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Terry Pratchett’s “Small Gods” Quotes (22 Quotes)


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  • Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • We are here and it is now. The way I see it is, after that, everything tends towards guesswork.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • When you can flatten entire cities at a whim, a tendency towards quiet reflection and seeing-things-from-the-other-fellow's-point- of-view is seldom necessary.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • Humans! They lived in the world where the grass continued to be green and the sun rose every day and flowers regularly turned into fruit, and what impressed them? Weeping statues. And wine made out of water! A mere quantum-mechanistic tunnel effect, that'd happen anyway if you were prepared to wait zillions of years. As if the turning of sunlight into wine, by means of vines and grapes and time and anzymes, wasn't a thousand times more impressive and happened all the time...
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")


  • Why not? If enough people believe, you can be god of anythingà
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • It's no wonder most religions are born in the desert, because when men lay beneath that boundless night sky and look up at the infinite expanse of creation they have an uncontrollable urge to put something in the way
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • Words are the litmus paper of the mind.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • Just because you can explain it doesn't mean it's not still a miracle.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • Last night there seemed to be a chance. Anything was possible last night. That was the trouble with last nights. They were always followed by this mornings.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • Om rubed his head. This wasn't god-like thinking. It seemed simpler when you were up here. It was all a game. You forgot that it wasn't a game down there. People died. Bits got chopped off. We're like eagles up here, he thought. Sometimes we show tortoise how to fly. Then we let go.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • One day a tortoise will learn how to fly.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • Probably the last man who knew how it worked had been tortured to death years before. Or as soon as it was installed. Killing the creator was a traditional method of patent protection.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • The merest accident of microgeography had meant that the first man to hear the voice of Om, and who gave Om his view of humans, was a shepherd and not a goatherd. They have quite different ways of looking at the world, and the whole of history might have been different. For sheep are stupid, and have to be driven. But goats are intelligent, and need to be led.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")

  • The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy but they were listening in gibberish.
    (Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods")


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