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  • #1
    Frank Herbert
    “Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”
    Frank Herbert, Dune

  • #2
    Frank Herbert
    “Nature does not make mistakes. Right and wrong are human categories.”
    Frank Herbert

  • #3
    Frank Herbert
    “We can say that Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn.”
    Frank Herbert

  • #4
    Frank Herbert
    “Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.”
    Frank Herbert, Dune

  • #5
    Frank Herbert
    “The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
    Frank Herbert

  • #6
    Frank Herbert
    “Highly organized research is guaranteed to produce nothing new.”
    Frank Herbert, Dune

  • #7
    Frank Herbert
    “Show me a completely smooth operation and I'll show you someone who's covering mistakes. Real boats rock.”
    Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

  • #8
    Frank Herbert
    “One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.”
    Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

  • #9
    Frank Herbert
    “Mankind has only one science… its the science of discontent.”
    Frank Herbert, Dune

  • #10
    Frank Herbert
    “Humans are almost always lonely.”
    Frank Herbert, Dune

  • #11
    Douglas Adams
    “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

  • #12
    Douglas Adams
    “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, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • #13
    Douglas Adams
    “A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

  • #14
    Douglas Adams
    “It is known that there are 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 whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • #15
    Douglas Adams
    “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.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

  • #16
    Douglas Adams
    “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

  • #17
    Douglas Adams
    “What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can't move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you much longer.”
    Douglas Adams, The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts

  • #18
    Douglas Adams
    “We can't win against obsession. They care, we don't. They win.”
    Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

  • #19
    Douglas Adams
    “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

  • #20
    Douglas Adams
    “To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • #21
    Douglas Adams
    “Life... is like a grapefruit. Well, it's sort of orangey-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It's got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have half a one for breakfast.”
    Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

  • #22
    Douglas Adams
    “He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.”
    Douglas Adams

  • #23
    Douglas Adams
    “Perhaps I'm old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • #24
    Douglas Adams
    “Simple. I got very bored and depressed, so I went and plugged myself in to its external computer feed. I talked to the computer at great length and explained my view of the Universe to it," said Marvin.
    "And what happened?" pressed Ford.
    "It committed suicide," said Marvin and stalked off back to the Heart of Gold.”
    Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • #25
    Douglas Adams
    “Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.

    Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer.”
    Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

  • #26
    Douglas Adams
    “Ballycumber (ba-li-KUM-ber) n.
    One of the six half-read books lying somewhere in your bed.”
    Douglas Adams, The Deeper Meaning of Liff

  • #27
    Douglas Adams
    “In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn't cope with, and that terrible listlessness which starts to set in at about 2:55, when you know that you've had all the baths you can usefully have that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the papers you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o'clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul.”
    Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

  • #28
    Douglas Adams
    “Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the answer. I, however, do not like to eliminate the impossible.”
    Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

  • #29
    Douglas Adams
    “The more Susan waited, the more the doorbell didn't ring. Or the phone.”
    Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

  • #30
    Douglas Adams
    “Insofar as she recognized at all that she was dreaming, she realized that she must be exploring her subconscious mind. She had heard it said that humans are supposed only to use about a tenth of their brains, and that no one was really clear what the other nine tenths were for, but she had certainly never heard it suggested that they were used for storing penguins.”
    Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul



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