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When a Thing that Cannot Possibly Go Wrong Goes Wrong

“The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot 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.”

– Douglas Adams

{As someone who uses technology daily, and lives in an old house previously owned by DIY’ers, I second this whole-heartedly.  I think this quote is from one of the Hitchhiker books; does anyone know which one?

{Douglas is, in a way, like Oscar Wilde or Terry Pratchett – British, cynical (often to the point of hopelessness), and pithy.  They’re all writers I like, and all very different from me in their outlook on life.

{Which brings up something I’ve been wondering since I started this blog: Can I like a quote if I don’t like the person who wrote it, or if I know we disagree about most of the important things in life? Should I follow my quotes with a caveat (e.g. By the way, this person lived a foolish and irresponsible life, but this one thing they said was great). Or should I just say that common grace covers it?  (Common grace is idea that, just as God sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous, he can and does send wisdom to people who hate and reject him. Therfore, Christians can learn a lot from Socrates, etc.)}