The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.

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Besides, she told herself, taking a deep breath, if life had taught her anything it was this: Never go back for your bag.

He always entered via the ventilation system rather than the main lobby because the main lobby was patrolled by robots whose job it was to quiz incoming employees about their expense accounts.

Now logic is a wonderful thing but it has, as the processes of evolution discovered, certain drawbacks. Anything that thinks logically can be fooled by something else which thinks at least as logically as it does.

People knew how to have a good time, and if they didn’t there were courses they could sign up for which would put that right.

“Don’t tell me about the future,” said Ford. “I’ve been all over the future. Spend half my time there. It’s the same as anywhere else. Anywhen else. Whatever. Just the same old stuff in faster cars and smellier air.”