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Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Cigarettes are a classy way to commit suiside. Cigarettes are a classy way to commit suiside.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say? Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Humor is a way of holding off how awful life can be, to protect yourself. Humor is a way of holding off how awful life can be, to protect yourself.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I'm mad about being old and I'm mad about being American. Apart from that, OK. I'm mad about being old and I'm mad about being American. Apart from that, OK.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Poverty is a relatively mild disease for even a very flimsy American soul, but uselessness will kill strong and weak souls alike, and kill every time. Poverty is a relatively mild disease for even a very flimsy American soul, but uselessness will kill strong and weak souls alike, and kill every time.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: A twerp was defined as a guy who put his set of false teeth up his rear end and bit the buttons off the backseats of taxicabs. A twerp was defined as a guy who put his set of false teeth up his rear end and bit the buttons off the backseats of taxicabs.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Q: What is wrong with the world?A: Everybody pays attention to pictures of things. Nobody pays attention to things themselves. Q: What is wrong with the world?
A: Everybody pays attention to pictures of things. Nobody pays attention to things themselves.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: He ate a pear. It was a hard one. It fought back against his grinding teeth. It snapped in juicy protest. He ate a pear. It was a hard one. It fought back against his grinding teeth. It snapped in juicy protest.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: "Papa" referred to Frank five times as: " ... the blood son of Dr. Felix Hoenikker."The phrase reeked of cannibalism. "Papa" referred to Frank five times as: " ... the blood son of Dr. Felix Hoenikker."
The phrase reeked of cannibalism.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: My mother scared herself with her own queerness, and from that moment on I ceased to be her companion. My mother scared herself with her own queerness, and from that moment on I ceased to be her companion.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: So let's give another big tax cut to the super-rich. That'll teach bin Laden a lesson he won't soon forget. So let's give another big tax cut to the super-rich. That'll teach bin Laden a lesson he won't soon forget.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: It had given him a life not worth living, but I had also given him an iron will to live. This was a common combination on the planet Earth. The It had given him a life not worth living, but I had also given him an iron will to live. This was a common combination on the planet Earth. The
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The highest possible form of treason is to say that Americans aren't loved wherever they go, whatever they do. The highest possible form of treason is to say that Americans aren't loved wherever they go, whatever they do.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: A lot of people were opposed to it. A lot of people were for it. I myself think about it as little as possible. A lot of people were opposed to it. A lot of people were for it. I myself think about it as little as possible.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe. Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I think I am trying to make my head as empty as it was when I was born onto this damaged planet fifty years ago. I think I am trying to make my head as empty as it was when I was born onto this damaged planet fifty years ago.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Everything is going to be unimaginably worse and is never going to get any better. Everything is going to be unimaginably worse and is never going to get any better.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: To me it's as though you called me up out of the blue on a day like any other day, and asked me if I was grown up yet. To me it's as though you called me up out of the blue on a day like any other day, and asked me if I was grown up yet.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: He remembered his cry of the night before: We must meet in the middle of the Bridge! He remembered his cry of the night before: We must meet in the middle of the Bridge!
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: You develop a style from writing a lot. You develop a style from writing a lot.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well? Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well?
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: He tried. That's the big thing. He tried to do the best he could with what God gave him. He should get a nice raise for trying so hard. He tried. That's the big thing. He tried to do the best he could with what God gave him. He should get a nice raise for trying so hard.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I'm not a drug salesman. I'm a writer.""What makes you think a writer isn't a drug salesman? I'm not a drug salesman. I'm a writer."
"What makes you think a writer isn't a drug salesman?
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: My God, what have they done to you? This isn't a man, it's a broken kite. My God, what have they done to you? This isn't a man, it's a broken kite.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I didn't need a timequake to teach me being alive was a crock of shit. i already knew that from my childhood and crucifixes and history books. I didn't need a timequake to teach me being alive was a crock of shit. i already knew that from my childhood and crucifixes and history books.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I've been living alone for so long, everything about me's private. I'm surprised anyone's able to understand a word I say. I've been living alone for so long, everything about me's private. I'm surprised anyone's able to understand a word I say.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Popular as he was as a graduation speaker, Vonnegut never graduated from college. Popular as he was as a graduation speaker, Vonnegut never graduated from college.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: If you can't write clearly, you probably don't think nearly as well as you think you do. If you can't write clearly, you probably don't think nearly as well as you think you do.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable. If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: There's only one rule that I know of, babies - "God damn it babies, you've go to be kind". There's only one rule that I know of, babies - "God damn it babies, you've go to be kind".
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: That's what is was to be young - to be enthusiastic rather than envious about the good work other people could do. That's what is was to be young - to be enthusiastic rather than envious about the good work other people could do.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I hope to build a reputation as a science-fiction writer. That's the pitch. We'll see. I hope to build a reputation as a science-fiction writer. That's the pitch. We'll see.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Another woman told Constant what it was the crowd felt it had a right to. 'We have a right to know what's going on!' she cried. Another woman told Constant what it was the crowd felt it had a right to. 'We have a right to know what's going on!' she cried.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The coaches stunk of coal smoke and rationed tobacco and rationed booze and the farts of people eating wartime food. The coaches stunk of coal smoke and rationed tobacco and rationed booze and the farts of people eating wartime food.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative. Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: He was seemingly born not only with a gift for language, but with a particularly nasty clock which makes him go crazy every three years or so. He was seemingly born not only with a gift for language, but with a particularly nasty clock which makes him go crazy every three years or so.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I'm convinced that no one can amount to a damn in the arts if he becomes sweetly reasonable, seeing all sides of a picture, forgiving all sins. I'm convinced that no one can amount to a damn in the arts if he becomes sweetly reasonable, seeing all sides of a picture, forgiving all sins.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The honeymoon was taking place in the bittersweet mysteries of Indian Summer in New England. The honeymoon was taking place in the bittersweet mysteries of Indian Summer in New England.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Round and round we spin, with feet of lead and wings of tin. Round and round we spin, with feet of lead and wings of tin.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: And somebody might now want to ask me, "Can't you ever be serious?" The answer is, "No. And somebody might now want to ask me, "Can't you ever be serious?" The answer is, "No.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: A chaplain's assistant is customarily a figure of fun in the American Army. A chaplain's assistant is customarily a figure of fun in the American Army.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Get plenty of education. Lead you class in all things. Keep your body clean and strong. Keep your opinions to yourself. Get plenty of education. Lead you class in all things. Keep your body clean and strong. Keep your opinions to yourself.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: To be is to do - Socrates To do is to be - Sartre Do Be Do Be Do - Sinatra To be is to do - Socrates To do is to be - Sartre Do Be Do Be Do - Sinatra
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Literature is the only art in which the audience performs the score. Literature is the only art in which the audience performs the score.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand - passive resistance and open displays of contempt. His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand - passive resistance and open displays of contempt.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The fat woman's expression implied that she would go crazy on the spot if anybody did any more thinking. The fat woman's expression implied that she would go crazy on the spot if anybody did any more thinking.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore. People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: It was literature in its finest sense, since it made Unk courageous, watchful, and secretly free. It was literature in its finest sense, since it made Unk courageous, watchful, and secretly free.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Thinking brainlessly with their spinal cords. Thinking brainlessly with their spinal cords.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The truth is, we know so little about life, we don't really know what the good news is and what the bad news is. The truth is, we know so little about life, we don't really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The mosaicist was making the fine hairs on the nape of Mona's swan neck out of chips of gold The mosaicist was making the fine hairs on the nape of Mona's swan neck out of chips of gold
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Just in the nick of time they realized that it was their own habitat they were wrecking that they weren't merely visitors. Just in the nick of time they realized that it was their own habitat they were wrecking
that they weren't merely visitors.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Then again, I am a monopolar depressive descended from monopolar depressives. That's how come I write so good. Then again, I am a monopolar depressive descended from monopolar depressives. That's how come I write so good.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The practice of art isn't to make a living. It's to make your soul grow. The practice of art isn't to make a living. It's to make your soul grow.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: You will last a lot longer, if you don't try to sing. You will last a lot longer, if you don't try to sing.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Life is a garden, not a road. We enter and exit through the same gate. Wandering, where we go matters less than what we notice. Life is a garden, not a road. We enter and exit through the same gate. Wandering, where we go matters less than what we notice.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: And on and on it went-that duet between the dumb, praying lady and the big, hollow man who was so full of loving echoes. And on and on it went-that duet between the dumb, praying lady and the big, hollow man who was so full of loving echoes.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: As the new Adam, it might be said, his final act was to cast the Apple of Knowledge into the deep blue sea. As the new Adam, it might be said, his final act was to cast the Apple of Knowledge into the deep blue sea.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Quoth the doorbell with its silence, no comment at this time. Quoth the doorbell with its silence, no comment at this time.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The third bullet was for the filthy flamingo, who stopped dead center in the road when the The third bullet was for the filthy flamingo, who stopped dead center in the road when the
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: They like life alright, but that they would like it even better if they could know that it was going to end sometime. They like life alright, but that they would like it even better if they could know that it was going to end sometime.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Man created the checkerboard; God created the karass. Man created the checkerboard; God created the karass.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: It was a thunderingly beautiful experience-voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell. It was a thunderingly beautiful experience-voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Things are going to get unimaginably worse, and they are never, ever, going to get better. Things are going to get unimaginably worse, and they are never, ever, going to get better.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: There is no peace, I'm sorry to say. We find it. We lose it. We find it again. We lose it again. There is no peace, I'm sorry to say. We find it. We lose it. We find it again. We lose it again.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Why should I bother with made-up games when there are so many real ones going on? Why should I bother with made-up games when there are so many real ones going on?
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The name of the new religion," said Rumfoord, "is The Church of God the Utterly Indifferent. The name of the new religion," said Rumfoord, "is The Church of God the Utterly Indifferent.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours. I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Science never cheered up anyone. the human situation is just too awful. Science never cheered up anyone. the human situation is just too awful.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I was too pessimistic for an optimist to live with I was too pessimistic for an optimist to live with
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: The Earthlings behaved at all times as though there were a big eye in the sky - as though that big eye were ravenous for entertainment. The Earthlings behaved at all times as though there were a big eye in the sky - as though that big eye were ravenous for entertainment.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Marguerite Young is unquestionably a genius. Marguerite Young is unquestionably a genius.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: He hadn't killed nearly as many people as I had. But then again, he hadn't had my advantage, which was the full cooperation of our Government. He hadn't killed nearly as many people as I had. But then again, he hadn't had my advantage, which was the full cooperation of our Government.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Homo Americanus is going to go on speaking and writing the way he always has, no matter what dictionary he owns. Homo Americanus is going to go on speaking and writing the way he always has, no matter what dictionary he owns.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: I'd give my right arm to be enthusiastic. I'd give my right arm to be enthusiastic.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Lincoln was shot by a two-bit actor who was exercising his right to bear arms. Lincoln was shot by a two-bit actor who was exercising his right to bear arms.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes: Life goes on- and a fool and his self respect are soon parted ... Life goes on- and a fool and his self respect are soon parted ...