author: douglas adams

According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there are rules that determine the reaction of most lifeforms to emerging technologies. One: Anything that is in your world when you are born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way things work. Two: anything that’s invented in the first third of your lifespan is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Three: anything invented once you are middle-aged is against the natural order of things.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: Quintessential Phase

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

—  Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Leggi fondamentali sulla percezione del progresso

1 – Tutto quello che si trova nel mondo alla tua nascita è dato per scontato.
2 – Tutto quello che viene inventato tra la tua nascita e i tuoi trent’anni è incredibilmente eccitante e creativo e se hai fortuna puoi costruirci sopra la tua carriera.
3 – Tutto quello che viene inventato dopo i tuoi trent’anni è un’offesa all’ordine naturale delle cose, è l’inizio della fine della civiltà e solo dopo essere stato in circolazione per almeno dieci anni torna a essere abbastanza normale.

Douglas Adams
Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.
—  Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Quotes for the signs said by artists with the same zodiac sign

Aries:  “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” (Robert Frost)

Taurus:  “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”
(Allen Saunders)

Gemini:  “Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.” (Rick Riordan)

Cancer:  “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” (Robert A. Heinlein)

Leo:  “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” (Mae West)

Virgo:  “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” (John Green

Libra:  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” (Oscar Wilde)

Scorpio:  “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” (Neil Gaiman)

Sagittarius:  “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” (Mark Twain)

Capricorn:  “We read to know we’re not alone.” (William Nicholson)

Aquarius:  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”(Thomas A. Edison)

Pisces:  “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” (Douglas Adams)

My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.
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Ford Prefect (the bestestestest of all characters in any story in the world IMO) in “Life, the Universe and everything” by Douglas Adams.


I’m still waiting for the right moment to quote this at someone who really can’t expect me to save the universe for him/her.

Usually I just go with “I would love to stay and help, … only I’m not going to,” (which is another quote by Ford Prefect, same book)