Reaper Man Quotes by Terry Pratchett
23 Of The Most Beautiful Terry Pratchett Quotes To Remember Him By
Reading his Discworld novels is reading a master at work, and it seems like he gets more relevant the more time passes. Here are 10 of his most relevant passages to keep in mind throughout the next four years. Pratchett deconstructed this argument several times. Who cared about the innocent and their problems when the Watch was on its way? People always trot this out when people protest expanding police powers, especially in the realm of surveillance. Put this in giant letters on a poster and slap it up on your wall.
quotes from Reaper Man (Discworld, #11; Death, #2): 'Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels.
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Only one creature could have duplicated the expressions on their faces, and that would be a pigeon who has heard not only that Lord Nelson has got down off his column but has also been seen buying a bore repeater and a box of cartridges. Although the scythe isn't pre-eminent among the weapons of war, anyone who has been on the wrong end of, say, a peasants' revolt will know that in skilled hands it is fearsome. The only things known to go faster than ordinary light is monarchy, according to the philosopher Ly Tin Weedle. He reasoned like this: you can't have more than one king, and tradition demands that there is no gap between kings, so when a king dies the succession must therefore pass to the heir instantaneously. Presumably, he said, there must be some elementary particles -- kingons, or possibly queons -- that do this job, but of course succession sometimes fails if, in mid-flight, they strike an anti-particle, or republicon. His ambitious plans to use his discovery to send messages, involving the careful torturing of a small king in order to modulate the signal, were never fully expanded because, at that point, the bar closed. Poets have tried to describe Ankh-Morpork.
Sir Terry Pratchett, the author of more than 70 best-selling novels, has died aged 66 after a well-documented battle with Alzheimer's disease. His publisher said he "passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family" - a year after writing his last book and eight after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Death, who appeared as a grim reaper-style figure with a scythe was an increasingly sympathetic character in the Discworld series. In 's Choosing to Die documentary, Sir Terry argued that he should be allowed to choose the timing of his death, not the government. That is true, it's called Life. If we are to live in a world where a socially acceptable 'early death' can be allowed, it must be allowed as a result of careful consideration. As I have said, I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallis on my iPod before the disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite some time to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds.