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Quotes of the Day for 14 May 2001 – Douglas Adams

Last Friday Douglas Adams, the 49-year-old author, died of an apparent heart attack while exercising at a gym near his home at Santa Barbara, California. Best known for the "Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy," which actually comprised five books (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe, and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless), Adams was admired by millions for his imagination and gentle, subtle wit. In my judgment every book he won't now write is a great loss to the mirth and energy of this "utterly insignificant little blue green planet."

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The quotes:

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.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

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.

Man always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time.

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.

Totally mad. Utter nonsense. But we'll do it because it's brilliant nonsense.
     - Today's quotes are all from Douglas Noel Adams, 1952 - 2001


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