Douglas Noel Adams

1952 - 2001

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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.

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams

Oh freddled gruntbuggly Thy micturations are to me As plurdled gabbleblotchits On a lurgid bee. Groop I implore thee My foonting turlingdromes And hooptiously drangle me With crinkly bindlewurdles. Or I will rend thee In the gobberwarts With my blurglecruncheon See if I don't!

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on belief and garden

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe there are fairies at the bottom of it too?

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on concern, life, people, problems, solution, time, and unhappiness

This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it was not the small pieces of paper that were unhappy.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on people

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Plenty of people did not care for him much, but then there is a huge difference between disliking somebody - maybe even disliking them a lot - and actually shooting them, strangling them, dragging them through the fields and setting their house on fire.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on ability, experience, and learning

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 Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Last Chance to See

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on learning

You live and learn. At any rate, you live.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Mostly Harmless, 1992

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on observation, theory, and thought

If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months' consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favor of a new one. If they don't keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.

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 extremism, health, personality, personality, society, speech, thought, words, and writing

Many words and expressions which only a matter of decades ago were considered so distastefully explicit that, were they merely to be breathed in public, the perpetrator would be shunned, barred from polite society, and in extreme cases shot through the lungs, are now thought to be very healthy and proper, and their use in everyday speech and writing is evidence of a well-adjusted, relaxed and totally un****ed-up personality.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Life, the Universe and Everything, 1982

Contributed by: Zaady

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