Douglas Adams Quotes

Douglas Noel Adams, 1952 – 2001

Born: 11 March 1952, Cambridge, East Anglia, England, UK
Died: 11 May 2001, Santa Barbara, California

Adams’ parents divorced when he was five and he moved to Brentwood with his mother, graduating from Brentwood School in 1970. An essay on the revival of religious poetry earned him the chance to return to Cambridge to study English, he earned both bachelors and masters degrees there and was active in CULES, the Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society, and Footlights. He hitch-hiked extensively in Europe during summers. He was involved in several projects with Graham Chapman (of Monty Python fame), including one episode of Monty Python (he also appeared on the show twice), served as script editor for Doctor Who, but had to take other work to support himself, such as chicken-shed cleaner and bodyguard for a wealthy Qatari family. In 1977 he pitched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to BBC Radio 4, they bought three sets of shows, followed by a television adaptation based on the first six radio scripts. Despite having great difficulty writing (he was locked in a hotel room for three weeks to make sure he finished So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish), he developed the concept into the “increasingly misnamed trilogy” that spanned five volumes. He was involved in trying to get the story made into a movie for the rest of his life. He wrote two books based on the “holistic” detective Dirk Gently, the first of which was written between two major trips he took with Mark Carwardine. The two created a radio series and non-fiction book Last Chance to See dealing with threatened species. In 1999 Adams and his family moved to Santa Barbara, California, partially in hopes of finally putting together a move version of HHGG. He regularly worked out at a gym at Montecito, California, he suffered a myocardial infarction during a rest period. Narrowing of his coronary arteries had not been diagnosed prior to the fatal event.

Douglas Adams quotes:

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

A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about.
    Douglas Adams – Mostly Harmless (1992)

A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.”
    Douglas Adams – Interview in The Daily Nexus (5 April 2000)

All it takes to fly is to hurl yourself at the ground … and miss.
    Douglas Adams

All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.
    Douglas Adams – The Salmon of Doubt (2002)

Alone of all the races on earth, they seem to be free from the ‘Grass is Greener on the other side of the fence’ syndrome, and roundly proclaim that Australia is, in fact, the other side of that fence.
    Douglas Adams

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

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.
    Douglas Adams – Mostly Harmless (1992)

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
    Douglas Adams – The Salmon of Doubt (posthumous collectionm 2002)

As a result of all this hardship, dirt, thirst, and wombats, you would expect Australians to be a dour lot. Instead, they are genial, jolly, cheerful, and always willing to share a kind word with a stranger, unless they are an American.
    Douglas Adams

Being offended by things is the world’s big hobby at the moment. It’s almost taken over from wearing goatee beards.
    Douglas Adams

Bypasses are devices that allow some people to dash from point A to point B very fast while other people dash form point B to point A very fast. People living at point C, being a point directly in between, are often given to wonder what’s so great about point A that so many people from point B are so keen to get there, and what’s so great about point B that so many people from point A are so keen to get there. They often wish that people would just once and for all decide where the hell they wanted to be.
    Douglas Adams

Capital letters were always the best way of dealing with things you didn’t have a good answer to.
    Douglas Adams

Don’t panic.
    Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Driving a Porsche in London is like bringing a Ming vase to a football game.
    Douglas Adams – Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Companion

Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart.
    Douglas Adams – The Salmon of Doubt (2002)

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
    Douglas Adams

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.
    Douglas Adams

For Children: You will need to know the difference between Friday and a fried egg. It’s quite a simple difference, but an important one. Friday comes at the end of the week, whereas a fried egg comes out of a chicken. Like most things, of course, it isn’t quite that simple. The fried egg isn’t properly a fried egg until it’s been put in a frying pan and fried. This is something you wouldn’t do to a Friday, of course, though you might do it on a Friday. You can also fry eggs on a Thursday, if you like, or on a cooker. It’s all rather complicated, but it makes a kind of sense if you think about it for a while.
    Douglas Adams – The Salmon of Doubt (2002)

Funny how just when you think life can’t possibly get any worse it suddenly does.
    Douglas Adams

Generally, old media don’t die. They just have to grow old gracefully. Guess what, we still have stone masons. They haven’t been the primary purveyors of the written word for a while now of course, but they still have a role because you wouldn’t want a TV screen on your headstone.
    Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Future (2001)

Getting a movie made in Hollywood is like trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it.
    Douglas Adams

He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
    Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife.
    Douglas Adams

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.
    Douglas Adams – Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine, 1991)

Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
    Douglas Adams

Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons.
    Douglas Adams – Mostly Harmless (1992)

I am fascinated by religion. (That’s a completely different thing from believing in it!) It has had such an incalculably huge effect on human affairs. What is it? What does it represent? Why have we invented it? How does it keep going? What will become of it? I love to keep poking and prodding at it. I’ve thought about it so much over the years that that fascination is bound to spill over into my writing.
    Douglas Adams – The Salmon of Doubt (posthumous collectionm 2002)

I am rarely happier than when spending an entire day programming my computer to perform automatically a task that it would otherwise take me a good ten seconds to do by hand.
    Douglas Adams – Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine, 1991)

I didn’t notice I was being set upon by a pickpocket, which I am glad of, because I like to work only with professionals.
    Douglas Adams – Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine, 1991)

I find that writing is a constant battle with exactly the same problems you’ve always had.
    Douglas Adams

I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.
    Douglas Adams

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    Douglas Adams

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
    Douglas Adams – The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988)

I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere I needed to be.
    Douglas Adams – The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988)

I really didn’t foresee the Internet. But then, neither did the computer industry. Not that that tells us very much, of course – the computer industry didn’t even foresee that the century was going to end.
    Douglas Adams

I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer.
    Douglas Adams

I tend not to read or watch Science Fiction, particularly not comedy Science Fiction. The point is that if it’s less good than what I do, there’s no point in reading it, if it’s better than what I do it makes me depressed
    Douglas Adams

I think a nerd is a person who uses the telephone to talk to other people about telephones. And a computer nerd therefore is somebody who uses a computer in order to use a computer.
    Douglas Adams – Triumph of the Nerds (1996)

I think that growing up in a crowded continent like Europe with an awful lot of competing claims, ideas, cultures, and systems of thought we have, perforce, developed a more sophisticated notion of what the word freedom means than I see much evidence of in America. To be frank, it sometimes seems that the American idea of freedom has more to do with my freedom to do what I want than your freedom to do what you want. I think that in Europe we’re probably better at understanding how to balance those competing claims, though not a lot.
    Douglas Adams – BBC Online chat (8 November 2000)

I wanted to be John Cleese. It took me some time to realise that the job was taken.
    Douglas Adams

I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
    Douglas Adams – The Salmon of Doubt (2002)

I’m 48, which is a bit of a shock to me. Why only last year I thought I was a precocious young thing!
    Douglas Adams – BBC Online chat (8 November 2000)

I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: 1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. 2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. 3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
    Douglas Adams – The Salmon of Doubt (2002)

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.
    Douglas Adams – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987)

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