Douglas Adams Quotations

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

Assumptions are the things we don't know we're making.

First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII -- and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we've realized it's a brochure.

He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.

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.

If we see you smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.

It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an airport' appear.

It looked like something resembling white marble, which was probably what it was: something resembling white marble.

The big corporations are suddenly taking notice of the web, and their reactions have been slow. Even the computer industry failed to see the importance of the Internet, but that's not saying much. Let's face it, the computer industry failed to see that the century would end.

The history of every major galactic civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry, and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question "How can we eat?" the second by "Why do we eat?" and the third by "Where shall we have lunch?".

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.