Quote from the book "Life, The Universe And Everything", part of the series "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", by Douglas Adams.

Important facts from galactic history, number two
(reproduced from the "Sideral Daily Mentioner's Book Of Popular Galactic History")

Since this galaxy began, vast civilisations have risen and fallen, risen and fallen, risen and fallen, that it's quite tempting to think, life in the galaxy must be (a) something akin to seasick -- space-sick, time-sick, history-sick or some such thing or (b) stupid.

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