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Today is the birthday of the late, great Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and its sequels, undoubtedly a hoopy frood who knew where his towel was.

In his honor, one of my favorite Adams quotes, an exchange between Slartibartfast and Arthur:

"In this replacement Earth we're building they've given me Africa to do and of course I'm doing it with all fjords again because I happen to like them, and I'm old fashioned enough to think that they give a lovely baroque feel to a continent. And they tell me it's not equatorial enough. Equatorial!" He gave a hollow laugh. "What does it matter? Science has achieved some wonderful things of course, but I'd far rather be happy than right any day."

"And are you?"

"No. That's where it all falls down, of course."

-from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

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terrylj
Mar. 11th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite quotes is "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 11th, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC)
LOL! Isn't that perfect?
theladyrose
Mar. 11th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
HGTTG is amazingly quotable; I tend to use random expressions from it all the time. I happen to enjoy the following:

"If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot right now!"

"Please excuse me; I'm terribly happy."

"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another that states that this has already happened."

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."

"Ah. This is probably some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I'm not aware of."

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

"If you want to survive in life, you've got to know where your towel is."

"In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. "

"It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes."

"'Life will be a very great deal less weird without you!'
'Do you know, I think that's the nicest thing anybody's ever said to me.'"

"Why do we need to think? Can't we just sit here and go BLBLBLBLBLB with our lips for a bit?"

I think I need to go reread it again :)
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 11th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
Wonderful quotes! You've made my day. :)

Arthur stared into his beer.
"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?"
onegoat
Mar. 11th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
LOL! LOL! LOL! A thousand times :)
Happy birthday Douglas!
theladyrose
Mar. 12th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
Indeed, many happy returns to Mr. Douglas! I'm sure he's crashing some terribly froody party with his towel as we speak :)
gypsyjr
Mar. 12th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
"Why do we need to think? Can't we just sit here and go BLBLBLBLBLB with our lips for a bit?"

Hearing Douglas Adams read this part of the audiobook is brilliant. XD
greenhoodloxley
Mar. 11th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)

Don't panic! Happy Birthday to Douglas Adams!!
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 11th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
LOL! Well said! :)
alicambs
Mar. 11th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
Arthur: You mean you can see into my mind?
Marvin: Yes.
Arthur: And?
Marvin: It amazes me how you manage to live in anything that small.
*g*
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 11th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
*g* Fantastic. :)
randomalia
Mar. 11th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
Whee! I love these quotes! I'm glad you always note these literary birthdays, it's very interesting.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 11th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks! :)

One more:
"It's unpleasantly like being drunk."
"What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"
"You ask a glass of water."
randomalia
Mar. 13th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
:D So clever!
gondoriangirl
Mar. 11th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
A very Happy Hoopy birthday to the man who made my adolesence!
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 12th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
Yours and mine both! :P
gypsyjr
Mar. 12th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)
And mine.
gypsyjr
Mar. 11th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
Off the top of my head, so I may be misquoting...
"The point is, there is no point in going mad trying to stop yourself going mad. You might just as well give in and save your sanity for later."

"And this is you sane again, is it?"

I have that last part on an icon, but I haven't uploaded it yet. :)
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 12th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
Re: Off the top of my head, so I may be misquoting...
LOL! I love it. And I love your icons, too! :)
gypsyjr
Mar. 12th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Re: Off the top of my head, so I may be misquoting...
Thanks! :)
montythemobster
Mar. 14th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
A whle back I read the first four Hitchhikers books for the first time in rapid succesion. I think the line that tipped me off that they were special was the one about how the vogon spaceships hung in the air "Very much the same way that bricks don't." I am reading Dirk gentleys holistic detective agency.

THe first time I encountered Douglas adams name it was in a get fuzzy memorial comic to him. I didn't get it then.
now every time I saw it I almost want to cry.
Happy birthday Douglas!
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 16th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
I didn't get it then. now every time I saw it I almost want to cry.

Aw! I second your wishes in memory of his birthday! Cheers.
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