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Douglas Adams Quotes and Sayings

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I refuse to answer that question
on the grounds that I don't know the answer
- Douglas Adams

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I love deadlines.
I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
- 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

He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher...
or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
- Douglas Adams

 

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

In order to fly, all one must do is simply miss the ground.
- Douglas Adams

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

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Life is wasted on the living.
- Douglas Adams

Time is an illusion.
Lunchtime doubly so.
- Douglas Adams

I seldom end up where I wanted to go,
but almost always end up where I need to be.
- Douglas Adams

I don't believe it.
Prove it to me and I still won't believe it.
- Douglas Adams

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

The difficulty with this conversation is that it's
very different from most of the ones I've had of late.
Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees.
- Douglas Adams

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

I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
- Douglas Adams

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
- Douglas Adams

I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet,
so who am I to judge?
- Douglas Adams

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

The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
- Douglas Adams

The Guide is definitive.
Reality is frequently inaccurate.
- Douglas Adams

To give real service you must add something which cannot
be bought or measured with money,
and that is sincerity and integrity.
- Douglas Adams

In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
- Douglas Adams

We have normality.
I repeat, we have normality.
Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem.
- Douglas Adams

You live and learn.
At any rate, you live.
- Douglas Adams

If somebody thinks they're a hedgehog,
presumably you just give 'em a mirror and a few pictures
of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves.
- Douglas Adams

This must be Thursday.
I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
- Douglas Adams

The impossible often has a kind of integrity which
the merely improbable lacks.
- Douglas Adams

Time is bunk.
- Douglas Adams

For a moment, nothing happened.
Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
- Douglas Adams

The mere thought hadn't even begun to speculate about
the merest possibility of crossing my mind.
- Douglas Adams

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
- Douglas Adams

I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
- Douglas Adams

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

It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto
non-existent blindingly obvious.
The cry 'I could have thought of that' is a very popular and misleading one,
for the fact is that they didn't, and a very significant
and revealing fact it is too.
- Douglas Adams

It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are,
ipso facto, those least suited to do it...
anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President
should on no account be allowed to do the job.
- Douglas Adams

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 Adams

Space is big.
You just won't believe how vastly, hugely,
mind-bogglingly big it is.
I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store,
but that's just peanuts to space.
- Douglas Adams

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 and repair.
- Douglas Adams

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- Helen Keller

The things of this world exist;
they are; you can't refuse them.
- Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching - Book One #2 - version by Ursula K. Le Guin

It's a funny thing about life;
if you refuse to accept anything but the best,
you very often get it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

If you refuse to accept anything but the best,
you very often get it.
- Somerset Maugham

We have always found the Irish a bit odd.
They refuse to be English.
- Winston Churchill

I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery.
I insist on believing that some men are my equals.
- Brigid Brophy

They claim this mother of ours, the Earth,
for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her,
and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.
- Sitting Bull

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse
to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
- Mark Caine

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat.
There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra
three years in the geriatric ward.
- John Mortimer

I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.
- Groucho Marx

It is kindness to immediately refuse what you intend to deny.
- Publilius Syrus

The current system punishes communities which make
the investment in creating landfills,
only to have them filled by states which refuse to
adequately address their waste issues.
- Paul Gillmor

I refuse to this day to do e-mail because everybody I know that does it,
it takes another two or three hours a day.
I don't want to give two or three more hours away.
- Jeff Foxworthy

I refuse to be crude and selfish in any way.
- DeForest Kelley

It is amazing how the public steadfastly refuse to
attend the third day of a match when so often the last
day produces the best and most exciting cricket.
- Frank Woolley

I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
- Edward Everett

Before I refuse to take your questions,
I have an opening statement.
- Ronald Reagan

This above all, to refuse to be a victim.
- Margaret Atwood

People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.
- A. C. Benson

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly.
Tuna Fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

The United States and our allies are determined:
we refuse to live in the shadow of this ultimate danger.
- George W. Bush

I refuse to be held responsible for bringing back a
wave of pasty-faced people into the world.
- Brian Molko

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just
the same to have been asked.
- Ovid

Independent media can go to where the silence is and break the sound barrier,
doing what the corporate networks refuse to do.
- Amy Goodman

I refuse to let what happened to me make me bitter.
- Nicole Kidman

Only idiots refuse to change their minds.
- Brigitte Bardot

There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer
to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience.
- Hartley William Shawcross

A student will send me an urgent appeal to hear her,
saying she is poor and wants my advice as to whether
it is worth while to continue her studies.
I invariably refuse such requests.
- Alma Gluck

I refuse to go into a fast-food outlet -
to use the toilet even -
in case anyone got the wrong idea and thought I was
sneaking in a quick burger.
- Jonny Wilkinson

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman
should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
- Jane Austen

I refuse to admit that I am more than fifty-two,
even if that does make my sons illegitimate.
- Nancy Astor


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