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A British author and satirist, most famous for his The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of radio plays and books.
(1952 - 2001)

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
 

A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that."
[Learning]
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Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
 

Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
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Driving a Porsche in London is like bringing a Ming vase to a football game.
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Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart.
 

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
 

For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
[War]
 

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.
[Religion]
 

He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
 

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.
[Experience]
 

Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
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I don't believe it. Prove it to me and I still won't believe it.
 

I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.
[Religion]
 

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
 

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
 

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
 

I think a nerd is a person who uses the telephone to talk to other people about telephones. And a computer nerd therefore is somebody who uses a computer in order to use a computer.
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I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge?
 

I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
 


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