Douglas Adams Quotes

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Life is wasted on the living.
— Douglas Adams


I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.


The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks.


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


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

garden religion

He is the greatest musician of the English language, and exploring variations of familiar material is what musicians do all day.
Words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through.


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

foolishness design

And now we have the World Wide Web (the only thing I know of whose shortened form—www—takes three times longer to say than what it's short for).


You know what a learning experience is?  A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did?  Don't do that."


Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.

children clarity

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.


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.


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.


'I refuse to prove that I exist' says God, 'for proof denies faith, and without faith, I am nothing.' 'Oh,' says man, 'but the Babel Fish is a dead give-away, isn't it? It proves You exist, and so therefore You don't. Q.E.D.' 'Oh, I hadn't thought of that,' says God, who promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
— Douglas Adams