דאגלס אדאמס, ציטוטים נבחרים

לרגל יום המגבת הבינלאומי שיחול מחר, החליטה מערכת שידורי ניסיון לתת לדברים לדבר בעד עצמם (ותודה ל-JaneLame שהזכירה לנו את התאריך החשוב).

על-פי בקשת יונית שאספה את הפנינים הנ"ל מספרי "המדריך" ("זה רק חלק"), לא הוספתי תרגומים לעברית ("Ask a glass of water"). 

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(זה לז'ורנליסטים שבינינו…)

"And  when the trial continued," he said in a weeping whisper, "they asked Prak a most unfortunate thing. They asked him," he paused  and  shivered,  "to tell  the  Truth,  the  Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth. Only, don't you see?"
He suddenly hoisted himself up on to his elbows again and shouted at them.
"They'd given him much too much of the drug!"
He collapsed again, moaning quietly. "Much too much too much too much  too…"
The group gathered round his bedside glanced at each other. there were goose pimples on backs.
"What happened?" said Zaphod at last.
"Oh, he told it all right," said the man savagely, "for all I know he's still telling it now.  Strange, terrible things … terrible, terrible!" he screamed.
They tried to calm him, but he struggled to his elbows again.
"Terrible things, incomprehensible things," he shouted, "things that would drive a man mad!"
He stared wildly at them.
"Or in my case," he said, "half-mad. I'm a journalist."
"You mean," said Arthur quietly, "that you are used to confronting the truth?"
"No," said the man with a puzzled frown. "I mean that I made an excuse and left early."
 
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"The mere thought hadn't even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing my mind".
 
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"Seems a strange way to relate to somebody you've got nothing against, killing them all the time. Very curious piece of social interaction…"
 
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"…that young girl….is one of the least benightedly unintelligent organic life forms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid meeting".
 
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He had had his immortality inadvertently thrust upon him by an unfortunate accident with an irrational particle accelerator, a liquid lunch and a pair of rubber bands. The precise details of the accident are not important because no one has ever managed to duplicate the exact circumstances under which it happened, and many people have ended up looking very silly, or dead, or both, trying.
 
**

 

Hurling Frootmig, it is said, founded up the Guide, established its fundamental principals of honesty and idealism, and went bust.
There followed many years of penury and heart searching during which he consulted friends, sat in darkened rooms in illegal states of mind, thought about this and that, fooled about with weights, and then, after a chance encounter with the holy lunching friars of Voondoon (who claimed that just as lunch was at the centre of a man's temporal day, and man's temporal day could be seen as an analogy for his spiritual life, so lunch should (A) be seen as the centre of a man's spiritual life, and (B) be held in jolly good restaurants), he refounded the Guide, laid down its fundamental principals of honesty and idealism and where you can stuff them both, and led the Guide to its first major commercial success. He also started to develop and explore the role of the editorial lunch break, which was subsequentually to play such a crucial part in the Guide's history, since it meant that most of the actual work got done by any passing stranger who happened to wander into the empty offices of an afternoon and saw something worth doing

וחידון למעריצים: מי אמר למי, ובקשר למה נאמר?

נתראה ב-35 במאי. 

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  • אדר   ביום 25 במאי 2006 בשעה 15:06

    שכחתי להביא מגבת היום באמת. מגבונים לחים נחשב?

  • סחבק   ביום 25 במאי 2006 בשעה 16:06

    הדג ש"מתרגם" מכל שפה? שבעצם מהווה את ההוכחה לאי קיומו של אלוהים?

    Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind boggingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the nonexistence of God.

    The argument goes something like this: 'I refuse to prove that I exist,' says God, 'for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.'
    'But,' says Man, 'the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.'
    'Oh dear,' says God, 'I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

  • שוקי   ביום 25 במאי 2006 בשעה 17:04

    לא נחשב. אבל אפשר לחגוג גם על-ידי הנחה הפגנתית של מגבת בסלון במהלך הערב. לא מפשפשים במנהגי החג של עדות שונות.

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