Excerpts from Douglas Adams’ writings:
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer.
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.
Reality is frequently inaccurate.
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.
A learning experience is one of those things that says, ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.
He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.
Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
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.
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.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
You live and learn. At any rate, you live.