Some quotes from the writings of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, who was born in March 1952:
"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws."
"I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day."
"You live and learn. At any rate, you live."
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
"Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so."
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."
"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."
"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."
"It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase ‘As pretty as an Airport' appear."
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
"Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner."
"Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
"So long, and thanks for all the fish."