The Late Great Sir Terry Pratchett and his Words of Wisdom

Terry Pratchett at Powell's 2007

“Now if I‘d seen him [Om], really there, really alive, it’d be in me like a fever. If I thought there was some god who really did care two hoots about people, who watched ’em like a father and cared for ’em like a mother… well, you wouldn’t catch me sayin’ things like “There are two sides to every question,” and “We must respect other people’s beliefs.” You wouldn’t find me just being gen’rally nice in the hope that it’d all turn out right in the end, not if that flame was burning in me like an unforgivin’ sword. And I did say burnin’, Mister Oats, ‘cos that’s what it’d be. You say that you people don’t burn folk and sacrifice people any more, but that’s what true faith would mean, y’see? Sacrificin’ your own life, one day at a time, to the flame, declarin’ the truth of it, workin’ for it, breathin’ the soul of it. That‘s religion. Anything else is just… is just bein’ nice. And a way of keepin’ in touch with the neighbours.”
Granny Weatherwax, in Carpe Jugulum
by Terry Pratchett

Words to live by.

3 Replies to “The Late Great Sir Terry Pratchett and his Words of Wisdom”

  1. Love Granny Weatherwax – so many awesome moments and words of wisdom from her.
    Not gonna lie, this post made me tear up a bit: Especially the part at the end about the books, because Night Watch is in my top-five as well. I was also running through my favorite characters and moments in my head on the forty-five minute drive home last night. So many great ones… *sigh*

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