“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 ... you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches...inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert; ... use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River; ... wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes; ... 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.”
“Money matters but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important. So are friends. Envy is toxic. So is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude.”
“Hawai'i has often been called a melting pot, but I think of it more as a 'mixed plate'... This is also, I believe, what America is at its best---a whole greater than the sum of it's parts.”
“[A] simple question to identify your true home: where do you want to die?”
“For me, a place unvisited is like an unrequited love. A dull ache that- try as you might to think it away, to convince yourself that she really wasn't the right country for you- just won't leave you in peace.”
“Maybe happiness is this: not feeling that you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.”
“I would not have done anything differently. All of the moments in my life, everyone I have met, every trip I have taken, every success I have enjoyed, every blunder I have made, every loss I have endured has been just right. I am not saying that they were all good or that they happened for a reason...but they have been right." [...]
"There came a time, he realized, when the strangeness of everything made it increasingly difficult to realize the strangeness of anything."
"[Going to] Kathmandu was like doing a line of coke and getting hit in the face with a frying pan."