Deep Thought Quotes

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Douglas Adams
“O Deep Thought computer," he said, "the task we have designed you to perform is this. We want you to tell us...." he paused, "The Answer."
"The Answer?" said Deep Thought. "The Answer to what?"
"Life!" urged Fook.
"The Universe!" said Lunkwill.
"Everything!" they said in chorus.
Deep Thought paused for a moment's reflection.
"Tricky," he said finally.
"But can you do it?"
Again, a significant pause.
"Yes," said Deep Thought, "I can do it."
"There is an answer?" said Fook with breathless excitement.
"Yes," said Deep Thought. "Life, the Universe, and Everything. There is an answer. But, I'll have to think about it."
...
Fook glanced impatiently at his watch.
“How long?” he said.
“Seven and a half million years,” said Deep Thought.
Lunkwill and Fook blinked at each other.
“Seven and a half million years...!” they cried in chorus.
“Yes,” declaimed Deep Thought, “I said I’d have to think about it, didn’t I?"

[Seven and a half million years later.... Fook and Lunkwill are long gone, but their descendents continue what they started]

"We are the ones who will hear," said Phouchg, "the answer to the great question of Life....!"
"The Universe...!" said Loonquawl.
"And Everything...!"
"Shhh," said Loonquawl with a slight gesture. "I think Deep Thought is preparing to speak!"
There was a moment's expectant pause while panels slowly came to life on the front of the console. Lights flashed on and off experimentally and settled down into a businesslike pattern. A soft low hum came from the communication channel.

"Good Morning," said Deep Thought at last.
"Er..good morning, O Deep Thought" said Loonquawl nervously, "do you have...er, that is..."
"An Answer for you?" interrupted Deep Thought majestically. "Yes, I have."
The two men shivered with expectancy. Their waiting had not been in vain.
"There really is one?" breathed Phouchg.
"There really is one," confirmed Deep Thought.
"To Everything? To the great Question of Life, the Universe and everything?"
"Yes."
Both of the men had been trained for this moment, their lives had been a preparation for it, they had been selected at birth as those who would witness the answer, but even so they found themselves gasping and squirming like excited children.
"And you're ready to give it to us?" urged Loonsuawl.
"I am."
"Now?"
"Now," said Deep Thought.
They both licked their dry lips.
"Though I don't think," added Deep Thought. "that you're going to like it."
"Doesn't matter!" said Phouchg. "We must know it! Now!"
"Now?" inquired Deep Thought.
"Yes! Now..."
"All right," said the computer, and settled into silence again. The two men fidgeted. The tension was unbearable.
"You're really not going to like it," observed Deep Thought.
"Tell us!"
"All right," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question..."
"Yes..!"
"Of Life, the Universe and Everything..." said Deep Thought.
"Yes...!"
"Is..." said Deep Thought, and paused.
"Yes...!"
"Is..."
"Yes...!!!...?"
"Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Chuck Palahniuk
“One minute was enough, Tyler said, "A person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Paulo Coelho
“Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“I am a man raking through ashes, a man struggling to find the embers of life in the bottom of a fireplace.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars

Michael Finkel
“Silence, it appears, is not the opposite of sound. It is another world altogether, literally offering a deeper level of thought, a journey to the bedrock of the self.”
Michael Finkel, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Alone within the vast tribunal that is the stormy sky, the pilot is in contention for his mailbags with three elemental divinities: mountain, sea and storm.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars

Akwaeke Emezi
“I'm not what anyone thinks I am. I never was. I didn't have the mouth to put it into words, to say what was wrong, to change the things I felt I needed to change. And every day it was difficult, walking around and knowing that people saw me one way, knowing that they were wrong, so completely wrong, that the real me was invisible to them. It didn't even exist to them. So: If nobody sees you, are you still there?”
Akwaeke Emezi, The Death of Vivek Oji

“Deep within my soul lies a great light.”
Lailah GiftyAkita

Dean Koontz
“Every expression of desired friendship has potential bite. Every smile reveals the teeth.”
Dean Koontz, Velocity

“Some people think that the world revolves around them but even the Sun is not the center of the Universe.”
Halle Teart

Nicholas Carr
“Their words also make it a lot easier for people to justify that shift -- to convince themselves that surfing the Web is a suitable, even superior, substitute for deep reading and other forms of calm and attentive thought. In arguing that books are archaic and dispensable, Federman and Shirky provide the intellectual cover that allows thoughtful people to slip comfortably in the permanent state of distractedness that defines the online life.”
Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Lois A. Cheney
“Hey! look at us
We're digging and digging
Into stubborn, ancient earth;
We're discovering
Where we came from,
and how we came.

"but where are you going?"

Hey! look at us
We're learning and learning
Into stubborn laws
Of nature and space
And non-nature and non-space;
We're discovering
All there is to know.

"but where are you going?"

Hey! look at us
We're planning and planning
Into stubborn years
Of education and training
And hopes and dreams;
We're discovering
How not to waste any time.

"but where are you going?"

Hey! look at us
We're shiny and bright
And clever and sophisticated
And witty and well-read;
We're discovering
How to really fill up
This old life.

"but where are you going?"

where?

"Yes; where?”
Lois A. Cheney, God is No Fool

“In the midst of your struggles, you WILL find a reason to keep going. Don’t give up!”
Robert Tew

Pushpa Rana
“Leaves doesn't wait for autumn to shed, they shed when they are ready, bad experiences doesn't wait, they leave when you are ready.”
Pushpa Rana, Just the Way I Feel

“The choices we make define the kind of people we then become. The main question here is: Do we like who we have become?”
Raisha Lalwani, The Diary on the Fifth Floor

“Getting the taste of sensuality was the worst and best thing that ever could have happened to me because now all I can think of is how much deeper I want to go. I've become so addicted to the taste, smell, sound, sight and feeling of sensuality. It is what I live for.”
Lebo Grand, Sensual Lifestyle

Tarun Lohani
“The best thing about emotions is that they are contagious.”
Tarun Lohani, Turbulence: A Short Story about Life and Death

Justin Bienvenue
“A man sat down by a tree every day for 2 weeks. It was a beautiful Wisteria tree with purple flowers. Every day, around the same time, he would come to the park and sit by this tree. On the fourteenth day, he came to the park and approached the tree and as he sat down, he closed his eyes as he always did. Only this time when he opened them, the tree withered and died before him. The man then looked around and before he knew it, he had found that he never came to the tree at all, but was in an asylum the whole time.”
Justin Bienvenue, Opium Warfare

Stephen Chbosky
“nothing like a sore stomach for right reasons”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Budni smo, a spavamo.”
Tamara Stamenkovic

“Isaac looked for a grand patter to the Universe. He spent long periods lost in thought. Then suddenly he dashed off several pages without pausing.”
John Hudson Tiner, Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist, and Teacher

“I'm trapped in my mind and I know it's crazy
Hey, it's not that bad at all”
Kid Cudi

“I don't want that boy to fall over for just a bird that forgot that her wings are broken.”
Ade Santi

Jude Watson
“And she realized, standing there, that in all her practical plans for marriage, she'd never thought about the simple pleasure of being loved.”
Jude Watson, Scandalous: Eden's Story

Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
“Does the surgeon spare the cancer because he must cut to remove it? We are cruel. Of course we are cruel.”
Katherine Kressman Taylor, Address Unknown

“We do everything the same, but different.”
Austin Van Aalst

Adiela Akoo
“Lost in a Quatrain - the state of being deep in thought, contemplative...”
Adiela Akoo, Lost in a Quatrain: Poetry Anthology

James S.A. Corey
“The fungal-culture whiskey on the low black table beside him remained at the same level in the glass as when he'd bought it. It wasn't really a drink. It was permission to sit.”
James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes

“Emotional Intelligence is a great quality that each one of us have. We need to hone it further each day!”
Avijeet Das

Philip Reeve
“I am Nom-O-Tron,' said the machine, in a big, boomy voice, so loud that Astra was afraid her mum and dad or some other grown-ups would hear and come to see who was sneaking a bedtime snack. 'Shhh!' she said. 'Have you got any biscuits?”
Philip Reeve, Cakes in Space

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