Mostly Harmless Quotes
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
The universe is a lot more complicated than you might think even if you start from a position of thinking that its pretty damn complicated to begin with.
We live in strange times.
We also live in strange places: each in a universe of our own. The people with whom we populate our universes are the shadows of whole other universes intersecting with our own. Being able to glance out into this bewildering complexity of infinite recursion and say things like, "Oh, hi, Ed! Nice tan. How’s Carol?" involves a great deal of filtering skill for which all conscious entities have eventually to develop a capacity in order to protect themselves from the contemplation of the chaos through which they seethe and tumble. So give your kid a break, okay?
(...extract from "Practical Parenting in a Fractally Demented Universe")
A tremendous feeling of peace came over him. He knew that at last, for once and forever, it was now all, finally, over.
Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 - 11 May 2001) was a British author and satirist, most famous for his The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of radio plays and books.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Salmon of Doubt
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Life, the Universe and Everything
George Bernard Shaw
The Art of War
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Pale Blue Dot
How to Win Friends and Influence People
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