Terry Pratchett Quotes to Live By

Terry Pratchett spent most of his life creating worlds and characters that fascinated readers with their fantastical qualities, and made them laugh at the same time. Yesterday, his readership and the rest of the literary world had to say goodbye to their friend, as Mr. Pratchett sadly passed away at the too-young age of 66.

In addition to leaving behind thousands of pages and millions of fans, Terry Pratchett also left behind some pretty great personal quotes that show just how intelligent the man was, and how attuned he was to human nature at its core.

The Guardian posted an article yesterday compiling 15 of Pratchett’s best lines, and you can read it HERE. There’s a few that resonated with me more so than others, and below I’ve posted them, as well as given my own opinion on what I feel they mean.


“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.” – from the foreword to The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy, by David Pringle

Michael says: “Haters gonna hate!” Seriously, accomplishment and success—and even simple productivity—will always breed hatred from others. But don’t sweat it, the “others” are usually fueling the hate with jealousy. They want what you have, but are often unwilling to work for it. Laziness is the first mental roadblock everybody has to overcome.

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”

Michael says: We live in a world overflowing with closed-minded people who seem to get no real pleasure from anything in life other than telling others they are wrong, they are going to hell, they can’t say that because it will offend somebody or is insensitive, or just generally believe there is ONE TRUE way to live this life we all share. These people read books too.

“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become part of someone else’s story.” – from The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Michael says: Find your passion, find what makes you happy, and then go get it. Grumbling and frowning through life seems like a waste to me.

“Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to.” –from Snuff

Michael says: Amen.