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Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “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 Quote: “What’s the point of being alive,” she said, “if you’re not going to communicate?”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “I have this disease late at night sometimes, involving alcohol and the telephone.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “She was a dull person, but a sensational invitation to make babies.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Vietnam was a country where America was trying to make people stop being communists by dropping things on them from airplanes.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Ideas on earth were badges of friendship or enimity. Their content did not matter. Friends agreed with friends, in order to express friendliness. Enemies disagreed with enemies, in order to express enimity.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “The more pain I train myself to stand, the more I learn. You are afraid of pain now, Unk, but you won’t learn anything if you don’t invite the pain. And the more you learn, the gladder you will be to stand the pain.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “I was clasified as a ‘Science Fiction’ writer simply because I wrote about Schenectady.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Sometimes I wonder about the Creator of the Universe.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “I’d rather have written “Cheers” than anything I’ve written.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “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 Quote: “I apologize because of the terrible mess the planet is in. But it has always been a mess. There have never been any ‘Good Old Days,’ there have just been days. And as I say to my grandchildren, ‘Don’t look at me. I just got here myself.’”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “George W. Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “I had a friend who was a heavy drinker. If somebody asked him if he’d been drunk the night before, he would always answer offhandedly, ‘Oh, I imagine.’ I’ve always liked that answer. It acknowledges life as a dream.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “The chief weapon of sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was too late, how heartless and greedy they were.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Just because you can read, write and do a little math, doesn’t mean that you’re entitled to conquer the universe.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “People don’t come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Trout was petrified there on Forty-second Street. 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.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Beer, of course, is actually a depressant, but poor people will never stop hoping otherwise.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “That’s what is was to be young – to be enthusiastic rather than envious about the good work other people could do.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “During my three years in Vietnam, I certainly heard plenty of last words by dying American footsoldiers. Not one of them, however, had illusions that he had somehow accomplished something worthwhile in the process of making the Supreme Sacrifice.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “I asked this heroic pet lover how it felt to have died for a schnauzer named Teddy. Salvador Biagiani was philosophical. He said it sure beat dying for absolutely nothing in the Viet Nam War.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Words may deeply wound us, but we must run that risk to be free.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybody. Thank you for using me, even though I didn’t want to be used by anybody.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “I will say, too, that lovemaking, if sincere, is one of the best ideas Satan put in the apple she gave to the serpent to give to Eve. The best idea in that apple, though, is making jazz.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “A saint is a person who behaves decently in a shockingly indecent society.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Belief is nearly the whole of the universe whether based on truth or not.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “A joke is like building a mousetrap from scratch. You have to work pretty hard to make the thing snap when it is supposed to snap.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “The right of the people to peacefully assemble and petition their government for a redress of grievances is now worth a pitcher of warm spit. That’s because TV will not come and treat it respectfully. Television is really something.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “You have never seen greatness in a Presidency; I have. It was a rich kid who you would think had every reason to be a horse’s ass – Franklin Roosevelt. He was humane and wise and resourceful. He was called a traitor to his class.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Literature is the only art in which the audience performs the score.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Trout, incidentally, had written a book about a money tree. It had twenty-dollar bills for leaves. Its flowers were government bonds. Its fruit was diamonds. It attracted human beings who killed each other around the roots and made very good fertilizer.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Praise or damn as you please, but do so rather flatly, pragmatically, with cunning attention to annoying or gratifying details. Be yourself. Be unique. Be a good editor. The Universe needs more good editors, God knows.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Well here you are, there it is, THIS is what it’s all about.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk. Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “She upset Billy simply by being his mother. She made him feel embarrassed and ungrateful and weak because she had gone to so much trouble to give him life, and to keep that life going, and Billy didn’t really like life at all.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “The public health authorities never mention the main reason many Americans have for smoking heavily, which is that smoking is a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “There was a time when I could vote for economic justice, and I can’t anymore.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “One might be led to suspect that there were all sorts of things going on in the Universe which he or she did not thoroughly understand.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “You know, I think the main purpose of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps is to get poor Americans into clean, pressed, unpatched clothes, so rich Americans can stand to look at them.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “I thought scientists were going to find out exactly how everything worked, and then make it work better.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Never index your own book.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “I would have been dead if it weren’t for that great gift to civilization from the Chemistry Department of Harvard, which was napalm, or sticky jellied gasoline.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “The mountebank told them that God was surely trying to kill them, possibly because He was through with them, and that they should have the good manners to die. This, as you can see, they did.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “I myself grew up when radio was very important. I’d come home from school and turn on the radio. There were funny comedians and wonderful music, and there were plays. I used to pass time with radio.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “The waitress brought me another drink. She wanted to light my hurricane lamp again. I wouldn’t let her. “Can you see anything in the dark, with your sunglasses on?” she asked me. “The big show is inside my head,” I said.”
Kurt Vonnegut Quote: “Earthlings went on being friendly, when they should have been thinking instead.”
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