Quotes by 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
Arthur hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realised there was a contradiction there and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
– Douglas Adams
For a moment, nothing happened.Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
– Douglas Adams
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
– Douglas Adams
He inched his way up the corridor as if he would rather be yarding his way down it.
– Douglas Adams
He shifted his weight from foot to foot, but it was equally uncomfortable on each.
– Douglas Adams
His study was a total mess, like the results of an explosion in a public library.
– 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
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
– Douglas Adams
I don't believe it. Prove it to me and I still won't believe it.
– Douglas Adams
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
– Douglas Adams
I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge?
– Douglas Adams
I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
– Douglas Adams
If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months' consideration and observation he abandonded this theory in favor of a new one. If they don't keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.
– 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
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
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
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
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
– 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