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By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs

For greater than twenty years, Terry Pratchett has been regaling readers with stories of Discworld—a flat global balanced at the backs of 4 elephants, that are status at the again of a large turtle, flying via area. it's a international populated through ineffectual wizards and sharp-as-tacks witches, via drained policemen and devious dictators, via reformed thieves and vampires who've sworn to drink no blood. it's a international that's greatly various from our personal . . . other than whilst it isn't.

Now, in The Wit and knowledge of Discworld, a variety of nuggets of Pratchett's witty observation and sagacious observations were compiled by way of Pratchett specialist Stephen Briggs, a guy who, they are saying, understands much more approximately Discworld than Terry Pratchett.

Within those pages, you will discover musings on:

  • Interior decorating: "It's a truth recognized during the universes that irrespective of how rigorously the colours are selected, institutional decor finally ends up as both vomit eco-friendly, unmentionable brown, nicotine yellow, or surgical equipment red. via a few little-understood means of sympathetic resonance, corridors painted in these shades consistently scent a bit of of boiled cabbage—even if no cabbage is ever cooked within the vicinity." (Equal Rites)
  • Travel: "Any professional vacationer quickly learns to prevent something wanted on them as a 'regional speciality,' simply because the entire time period ability is that the dish is so disagreeable the folk residing in every single place else will chew off their very own legs instead of devour it. yet hosts nonetheless press it upon far away site visitors besides: 'Go on, have the dog's head full of macerated cabbage and red meat noses—it's a local speciality.'" (The final Continent)
  • Young men: "And then there has been the younger male stroll. no less than girls swung in simple terms their hips. younger males swung every little thing, from the shoulders down. you might want to attempt to occupy loads of area. It makes you glance greater, like a tomcat fluffing his tail. the men attempted to stroll enormous in self-defense opposed to all these different huge boys available in the market. i am undesirable, i am fierce, i am cool, i might like a pint of shandy and me mam desires me domestic through nine." (Monstrous Regiment)
  • Class: "'Old cash' intended that it have been made goodbye in the past that the black deeds that had initially stuffed the coffers have been now traditionally beside the point. humorous, that; a brigand for a father used to be whatever you saved quiet approximately, yet a slave-taking pirate for a great-great-great-grandfather used to be whatever to boast of over the port. Time grew to become the evil bastards into rogues, and rogue used to be a notice with a twinkle in its eye and not anything to be ashamed of." (Making Money)

. . . and extra! Culled from all of the Discworld novels, The Wit and knowledge of Discworld confirms Pratchett's position within the pantheon of serious satirists and proves why the Chicago Tribune has praised his Discworld as "entertaining and gloriously humorous . . . an accomplishment not anything wanting magical."

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And so may perhaps he. now not simply because he goals approximately marching hordes, or international domination, or an empire of one thousand years. simply because he thinks that everyone’s fairly first rate beneath and could get alongside simply positive if in simple terms they made the trouble, and he believes that so strongly it burns like a flame that's higher than he's. He’s bought a dream and we’re all a part of it, in order that it shapes the area round him. And the bizarre factor is that nobody desires to disappoint him. It’d be like kicking the most important dog within the universe. It’s a type of magic. * ‘Captain Vimes continuously advised me, sir, that there’s substantial crimes and little crimes. occasionally the little crimes glance significant and the large crimes you could hardly ever see, however the an important factor is to make your mind up that is which. ’ * Foul Ole Ron used to be a Beggars’ Guild member in stable status. He used to be a Mutterer, and a superb one. He may stroll in the back of humans muttering in his personal deepest language until eventually they gave him cash to not. humans suggestion he used to be mad, yet this used to be no longer, technically, the case. It was once simply that he used to be in contact with fact at the cosmic point, and had a little hassle targeting issues smaller, like other folks, partitions and cleaning soap (although on very small issues, equivalent to cash, his eyesight used to be Grade A). ‘You can rather speak? ’ acknowledged Carrot. Gaspode rolled his eyes. ‘ ’Course not,’ he stated. ‘Who are you? ’ stated the Patrician. ‘Corporal Nobbs, sir! ’ stated Nobby, saluting. ‘Do we hire you? ’ ‘Yessir! ’ ‘Ah. You’re the dwarf, are you? ’ ‘Nosir. That was once the overdue Cuddy, sir! I’m one of many humans, sir! ’ You’re now not hired because the results of any … designated hiring methods? ’ ‘Nosir,’ stated Nobby, proudly. ‘My observe. ’ * The Patrician steepled his hands and checked out Carrot excessive of them. It was once a mannerism that had unnerved many. † From the perspective of the species as an entire. now not from the viewpoint of the dragon now touchdown in small items round the panorama. different young ones received given xylophones. Susan simply needed to ask her grandfather to take his vest off. certain. There’s a loss of life within the family members. It’s not easy to develop up in general while Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe - specifically when you've got to take over the relations company, and everybody blunders you for the enamel Fairy. and particularly in case you have to stand the hot and addictive tune that has entered the Discworld. It’s lawless. It adjustments humans. It’s known as song With Rocks In. It’s bought a beat and you may dance to it, yet… It’s alive. And it won’t fade away. It was once raining within the small, mountainous state of Llamedos. It was once constantly raining in Llamedos. Rain was once the country’s major export. It had rain mines. humans got here to Ankh-Morpork to hunt their fortune. regrettably, folks sought it too. Lord Vetinari had inspired the expansion of the Guilds. They have been the large wheels on which the clockwork of a well-regulated urban ran. A drop of oil right here … a spoke inserted there, in fact … and ordinarily all of it labored. * It regarded the type of musical tool emporium which doubles as a pawnshop, considering each musician has at a while in his lifestyles at hand over his device if he desires to devour and sleep interior.

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