"The story so far: In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
- Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Writing is hard. First, an idea is necessary. It must be compelling; it must be original. It must be worth a reader's time, and a writer must have the patience to commit the whole thing to paper. It's tedious work, and to do it with a dash of humor is the most difficult task of all.
Here at Dictionary.com, we like a bit of funny in our books. So, as an homage to those who do it well, we compiled a list of our favorite humorous quotes from literature.
This being the beginning of our slideshow, let's begin at the beginning. Douglas Adams wrote this line in 1980, and it's the opening of his novel The Restaurant at the Far End of the Universe. It's droll and dripping with wit. This line is as prescient today as it was when it was written. Open up the newspaper and what do you see? Day after day, it's nothing but bad news leading us to believe Adams was on to something when he penned it.