Douglas Adams’ Greatest Quotes – A Birthday Tribute

by |March 11, 2014

The late great Douglas Adams was born on this day 62 years ago.

An extraordinary writer, thinker and all round comic genius, Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy still remains one of the most brilliant works of satire in the English language.

As a birthday tribute, we’ve compiled some of his greatest quotes to make you smile.

It’s what Douglas would have wanted.


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

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

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

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

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

“A learning experience is one of those things that says, ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.

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

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

“He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.”

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