Words by Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams (1952 – 2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. Adams was author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which originated as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books. The 4 others are: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and EverythingSo Long, and Thanks for All the Fish and Mostly Harmless.

If you try to take a cat apart 
to see how it works, 
the first thing you have on your hands 
is a non-working cat.

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work

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

  • I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer.
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
  • Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.

The two most important days in your life are
the day you are born and the day you find out why

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 and repair.

Don’t believe anything you read on the net.
Except this. Well, including this, I suppose

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

I am rarely happier than when spending a whole day programming my computer to perform automatically a task that it would otherwise take me a good ten seconds to do by hand.

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things

  • It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden stop at the end.
  • In the beginning the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
  • Time is the worst place, so to speak, to get lost in…

It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth
has ever produced the phrase, ‘as pretty as an airport.’

     !Airports are ugly! Some are very ugly!!!
     Some attain a degree of ugliness that can only be the result of a special effort.

The knack of flying is learning how to
throw yourself at the ground and miss

If cats could talk, they wouldn’t

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!

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