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  • #1
    Jane Yolen
    “Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.”
    Jane Yolen, Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood


  • #2
    Richard Llewellyn
    “O, there is lovely to feel a book, a good book, firm in the hand, for its fatness holds rich promise, and you are hot inside to think of good hours to come.”
    Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley


  • #3
    Charles Bukowski
    “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #4
    Aphra Behn
    “That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.”
    Aphra Behn, The Lucky Chance, Or, the Alderman's Bargain


  • #5
    Steve Martin
    “Some people have a way with words, and other people...oh, uh, not have way.”
    Steve Martin


  • #6
    E.M. Forster
    “It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”
    E.M. Forster, A Room with a View


  • #7
    Stephen Fry
    “You are who you are when nobody's watching.”
    Stephen Fry


  • #8
    Stephen Fry
    “An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.”
    Stephen Fry


  • #9
    Stephen Fry
    “Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.”
    Stephen Fry


  • #10
    Stephen Fry
    “The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriousity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”
    Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles


  • #11
    Stephen Fry
    “I have a dark and dreadful secret. I write poetry... I believe poetry is a primal impulse within all of us. I believe we are all capable of it and furthermore that a small, often ignored corner of us positively yearns to try it.”
    Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within


  • #12
    Jerome K. Jerome
    “Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.”
    Jerome K. Jerome, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow


  • #13
    Jean Kerr
    “I make mistakes; I'll be the second to admit it.”
    Jean Kerr, The Snake Has All the Lines


  • #14
    William Goldman
    “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
    William Goldman, William Goldman: Four Screenplays


  • #15
    José Saramago
    “Words were not given to man in order to conceal his thoughts”
    José Saramago


  • #16
    Philip K. Dick
    “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”
    Philip K. Dick, VALIS


  • #17
    Wilkie Collins
    “The books - the generous friends who met me without suspicion - the merciful masters who never used me ill!”
    Wilkie Collins, Armadale


  • #18
    Douglas Adams

  • #19
    Douglas Adams
    “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


  • #20
    Douglas Adams
    “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


  • #21
    Douglas Adams
    “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


  • #22
    Douglas Adams
    “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


  • #23
    Douglas Adams
    “I'd far rather be happy than right any day.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


  • #24
    Douglas Adams
    “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


  • #25
    Douglas Adams
    “This must be Thursday,' said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. 'I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


  • #26
    Douglas Adams
    “O Deep Thought computer," he said, "the task we have designed you to perform is this. We want you to tell us...." he paused, "The Answer."
    "The Answer?" said Deep Thought. "The Answer to what?"
    "Life!" urged Fook.
    "The Universe!" said Lunkwill.
    "Everything!" they said in chorus.
    Deep Thought paused for a moment's reflection.
    "Tricky," he said finally.
    "But can you do it?"
    Again, a significant pause.
    "Yes," said Deep Thought, "I can do it."
    "There is an answer?" said Fook with breathless excitement.
    "Yes," said Deep Thought. "Life, the Universe, and Everything. There is an answer. But, I'll have to think about it."
    ...
    Fook glanced impatiently at his watch.
    “How long?” he said.
    “Seven and a half million years,” said Deep Thought.
    Lunkwill and Fook blinked at each other.
    “Seven and a half million years...!” they cried in chorus.
    “Yes,” declaimed Deep Thought, “I said I’d have to think about it, didn’t I?"

    [Seven and a half million years later.... Fook and Lunkwill are long gone, but their ancestors continue what they started]

    "We are the ones who will hear," said Phouchg, "the answer to the great question of Life....!"
    "The Universe...!" said Loonquawl.
    "And Everything...!"
    "Shhh," said Loonquawl with a slight gesture. "I think Deep Thought is preparing to speak!"
    There was a moment's expectant pause while panels slowly came to life on the front of the console. Lights flashed on and off experimentally and settled down into a businesslike pattern. A soft low hum came from the communication channel.

    "Good Morning," said Deep Thought at last.
    "Er..good morning, O Deep Thought" said Loonquawl nervously, "do you have...er, that is..."
    "An Answer for you?" interrupted Deep Thought majestically. "Yes, I have."
    The two men shivered with expectancy. Their waiting had not been in vain.
    "There really is one?" breathed Phouchg.
    "There really is one," confirmed Deep Thought.
    "To Everything? To the great Question of Life, the Universe and everything?"
    "Yes."
    Both of the men had been trained for this moment, their lives had been a preparation for it, they had been selected at birth as those who would witness the answer, but even so they found themselves gasping and squirming like excited children.
    "And you're ready to give it to us?" urged Loonsuawl.
    "I am."
    "Now?"
    "Now," said Deep Thought.
    They both licked their dry lips.
    "Though I don't think," added Deep Thought. "that you're going to like it."
    "Doesn't matter!" said Phouchg. "We must know it! Now!"
    "Now?" inquired Deep Thought.
    "Yes! Now..."
    "All right," said the computer, and settled into silence again. The two men fidgeted. The tension was unbearable.
    "You're really not going to like it," observed Deep Thought.
    "Tell us!"
    "All right," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question..."
    "Yes..!"
    "Of Life, the Universe and Everything..." said Deep Thought.
    "Yes...!"
    "Is..." said Deep Thought, and paused.
    "Yes...!"
    "Is..."
    "Yes...!!!...?"
    "Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


  • #27
    Douglas Adams
    “A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


  • #28
    Douglas Adams
    “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


  • #29
    Douglas Adams
    “One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


  • #30
    Douglas Adams
    “For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy




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