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Douglas Adams

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Born

Douglas Noel Adams11 March 1952 Cambridge, England

Died

11 May 2001 Montecito, California, US

Occupation

Writer

Alma mater

St John's College, Cambridge

Genre

Science fiction, comedy, satire

Notable work

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Signature

Website

douglasadams .com

Douglas Noel Adams was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist.

Adams was author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams's contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy's Hall of Fame.

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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. - Douglas Adams

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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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. - Douglas Adams

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.

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

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

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The Macintosh may only have 10% of the market, but it is clearly the top 10%. - Douglas Adams

The Macintosh may only have 10% of the market, but it is clearly the top 10%.

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The only thing I know of whose shortened form — www — takes three times longer to say than what it's short for. - Douglas Adams

The only thing I know of whose shortened form — www — takes three times longer to say than what it's short for.

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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. - Douglas Adams

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

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

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

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dreams
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. - Douglas Adams

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.

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

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

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

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

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learning
Life is wasted on the living. - Douglas Adams

Life is wasted on the living.

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life
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. - Douglas Adams

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

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Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. - Douglas Adams

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

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Time is bunk. - Douglas Adams

Time is bunk.

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