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

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

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Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

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Cyberspace is - or can be - a good, friendly and egalitarian place to meet. alt.fan.douglas-adams 1 Dec 1993

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Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart. The Salmon of Doubt p. 205

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

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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.

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Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.

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I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously. Salmon of Doubt 2002

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

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