Witty Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Quotes You Need to Read

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was written by Douglas Adam and published in 1979. It first appeared as a 12-part series on BBC Radio. More than 40 years since it was first published, this comedy and science fiction series continues to amuse and entertain even today, thanks to the straight-faced expressions and glib repartees of its central characters. Skim through 26 of the best Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quotes.

26 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Quotes That Might Explode You

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Quotes That Are Hilarious

#1. “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

#2. “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#3. “Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#4. “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#5. “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.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#6. “If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#7. “‘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.'” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#8. “For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#9. “‘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.'” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#10. “One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very obvious.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#11. “‘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?'” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#12. “‘What’s so unpleasant about being drunk?’ ‘Ask a glass of water!'” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#13. “I think you ought to know I’m feeling very depressed.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#14. “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#15. “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.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#16. “Very deep. You should send that in to the Reader’s Digest. They’ve got a page for people like you.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#17. “Ford, you’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Quotes with Philosophy

#18. “The bird that would soar above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#19. “‘Exactly!’ said Deep Thought. ‘So, once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means.'” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#20. “Here, for whatever reason, is the world. And here it stays. With me on it.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Quotes with Religion

#21. “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?” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#22. “‘I don’t want to die now!’ he yelled. ‘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!'” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#23. “Drink up. The world’s about to end.” — Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Quotes on Happiness and Dreams

#24. “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.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#25. “I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

#26. “He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Conclusion

What began as a 12-part mini-series on BBC Radio now has a global fan following. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quotes combine science fiction and humor. They offer an evergreen insight on topics that are relevant even in today’s day and age, bureaucracy for example. Check out the series. It ends the way it began: with an explosion of humor.

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