Quotes by Kurt Vonnegut Jr

Kurt Vonnegut Jr

American novelist

Alive from: 1922-

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    About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.
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    And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'
    Source: A Man Without a Country
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    Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
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    Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
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    Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people.
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    Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.
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    Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before, Bokonon tells us. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.
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    I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled ''Science Fiction'' and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.
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    I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.
    Source: Player Piano
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    I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.
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    If somebody says, ''I love you,'' to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol-holder requires? ''I love you, too. ''
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    It was a thunderingly beautiful experience - voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.
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    Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
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    New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.
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    Nothing in this book is true.
    Source: Cat's Cradle (1963)
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