Terry Pratchett on books:
“If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you.”
“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” -Guards, Guards!
“The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are: 1) Silence; 2) Books must be returned by no later than the date shown; and 3) Do not interfere with the nature of causality.” –Guards, Guards!
“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” -The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
“Aziraphale collected books. If he were totally honest with himself he would have to have admitted that his bookshop was simply somewhere to store them. He was not unusual in this. In order to maintain his cover as a typical second-hand book seller, he used every means short of actual physical violence to prevent customers from making a purchase. Unpleasant damp smells, glowering looks, erratic opening hours – he was incredibly good at it.” -Good Omens
“This was not a fairy-tale castle and there was no such thing as a fairy-tale ending, but sometimes you could threaten to kick the handsome prince in the ham-and-eggs.” -Monstrous Regiment
“In theory it was, around now, Literature. Susan hated Literature. She’d much prefer to read a good book.” -Soul Music
“A lot of the stories were highly suspicious, in her opinion. There was the one that ended when the two good children pushed the wicked witch into her own oven…Stories like this stopped people thinking properly, she was sure. She’d read that one and thought, Excuse me? No one has an oven big enough to get a whole person in, and what made the children think they could just walk around eating people’s houses in any case? And why does some boy too stupid to know a cow is worth a lot more than five beans have the right to murder a giant and steal all his gold? Not to mention commit an act of ecological vandalism? And some girl who can’t tell the difference between a wolf and her grandmother must either have been as dense as teak or come from an extremely ugly family.”
“It looked like the sort of book described in library catalogues as “slightly foxed”, although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had beed badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well.
— Ah, but has it been hedgehogged?”
“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.”
“People flock in, nevertheless, in search of answers to those questions only librarians are considered to be able to answer, such as “Is this the laundry?” “How do you spell surreptitious?” and, on a regular basis, “Do you have a book I remember reading once? It had a red cover and it turned out they were twins.” -Going Postal
“But there was more to it than that. As the Amazing Maurice said, it was just a story about people and rats. And the difficult part of it was deciding who the people were, and who were the rats.” –The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
“The librarians were mysterious. It was said they could tell what book you needed just by looking at you, and they could take your voice away with a word.” –Wintersmith
“Books must be treated with respect, we feel that in our bones, because words have power. Bring enough words together they can bend space and time.”