My turn: Book full of poignant quotes

Alisa Boswell

“The Universe, as has been observed before, is an unsettlingly big place, a fact which for the sake of a quiet life most people tend to ignore.”

This is one of my favorite quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.

I have had reading time the last week because I have been stuck at home with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (yes, it does exist), while also dealing with personal challenges.

I realized while reading the second book in the hitchhiker series that this series has humans pegged. The author, Douglas Adams, pokes fun at human stupidity and flaws throughout the novels.

Another one of my favorites is the Guide’s motto: “The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.”

With these statements, Adams wasn’t just being funny; he was also making a point. It is so easy for us to point fingers at everyone and everything else and say it’s because the world is flawed rather than me. But the lessons we learn best and shape us as people are usually those in which we recognize our own flaws.

Strangely enough, one of the silliest books ever written was not only entertaining for me this week but also a huge comfort.