Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams

English author
11 March 1952 — 11 May 2001

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A scientist must (...) be absolutely like a child. If he sees a thing, he must say that he sees it, whether it was what he thought he was going to see or not. See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise you will only see what you were expecting.

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

There`s always a moment when you start to fall out of love, whether it`s with a person or an idea or a cause, even if it`s one you only narrate to yourself years after the event: a tiny thing, a wrong word, a false note, which means that things can never be quite the same again.

Numbers written on restaurant bills within the confines of restaurants do not follow the same mathematical laws as numbers written on any other pieces of paper in any other parts of the Universe.

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

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

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

Reality is frequently inaccurate.

All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it`s pretty damn complicated in the first place.

We can`t win against obsession. They care, we don`t. They win.

There are some people you like immediately, some whom you think you might learn to like in the fullness of time, and some that you simply want to push away from you with a sharp stick.

It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression "As pretty as an airport."

I`d far rather be happy than right any day.

I`d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.

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


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