5 best Pratchettisms
Author Terry Pratchett's stickiest, most enduring ideas
Trousers of Time:
Every choice you make at a crossroad branches off to another fate. On Discworld, the Trousers of Time are hung on the peg of What Might Have Been.
When you’re ashamed to be swimming in the same gene pool as some people. See: Hogfather (1996).
Mercy and justice:
“The good are innocent and create justice. The bad are guilty, which is why they invent mercy.” — Witches Abroad (1991)
Why shatter an illusion when you can find a use for it. “A psychiatrist, dealing with a man who fears he is being followed by a huge and terrible monster, will endeavour to convince him that monsters don’t exist. Granny Weatherwax would simply give him a chair to stand on and a very heavy stick.” — Maskerade (1995)
“Deafness doesn’t prevent composers hearing the music. It prevents them hearing the distractions.” — Soul Music (1994)