Friday Quick Quote: Terry Pratchett’s ‘Moving Pictures’

“You know what the greatest tragedy is in the whole world?… It’s all the people who never find out what it is they really want to do or what it is they’re really good at. It’s all the sons who become blacksmiths because their fathers were blacksmiths. It’s all the people who could be really fantastic flute players who grow old and die without ever seeing a musical instrument, so they become bad plowmen instead. It’s all the people with talents who never even find out. Maybe they are never even born in a time when it’s even possible to find out. It’s all the people who never get to know what it is that they can really be. It’s all the wasted chances.”

-Terry Pratchett,Β Moving Pictures



9 thoughts on “Friday Quick Quote: Terry Pratchett’s ‘Moving Pictures’

  1. He was a most unusual man and he definitely knew what he wanted to do and went ahead with that desire. Sage words indeed and such a unspoken tragedy – a real reminder to us all to find that dream and strive for it whatever. Lovely post and great start to the weekend – I’ll carry these words with me.

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  2. Great quote, me & my daughter have had the ability to follow our passions but my son thinks he’ll follow his father into the welding industry. His passion is in computer games & programming, I’m often torn between limiting computer as a good parent & allowing him to follow his dreams. (He’s only nine, I’m sure there’s plenty of time.) 😊

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    1. I’m sure you’re doing just fine balancing his dreams. And it is wonderful that your family is so aware of the things they love and are good at! (I was less aware. At age nine, I wanted to be a lawyer. I would have been a very bad one. πŸ˜‰ )

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