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|Quotations by Douglas Adams
|In the beginning the Universe was created - In the beginning the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
The ability to learn from the experience of others - 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.
The invention of the scientific method and science - The invention of the scientific method and science is, I'm sure we'll all agree, the most powerful intellectual idea, the most powerful framework for thinking and investigating and understanding and challenging the world around us that there is, and that it rests on the premise that any idea is there to be attacked and if it withstands the attack then it lives to fight another day and if it doesn't withstand the attack then down it goes. Religion doesn't seem to work like that; it has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. That's an idea we're so familiar with, whether we subscribe to it or not, that it's kind of odd to think what it actually means, because really what it means is 'Here is an idea or a notion that you're not allowed to say anything bad about; you're just not. Why not? - because you're not!
He was a dreamer, a thinker. . . - He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
A learning experience is one. . . - A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.'
The speed of bad news - Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
We live at the bottom of a deep gravity well - 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.
How big is space? - Space. . .is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.
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