Kurt Vonnegut Jr

American novelist

Lived 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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    Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
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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 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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    The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn't really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: ''he wasn't going to compose Beethoven's Fifth.''
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    The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead.
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    There's only one me, and I'm stuck with him.
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    Thinking doesn't seem to help very much. The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe.
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    We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.
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    We are what we imagine ourselves to be.
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