Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams

Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. 

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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?

I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer.

If somebody thinks they're a hedgehog presumably you just give 'em a mirror and a few pictures of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves.

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.

It is known that there are an infinte number of worlds simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However not every one of them is inhabited. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near nothing as makes no odds so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely products of a deranged imagination.

That young girl is one of the least benightedly unintelligent organic life forms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid meeting.

Ford you're turning into a penguin. Stop it.

Many men of course became extremely rich but this was perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of because no one was really poor at least no one worth speaking of.

Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bog-gglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God. The argument goes something like this: `I refuse to prove that I exist ' says God `for proof denies faith and without faith I am nothing.' `But ' says Man `The Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist and so therefore by your own arguments you don't. QED.' `Oh dear ' says God `I hadn't thought of that ' and promptly vanished in a puff of logic. `Oh that was easy ' says Man and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.

Besides the pastor there were about five people who had access to the safe ... Those people have been eliminated as suspects through the investigative process.

Why can't people just learn to live together in peace and harmony?' said Arthur. / Ford gave a loud very hollow laugh. / 'Forty-two!' he said with a malicious grin 'No, doesn't work. Never mind.

It's easier to say that I am a radical Atheist just to signal that I really mean it have thought about it a great deal and that it's an opinion I hold seriously.

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.

Totally mad. Utter nonsense. But we'll do it because it's brilliant nonsense.

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!

I think fish is nice but then I think that rain is wet so who am I to judge?

We have normality. I repeat we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem.

What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can't move with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively if life hasn't been good to you so far which given your current circumstances seems more likely consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you much longer.

It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry 'I could have thought of that' is a very popular and misleading one for the fact is that they didn't and a very significant and revealing fact it is too.

I think the idea of art kills creativity.

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