Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
The much-loved fantasy writer leaves behind him a vivid legacy of more than 70 books that sold over 85 million copies in his lifetime.
Best known for his ever-popular Discworld series, Pratchett's passion for the written word proved almost uncontainable.
Here’s our pick of some of the most memorable lines from his novels:
“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” – Diggers
“The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.” – Moving Pictures
“She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.” – Equal Rites
“Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.” – The Truth
“If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star, you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.” – The Wee Free Men
“Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.” – Small Gods
Terry Pratchett: A career in quotes
Terry Pratchett: A career in quotes
1/13 “Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out” –The Light Fantastic
Pratchett photographed in 1990
2/13 "We Pratchetts are a feisty bunch"
Pratchett with his daughter Rhianna at home in 2009. Rhianna is now a writer in her own right and has written the storylines to video games such as Tomb Raider and Overlord
3/13 "It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases - one was Alzheimer's, and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer's"
Terry Pratchett delivers a petition on behalf of the Alzheimer's Research Trust calling for an increase in government funding for dementia research in 2008
4/13 "Imagination, not intelligence, made us human"
Terry Pratchett with his double-row of six computer screens in 2009
5/13 “If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story”
Pratchett was awarded an OBE in 1998
6/13 “Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove” - The Truth
Terry Pratchett launches his 25th novel of the 'Discworld' series, 'The Truth' in 2000
7/13 “Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you”
In 2007, the year he announced he had Alzeihmer's
8/13 "You can't ask a fantasy writer not to want a knighthood"
Receiving his knighthood in 2009
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9/13 "Life doesn't happen in chapters - at least, not regular ones"
Pratchett at home in 2009
10/13 “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it”
Pratchett at the world congress of the World Federation of the Right-to-Die Societies in Zurich, 2012
11/13 “Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out”
Attends the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in 2012
12/13 "Insanity is Catching"
Pratchett won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize at the Telegraph Hay Festival, pictured with Snuff the pig in 2013
13/13 “People don't alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it” - Mort
Campaigning for Dementia Friends in 2014
“Here’s some advice boy. Don’t put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. Thats why they’re called revolutions.” - Night Watch
“There isn’t a way things should be. There’s just what happens, and what we do.” – A Hat Full of Sky
“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” – Reaper Man
“‘I meant,’ said Ipslore bitterly, ‘What is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?” Death thought about it. Cats, he said eventually. Cats are nice.” – Sourcery
“Insanity is catching.” – Making Money
“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
“Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.” – I Shall Wear Midnight
“The enemy isn’t men, or women, it’s bloody stupid people and no-one has the right to be stupid.” – Monstrous Regiment
“People couldn’t become truly holy, he said, unless they also had the opportunity to be definitively wicked.” - Good Omens
“People don't alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it.” - Mort
“If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn’t as cynical as real life.” – Guards! Guards!
“Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out.” –The Light Fantastic
Pratchett died peacefully at home surrounded by his family with his cat sleeping on his bed, a statement from his publisher confirmed this afternoon.
“The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” a message on his Facebook page read. “Rest in peace Sir Terry Pratchett.”Reuse content