Quotes from ‘Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams

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Some of my favorite quotes:

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.


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

So you’re imagining something and then suddenly, that is not what you’re supposed to be imagining. Delightfully clever!

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, as in It’s a nice day, or You’re very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you alright? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behavior. If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months’ consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. If they don’t keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.


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.

Is lying and secrecy absolutely bad? Here we have Adams making a case for white lies and selective disclosure and his example is so simple, it is marvelous!

I don’t want to die now! I’ve still got a headache! I don’t want to go to heaven with a headache, I’d be all cross and wouldn’t enjoy it!

There are many references to god and religion in the book, but none are flagrant. They’re just funny, innocent and light-hearted observations like this one.

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

This is a reference to the infinite monkey theorem: A monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.

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?

Such a poignant question. Really, shouldn’t we all just live life as it comes? And not bother about the rest?

Life, loathe it or ignore it, you can't like it.

Life, loathe it or ignore it, you can’t like it.

And isn’t it true? Life isn’t likeable, just the people in it are.

I checked it very thoroughly, and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.

We probably don’t know what we’re looking for, yet we keep looking.

The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the universe are so remote, the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied

Don’t worry. Be happy.

The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why and Where phases.
“For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question How can we eat? the second by the question Why do we eat? and the third by the question Where shall we have lunch?

This is really clever. But it does describe quite accurately the focus of the civilizations at different stages of development.


  1. We must say that we haven’t had the courage to quite review this book because it is such a masterpiece. Thank you for picking up the cherries of these quotes. Most of all the words in this book are thoroughly enjoyable.

    One of the bestest works I have ever read.

    So long and thanks for all the quotes. Err…fish. :-D


    1. Even I felt that my review doesn’t do justice to it. But I must review the books. That is part of the challenge. So I pick up my towel and soldier on :D


  2. Anish Vyavahare · · Reply

    And yes, good that you are soldiering on :) Also, after 130 books and supposedly 10,000 hours of reading and reviewing, you would have gotten mightily better at it! :D

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I see what you did there :P


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