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V1ktor

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I'm writing an article and I read a quote by Terry Pratchett some time ago that I want to include in the article but I can't find information about this quote. I need to know where it's from. Is it from a book, which one; or is it something he said during an interview or in an article?

I would appreciate any information.

"It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing."

Thanks,
Viktor
 
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I'm sure I've read that recently. I think it's a quote from either Wee Free Men or Fifth Elephant.

Batty's usually the expert quoter, where is she?
 

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I've been Googling the quote and trying to find which book it's in. A lot of people on the Internet have quoted it and accredited to Terry, but no one (that I could find) had said which book it was from.

Sorry, I haven't a clue off hand.

Welcome to the site V1ktor. :laugh:
 
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Err... I saw something that Rincewind thinks when thinking about boredom a bit like that. Sorry. I probably havn't been much help.

Can someone find a quote about how Ankh-Morpork was founded? I can't find it!
 

Batty

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I've been trawling through the books and I can't find that quote, V1ktor.
I haven't got all of the books pertaining to Discworld though. For instance, I haven't purchased the science books or the diaries etc., but I'm beginning to believe that it was something that Terry spoke in an interview or at a function, or something - in which case you may not find the original source.

If anyone does find the answer, then I will be interested to know where the quote came from.
 

Omnia

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I'm pretty sure that is something that Vimes has said, so I'm guessing it's from a Watch book. Couldn't tell you which one though :oops:
 
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My first guess is Tiffany in a sulk, my second guess is Vimes.
 

Batty

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Who's Wee Dug said:
You could check "The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld" which has favourite Quotations from the Discworld Universe.
I have done. Every single page ...

Have you ever tried to quickly read a book, when you keep laughing at all the quotes?
 
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WeeKelda said:
Can someone find a quote about how Ankh-Morpork was founded? I can't find it!
Can't find a quote, but I think it was founded by twins raised by a Hippo.

When I say 'it', at one point in Guards! Guards! (early on in the book) there is a reference to the twin cities of Ankh and Mopork. I'm sure there are other references elsewhere, but can't remember where.

Other (wiser) of those here present might be better placed to help.
 

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I went through the Wit and Wisdom of discworld twice and I can't find it :( also checked some sites with quotes from each book still can't source it but it is listed on loads of sites as a favourite TP quote.
 

Batty

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Who's Wee Dug said:
Batty,did you find it o_O: . where are you finding those emo's they are great. :laugh:
Dug. Try downloading from Free Smilies.org. You might spend a long time going through all the choices though!
 

Batty

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As I haven't been able to find the source of this oft repeated quote, I took the liberty of e-mailing Colin Smythe, who very kindly checked on his database for me.

He wasn't able to find the quote on his database at all, although he admitted that in spite of the fact that he has all the Discworld novels on file, that there are some of the YA he doesn't have, nor the three pre-Discworld novels.

Colin's kindness at (not only) humouring me, but actually taking the time to check his database has totally blown me away. If Colin doesn't think that it is a Prattetism, then I'm inclined to believe him!
 

AM

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V1ktor said:
I'm writing an article and I read a quote by Terry Pratchett some time ago that I want to include in the article but I can't find information about this quote. I need to know where it's from. Is it from a book, which one; or is it something he said during an interview or in an article?

I would appreciate any information.

"It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing."

Thanks,
Viktor
I found the quote in Jingo. :)

It wasn´t proper police work, Vimes considered, unless you were doing something that someone somewhere would much rather tou weren´t doing
It is not exactly the same but I hope it will be good enough.
 

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