5/11/2010

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and the books that come after)

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


"The past is now truly like a foreign country. They do things exactly the same there."


"I couldn't trust the thinking of a man who takes de Universe -if there is one- for granted."


"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made Presdient should on no account be allowed to do the job."


"In an infinite Universe anything can happen. Even survival. Strange but true."


"The whole fabric of the space-time continuum is not merely curved, it is in fact totally bent."


"If life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion."


"The Universe is an unsettlingly big place, a fact which for the sake of a quiet life most ppl tend to ignore."


"In cases of major discrepancy it's always reality that's got it wrong."


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


"There is a theory which states that if every anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is there it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another which states that this has already happened."


"It is of course well known that careless talk costs lives, bu the full scale of the problem is not always appreciated."


"I don't seem to be letting myself into any of my secrets."


"Once you do know what the question actually is, you'll know what the answer means."


"We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!"


"Time is not currently one of my problems"


"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?"


"Shame is still a terminal disease in some parts of the Galaxy."


"The job of the President is not to wield power but to attract attention away from it."


"He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it."


"Just as discretion was the better part of valor, so was cowardice the better part of discretion."


"The Question and the Answer are mutually exclusive. Knowledge of one logically precludes knowledge of the other. It is impossible that both can ever be known about the same Universe."


"Once you know what it is you want to be true, instinct is a very useful device for enabling you to know that it is."


"There is a feeling which persists in England that making a sandwich interesting, attractive, or in any way pleasant to eat is something sinful that only foreigners do."


"Life speaks with a voice to you, a voice that brings you answers to the questions you continually ask of it."


"Anything that happens, happens."


"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws."


"One of the extraordinary things about life is the sort of places it's prepared to put up with living."


"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."


"Now logic is a wonderful thing but it has, as the processes of evolution discovered, certain drawbacks."


"Anything that thinks logically can be fooled by something else that thinks at least as logically as it does".


"Nobody likes a whistler, particularly not the divinity that shapes our ends".


"There is an awful lot of stuff you don't know anything about, but you are not alone in this. It's just that in your case the consequences of not knowing any of this stuff are particularly terrible, but then, hey, that's just the way the cookie gets completely stomped on and obliterated."


"The quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead."


"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 perceiv is specific to you."


"The Universe was what the Universe was, take it or leave it."


"The trouble with trying to make the right accident happen is that it won't. That is not what 'accident' means."


"Thin air (...) is in fact extremely thick with multidimensional complexities."


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


"'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.'"


"It can be very dangerous to see things from somebody else's point of view without the proper training."


"You live and learn. At any rate, you live. You also panic."


"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."


"You understand that just because you see something, it doesn't mean to say it's there. And if you don't see something, it doesn't mean to say it's not there. It's only what your sense bring to your attention."


"Well, there's probably a lot you don't know about me (...). Come to mention it, there's probably a lot I don't know about me either."






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