Douglas Adams — Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Sur l’intelligence des chevaux, p. 5 :
Although it was certainly a handsome and well-built example of its species, it was none the less a perfectly ordinary horse, such as convergent evolution has produced in many of the places that life is to be found. They have always understood a great deal more than they let on. It is difficult to be sat on all day, every day, by some other creature, without forming an opinion about them. On the other hand, it is perfectly possible to sit all day, every day, on top of another creature and not have the slightest thought about them whatsoever.
Sur le métier d’enseignant, p. 25 :
“I’m sure. But look at it this way. What really is the point of trying to teach anything to anybody?” This question seemed to provoke a murmur of sympathetic approval from up and down the table. Richard continued, “What I mean is that if you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else. That forces you to sort it out in your own mind. And the more slow and dim-witted your pupil, the more you have to break things down into more and more simple ideas. And that’s really the essence of programming. By the time you’ve sorted out a complicated idea into little steps that even a stupid machine can deal with, you’ve certainly learned something about it yourself. The teacher usually learns more than the pupil. Isn’t that true?”
Un délice d’absurdité, p. 43 :
The horse, it must be said, was quite surprised.
Sur l’interconnexion fondamentale de toute chose, p. 144 :
He knocked on the inner door, but was not answered. Instead the voice continued, “I’m very glad you asked me that, Mrs Rawlinson. The term ’holistic’ refers to my conviction that what we are concerned with here is the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. I do not concern myself with such petty things as fingerprint powder, telltale pieces of pocket fluff and inane footprints. I see the solution to each problem as being detectable in the pattern and web of the whole. The connections between causes and effects are often much more subtle and complex than we with our rough and ready understanding of the physical world might naturally suppose, Mrs Rawlinson.
Un délice d’absurdité (bis), p. 191 :
He bent down to the dog and pulled a long string of brightly coloured flags from its bottom. “I think he will move more comfortably now,” he said, tipped his hat courteously to her and moved on.
Voilà qui va sans dire, p. 261 :
Deep in the rain forest it was doing what it usually does in rain forests, which was raining: hence the name.