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" You live and learn. At any rate, you live. "
" Look at a book. A book is the right size to be a book. They're solar-powered. If you drop them, they keep on being a book. You can find your place in microseconds. Books are really good at being books, and no matter what happens, books will survive. "
" Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. "
" We think that the world is a solid, vivid place, full of shape and colour and solid objects like this table and this microphone and so on, but we actually create that in our heads out of the bits of information that hit the back of our eyeballs or hit our eardrums or hit our tongues or whatever. "
" If somebody thinks they're a hedgehog, presumably you just give 'em a mirror and a few pictures of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves. "
" I was the only kid who anybody I knew has ever seen actually walk into a lamppost with his eyes wide open. Everybody assumed that there must be something going on inside, because there sure as hell wasn't anything going on the outside! "
" The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. "
" I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons. "
" Time is bunk. "
" We no longer think of chairs as technology; we just think of them as chairs. But there was a time when we hadn't worked out how many legs chairs should have, how tall they should be, and they would often 'crash' when we tried to use them. "
" A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. "
" Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? "
" If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. "
" What the computer in virtual reality enables us to do is to recalibrate ourselves so that we can start seeing those pieces of information that are invisible to us but have become important for us to understand. "
" If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a nonworking cat. "
" When you write your first book aged 25 or so, you have 25 years of experience, albeit much of it juvenile experience. The second book comes after an extra year sitting in bookshops. Pretty soon, you begin to run on empty. "
" I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously. "
" 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. "
" I remember very little about writing the first series of 'Hitchhiker's.' It's almost as if someone else wrote it. "
" Computers are still technology because we are still wrestling with it: it's still being invented; we're still trying to work out how it works. There's a world of game interaction to come that you or I wouldn't recognise. It's time for the machines to disappear. The computer's got to disappear into all of the things we use. "
" Books are sharks... because sharks have been around for a very long time. There were sharks before there were dinosaurs, and the reason sharks are still in the ocean is that nothing is better at being a shark than a shark. "
" Years and years ago, I did a game based on 'Hitchhiker's Guide' with a company called Infocom, which was a great company. They were doing witty, intelligent, literate games based on text. "
" 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. "
" It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes. "
" In order to fly, all one must do is simply miss the ground. "
" After ten years of word processing, I can't even do hand writing anymore. "
" I don't believe it. Prove it to me and I still won't believe it. "
" Ever since Newton, we've done science by taking things apart to see how they work. What the computer enables us to do is to put things together to see how they work: we're now synthesized rather than analysed. I find one of the most enthralling aspects of computers is limitless communication. "
" 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 impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks. "
" I think that the digital media are interesting enough in their own right to be worth originating something in. "