Thursday, March 12, 2015

Broken Hearted: RIP Terry Pratchett


It didn't take long once I finally hit the internet today to find news of Terry Pratchett's passing. I am heartbroken. I didn't just enjoy the Discworld novels (although I did find them hilarious and engrossing). I didn't just do a little happy dance every time Death, Vimes or Susan entered the scene (although these instances filled me with boundless joy). Pratchett's work always hit me right in the feels and gave words that best expressed my own personal philosophy of the world. The scene between Death and Susan in HOGFATHER where he talks about the "little lies" we humans need. It is one that I find myself re-reading more often than any other. Funny, poignant, irreverent, true, I will keep Pratchett's books in my heart and library for the rest of my life.

If you've never experienced Terry Pratchett, I hope that you give his books a try. If you have a need, like me, to create your own Terry Pratchett collection, I can think of no better way to remember an author than to buy their books.

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I'm going to share some of my favorite Pratchett quotes. Please add yours in the comments, or talk about your favorite book.

“Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.” 
― Terry PratchettSmall Gods

“And what would humans be without love?"
RARE, said Death.” 
― Terry PratchettSourcery

“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” 
― Terry PratchettGuards! Guards!

And finally,

“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THELITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THENSHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.” 
― Terry PratchettHogfather

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3 comments:

  1. Go placidly among the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story. Yes, even the bloody nitwits."

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  2. I haven't been a Pratchett fan for very long but I've loved what I've read so far. The news of his passing made me extremely sad and I'm a Pratchett newbie. I can only imagine what it's like for those who have been fans for years. My favorite quotes so far are:

    “If you have enough book space, I don't want to talk to you.”

    “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.”

    “If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story.”

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