Douglas Adams would have been 61 today.
As someone who still envisions the words "DON'T PANIC" in large friendly letters every time I get myself in a dicey situation, I thought I'd throw a few of his more memorable quotes out there for you, complete with when I tend to use them in my every day life:
Quote I say (at least in my head) every time I have flown, ever:
"It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression “As pretty as an airport.”
Quote I ponder when watching people on public transportation:
"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.There is another theory which states that this has already happened."
Quote I think of when I'm lying on the couch and realize I'm thirsty but my water is in the dining room:
"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 drug store, but that's just peanuts to space."
Quote I think of most often when I'm tripping over something or falling down stairs:
"There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. … Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties."
Quote I feel best describes my adolescence:
"A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.”
Feel free to add your own favorite quote in the comments.