Quotes by Douglas Noel Adams

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

Douglas Noel Adams

A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about. (from Mostly Harmless)

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

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Funny how just when you think life can't possibly get any worse it suddenly does.

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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.

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I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

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

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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.

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If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news

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In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry, and has been widely regarded as a bad idea.

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It's no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an airport' appear.

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Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much-the wheel, New York, wars and so on-while 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 reason.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what 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 theory which states that this has already happened.

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Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.

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Totally mad. Utter nonsense. But we'll do it because it's brilliant nonsense.

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When you blame others, you give up your power to change.

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You can't dodge your responsibilities by saying they don't exist

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You live and learn. At any rate, you live.

Douglas Noel Adams

Did blind chance know that there was light and what was its refraction, and fit the eyes of all creatures after the most curious manner to make use of it? These and other suchlike considerations, always have, and always will prevail with mankind, to believe that there is a Being who made all things, who has all things in his power, and who is therefore to be feared.

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Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fibre.

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