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A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. – Douglas Adams

A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment. – Douglas Adams

Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of. – Douglas Adams

All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others. – Douglas Adams

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. – Douglas Adams

Anything that thinks logically can be fooled by something else that thinks at least as logically as it does. – Douglas Adams

Arthur hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction there and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife. – Douglas Adams

Arthur: 'It's at times like this I wish I'd listened to my mother.' Ford : 'Why, what did she say?' Arthur: 'I don't know, I never listened.' – Douglas Adams

eHuman beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. – Douglas Adams

eLife is wasted on the living. – Douglas Adams

For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen. – Douglas Adams

Ford, you're turning into a penguin. Stop it. – Douglas Adams

Generally, old media don't die. They just have to grow old gracefully. Guess what, we still have stone masons. They haven't been the primary purveyors of the written word for a while now of course, but they still have a role because you wouldn't want a TV screen on your headstone. – Douglas Adams

He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. – Douglas Adams

He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. – Douglas Adams

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife. – Douglas Adams

He inched his way up the corridor as if he would rather be yarding his way down it… – Douglas Adams

He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher…or, as his wife would have it, an idiot. – Douglas Adams

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. – Douglas Adams

Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner. – Douglas Adams

I don't believe it. Prove it to me and I still won't believe it. – Douglas Adams

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. – Douglas Adams

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.-Douglas Adams

I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer – Douglas Adams

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be. – Douglas Adams

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. – Douglas Adams

If somebody thinks they're a hedgehog, presumably you just give 'em a mirror and a few pictures of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves. – Douglas Adams

If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now. – Douglas Adams

I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons. – Douglas Adams

In order to fly, all one must do is simply miss the ground. – Douglas Adams

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. – Douglas Adams

In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri. – Douglas Adams

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? – Douglas Adams

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes. – Douglas Adams


It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear. – Douglas Adams

Life is like a grapefruit. Well, it's sort of orangy-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It's got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have a half a one for breakfast. So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish – Douglas Adams

Life is wasted on the living. – Douglas Adams

Life! Don't talk to me about life. – Douglas Adams

Life… is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast. – Douglas Adams

Most of the time spent wrestling with technologies that don't quite work yet is just not worth it for end users, however much fun it is for nerds. – Douglas Adams

Moving from radio to television, you can take most of the words with you. – Douglas Adams

My capacity for happiness … you could fit into a matchbox without taking out the matches first. – Douglas Adams

My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes. – Douglas Adams

Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. – Douglas Adams

On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons. – Douglas Adams

One of the problems of taking things apart and seeing how they work – supposing you're trying to find out how a cat works–you take that cat apart to see how it works, what you've got in your hands is a non-working cat. The cat wasn't a sort of clunky mechanism that was susceptible to our available tools of analysis.  – Douglas Adams

Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.Reality is frequently inaccurate. – Douglas Adams

Solutions nearly always come from the direction you least expect, which means there's no point trying to look in that direction because it won't be coming from there. – Douglas Adams

Space … is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space. – Douglas Adams

The Answer to the Great Question Of…..Life, the Universe and Everything…..(is) Forty-two. – Douglas Adams

The bird that would soar above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. – Douglas Adams

The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate. – Douglas Adams

The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks. – Douglas Adams

The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79. – Douglas Adams

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair – Douglas Adams

The mere thought hadn't even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing my mind. – Douglas Adams

The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't. – Douglas Adams

There are of course many problems connected with life, of which some of the most popular are – Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches? – Douglas Adams

There comes a point I'm afraid where you begin to suspect that if there's any real truth, it's that the entire multidimensional infinity of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs. – Douglas Adams

There is a theory which states that if ever for any reason anyone discovers what exactly the Universe is for and why it is here it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another that states that this has already happened. – Douglas Adams

There is an art to flying … or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. – Douglas Adams

There is no point in driving yourself mad trying to stop yourself going mad. You might just as well give in and save your sanity for later. – Douglas Adams

There is no problem so complicated that you can't find a very simple answer to it if you look at it right. – Douglas Adams

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays. – Douglas Adams

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. – Douglas Adams

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. – Douglas Adams

Watch?? I'm gonna pray, Man! Know any good religions? – Douglas Adams

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. – Douglas Adams

We can't win against obsession. They care, we don't. They win. – Douglas Adams

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty! – Douglas Adams

We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem. – Douglas Adams

What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can't move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you much longer. – Douglas Adams

When the idea comes, I often can't remember where it came from. I remember very little about writing the first series of Hitchhiker's. It's almost as if someone else wrote it. – Douglas Adams

Words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through. – Douglas Adams

Writing is easy. You only need to stare at a piece of blank paper until your forehead bleeds rainstormsong – Douglas Adams

You live and learn. At any rate, you live. – Douglas Adams


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