The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time (2005)
We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt (2002)
It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression "as pretty as an airport".Douglas Adams1988 The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, ch.1.
"The first ten million years were the worst," said Marvin, "and the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline."Douglas Adams1980 Marvin, the paranoid android. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, ch.18.
Kate's spirits sank to the very bottom of her being and began to prowl around there making a low growling noise.Douglas Adams1988 The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, ch.1.
You are disoriented. Blackness swims toward you like a school of eels who have just seen something that eels like a lot.Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy text adventure game (1985), published by Infocom.
Driving a Porsche in London is like bringing a Ming vase to a football game.Douglas AdamsAs quoted in Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Companion (1988) by Neil Gaiman
The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he, by peddling second rate technology, led them into it in the first place, and continues to do so today.Douglas AdamsAs quoted in The Guardian (1995), and in "Biting back at Microsoft" (5 June 2001)
I think a nerd is a person who uses the telephone to talk to other people about telephones. And a computer nerd therefore is somebody who uses a computer in order to use a computer.Douglas AdamsTriumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires TV program (1996)
There are some oddities in the perspective with which we see the world. 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, but we have done various things over intellectual history to slowly correct some of our misapprehensions.Douglas AdamsSpeech at Digital Biota 2, Cambridge, UK, (1998)
A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that."Douglas AdamsInterview in The Daily Nexus (5 April 2000), reprinted in The Salmon of Doubt
We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.Douglas AdamsSpeech at The University of California, videoed by UCTV (May 2001).
The usual people tried to claim responsibility. First the IRA , then the PLO and the Gas Board. Even British Nuclear Fuels rushed out a statement to the effect that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all, and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day out with the kids and a picnic, before finally having to admit that it wasn't actually anything to do with them at all.Douglas AdamsCh. 2, p. 23
There was constant talk about hewing things and ravaging things and splitting things asunder. Lots of big talk of things being mighty, and of things being riven, and of things being in thrall to other things, but very little attention given, as I now realise, to the laundry.Douglas AdamsCh. 18, p. 198-199
It'd be like a bunch of rivers, the Amazon and the Mississippi and the Congo asking how the Atlantic Ocean might affect them… and the answer is, of course, that they won't be rivers anymore, just currents in the ocean.Douglas AdamsHis stated response to representatives of the music, publishing and broadcasting industries who had asked Douglas at a conference how he thought technological changes will affect them, apparently hoping his response would be something to the effect of, "not very much"
The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.Douglas AdamsIn The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; spoken by the character Dirk Gently
For instance, 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 AdamsDouglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), Chapter 23.
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 AdamsDouglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), Chapter 16
The Encyclopedia Galactica, in its chapter on Love states that it is far too complicated to define. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of love: "Avoid, if at all possible."Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), film based on the novel by Douglas Adams
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