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Mostly Harmless – Douglas Adams

  • “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.” 
  • “It can be very dangerous to see things from somebody else’s point of view without the proper training.”
  • “Let the past hold on to itself and let the present move forward into the future.” 
  • “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
  • “You live and learn. At any rate, you live.”
  • “Every single decision we make, every breath we draw, opens some doors and closes many others. Most of them we don’t notice. Some we do.” 
  • “Sometimes if you received an answer, the question might be taken away.”
  • “You cannot see what I see because you see what you see. You cannot know what I know because you know what you know. What I see and what I know cannot be added to what you see and what you know because they are not of the same kind. Neither can it replace what you see and what you know, because that would be to replace you yourself.”
  • “Let the past hold on to itself and let the present move forward into the future.”
  • “Protect me from knowing what I don’t need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don’t know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.
  • “The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It’s like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that’s now been taken away and hidden. The graphite’s not important. It’s just the means of revealing the indentations. So you see, astrology’s nothing to do with astronomy. It’s just to do with people thinking about people.” 
  • “She had what it took: great hair, a profound understanding of strategic lip gloss, the intelligence to understand the world and a tiny secret interior deadness which meant she didn’t care.” 
  • “Everybody has their moment of great opportunity in life. If you happen to miss the one you care about, then everything else in life becomes eerily easy.” 
  • “He had got himself a life. Now he had to find a purpose in it.”
  • “A beach house isn’t just real estate. It’s a state of mind.”
  • “One of the extraordinary things about life is the sort of places it’s prepared to put up with living.”
  • “He had a nasty feeling that that might be an idiotic thing to do, but he did it anyway, and sure enough it had turned out to be an idiotic thing to do. You live and learn. At any rate, you live.”
  • “We live in strange times. We also live in strange places: each in a universe of our own.” 
  • “There was only one ambition that anyone on the planet ever had, and that was to leave.”
  • “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 or repair.”