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.
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
I think that growing up in a crowded continent like Europe with an awful lot of competing claims, ideas... cultures... and systems of thought, we have, perforce, developed a more sophisticated notion of what the word 'freedom' means than I see much evidence of in America.
I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
I remember very little about writing the first series of 'Hitchhiker's.' It's almost as if someone else wrote it.
People wanted me to do a CD-ROM of 'Hitchhiker's,' and I thought, 'No, no.' I didn't want to just sort of reverse-engineer yet another thing from a book I'd already written. I think that the digital media are interesting enough in their own right to be worth originating something in.
For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise, you will only see what you were expecting. Most scientists forget that.
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.
There's nothing worse than sitting down to write a novel and saying, 'Well, okay, I'm going to do something of high artistic worth.'
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
I have rooms full of little dongly things and don't want any more. Half the little dongly things I've got, I don't even know what gizmo they're for. More importantly, half the gizmos I've got, I don't know where their little dongly thing is.
The difficulty with this conversation is that it's very different from most of the ones I've had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees.
There is a piece of me that likes to fondly imagine my maverick and rebellious nature. But, more accurately, I like to have a nice and cosy institution that I can rub up against a little bit.
I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge?
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.