Terry Pratchett was an atheist

Terry Pratchett is dead. But, as many of his millions and millions of fans would say: only physically. For them, the science fiction writer is immortal. He lives on in his works, which take the reader into strange, fascinating worlds in which the boundaries of this earth seem ridiculous. But Terry Pratchett will also be remembered with his sentences in which he refuted truisms, philosophized about cats or made fun of the inflationary use of punctuation marks.

We have collected the most beautiful Pratchett quotes. In selected cases we have dispensed with a translation into German in order to preserve the pun.

Terry Pratchett ... about thinking

"The problem with an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on arriving and trying to put things into it."

"I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it."

"The truth may be out there, but the lies are in your head." (from the footnotes of Pig gallop)

... about knowledge

"They say a little knowledge is dangerous, but it's not half as bad as a lot of ignorance."

... about God

Rumor has it that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys; and there is empirical evidence that this exists. "(in a post for the Daily Mail)

... about cats

"In ancient times, cats were worshiped as gods; they haven't forgotten that."

... about physical constraints and inconsistencies

"Gravity is a habit that is difficult to shake off." (out Simply divine)

"In the beginning there was nothing and it exploded." (in The Big Bang Theory)

... about the gift of imagination

"Imagination is a fitness bike for the mind. It may get you nowhere, but it builds the muscles that can. I can be wrong, of course."

... about the difference between Europeans and Americans

"A European says, 'I can't understand this, what's wrong with me?' The American says, 'I can't understand what is wrong with him?' "

... about stupidity

"Stupid people are often capable of things that clever ones wouldn't even consider." (out Hollow heads)

... about the laws of revolutions

"Revolutions always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions." (out The night watchman)

... about truisms

"To see means, contrary to popular belief, not to believe. Faith ends there because it is no longer needed."

"No. People should die for lies. But the truth is too precious to die for." (out Simply divine)

"As has already been stated, there are two types of people in the world. There are those who - if you give them a glass that is exactly half full - say: 'This glass is half full.' And then there are those who say, 'This glass is half empty.' However, the world belongs to those who can look at the glass and say, 'What's the matter with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? There should be my glass? My glass was full! And it was bigger!' "

... about the inflationary use of punctuation marks

"Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of a mad mind."

... about marriage

"A marriage is always made up of two people willing to swear that only the other snores." (out The fifth elephant)

... about Alzheimer's disease

"It seemed to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases - one was Alzheimer's and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer's."

... about life and death

"It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living."