My Top Ten Quotes From Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams was a brilliant author, and one of my personal favorites.  It was very difficult to pick just 10 quotes.

10:  “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

9:  “A learning experience is one of those things that says, ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.”

8:  “The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.  To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.  To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

7:  “Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”

6:  “If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.”

5:  “What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can’t move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn’t been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won’t be troubling you much longer.”

4:  “Don’t you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn’t developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don’t expect to see.”

3:  “All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it’s pretty damn complicated in the first place.”

2:  “The story so far:  In the beginning the Universe was created.  This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

1:  “Life is wasted on the living.”

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