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I am bereft, RIP beloved Sir Terry

I am bereft, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/11468153/Why-the-world-loved-Sir-Terry-Pratchett.html

I love very few authors the way I have loved Mr Pratchett’s work. I fell in love over Discworld and used to read the passage about Sabbats every Wicca 101 class I ever taught because it always felt like he had been spying on my coven.

Sir, I honour your wonderful words and will miss you greatly, You have brightened many a dark and sleepless night, you made us laugh at DEATH and his love of cats. You have brought me more joy than any 10 authors and that is saying a lot seeing as I love to read. I hope you went out the way you chose to do and thank you for all wisdom hidden under the laughter. Many Blessings to you!

“And what would humans be without love?”
RARE, said Death.”
— Terry Pratchett (Sourcery (Discworld, #5))

“Witches just aren’t like that,” said Magrat. “We live in harmony with the great cycles of Nature, and do no harm to anyone, and it’s wicked of them to say we don’t. We ought to fill their bones with hot lead.”
The other two looked at her with a certain amount of surprised admiration. She blushed, although not greenly, and looked at her knees.
“Goodie Whemper did a recipe,” she confessed. “It’s quite easy. What you do is, you get some lead, and you—”
“I don’t think that would be appropriate,” said Granny carefully, after a certain amount of internal struggle. “It could give people the wrong idea.”
“But not for long,” said Nanny wistfully.”
— Terry Pratchett (Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6))

“Gods prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do Not Achieve Transcendence but Go Straight To Oblivion; a key to the understanding of all religion is that a god’s idea of amusement is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs.”
— Terry Pratchett (Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6))

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
— Terry Pratchett

“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.”
— Terry Pratchett

“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.”
— Terry Pratchett (Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch)

“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”
— Terry Pratchett (Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch)

“He’d been wrong, there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and it was a flamethrower.”
— Terry Pratchett (Mort (Discworld, #4))

“Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.”
— Terry Pratchett (Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14))