The single raindrop never feels responsible for the flood.— Douglas Adams
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To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
I seldom end up where I intended to go, but I think i have ended up where I intended to be.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
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.
You live and learn. At any rate, you live.
Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now.
If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.
One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious.
It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, " This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in; fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well! It must have been made to have me in it!
Nobody got murdered before lunch. But nobody. People weren't up to it. You needed a good lunch to get both the blood-sugar and blood-lust levels up.
Driving a Porsche in London is like bringing a Ming vase to a football game.
How many roads must a man walk down?
You ARE Zaphod Beeblebrox?' 'Yeah,' said Zaphod, 'but don't shout it out or they'll all want one.' 'THE Zaphod Beeblebrox?' 'No, just A Zaphod Beeblebrox, didn't you hear I come in six packs?' 'But sir,' it squealed, 'I just heard on the sub-ether radio report. It said you were dead...' 'Yeah, that's right, I just haven't stopped moving yet.
Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.
It was his subconscious which told him this - that infuriating part of a person's brain which never responds to interrogation, merely gives little meaningful nudges and then sits humming quietly to itself, saying nothing.
"I refuse to prove that I exist" says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith, I am nothing." "Oh," says man, "but the Babel Fish is a dead give-away, isn't it? It proves You exist, and so therefore You don't. Q.E.D." "Oh, I hadn't thought of that," says God, who promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer
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.
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.
If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a nonworking cat.
The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.
When you walk through the storm, hold your head high And don't be afraid of the dark! At the end of the storm is a golden sky And the sweet song of the lark. Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tossed & blown Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart And you'll never walk alone!
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
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?
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.
Democracy is all about not electing the wrong man-eating lizard.
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.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish. Unless of course, you play bass.
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.
Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.
Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.
Life is wasted on the living.
The argument goes something like this: "I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.
I'm up to here with cool, okay? I am so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month. I am so hip I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis.
For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
God is no longer an explanation of anything, but has instead become something that would itself need an insurmountable amount of explaining.
All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.