Source: The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Page 213
Context: “It seemed somehow unnaturally dark and silent, even for a ship whose two-man crew was at that moment lying asphyxiated in a smoke-filled chamber several miles beneath the ground.”
In their words: to kill, suspend animation in, or make unconscious through want of adequate oxygen, presence of noxious agents, or other obstruction to normal breathing
In my words: to be dead or unconscious due to want of oxygen
In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” there are a lot of cool quotes. On page 259 it says, “If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?” This question was asked from the perspective of an twelve year old boy who had seen people he had known his entire life, be absolutely awful to someone. I think that it’s good to look at the less complicated side of things every once in a while. As we grow up, we start to think that there are a whole bunch of factors that come into play that justify the mistreatment of people different than us. The truth is that we’re all the same. We don’t need to make it anymore complicated than the simple fact that we’re all human, no matter what color we are.
Source: The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Page 212
Context: “The aircar flung itself through the air at R17 and above, deposited them next to the Heart of Gold which stood starkly on the frozen ground like a bleached bone, and then precipitately hurled itself back in the direction whence they had come, presumably on important business of its own.”
In their words: to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly
In my words: suddenly, or quickly
In pictures: Reaction to something done precipitately.
Source: The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Page 201
Context: “‘So your brain was an organic part of the penultimate configuration of the computer program,’ said Ford, rather lucidly he thought.”
In their words: next to the last
In my words: Second to last.
Source: The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Page 200.
Context: “‘Since when,’ continued his murine colleague, ‘we have had an offer of a quite enormously fat contract to do the 5D chat show and lecture circuit back in our own dimensional neck of the woods, and we’re very much inclined to take it.'”
In their words: belonging or pertaining to the Muridae, the family of rodents that includes the mice and rats.
In my words: Belonging to the mouse or rat group.
Source: Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Page 112
Context: “But I am very sorry, good Horatio, that to Laertes I forgot myself; for by the image of my cause I see the portraiture of his.”
In their words: a pictorial representation; portrait
In my words: A representation in picture form.
Source: Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Page 82.
Quote: “Not where he eats but where he is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service, two dishes, but to one table. That’s the end.”
Context: At this point someone has died and Hamlet took the body somewhere no one can find it. When the king asks him where it is, he replies “At supper.” When further pressed, Hamlet responds with this quote.
This makes me think: This quote is extremely morbid and a little bit gross. When I read it first, it horrified me. What I think Hamlet is trying to say, in his disgusting way, is that in the end we’re all the same; dead. I’m personally not sure that this is a great principle to live by, at least in the morbid context, but I understand what Hamlet is saying.
I think that books can be very dangerous to people in the public eye or to large groups of people. When someone writes a discriminating book about any group of people or individual, it can have a large huge impact of how people view them. During the time when the Nazi’s were in power, they held frequent book burnings to get rid of the ideas that challenged their power and beliefs. When people read books, they start to form personal opinions about the world around them, and it was crucial to the Nazi party that that didn’t happen. On the opposite side of the spectrum, books can also be very liberating. When you read a book your knowledge expands, and you can begin to understand how the world could be. I think that books are both dangerous and liberating, depending on the book and the position you’re in.
Source: The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Page 193
Quote: “‘What does it matter? Science has achieved some wonderful things, of course, but I’d far rather be happy than right any day.'”
Context: Arthur is talking to an alien named Slartibartfast, who can create planets. They are discussing the construction of a new Earth and how Slartibartfast plans on making Africa entirely out of fjords. The council in charge of making a new Earth tells him he can’t because fjords can’t be located on the equator.
This makes me think: I think that this is a pretty good philosophy to live by. Science is great and all, but finding happiness in life is better than being right. For example, if you always hounded on your friends about them being wrong, then soon enough you wouldn’t have any friends. It’s important in life to sometimes let go of the facts and compromise for the sake of yours, and others happiness.
Source: The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Page 192
Context: “‘So there you have it ,’ said Slartibartfast, making a feeble and perfunctory attempt to clear away some of the appalling mess of his study.”
In their words: performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial
In my words: Doing something because you have to, and not really trying to do it well.