I will be sharing some really great lines from books on Tuesdays for a while. I hope you enjoy and find some great books to read in the process.
Here we have Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, one of my favorites. An absolutely indispensable guide for interstellar travelers, or anyone who loves a hysterically funny story.
In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.
First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.
Ford – You’d better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace. It’s unpleasantly like being drunk.
Arthur – What’s so unpleasant about being drunk?”
Ford – You ask a glass of water.”
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.
“Ah, ” said Arthur, “this is obviously some strange usage of the word safe that I wasn’t previously aware of.
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 favor of a new one. If they don’t keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working. After a while he abandoned this one as well as being obstructively cynical.
There you have it. Five of the best lines in HGTTG. Feel free to drop your own favorite quotes for Hitchhikers and look for great quotes from a new book next week.
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