29+ quotes from Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Quotes from Life, the Universe and Everything

Douglas Adams ·  224 pages

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“The Guide says there is an art to flying", said Ford, "or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“We can't win against obsession. They care, we don't. They win.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“Just believe everything I tell you, and it will all be very, very simple."

"Ah, well, I'm not sure I believe that.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“and then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“What I need... is a strong drink and a peer group.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“The point is, you see," said Ford, "that there is no point in driving yourself mad trying to stop yourself going mad. You might just as well give in and save your sanity for later.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“That young girl is one of the least benightedly unintelligent organic life forms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid meeting.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“I have detected disturbances in the wash.'

'The wash?'

'The space-time wash.'

'Are we talking about some sort of Vogon laundromat, or what are we talking about?'

'Eddies in the space-time continuum.'

'Ah...is he. Is he.'

'What?'

'Er, who is Eddy, then, exactly?”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn't cope with, and that terrible listlessness which starts to set in at about 2:55, when you know that you've had all the baths you can usefully have that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the papers you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o'clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“Having solved all the major mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, sociological, philosophical, etymological, meteorological and psychological problems of the Universe except for his own, three times over, [Marvin] was severely stuck for something to do, and had taken up composing short dolorous ditties of no tone, or indeed tune. The latest one was a lullaby.
Marvin droned,
Now the world has gone to bed,
Darkness won't engulf my head,
I can see in infrared,
How I hate the night.

He paused to gather the artistic and emotional strength to tackle the next verse.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
Try to count electric sheep,
Sweet dream wishes you can keep,
How I hate the night.

― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“Arthur felt happy. He was terribly pleased that the day was for once working out so much according to plan. Only twenty minutes ago he had decided he would go mad, and now here he was already chasing a Chesterfield sofa across the fields of prehistoric Earth.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“Arthur shook his head and sat down. He looked up.
“I thought you must be dead …” he said simply.
“So did I for a while,” said Ford, “and then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. I kept myself amused all that time jumping in and out of a gin and tonic.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“You may not instantly see why I bring the subject up, but that is because my mind works so phenomenally fast, and I am at a rough estimate thirty billion times more intelligent than you. Let me give you an example. Think of a number, any number.”

“Er, five,” said the mattress.

“Wrong,” said Marvin. “You see?”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“The Somebody Else's Problem field is much simpler and more effective, and what's more can be run for over a hundred years on a single torch battery. This is because it relies on people's natural disposition not to see anything they don't want to, weren't expecting, or can't explain.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“Zaphod Beeblebrox crawled bravely along a tunnel, like the hell of a guy he was. He was very confused, but he continued crawling doggedly anyway because he was that brave.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“The longest and most destructive party ever held is now into its fourth generation and still no one shows any signs of leaving. Somebody did once look at his watch, but that was eleven years ago now, and there has been no follow up.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“Numbers written on restaurant bills within the confines of restaurants do not follow the same mathematical laws as numbers written on any other pieces of paper in any other parts of the Universe. This single fact took the scientific world by storm.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“Deep in the fundamental heart of mind and Universe there is a reason.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“The lights were off so that his heads could avoid looking at each other because neither of them was currently a particular engaging sight, nor had they been since he had made the error of looking into his soul.
It had indeed been an error.
It had been late one night-- of course.
It had been a difficult day-- of course.
There had been soulful music playing on the ship's sound system-- of course.
And he had, of course, been slightly drunk.
In other words, all the usual conditions that bring on a bout of soul searching had applied, but it had, nevertheless, clearly been an error.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“Zaphod did not want to tangle with them and, deciding that just as discretion is the better part of valor, so was cowardice is the better part of discretion, he valiantly hid himself in a closet.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“Time is the worst place, so to speak, to get lost in, as Arthur Dent could testify, having been lost in both time and space a good deal. At least being lost in space kept you busy.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“You're a jerk,' repeated the alien, 'a complete asshole.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“The bowler approached the wicket at a lope, a trot, and then a run. He suddenly exploded in a flurry of arms and legs, out of which flew a ball.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“No one really knows what mattresses are meant to gain from their lives either. They are large, friendly, pocket-sprung creatures that live quiet private lives in the marshes of Sqornshellous Zeta. Many of them get caught, slaughtered, dried out, shipped out and slept on. None of them seems to mind this and all of them are called Zem.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“He inched his way up the corridor as if he would rather be yarding his way down it, which was true.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“The technology involved in making anything invisible is so infinitely complex that nine hundred and ninety-nine billion, nine hundred and ninety-nine million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine times out of a trillion it is much simpler and more effective just to take the thing away and do without it.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


“I don't believe it. Prove it to me and I still won't believe it.”
― Douglas Adams, quote from Life, the Universe and Everything


About the author

Douglas Adams
Born place: in Cambridge, England, The United Kingdom
Born date March 11, 1952
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