
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.Terry Pratchett “The Wee Free Men” (via lesetagebuch)
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.Somerset Maugham (via ellenkushner)
Freedom may be mankind’s natural state, but so is sitting in a tree eating your dinner while it is still wriggling.
-Lord Vetinari, in Terry Pratchett’s “Going Postal”
Vetinari gave him a look that did not actually employ a raised eyebrow but which implied that one might be forthcoming if the recipient of the look pushed his luck.Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett (via lonesomeaesthetic)
Terry Pratchett, The Truth. (via j-august)
'Look out of the window. Tell me what you see.'
'Fog,' said the Chief Priest.
Vetinari sighed. Sometimes the weather had no sense of narrative convenience.
Not For the Better
The deal would never actually become part of recorded history as a deal, for the dates of the orders were carefully not coincident. Neither suspected that they had just materially altered the future of the planet. And not for the better of the Intergalactic. But that is sometimes the way with large commercial companies.
-Excerpt from L. Ron Hubbard’s “Battlefield Earth”
I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.
-excerpt from Isaac Marion’s “Warm Bodies”