There is a theory which states that if ever anybody 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.
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.
Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Cyberspace is - or can be - a good, friendly and egalitarian place to meet.
Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.
Anything invented before your fifteenth birthday is the order of nature. That's how it should be. Anything invented between your 15th and 35th birthday is new and exciting, and you might get a career there. Anything invented after that day, however, is against nature and should be prohibited.
See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise you will only see what you were expecting. Most scientists forget that.
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.
This is an important announcement. This is flight 121 to Los Angeles. If your travel plans today do not include Los Angeles, now would be a perfect time to disembark.
You live and learn. At any rate, you live.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of.
In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
The dew has fallen with a particularly sickening thud this morning.
I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.
Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart.
There is a particular disdain with which Siamese cats regard you. Anyone who has walked in on the Queen cleaning her teeth will be familiar with the feeling.
We notice things that don't work. We don't notice things that do. We notice computers, we don't notice pennies. We notice e-book readers, we don't notice books.
The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he, by peddling second-rate technology, who led them into it in the first place.
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.
The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.
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.
Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.
In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry, and has been widely regarded as a bad idea.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty- five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
She is the least benightedly unintelligent organic lifeform it has ever been my distinct lack of pleasure not to have been able to avoid meeting.
Ford, you're turning into a penguin. Stop it.
There is an art, or, rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Anything that happens, happens. Anthing that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen. Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again. It doesn't necessarily do it in chronological order, though.
My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre, and that I am therefor excused from saving Universes.
Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable, let's prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.
He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.
The big corporations are suddenly taking notice of the web, and their reactions have been slow. Even the computer industry failed to see the importance of the Internet, but that's not saying much. Let's face it, the computer industry failed to see that the century would end.
I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Today must be a Thursday. I could never get the hang of Thursdays.
How can I tell that the past isn't a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensation and my state of mind?
It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden stop at the end.
Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
There are two things in particular that it [the computer industry] failed to foresee: one was the coming of the Internet(...); the other was the fact that the century would end.
Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear.
What to do if you find yourself stuck with no hope of rescue: Consider yourself lucky that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your present circumstances seems more likely, consider yourself lucky that it won't be troubling you much longer.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:1. Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.2. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
It is known that there is an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the product of a deranged imagination.
Having been an English literary graduate, I've been trying to avoid the idea of doing art ever since. I think the idea of art kills creativity. I think media are at their most interesting before anybody's thought of calling them art, when people still think they're just a load of junk.
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.
One of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them: It is a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves into a position of power should on no account be allowed to do the job. Another problem with governing people is people.
Bypasses are devices that allow some people to dash from point A to point B very fast while other people dash form point B to point A very fast. People living at point C, being a point directly in between, are often given to wonder what's so great about point A that so many people from point B are so keen to get there, and what's so great about point B that so many people from point A are so keen to get there. They often wish that people would just once and for all decide where the hell they wanted to be.