The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and humorous severity.

If you haven’t read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, you are missing out. It’s a small novel; tiny in fact, but so full of amazingly good juices that it’s impossible to pass up on. Even if you are not a fan of science fiction, humorous writing, or space travel, you will find something in this novel that is for you.

Written in a fast-paced Monty Python-esque style of writing, this novel will be sure to have you rolling in laughter. Or at the very least, some pretty profound giggles.

But let’s talk about something else: humor in writing. Obviously for those of you who have read this novel, you know that it is chock-full of humor writing. But more incredible than that, it’s humor that is thinly veiling some really heavy thoughts on philosophy, science, and psychology. So, in lieu of explaining my personal views on each one of these subjects, here are my favorite quotes from a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s up to you to laugh, cry, ponder, or just lightheartedly enjoy 🙂

  • “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.”
  • “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”
  • “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”
  • “He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”
  • “Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
    The argument goes something like this: “I refuse to prove that I exist,'” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
    “But,” says Man, “The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”
    “Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
    “Oh, that was easy,” says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.”
  • “For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”
  • “There’s an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they’ve worked out.”
  • “Well, I mean, yes idealism, yes the dignity of pure research, yes the pursuit of truth in all its forms, but there comes a point I’m afraid where you begin to suspect that the entire multidimensional infinity of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs. And if it comes to a choice between spending yet another ten million years finding that out, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise.”

About Angela

Editor, bookbinder, and writer.


  1. There are so many great lines in this book, let alone the other five books in the “trilogy.” I think my love of satire and cheeky wit made it an easy read for myself. Gotta love those who are severely humorous! Brilliant post!


  2. One of my favourites. You could pull a brilliant quote from every page. I really struggle to find humorous writing I enjoy – any other suggestions?


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