Smakebit på søndag: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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For reasons I will get into in another post I’ve taken a break from other reading to reread everything Douglas Adams ever published, or thereabouts. I’ve just finished The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and will pick today’s taster from it. This is a quote which has been rehashed and requoted and paraphrased so many times it seems almost like a cliche now, but it is nevertheless very true, and I guess the number of times it has been rehashed and requoted and paraphrased is a testimony to how well said it really is:

The major problem – one of the major problems, for there are several – one of the major problems of governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather who manages to get people to let them do it to them.

To summarize: it is a well-known fact, that those who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.

More tasters can be found at Flukten fra virkeligheten.

6 kommentarer til “Smakebit på søndag: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  1. Jeg koser meg glugg ihjel, astridterese 🙂 Og, ja, Eva, det er mye sitatverdig i bøkene til Adams. Jeg har fortsatt en tendens til å snike inn kortere sitater derfra i dagligtalen når jeg snakker engelsk, selv om det er mange år siden sist jeg leste bøkene. Det blir vel enda verre nå, skulle jeg tro…

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