Lessons from Pratchett

A beautiful list, including "[T]he innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like 'The innocent have nothing to fear'.”

* Help when you can, lift when you can, work as you can, but never be afraid to ask ‘will I get paid for this?’

* Everyone’s got hidden depths. Some people have beautiful hidden mountain glades filled with adorable doe-eyed bunnies. Some people have black oubliettes filled with nightmares and worse. Endeavor to be the sort of person that has both sorts of depths as neighbors. Plumb them with caution.

* Find a place to call home, and know it so well you can tell what street you’re on by the feel of cobblestones through your boots.

* You can always come home again, but that doesn’t mean you’re moving backwards.

* There is never a bad time for a pun.

* There’s also never really a good time for a pun.

* You might as well just stay braced for a pun at all times, and ride them when they come with as much grace as you can manage.

* The fact that you can replace ‘pun’ with ‘disaster’ in the last three rules says a lot about the human race.

* Many people can survive absolutely anything as long as they know where their next meal is coming from. Others can not survive much, no matter how many meals they know about, and there’s no shame in that, nor admitting that, nor leaning on others to get there.

Things I Learned From Sir Terry Pratchett And His Marvelous Worlds (A Necessary List) [Knit Me a Pony]

(via Diane Duane)

(Image: Sir Terry Pratchett, Silverlutra, CC-BY-SA)

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  1. "Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  2. The one about knowing where your next meal is coming from was a major tenet of the British Army. The world might be collapsing, but it was the duty of the officers to try and get all their men a hot meal every day. It was "good for morale".

  3. And, lest we forget:
    "It always embarrassed Samuel Vimes when civilians tried to speak to him in what they thought was 'policeman'. If it came to that, he hated thinking of them as civilians. What was a policeman , if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians the only other thing they could be was soldiers."
    Terry Pratchett
    "Snuff"

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