Douglas Noel Adams

1952 - 2001

A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on brothers, relatives, sister, time, and travel

Time, we know, is relative. You can travel light years through the stars and back, and if you do it at the speed of light then, when you return, you may have aged mere seconds while your twin brother or sister will have aged twenty, thirty, forty or however many years it is, depending on how far you traveled. This will come to you as a profound shock, particularly if you didn't know you had a twin brother or sister.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Mostly Harmless, 1992

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on theory and universe

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, 1980

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on illusions and time

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 1980

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on behavior, justice, observation, restaurants, time, and understanding

Bistromathics itself is simply a revolutionary new way of understanding the behavior of numbers. Just as Einstein observed that space was not an absolute but depended on the observer's movement in space, and that time was not an absolute, but depended on the observer's movement in time, so it is now realized that numbers are not absolute, but depend on the observer's movement in restaurants.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Life, the Universe and Everything. New York: Harmony Books, 1982.

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on failure, generations, good, heart, laws, mathematics, restaurants, science, universe, and world

Numbers written on restaurant bills within the confines of restaurants do not follow the same mathematical laws as numbers written on any other pieces of paper in any other parts of the Universe. This single statement took the scientific world by storm. It completely revolutionized it. So many mathematical conferences got held in such good restaurants that many of the finest minds of a generation died of obesity and heart failure and the science of math was put back by years.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Life, the Universe and Everything. New York: Harmony Books, 1982.

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on earth, mind, time, and water

We all like to congregate at boundary conditions. Where land meets water. Where earth meets air. Where bodies meet mind. Where space meets time. We like to be on one side, and look at the other.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Mostly Harmless

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on engineering, existence, impossibility, lies, mathematics, money, people, play, preparation, problems, relationships, restaurants, statistics, time, and words

The first nonabsolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up, or to the number of people who subsequently join them after the show/match/party/gig, or to the number of people who leave when they see who else has turned up. The second nonabsolute number is the given time of arrival, which is now known to be one of the most bizarre of mathematical concepts, a recipriversexcluson, a number whose existence can only be defined as being anything other than itself. In other words, the given time of arrival is the one moment of time at which it is impossible that any member of the party will arrive. Recipriversexclusons now play a vital part in many branches of math, including statistics and accountancy and also form the basic equations used to engineer the Somebody Else's Problem field. The third and most mysterious piece of nonabsoluteness of all lies in the relationship between the number of items on the bill, the cost of each item, the number of people at the table and what they are each prepared to pay for. (The number of people who have actually brought any money is only a subphenomenon of this field.)

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Life, the Universe and Everything. New York: Harmony Books, 1982.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on experience, perception, and universe

Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Mostly Harmless

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on consequences, decisions, life, needs, people, prayer, and trouble

"Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from knowing there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about them. Amen" That's it. It's what you pray silently inside yourself anyway, so you might as well have it out in the open. "Lord, Lord, Lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. Amen." And that's it. Most of the trouble people get into in life comes from leaving out that last part.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Mostly Harmless

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on jobs and presidency

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

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

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