Quotes of the Day for 11 March 2003 – Douglas Adams
Douglas Noel Adams was born at Cambridge, England on this day in 1952. After earning both bachelors and masters degrees there, he did some comedy acting and writing, including work with a couple of the Monty Python gang, and eventually wrote a radio series for BBC called "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." It became a TV series, then a book. It was planned as a trilogy, but grew to five volumes. It had some science fiction elements, there's a dash of philosophy, but it was comedy. For my money, the single most enjoyable book to just sit down and read is his Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, the sequel to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. (Not the most important, or most moving, or most informative, but definitely the most fun.) Here's a sample.
The impossible has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks.
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.
It's no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an airport' appear.
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.
- All from Douglas Noel Adams, 1952 - 2001
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