Celebrating Douglas Adams’ Birthday

Douglas Adams, for those of you who are unaware of the name, was a famous English author. One of his most known works is the series Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A movie was made following the story from the books, and the books themselves have sold over 15 million copies over the years.

His birthday was on the 11th of March, and here at NaQ we wanted to share in the celebration of Douglas Adams birthday. Unfortunately, Adams passed away on the 11th of May in 2001. It has been 12 years since his death, but his works continue to entertain, inspire, and cheer up people around the world.

Famed biologist Richard Dawkins said upon learning of Douglas Adams’ death, “Science has lost a friend, literature has lost a luminary, the mountain gorilla and the black rhino have lost a gallant defender.” Adams’ was a great author and person, so in honor of him we thought we’d supply some of the best quotes from the hilarious Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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

A comic part of the novel is when a powerful super computer calculated the answer to life and state: “‘Forty-two,’ said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.” Adams was later asked about the number and if there was any significance. There wasn’t, he said, “Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ’42 will do’ I typed it out. End of story.”

A fine example of Adams’ literary comedy: “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”

One of the funniest characters of the story, Marvin, often says things like this: “Come on,” he droned, “I’ve been ordered to take you down to the bridge. Here I am, brain the size of a planet and they ask me to take you down to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction? ‘Cos I don’t.”

If you want more hilarious and entertaining quotes you’ll have to get the books for yourself. They are incredibly entertaining!

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