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Terry Pratchett’s “The Color of Magic” Quotes (26 Quotes)


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  • It was a backwards memory of an event in his future so terrifying that it had generated harmonics of fear all the way along his lifeline.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • Magic never dies. It merely fades away.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • No, what he didn't like about heroes was that they were usually suicidally gloomy when sober and homicidally insane when drunk.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • On the Disc the gods dealt severely with atheists.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • On the Disc, the Gods aren't so much worshipped, as they are blamed.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")


  • Possession of the box conferred a kind of power on the wielder--which was that anyone, confronted with the hypnotic glass eye, would submissively obey the most peremptory orders about stance and expression.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • Being Ymor's right-hand man was like being gently flogged to death with scented bootlaces.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • Powiedzmy, z.e gdyby nadcia;ga? ca?kowity i absolutny chaos, on, w mokrym miedzianym pancerzu, stana;?by na szczycie wzgórza w czasie burzy z piorunami i wrzeszcza?: „Wszyscy bogowie to be;karty!
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • But in his experience it was only a matter of time before the normal balance of the universe restored itself and started doing the usual terrible things to him.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • Rincewind tried to force the memory out of his mind, but it was rather enjoying itself there, terrorizing the other occupants and kicking over the furniture.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • Either dragons should exist completely or fail to exist at all, he felt. A dragon only half-existing was worse than the extremes.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • Some pirates achieved immortality by great deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • Every intelligent being, whether it breathes or not, coughs nervously at some time in its life.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • Sometime later the islanders on a little rimward atoll were amazed to find, washed into their little local lagoon, the wave-rocked corpse of a hideous sea monster, all beaks, eyes and tentacles. They were further astonished at its size, since it was rather larger than their village. But their surprise was tiny compared to the huge, stricken expression on the face of the dead monster, which appeared to be have been trampled to death.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")

  • Fate can be one mean god at times.
    (Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic")


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