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Born: 1952-03-11
Profession: Writer
Nation: English
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In order to fly, all one must do is simply miss the ground.

Tags: Miss, Order, Simply

You live and learn. At any rate, you live.

Tags: Learn, Rate

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.

Tags: Few, Give, Tell

The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks.

Tags: Impossible, Integrity, Often

The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.

Tags: Definitive, Guide, Reality

Time is bunk.

Tags: Bunk, Time

I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.

Tags: Dead, Tax, Year

The mere thought hadn't even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing my mind.

Tags: Begun, Mind, Thought

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.

Tags: Here, Involved, Realized

It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry 'I could have thought of that' is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn't, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too.

Tags: Fact, Mind, Thought

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.

Tags: Difficulty, Late, Trees

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.

Tags: Almost, End, Wanted

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

Tags: Funny, Love, Sound

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

Tags: Design, Mistake, Trying

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

Tags: Learning, Miss, Yourself

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

Tags: Integrity, Money, Real

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.

Tags: Fact, Getting, Job

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.

Tags: Another, Here, Why

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?

Tags: Beautiful, Enough, Garden

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.

Tags: Experience, Human, Others

He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.

Tags: Dreams, Idiot, Wife

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Tags: Angry, Bad, Universe

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.

Tags: Bird, Family, Small
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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

Tags: Ended, Gone, May

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Tags: Hang, Thursday

For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.

Tags: After, Happen, Moment

We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem.

Tags: Cope, Problem, Repeat

The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

Tags: Learning, Miss, Yourself

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

Tags: Mistake, Problems, Solve

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store, but that's just peanuts to space.

Tags: Big, May, Mean

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

Tags: Getting, Job, Themselves

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair.

Tags: Cannot, Impossible, Wrong

I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge?

Tags: Judge, Nice, Rain

Life is wasted on the living.

Tags: Life, Living, Wasted

I don't believe it. Prove it to me and I still won't believe it.

Tags: Prove, Won

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

Tags: Illusion, Lunchtime, Time
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