Douglas Quotes

“It’s easier to build str...

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglas
📅︎ Mar 02
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"There is no security on this...

"There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity." ( General Douglas MacArthur)
📅︎ Mar 18
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"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the abilit...

"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
📅︎ Jan 08
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"He attacked everything in life with a mix of extra...

"He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Mar 18
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“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the co...

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” – General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur
📅︎ Feb 24
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“Age wrinkles the body. Quitt...

“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” – General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur
📅︎ Feb 24
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“First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into lette...

“First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we've realized it's a brochure.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Feb 26
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"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the abili...

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for the apparent disinclination to do so." ~Douglas Adams
📅︎ Feb 10
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"In the beginning, the Universe was created. ...

"In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move" - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Jan 03
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"I may not have gone where I intend...

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." - - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Feb 03
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“Remember: the time you feel lonely is ...

“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life's cruelest irony.” - Douglas Coupland
📅︎ Jan 28
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"You can tell the ideal...

"You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements" - Norman Douglas
📅︎ Feb 08
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I refuse to answer that ques...

I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer. ~Douglas Adams
📅︎ Feb 05
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“The chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly rem...

“The chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied.” -Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at The End of the Universe
📅︎ Jan 20
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"I'd far rather be...

"I'd far rather be happy than right any day.” ―Douglas Adams
📅︎ Jan 01
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"A common mistake that people make when trying to ...

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." -Douglas Adams
📅︎ Dec 24
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"I seldom end up where I wanted...

"I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be." - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Dec 23
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It is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those leas...

It is a well known fact that those people who most 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. - Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
📅︎ Dec 14
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“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas cov...

“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.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Aug 30
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A blessed companion is a book – a...

A blessed companion is a book – a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend. – Douglas William Jerrold
📅︎ Dec 18
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"I love deadlines. I like t...

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Nov 28
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"Ah, this is obviously some strange...

"Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Dec 14
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"The object and practice of liber...

"The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of government power." —General Douglas MacArthur
📅︎ Dec 04
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“In the beginning the Universe was created. T...

“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Aug 09
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“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made P...

“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
📅︎ Jul 17
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“There are some people you like immediately, some whom you think ...

“There are some people you like immediately, some whom you think you might learn to like in the fullness of time, and some that you simply want to push away from you with a sharp stick.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Oct 12
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“If you try and take a cat apart to see h...

“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
📅︎ Oct 07
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“Even a manically depresse...

“Even a manically depressed robot is better to talk to than nobody.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Aug 21
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“You know what a learning experience is? A learning ...

“You know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.'” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Oct 03
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"One of the cruelest things you can do to...

"One of the cruelest things you can do to another person is pretend you care about them more than you really do." —Douglas Coupland
📅︎ Aug 25
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"I am rarely happier than when spending an entire day program...

"I am rarely happier than when spending an entire day programming my computer to perform automatically a task that would otherwise take me a good ten seconds to do by hand." - Douglas Adams
📅︎ May 28
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The story so far: In the beginning the Universe wa...

The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Aug 26
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“If you try and take a cat apart to see h...

“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
📅︎ Sep 12
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Time is an illusi...

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Sep 26
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Technology is a word that ...

Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet. – Douglas Adams
📅︎ Sep 24
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Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beau...

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? -- Douglas Adams
📅︎ Sep 10
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“This sentenc...

“This sentence no verb.” —Douglas R. Hofstadter
📅︎ Jun 13
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"A common mistake that people make when trying to ...

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." -- Douglas Adams
📅︎ Sep 10
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“A common mistake that people make when trying to ...

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Mar 10
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“All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lo...

“All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it's pretty damn complicated in the first place.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Aug 03
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“There are some people you like immediately, some whom you think ...

“There are some people you like immediately, some whom you think you might learn to like in the fullness of time, and some that you simply want to push away from you with a sharp stick.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Jul 31
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"Nothing travels faster than the speed of li...

"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Sep 20
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“A common mistake that people make when trying to ...

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools” - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Aug 22
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"Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and...

"Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons." - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Jan 10
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There is an art to flying, or rather a kna...

There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in knowing how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. -Douglas Adams
📅︎ Aug 24
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There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for a...

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,
📅︎ Sep 02
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"Perhaps I'm old and tired but I think that the chances of finding out what's actual...

"Perhaps I'm old and tired but I think that the chances of finding out what's actually going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is say hang a sense of it and keep yourself busy. I would much rather be happy than right any day." Douglas Adams
📅︎ Aug 27
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"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for ...

"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
📅︎ Dec 24
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"I may not have gone where I intend...

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Jan 29
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“Don't believe anything you read ...

“Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Aug 02
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" Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their pol...

" Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege. " - Tommy Douglas
📅︎ Feb 27
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"How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the ...

"How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality." — Norman Douglas
📅︎ Sep 02
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There were rumors that there wa...

There were rumors that there was a rumor but that was just bullshit. —Douglas Reynholm, The IT Crowd
📅︎ Aug 11
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"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bo...

"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." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ May 08
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“Nothing travels faster than the speed of li...

“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.“ — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Jul 23
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"A learning experience is one of those ...

"A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.'" ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ May 14
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"Here's a tip to avoid death by celebrity: First off...

"Here's a tip to avoid death by celebrity: First off, get a life. They can't touch you if you're out doing something interesting." — Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine
📅︎ Jun 20
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"He felt that his whole life was some kind of...

"He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Sep 20
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“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the abilit...

“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
📅︎ Mar 12
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"I may not have gone where I intend...

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Apr 10
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"Little by little the look of the country changes because of the ...

"Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire. You're just going to have to make up your own mind one day about what's right and wrong." -Melvyn Douglas as Homer Bannon
📅︎ May 22
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“Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a...

“Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Feb 19
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"There is no such thing as an ugly color. There ...

"There is no such thing as an ugly color. There is such a thing as an ugly color combination." - Douglas Finch, artist and interior designer in New York
📅︎ Mar 20
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"The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that ca...

"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." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Mar 07
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“I love deadlines. I love t...

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams
📅︎ Mar 07
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"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beau...

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Feb 07
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"Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. O...

"Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it's doing in the Maritimes." - Tommy Douglas
📅︎ Mar 18
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Life is good when we think...

Life is good when we think it’s good. Life is bad when we don’t think. Douglas Horton
📅︎ Feb 14
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The ships hung in the sky...

The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't. - Douglas Adams
📅︎ Mar 05
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"A common mistake that people make when trying to ...

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools" - Douglas Adams.
📅︎ Feb 16
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"You live and lear...

"You live and learn. At any rate, you live." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Dec 31
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"I'm worried for the day that computers pass the Turing Test, n...

"I'm worried for the day that computers pass the Turing Test, not because they'll be getting smarter but because we will have gotten so dumb we can't tell the difference anymore." -Douglas Rushkoff
📅︎ Feb 08
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"The last time anybody made a list of the top...

"The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79." — Douglas Adams
📅︎ Feb 20
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This is what our aim is: to make the killer nameless, to make the ...

This is what our aim is: to make the killer nameless, to make the victims famous, to make sure their sacrifice provokes changes. - rapper SoloD in his tribute track to the Stoneman Douglas School shooting
📅︎ Feb 17
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