Wednesday, March 13, 2013

10 Best Quotes by Douglas Adams

With the recent Google Doodle on scifi comedy author Douglas Adams, I'm reminded of the wit, humor, and intelligence of this truly hilarious and influential comedian. Of course, he's best known for the radio play/novel/TV series/movie, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Here are ten things Adams said, either in person or print, that are his best quotes.

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

2. "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

3. "It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport.'"

4. "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."

5. "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?"

6. "Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."

7. "In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."

8. "A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

9. "Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."

10. "Don't panic."

The Huffington Post

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  1. Laughed out loud at number nine!
    And numbers four and eight are scary true.

    1. Glad you liked it! And yeah, Adams had keen insight on the human condition, and made fun of it constantly.

  2. That flying quote is one of my favorites. LOL

  3. I'm with Maurice on the flying. That was my favorite part of that section of the 'trilogy.'

    I carry a copy of _The Salmon of Doubt_ in my parka to read whenever I am stalled in transit somewhere. I miss the guy every day.

    Love the blog.

    1. You know, I never read that book. I need to get it

  4. This was awesome. Added it to my blog Check This Blog Out (my other blog).


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