Top 100 Amazing Quotes By Douglas Adams To Make Your Day

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September 17, 2020

Douglas Adams Quotes

Douglas Adams is one of the most famous authors in the satirical commentary genre. He is best known for his work: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He is a British comic writer whose works satirize contemporary life through a luckless protagonist.

  1. Don’t Panic.
  2. So long, and thanks for all the fish.
  3. I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
  4. You live and learn. At any rate, you live.
  5. This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
  6. I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
  7. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands.
  8. One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious.
  9. It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, ‘As pretty as an airport.
  10. I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer.
  11. A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment.
  12. I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
  13. We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
  14. Humans are not proud of their ancestors and rarely invite them round to dinner.
  15. There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
  16. He has personality problems beyond the dreams of analysts.
  17. Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
  18. We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.
  19. We notice things that don’t work. We don’t notice things that do. We notice computers, we don’t notice pennies. We notice e-book readers, we don’t notice books.
  20. 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.
  21. That really is truly amazing. That is so amazingly amazing I think I’d like to steal it.
  22. All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated, and well supported in logic and argument than others.
  23. Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.
  24. Reality is frequently inaccurate.
  25. The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
  26. The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
  27. Let the past hold on to itself and let the present move forward into the future.
  28. Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
  29. 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.
  30. What I mean is that if you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else. That forces you to sort it out in your own mind.
  31. Anything that thinks logically can be fooled by something else that thinks at least as logically as it does.
  32. There is no point in using the word ‘impossible’ to describe something that has clearly happened.
  33. A learning experience is one of those things that say, ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.
  34. The party blundered helplessly across the sky like a man leaning against an unexpectedly open door. It spun and wobbled on its hover jets. It tried to right itself and wronged itself instead.
  35. A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
  36. People who need to bully you are the easiest to push around.
  37. If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.
  38. We can’t win against obsession. They care, we don’t. They win.
  39. Protect me from knowing what I don’t need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don’t know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about.
  40. There was once a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler’s mind.
  41. Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.
  42. Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.
  43. And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small café in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.
  44. The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armor to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.
  45. 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.
  46. Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?
  47. 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?
  48. We inhabit a world in which we tend to put labels on each other and expect that we will then march through life wearing them like permanent sandwich boards.
  49. 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.
  50. The quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead.
  51. The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.
  52. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
  53. Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
  54. Everybody has their moment of great opportunity in life. If you happen to miss the one you care about, then everything else becomes eerily easy.
  55. Words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through.
  56. The fact is, I don’t know where my ideas come from. Nor does any writer. The only real answer is to drink way too much coffee and buy yourself a desk that doesn’t collapse when you beat your head against it.
  57. I don’t go to mythical places with strange men.
  58. I’d far rather be happy than right any day.
  59. It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
  60. Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food.
  61. The space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.
  62. The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backward-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’, but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish.
  63. You cannot see what I see because you see what you see. You cannot know what I know because you know what you know. What I see and what I know cannot be added to what you see and what you know because they are not of the same kind.
  64. If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.
  65. Don’t you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? 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.
  66. For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
  67. 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.
  68. In the beginning, the Universe was created. This had made many people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
  69. The bird that would soar above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.
  70. Anything that happens, happens.
  71. A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
  72. Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.
  73. If life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.
  74. We inhabit a world in which we tend to put labels on each other and expect that we will then march through life wearing them like permanent sandwich boards.
  75. A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.
  76. Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.
  77. Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.
  78. Anything that happens, happens. Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen. Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again. It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though.
  79. Having not said anything the first time, it was somehow even more difficult to broach the subject the second time around.
  80. A cup of tea would restore my normality.
  81. 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?
  82. 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.
  83. If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond.
  84. 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.
  85. I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere I needed to be.
  86. Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
  87. The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backward-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’, but in fact, the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish.
  88. Life is wasted on the living.
  89. 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. Source: YouTube
  90. It is folly to say you know what is happening to other people. Only they know, if they exist. They have their own Universes of their own eyes and ear.
  91. If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.
  92. It can be very dangerous to see things from somebody else’s point of view without the proper training.
  93. We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.
  94. A cup of tea would restore my normality.
  95. Capital Letters Were Always The Best Way Of Dealing With Things You Didn’t Have A Good Answer To.
  96. The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
  97. Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity — distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless
  98. Don’t believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.
  99. The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.
  100. Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

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