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Douglas Adams
1952 - 2001

Author of science fiction, including The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) and other works

The most misleading assumptions are the ones you don't even know you're making.

1990 - from Last Chance to See
Mortal terror is not the best state of mind in which to try and frame intelligent answers.

1990 - from Last Chance to See
I've always felt the worst way to alert people to... issues is to bang them around the head with it. If you bang people around their heads, they're liable to put their heads somewhere else.

Apr. 5, 2001 - from "Parrots, the Universe and Everything," a speech about the environment and his book Last Chance to See, delivered at the University of California, quoted in its Daily Nexus
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

1979 - from The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

1992 - from Mostly Harmless
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.

1990 - from Last Chance to See