Douglas Noel Adams

1952 - 2001

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

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on language

It's no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase "As pretty as an airport" appear.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on belief, facts, heart, meaning, problems, and simplicity

If on the other hand he went to pay his respects to The Door and it wasn't there . . . what then? The answer, of course, was very simple. He had a whole board of circuits for dealing with exactly this problem, in fact this was the very heart of his function. He would continue to believe in it whatever the facts turned out to be, what else was the meaning of Belief? The Door would still be there, even if the Door was not.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: spoken by Dirk Gently, Dirk Gently: Holistic Detective Agency

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams

He shifted his weight from foot to foot, but it was equally uncomfortable on each.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

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

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams

The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

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 body, computers, mind, television, and universe

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 Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Mostly Harmless

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on discovery, television, thought, and world

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 Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on design, mistakes, people, and trying

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

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Mostly Harmless, 1992

Contributed by: Zaady

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