❝ And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small café in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
❝ Arthur prodded the mattress nervously and then sat himself: in fact he had very little to be nervous about, because all mattresses grown in the swamps of Sqornshelous Zeta are very thoroughly killed and dried before being put to service. Very few have ever come back to life again.
❝ 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.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
❝ 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. ‘No,’ said the old man, ‘that’s just perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the Universe has that’