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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.
 

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.
 

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

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

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?
[Religion]
 

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

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.
 

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.
 

Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable, let's prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.
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Life is wasted on the living.
[Life]
 

Mozart tells us what it's like to be human, Beethoven tells us what it's like to be Beethoven and Bach tells us what it's like to be the universe.
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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.
 

Technology is a word that describes something that doesn't work yet.
 

The Answer to the Great Question Of...Life, the Universe and Everything...[is] Forty-two.
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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.
 

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.
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The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.
[Reality]
 

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

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


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