Officially, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Best Character Names, but I struggled to come up with a good variety for my list (mostly Harry Potter). Since a few of my favourite names are from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series (Magrat Garlick, Esmerelda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre, Moist von Lipwig), I thought I’d roll with that and give you a list of my favourite Discworld quotes instead — See! There’s a link here, I promise! 🙂
Ten Top Quotes from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, then what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.
She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.
— Equal Rites
And, while it was regarded as pretty good evidence of criminality to be living in a slum, for some reason owning a whole street of them merely got you invited to the very best social occasions.
— Feet of Clay
“Blessings be on this house,” Granny said, perfunctorily. It was always a good opening remark for a witch. It concentrated people’s minds on what other things might be on this house.
— Witches Abroad
“Where’s the pleasure in bein’ the winner if the loser ain’t alive to know they’ve lost?”
— Witches Abroad
Granny’s implicit belief that everything should get out of her way extended to other witches, very tall trees and, on occasion, mountains.
— Wyrd Sisters
A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.
— Guards! Guards!
“Odd thing, ain’t it… you meet people one at a time, they seem decent, they got brains that work, and then they get together and you hear the voice of the people. And it snarls.”
The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.
— Moving Pictures
No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
— Reaper Man