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Top 20+ Best Hitchhiker’S Guide To The Galaxy Quotes Of All Time

Best Hitchhiker'S Guide To The Galaxy Quotes

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has enthralled earthlings since 1979. This first publication in Douglas Adams’s beloved sci-fi franchise has been a series of broadcasts on BBC Radio, and listening to the audiobook allows you to enjoy the original charm of its talked functionality before publishing. Here is our selection of the best Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’S Guide To The Galaxy Quotes in life, the universe, and everything.

Best Hitchhiker’S Guide To The Galaxy Quotes

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”

“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”

“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

“If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.”

“You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.”

“Why, what did she tell you?”

“I don’t know, I didn’t listen.”

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”

“This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”

“So this is it,” said Arthur, “We are going to die.”

“Yes,” said Ford, “except… no! Wait a minute!” He suddenly lunged across the chamber at something behind Arthur’s line of vision. “What’s this switch?” he cried.

“What? Where?” cried Arthur, twisting round.

“No, I was only fooling,” said Ford, “we are going to die after all.”

“‘You know,’ said Arthur, ‘it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.’ ‘Why, what did she tell you?’ ‘I don’t know, I didn’t listen.’”

“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”

“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”

“One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious.”

“I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed.”

“Here, for whatever reason, is the world. And here it stays. With me on it.”

“Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.”

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”

“‘Did I do anything wrong today,’ he said, ‘or has the world always been like this and I’ve been too wrapped up in myself to notice?’”

“What is it? The girls? The leather? The machismo? Or do you just find that coming to terms with the mindless tedium of it all presents an interesting challenge?”

“My capacity for happiness…you could fit into a matchbox without taking out the matches first.”

“There’s an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they’ve worked out.”

“Reality is frequently inaccurate.”

“The answer to the great question…of Life, the Universe and Everything…is…forty-two.”

“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.’”

“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

“All through my life I’ve had this strange unaccountable feeling that something was going on in the world, something big, even sinister, and no one would tell me what it was.”

“Perhaps I’m old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied.”

“So once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means.”

“Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity—distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless.”

“Well, I mean, yes idealism, yes the dignity of pure research, yes the pursuit of truth in all its forms, but there comes a point I’m afraid where you begin to suspect that the entire multidimensional infinity of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs.”

“I don’t know what I’m looking for… I think it might be because if I knew I wouldn’t be able to look for them.”

“Ford… you’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.”

“The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ but in fact the message was this: ‘So long and thanks for all the fish.’”

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